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Instructional Design

Deputy Director of Education

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Executive  
Organization Type Non-Profit  
Pay Range $90k - $120k  


Executive & Administrative Headquarters (117 West 124th St)

$90,000- $120,000

Position Summary:  Children’s Aid’s Early Childhood Division is founded on the belief that strong communities are built by children and families who have the access and skills and choice to create pathways to their success.  

The Division’s Deputy Director of Education will ensure that the Division’s systems are running effectively in order to ensure that all children reach developmentally appropriate milestones through the implementation of evidence-based curricula, individualized support and high quality learning environments.  By leading our 0-5 Educational supports across the Division, the Deputy Director of Education will focus on making sure that all the children and families will be ready to be successful in Kindergarten and in life, while ensuring that all Head Start Performance Standards and specific funding regulations are met or exceeded.


As a critical member of the Early Childhood central Leadership Team, the Deputy Director of Education is responsible for the following:

Curriculum & Instruction

  • Oversee and direct curriculum implementation, policies/procedures and tools across the 0-5 continuum to ensure all children transition out of our early childhood programs Kindergarten-ready.
  • Build a culture across sites that develops and maintains high-quality, safe and nurturing environments where children develop trusting and accepting relationships with adults and peers that foster growth and development.
  • Work with Education Leaders to implement the child assessment system reliably, including understanding child outcomes data and using them to plan and individualize.

Program Design, Management and Supervision 

  • Continuously monitor and improve the Division’s Education System.
  • Supervise the Disabilities Coordinator, the Curriculum Specialists, and Education Leaders, as necessary.
  • Responsibly manage Central training budgets.

Leadership & Governance

  • Join the EC Leadership Team to keep Children’s Aid’s Executive Staff, the Policy Council and the Head Start Board Committee informed on Educational progress over the course of each program year.

Continuous Quality Improvement & Outcomes

  • Monitor educational progress and assess trends across the tri-annual checkpoints for child outcome data.
  • Monitor progress and assess trends across assessment tools (i.e. ECERS, ITERS, CLASS, HOVRS)

Professional Development

  • Collaborate with the Central Leadership Team to plan, coordinate, and implement a wide range of diverse, applicable, and creative professional development opportunities for all staff.
  • Participate in offered trainings, workshops, in-service days, and/or all-staff conferences.


  • Master’s Degree in Education, Child Development or a related field required.
  • At least five years management experience, with experience in evaluation, early childhood instructional practices, and staff development
  • New York State Certification is strongly preferred.
  • CLASS certification preferred.
  • Experience working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and children with Special Needs
  • Strong administrative skills are required
  • Excellent communication and computer skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Commitment to professional development for themselves and their staff
  • Obtain certifications in CPR, First Aid and pass all background clearances


Job Type: Full Time 

Location: Manhattan

About Organization

Our Mission:

Children's Aid helps children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods.

For 170 years, Children’s Aid has been committed to ensuring that there are no boundaries to the aspirations of young people, no limits to their potential. We are leading a comprehensive counterattack on the obstacles that threatens kids’ achievement in school and in life.

At Children’s Aid, we are teachers and social workers, coaches and health care providers. We know what it takes to ensure children grow up strong and healthy, and ready to thrive in school and life.