JOB OPPORTUNITY – CHILDREN’S SERVICES DIRECTOR
Community Gatepath has been providing children and families with a path to possibilities for over 35 years. Services are offered in a therapeutic and supportive environment that focuses on a child’s motor, cognitive, communication, social, and emotional development. Our transdisciplinary team consists of special education teachers, occupational and physical therapists, and speech pathologists. Gatepath encourages active parent participation and through its Family Resource Center, offers peer support, consultation, and education to families. Early Intervention Services are available to children with special needs, ages birth to three and accepts children with and without special needs. Students ages three to five attend Learning Links Preschool, an inclusive setting for children with and without special needs.
Find out more about Community Gatepath and the services we offer at http://www.gatepath.org/whatwedo/children/
We have an immediate opportunity for a Children’s Services Director who will be responsible for the oversight of day-to-day operations, staffing, and service delivery; as well as new business and program development, for the Early Intervention, Inclusive Pre-School, and Children’s Therapy Services Programs.
Duties and Responsibilities include:
• Lead and implement program planning and curriculum development in accordance with new developments and trends in fields of children with special needs and disabilities.
• Collaborate with the VP of Programs and Services and Clinical Director of Program Development to implement measurement tools to assess impact, define advancement, and make recommendations for evolving programs to better serve our community.
• Implement culturally competent service delivery, providing culturally sensitive services to children and caregivers.
• Work with Director of Operations to oversee Children Services budget; monitoring expenses, billing, and annual planning.
• Work with Director of Operations to facilitate smooth program operations, including intake, billing and accounts receivable
EARLY INTERVENTION & CHILDREN’S THERAPY SERVICES
• Supervise Early Intervention Program activities; oversee developmental evaluations, all teaching/therapy activities, training and support to families, case management, transition services, inclusive services and activities, etc.
• Responsible for ongoing development, evaluation, and oversight of Learning Links Preschool’s child-centered, play-based curriculum with an emphasis on best practices for inclusion of children with special needs and kindergarten readiness.
• Continue to expand the growth of inclusive preschool by overseeing it’s marketing and outreach efforts and by building collaborations and partnerships
• Work with Learning Links Preschool Manager on efficient enrollment process from start to finish; including tours and cultivation of new prospects, strategic recruitment to ensure enrollment at full capacity.
• Manage Learning Links Special Education Services by taking the lead responsibility for relationships with school districts, provision of special education services, and school district contracts.
• Enhance Learning Links Preschool Services delivery model; lead the NAEYC accreditation process and implement DRDP assessments for all children in the program.
• Develop strong relationships and partnerships to realize referrals and new business goals for Early Intervention Services and Learning Links Preschool; including relationships with other infant/children’s programs, recreation providers, school districts, and private vendors.
• Manage parent/family community relations and build a culture of family engagement, serve as primary point person for Children Services families and caregivers.
• Organize hiring, supervision, and evaluation of performance of Learning Links Preschool Manager, Family Resource Center and Early Intervention staff.
• Oversee training, coaching and mentoring to new and current Children Services staff, interns, and volunteers.
• Identify staff development opportunities to continue to support professional development and ensure program adoption of clinically recognized best practices.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR POSITION:
• Knowledge and experience with Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Early Intervention, Psychological Services, inclusive preschool, habilitation, health, social services interventions, and evidence based best practices used in the area of services to children with a range of developmental disabilities, and their families/caregivers.
• Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, accreditation standards, and safety guidelines related to the area of developmentally disabled services for children.
• Knowledge of principles and practices of program management and operations; including program planning, implementation and evaluation, as well as administrative workflow and day to day operations.
• Proven leadership and track record providing effective inclusive services to children and youth.
• Experience supervising teaching and therapeutic staff; providing leadership and mentorship for excellence and performance delivery.
• Energize staff and community about the vision, mission, goals, and objectives of Community Gatepath.
• Ability to develop, evaluate and maintain accurate record keeping systems, prepare complex and detailed written reports, procedures and contracts.
• Understanding of and ability to provide public leadership in national, state and local political arenas.
• Ability to adjust to changing priorities from various directives, manage workload changes and impacts, including multi-tasking under stress to meet deadlines.
• Commitment to high quality training, customer service, and quality assurance.
• Demonstrate a positive outlook and enthusiasm, be self-motivated and have high energy. Model leadership-level behaviors and attitude.
• Computer proficiency required in Microsoft Word and Excel and clinical software systems.
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and ability is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to qualify is:
• Master’s degree and/or B.A./B.S. degree in Early Childhood Special Education or equivalent work experience at management level.
• Seven years experience working in health/education service delivery programs with direct ownership of staff supervision, project management, budget planning, and business development goals.
• Preschool and Early Intervention management experience preferred. Two to three years experience directing a preschool of more than 100 children a plus.