Program Director                 

REPORTS TO:                     Executive Director

CLASSIFICATION:            Exempt

HOURS PER WEEK:          40 Hours

PRIMARY PURPOSE:

Provides strategic direction and leadership of DEPC’s Child Care Resource and Referral program services (Family Services, Provider Services, Coordinated Subsidy) to ensure collaboration, use of best practices, and alignment of activities within DEPC’s model of services in order to achieve the organization’s  mission and goals.

ABILITIES NEEDED:

  • Excellent planning and process management skills
  • Excellent collaboration skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent facilitation and creative problem solving skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to coach individuals and multiple teams towards shared benchmarks
  • To work independently as well as function as part of a larger team
  • Technologically proficient, detail oriented and able to meet deadlines
  • Must be proactive and able to manage high volume, complex work
  • Strong financial management skills

WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in child/family services, early childhood education or a related field
  • 3-5 years’ experience coordinating work of diverse groups of people
  • 3-5 years’ experience in program implementation and management, including budget development and management
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Proficiency in budget and planning, grant writing, utilization of community resources, and family support program development and implementation
  • At least two (2) years’ experience in staff management
  • Understanding of human service program development, evaluation and improvement
  • Strong understanding of child and family development, family systems theory and practices, and family support principles and evidence based practices

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Implementation of Agency Initiatives

  • Provide programmatic direction to the organization to ensure alignment of goals and strategies with the vision and mission of DEPC.
  • Analyze data as needed to comply with evaluation process, inform planning and ensure continued progress towards strategic plan benchmarks.
  • Communicate implementation of program plans and processes to staff, community groups, stakeholders, DEPC Board and Committees in order to build engagement and drive to utilize DEPC program services in order to launch all children in the community as healthy learners by the end of grade 3.
  • Approve program related purchases
  • Approve subsidy related contracts and expenses (invoices, scholarship parent change notices and vouchers, monitoring forms, and budget projections/adding new children)
  • Manages content development for Building Blocks Newsletter
  • Participate in technical assistance sessions with funders.
  • As member of the Grants Management team, complete reports and grant renewals to funding agencies.
  • Manage Coordinated Subsidy Workgroup and Family First initiative
  • Provide direct support and coaching to the model fidelity implementation of evidence-based programs

Supervision

  • Directly supervises the Family Services Program Manager, Provider Services Program Manager, Subsidy Program Manager and Program Specialist.
    • Oversee establishment and implementation of policies and procedures
    • Works with staff to complete individual self-reviews
  • Facilitate monthly meetings with DEPC program managers to ensure implementation of evidence-based strategies, program collaboration and the integration of customer services to achieve annual outcomes and long term DEPC goals.
  • Supervises the annual activity plan development for internal programs, including outcomes and budgets

Other

  • Attends Directors, Grants Management, Advisory Committees, Early Childhood Community Partners (ECCP), and Quarterly Review meetings as needed.
  • Attend quarterly Board meetings as needed.
  • Attend DEPC staff meetings and annual retreats.
  • Represent DEPC in meetings and activities
  • Responsible and accountable to the Executive Director for day-to-day activities.
  • Other duties assigned as deemed appropriate by the Executive Director

 EDUCATION:

  • At minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in education, child and family relations or related human service field.
  • Preferred: A master’s in public administration, early childhood education, or related human service field

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • While performing this job the employee is:
    • Frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands or arms
    • Periodically required to stand; walk, stoop, kneel
    • Occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include: close vision and the ability to adjust focus to operate the computer
  • The position also requires the ability to periodically work under time pressure
  • The position requires the ability to communicate verbally with people

All inquiries and applications should be submitted to Carol Crocker at ccrocker@depc.org