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Program Director

Supervisor: Senior Program Director

Overview: University Settlement is one of New York City's most dynamic social justice institutions, with an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the nation. For 130 years, University Settlement has been an anchor in the low-income and immigrant communities where we work, offering pioneering programs in early childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, theater and visual arts, senior services, and mental health. Each year, we engage over 40,000 New Yorkers through our network of 30 sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mission is to empower residents by building on their strengths through comprehensive, quality services that meet the current needs of the community; innovation that anticipates future needs; and advocacy to improve the community as a whole.

Children's Corner is a culturally and economically diverse preschool located in Brooklyn. The program is seeking a visionary, energetic leader to act as Program Director for our play-based childcare program which serves children 2 to 5 years old, including Pre-K for All. We offer a full day, full-year program and are proud of our strong partnerships with families and the local community. The program provides a nurturing and stimulating environment that prepares children with academic and social skills needed to succeed in school and life. We are looking for a director who is excited about leading high quality, culturally responsive preschool that blends public and private funding to ensure a robust and meaningful experience for children, staff, and families.

The responsibilities of this job fall under three main areas:


  • Lead the daily operations and management of the Program to ensure that all licensing, funding and University Settlement standards and expectations are met
  • Supervise and support staff including Education, Clinical and Family Service, Fiscal, Custodial and Culinary Staff to perform their jobs to meet the highest standards of quality
  • Conduct outreach, and tours and be the lead on communication with current and prospective families
  • Ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards on all aspects of family services, community engagement, enrollment and eligibility.
  • Communicate with administrative departments such as Fiscal, Human Resources, Technology and Development in order to support the daily and ongoing needs of the Program


  • Manage resources effectively and within budget to ensure that the site operates effectively and efficiently, and is compliant with all federal and state laws and funder requirements
  • Manage site finances within approved budget with the assistance and support of the Senior Program Director
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the monthly financial reports, identifying trends and discrepancies
  • Communicate and clarify the monthly financial reports to assist the board in their oversight of the Center budget
  • Follow finance policies and procedures to ensure timely compliance
  • Provide contract information to the Finance Department to assist with, and ensure the accuracy of, monthly financial statements

Leadership and Coaching:

  • Lead all staff to live the mission of Children's Corner/University Settlement in their daily work and interactions
  • Support staff at all levels to identify areas for growth and to improve their practice and delivery of services
  • Use reflective supervision to mirror the respectful, reflective relationships staff have with children and families
  • Represent our Children's Corner/University Settlement in advocacy and policy conversations across New York City and beyond
  • Other duties relevant to the program operation as requested by Supervisors


  • Master's degree in Early Childhood or Childhood Education
  • Permanent/Professional NYS Teaching Certificate (N-6 or Birth-2nd Grade)
  • 3-5 years' proven success in supervision and management
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A collaborative attitude and interest in supporting the overall goals of the program and University Settlement
  • Previous experience or training on coaching or reflective supervision is desired

Hours: Full-time schedule

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package


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