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Assistant Director of Family Services

As the first settlement house in the nation and for over 130 years, University Settlement has been empowering New York 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.

The Early Head Start and Head Start Program provides comprehensive child and family development services through home visits, center-based classrooms and case management. The program provides family support services and advocacy to low-income pregnant women and families with children birth to three.

The Assistant Director of Family Services, you will maintain a high-quality program to meet the fullest needs of our participants. You will ensure program quality and confirm the program is in compliance with Early Head Start Performance Standards regulations and maintaining necessary documentation. You will also lead and mentor future Social Workers.


  • Oversee the development of an individualized family plan that will enhance and promote a positive relationship between parent and child
  • Assist staff in assessing the parent-child relationship and provide appropriate guidance
  • Administer developmental assessments for children and provide written reports to staff with anticipatory guidance and follow-up plan
  • Provide infant/mental health training and guidance to staff and families
  • Provide direct services to families through home visits and individual meetings with parents and staff
  • Assist in planning and evaluation of all program components
  • Coordinate programming including program events, staff trainings, and staff meetings
  • Other duties as requested by supervisor


  •  Bachelor's required; Masters in Social Work, Clinical or Developmental Psychology, Infant & Child Mental Health preferred
  • You have 5+ years working with families and children prenatal to three years of age
  • You have 3+ years supervising staff
  • You are organized and passionate about accuracy
  • You meet deadlines on time, all the time
  • Fluency in Spanish or Chinese is a huge plus
  • Willingness to be an advocate for your program, participants and community
  • You have a strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion

You'll be successful:

  • You're a leader, mentor, coach, and able to inspire others
  • You know that communication is key
  • You love working with people and are a relationship builder
  • You thrive in a busy environment and able to handle pressure
  • Exercise sound judgment in decision making

Contact: Submit cover letter and resume to APPLY

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to our organization. We are an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

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