Program Director, The Baby College GRADS

Harlem Childrens Zone   •  

New York, NY

Industry: Government & Non-Profit


Not Specified years

Posted 95 days ago

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Tracking Code 937-287Job Description

Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc (HCZ) is a multi-site, multi-program community organization that provides a unique and comprehensive interlocking network of education, social and health services, and recreation to more than 22,000 children and adults in Central Harlem. The majority of the children HCZ works with go to public schools and attend its engaging after-school programs. Whether in its Promise Academy charter schools or public schools, HCZ’s high standards and expectations are the same for all of its children—ensuring that all of them are on track to attend college and successfully graduate.  HCZ’s overarching goal is to create a "tipping point" in the neighborhood so that children are surrounded by an enriching environment of college-oriented peers and supportive adults. Nationally and internationally recognized for its early and progressive intervention programs, HCZ has been lauded by The New York Times as “one of the most ambitious social-policy experiments of our time.”


We introduced The Baby College® GRADS (Guardians Responding and Developing Strategies) program in 2010 to give graduates of The Baby College® an opportunity to deepen both their understanding of child development and their relationships with one another. Drawing on the most recent scientific research in infant and toddler brain development, GRADS staff help parents learn how to build strong interactions with their children, create a literacy-rich environment, and foster early language skills through weekly home visits and biweekly group meetings. While the training is intensive, the mood is light.  Meetings have the informal, convivial feel of a neighborhood play group, with parents learning how to stimulate their children’s minds and growth through basic everyday activities.  Indeed, any moment can be a teachable one—even a simple trip to the grocery store is a chance to explore, educate, and bond with their children. GRADS ensures that caregivers receive the education and support they need during the pivotal first three years of their children’s lives.

We are seeking a Program Director to provide leadership and direction of The Baby College GRADS program.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assures the compliance with all funding source mandates, all applicable laws and regulations, and assures that standards which exceed the minimum are being met.
  • Provides guidance and leadership to staff to emphasize the importance of the program achieving high standards of quality.
  • Reviews and analyzes monthly financial and statistical reports to assess the budget status and to initiate preventative measures if any problems appear to be predicated.
  • Reads management and leadership materials and program-related materials to keep abreast of developments in comprehensive early childhood programs.
  • Works with other organizations in the community to foster collaboration as defined by federal Head Start.
  • In conjunction with the Board of Directors, staff and Policy Committee, leads planning meetings in which long and short-term goals for improvement are established.
  • Facilitates the continuing professional development of all staff as part of the commitment to excellence.
  • Maintains effective, appropriate communication with the Board of Directors and Policy Council, including: Attending all regular and special meetings, and committee meetings; Providing a written report to the board and PC of the fiscal and programmatic status of the program and of the administrative activities since the last meeting monitoring results, and strategies to resolve problems; Communication of relevant information from the funding sources
  • Monitors the implementation of the responsibilities of employees through observation, monthly supervisory meetings, team meetings, and review of files and documentation.
  • Assumes an active role in the program’s self-assessment.
  • Assures remediation of any non-compliances found in delegate or grantee assessment, and incorporates recommendations into planning for the improvement of the program.
  • Provides and/or secures training and technical assistance for all staff.
  • Carries out the function delineated in procedures for staff grievances.
  • Completes and submits regular reports to the funding sources, the Board of Directors, and the Policy Council.
  • Monitors the program's administrative cost, assuring it does not exceed the allowed amount.


Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with supervisory experience in a home visiting program
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with early childhood curriculum
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with early childhood education funding sources and performance standards
  • Experience in an urban school setting is highly desired


We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume.  No telephone inquiries or recruiters please.  Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.  HCZ is an EOE. 

Job Location New York, New York, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular