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Executive Director, Early Childhood

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Executive Director, Early Childhood

Curriculum & Instruction

Certified - Position - Valid PA Certificate

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Pittsburgh Public Schools employs over 4,000 individuals in various capacities to support the academic achievement and strength of character of the students we serve. Under the supervision of the Chief Academic Officer the Executive Director, Early Childhood is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Early Childhood and Early Intervention programs and services.

Reports To
Chief Academic Officer


Salary: Executive Director Salary Schedule (starting at $127,923 annually)

FLSA Status: Exempt


Candidates must be enthusiastic about the fundamental goal of advancing student achievement in an urban public school district. Candidates must be comfortable working on a team committed to better meeting the needs of our student population. In addition, we are seeking candidates with:

-10+ years of experience as an administrator of early childhood programs.

- Valid PA Early Childhood Education Supervisory Certificate

-Deep knowledge of all federal, State, District and local standards, regulations, initiatives, and assessments.

-Demonstrated ability to manage a budget of $35,000,000.

-Demonstrated use of fiscal resources to effectively and efficiently and equitably led to student achievement and met all funding requirements.

-Prior experience with Head Start performance standards and PA funded preschool programs.

-Documented ability to utilize data for instructional decision making.

-Demonstrated experience in evaluating staff.

-Prior experience in executing successful professional development.

-Documented ability to utilize data for instructional decision making.

-Ability to cultivate relationships, work independently and collaboratively as a team player, under pressure with multiple competing deadlines, and with culturally, educationally, and racially diverse internal and external customers.

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

-Demonstrated proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

-Value, demonstrate, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Residency Requirements
No Residency Requirement

Essential Job Functions

1. Align the Early Childhood Department with the District?s strategic plan, goals, and initiatives.

2. Create a vision for a high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood program.

3. Supervise and administer all district programs for Early Childhood and Early Intervention children.

4. Assure that the program operates in accordance with all federal, state and district regulations.

5. Lead the development and oversight of the early childhood and early intervention budgets.

6. Organize and lead district, state and federal audits and reviews.

7. Write grant applications to all funders including Head Start, Prek Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program and local funders.

8.Support student enrollment to comply with grantee requirements.

9. Monitors student/family data collection for grantee compliance.

10. Plan and conduct Professional learning opportunities for all staff that meets their individual needs.

11. Collaborate with internal and external people and agencies to create partnerships.

12. Provide guidance, support, and direction to building administrators on personnel actions of employees.

13. Assure that all documentation that is required by the district, state and federal grants are accurate and submitted within the established deadlines.

14. Develop working relationship with Early Childhood Policy Council, the Board of Directors and other parent and community groups.

15. Attend pertinent Board of Directors? meetings and respond to questions about early childhood/early intervention requests for approval.

16. Supervise and rate Senior Program Officers, Program Officers, Fiscal staff, intake managers, and clerical staff.

17. Establish and maintain interpersonal relationships by developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintaining them over time.

18. Lead all early childhood education related initiatives.

19. Research and remain abreast with new knowledgeable about the developments and trends in early childhood education.

20. Exercise a high-degree of confidentiality, professionalism, poise, tact, and diplomacy to accomplish objectives while attending meetings and trainings.

21. Resolve conflicts and negotiate with others by handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

22. Assure all program staff adhere to District and program policies using progressive discipline as needed (ex. warning letters, critical incidents, attendance improvement plans, etc.).

23. Communicate effectively with supervisors, peers, or others by providing timely information by telephone, e-mail, or in person.

24. Provide information to the Head Start and OCDEL Program Specialists and Fiscal Specialists.

25. Other relevant duties as assigned by supervisor in support of the department's goals and objectives and the District's mission and strategic plan.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, creed, religion, gender (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, marital status, pregnancy or disability in its programs, activities, career and technical education programs or employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. It is the policy of the Pittsburgh School District to make all services, programs and activities available and to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities. Please make requests for accommodations at least 72 hours before the scheduled event. For more information regarding accommodations, civil rights grievance procedures, please contact Employee Relations, Office of Human Resources, 341 S. Bellefield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or 412-529-HELP (4357).
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