Director of Early Learning Support and Transition
Acelero Learning is a pioneering provider of early childhood education and family engagement services through our three business units, all focused on closing the achievement gap for thousands of Head Start children and families across the country. With over $50 million in revenue and unparalleled child outcome data, we are both one of the largest and one of the most innovative companies in our space.
Acelero Learning is a provider of direct Head Start services in four states (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Wisconsin)
Shine Assist, part of our Shine Early Learning division, is a training and technical assistance unit which partners with other Head Start providers to improve their programs through hands-on training, access to our proprietary tools which have demonstrable impact on child outcomes, and the use of our Shine Insight data system.
Shine Implement, the newest unit within Shine Early Learning, manages the delivery of Head Start services for a select group of partners through a suite of services including oversight of educational, family services and program design activities, provision of our proprietary tools, and the use of our Shine Insight data system.
This position will serve as Director of Early Learning Support and Transition for Acelero Learning Partner Programs and is chiefly responsible for supporting all partner transitioning programs to achieve educational quality and positive child outcomes, through technical assistance, monitoring and on-site support, and other tasks as needed. This position works closely with the Senior Vice President for Early Learning, Research & Training, and other key leadership staff to ensure that outcomes are achieved for children of all abilities. Geography of this position is flexible as the position will require extensive travel to transitioning programs across the country as needed (up to 75% of time during initial start-up of transitioning programs). Location is preferred near one of our partner programs (OH, TX, KY, GA and AL).
- This Director will work in collaboration with others in the Department of Early Learning, Research and Training (ELRT) to fulfill the following activities:
- Plan and oversees interview process, hiring, and on-boarding of all educationstaffing positions as identified in the partner’s organizational structure, including teaching staff, Center Directors, Early Learning/Disabilities Specialists, Director of Education.
- Assess partner’s educational materials and equipment, determine needs and place orders to stock classrooms with necessary educational materials.
- Ensure that initial classroom setup is aligned with Shine Early Learning standards.
- Review local state licensing standards and work with key leadership to submit applications and all required documents for sites to become fully licensed; provide follow up support and assistance as needed if temporary license is awarded.
- Compare local state licensing standards to Shine Early Learning policies and procedures and propose modifications as needed.
- Support local Education lead with the development of an Early Learning Action Plan.
- Oversee initial 90 day reviews and support the development of Coaching Partnership Agreements for all members of the education team.
- Work with ELRT and local education leads when hired to plan and implement initial, differentiated, and sequential professional development for education staff.
- Support local Education lead to supervise and coach the Education team. Establish and provide individual and group support for ELDS, center directors in implementing educational initiatives and coaching as needed.
- Conduct classroom visits, including informal walk-throughs, formal observations (using standardized or internal tools) and administration of classroom quality assessments (using standardized tools such as CLASS or ECERS)
- Work with local Education lead and ELRT to create quality improvement plans that incorporate classroom quality assessments, child outcomes and other data, update as needed, and execute in a timely fashion.
- Work with VP of Training and Professional Development to ensure that ongoing staff training addresses needs and priorities related to education at contracted programs.
- Collaborate and coordinate with other service area leadership.
- Ensure fiscal management by monitoring educational expenditures.
- Required: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (or related field);
- Preferred: Master’s degree, expertise in bilingual education and experience in conducting structured classroom observations (ECERS, ELLCO, CLASS).
- 3+ years experience in the early childhood field, including experience in coaching, supervision, program management and/or providing technical assistance.
- Demonstrated take-charge, “by example” leadership abilities to motivate and inspire others; ability to drive towards results while maintaining balance of process and relationships.
- Committed to closing the achievement gap for children in Head Start
- Organized and detail oriented, with a preference for short and long-term planning and goal setting and the ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders to successfully execute against plans and goals.
- Strong communication skills, including verbal, written, and listening skills
- Ability and willingness to travel (up to 75% time during support for initial start-up of newly transitioning program)
- Pass physical examination, background check, and fingerprinting screen.
- Able to lift a child weighing 40 pounds, 20 times a day if needed
- Current driver’s license, state-mandated minimum insurance coverage(s) on your vehicle, reliable transportation and ability to travel out of state