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Boston Public Schools Executive Director of Early Childhood (SY23-24) in Boston, Massachusetts

Reports to: Chief, Teaching & Learning General Description and Goals: Over the past 16 years, the BPS Department of Early Childhood has grown from one employee with a mandate to bring public pre-K to Boston’s four-year-olds to a team of 32 dedicated professionals. The Department oversees: design and implementation of PreK to 2nd grade curriculum, assessment, professional development and early childhood accreditation. In addition the Department oversees several city wide initiatives including UPK in Community Based programs, Countdown to Kindergarten and Boston Saves. In all, the Department provides support to assure quality instruction in 700 classrooms that reach over 12,000 three to eight year olds across the city. The Department of Early Education is looking ahead strategically to build upon its success and strengthen an organizational foundation that will enable it to deliver a high level of excellence and innovation for decades to come through: (1) Partnering with local organizations to support the Mayor’s and Superintendent’s vision of universal mixed delivery system by overseeing curriculum development and supports for PreK programs in Community Based PreK classrooms; and (2) Developing a preK to third grade strategy which includes oversight of first & second grade curriculum for the district. (3) Continue to share its nationally recognized curriculum and systems with partners who aspire to support P-2 early childhood programs in high quality instructional settings. The Department of Early Childhood operates within a $20 million budget in public and private funding to support all these initiatives. Responsibilities:The Executive Director of Early Childhood provides strategic, organizational and administrative leadership for a team of 32 educators and is responsible for fostering a diverse and effective team by providing coaching, staff development and mentorship; communicate and monitor performance expectations. The Executive Director oversees the department’s budget and is responsible for all fundraising efforts, and financial activities to advance the academic and programmatic work of the department. Primary responsibilities are: Manage the $20 million budget which comes from 9 different sources (public and private grants) Oversee the negotiation, purchasing and contracting for all goods and services for department activities Project manage the roll out of new Prekindergarten- 2nd grade classrooms, including finding sites, supporting new principals through the process, ordering all classroom supplies and materials, and serving as the liaison to other departments who play critical roles in opening new classrooms (especially Facilities and Strategic Planning) Project manage the roll out of new curriculum (preschool to grade 2), including professional development and deployment of coaches and other support staff. Oversee the creation and implementation of a mixed delivery system UPK program in the city of Boston. Currently the program serves 600, three and 3 and 4 year olds. Oversee all activities of Countdown to Kindergarten Oversee staff of Boston Saves in BPS Supervise 32 members of the Early Childhood Staff, including our staff and administrative assistants Support all members of the department in managing their projects by acting as a thought partner, facilitator and sometimes supervisor Support the organizing and facilitating staff meetings, staff retreats and major project meetings Recruit, hire and development the early childhood staff including Countdown to Kindergarten, UPK, and Boston Saves Serve as a liaison to other central operations departments that are crucial to high quality early education (PreK-2ndd grade) including facilities, human resources, strategic planning and budget and purchasing Represent BPS at various city-wide and national early childhood planning forums Act as a facilitator and advocate specifically for the department’s projects and for high quality early education in the BPS generally Evaluate the above efforts using nationally reliable and valid metrics to measure and improve teacher practice and student outcomes Provide strategic leadership on development and fundraising efforts through grant writing, report writing and all other duties to fulfill our financial goals and obligations Qualifications/Required: Master’s Degree A minimum of ten years of applicable job experience Exceptional organizational skills and efficiency in setting and meeting deadlines Exceptional project management and problem solving skills Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills Strong communications skills across many mediums, including face to face, email, and writing Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with many different people Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft word, excel and power point. Basic knowledge of statistics and research and evaluation methodologies An appreciate for and resilience in the face of large, complex organizations A passion for improving the systems and processes that deliver education to Boston’s youngest students Qualifications/Preferred: Doctorate in Education or an MBA or public policy degree 15 years of experience in Early Childhood Education and Management Experience with grant writing and grant management Experience in large, complex organizations and a demonstrated effectiveness within them Experience managing or facilitating teams of diverse skills and styles Experience writing reports Experience with Access and/or other database software Terms: Managerial D71 The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, employment, or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work. 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Executive Director of Early Childhood (SY23-24)

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Primary Location Central Office - Early Childhood

Salary Range D71 ($142,796) / 1.0 FTE

Shift Type Central Office

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