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Senior Program Director- Birth to Three Programs

Supervisor: Associate Executive Director, Early Childhood Programs

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.

The Senior Program Director for our Birth to Three Programs oversees the design, management, and implementation of the agency's work with our youngest participants served through the Early Head Start, Family Child Care, and early home visiting programs. In addition to overseeing the compliance and management of multiple programs, the Senior Program Director will lead and mentor staff and will collaborate closely with the Associate Executive Director for Early Childhood Programs and the administration team (Development, Human Resources, Finance, Facilities and IT) to ensure smooth program operations. This position will be a member of the senior leadership team and will help bridge the integration of service provision within the Early Childhood division.

The ideal candidate will be results and compliance-oriented, possess strong communications, management, and coaching skills and will thrive on building systems and procedures for greater program efficiency. The candidate will be deeply connected to the mission and values of the Early Childhood programming of University Settlement and New York City at large.


  • Oversee all aspects of the programs' management including fiscal oversight
  • Supervise, coach and mentor the Program Directors for each program
  • Provide training and technical assistance to Program Directors on program assessments, correction plans, planning, and budgeting.
  • Oversee the programs' compliance with all applicable regulations and grant management standards
  • Ensure systems are in place to respond to all necessary service and management obligations as per program requirements
  • Lead the process around required reporting including refunding applications, contract renewals, progress reports, and program outcomes.
  • Work in partnership with the Development department to complete grant applications, reports, and site visits
  • Manage all fiscal responsibilities for programs that include budget development, budget analysis, and the monitoring of budget expenses in partnership with Finance Department
  • Oversee the preparation for audits and program reviews
  • Lead monthly Planning Team meetings
  • Support the implementation of the Policy Council along with peers and executive management
  • Manage all Human Resource responsibilities as necessary, in partnership with the Human Resources department
  • Oversee facilities compliance with all applicable regulations in partnership with the Facilities department.
  • Partner with executive management to identify opportunities to enhance existing programs and to deepen the Settlement's work within the context of early education policy
  • Participate in the leadership of the Settlement by connecting and integrating the work within the early childhood division and across the agency
  • Participate in policy and advocacy initiatives, and ongoing professional development related to birth to three-year-olds and the larger early childhood field
  • Other duties as requested by supervisor

General Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or equivalent experience in Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Business Administration, Social Work, Human Services
  • Five to ten years of experience in supervision and administration; with a track record of successful leadership
  • Must have experience in early childhood management and knowledge of Early Head Start and Head Start regulations
  • Must have excellent computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must have excellent writing and communication skills
  • Knowledge of ACS Early Learn Family Childcare (FCC) system and regulations preferred
  • Experience with program development is preferred
  • Knowledge and experience with outcome measurement is a plus
  • Experience working with a diverse community of clients and staff is a plus
  • Knowledge of Salesforce is a plus
  • Some public speaking required

Hours: Full time

Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus generous benefits

Contact: Submit resume and cover letter as a PDF APPLY

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