The Early Childhood Manager works with the Director of Programming to manage Next Generation Academy Program, focusing particularly on providing high quality educational programming and services to the children of Generation Hope Scholars. The Early Childhood Manager should have a solid track record in working with youth and children, a strong background in early childhood education, experience in managing a team, possess strategic planning skills, provide outstanding customer service, be an enthusiastic professional, and be able to build relationships with internal and external customers. She/he must have a demonstrated interest in serving low-income students and children and be dedicated to doing whatever it takes to support our Scholars and their children.
Foster a cohesive shared vision for early childhood education at Generation Hope. The vision should be centered on developing the academic, social, and emotional skills of our Scholars’ children. The Early Childhood Manager must work to ensure that Hope Coaches (i.e. case managers), facilitators, leadership, volunteers, and Scholars all understand the philosophy and purpose of Next Generation Academy and how they can support its success.
Ensure high-quality curriculum and instruction. Our Early Childhood Manager must know what high quality early education instruction looks like and design curricula aligned to standards that challenge, engage, inspire, and empower our Scholars’ children. Curriculum modules should be focused on literacy, language, cognitive, and social-emotional development and should be designed with an equity lens.
Use data to improve instruction. Our Early Childhood Manager should be familiar with the assessments used in Next Generation Academy, including the ASQ, Bracken School Readiness Assessment, and Healthy Families Parenting Inventory; and implement clear, consistent strategies for using data to analyze student success and use the results to address gaps and inequities.
In collaboration with other staff, plan monthly Family Dinners and Parent Connect meetings in DC, Maryland, and Virginia including designing curriculum and recruiting facilitators.
Use data to improve programming. Track and maintain Scholar and child data (contact information, grades, mentor meetings, developmental screenings and milestones, etc.) using evaluation tracking software. Work with the Director of Programming to collect and analyze data for program evaluation purposes.
Working with the Director of Programming, refine and improve the Next Generation Academy program, including supporting case managers, working with relevant staff to ensure the success of trainings and workshops throughout the year, and working with the Volunteer & Outreach Associate to improve recruitment of Resource Families and ensure childcare volunteers are carrying out programming according to our early childhood philosophy.
Design and in some cases lead, exciting, educational programming for Scholar’s children during Generation Hope trainings, monthly dinners, etc., This includes recruiting and organizing external facilitators for childcare sessions, refining and updating policies for childcare volunteers, and improving and leading all training for childcare volunteers and childcare captains. The Early Childhood Manager is also responsible for evaluating the success of the childcare program.
Manage 2-4 case managers, ensuring they are supported in their professional growth through weekly 1:1 meetings, home visit observations, and regularly providing coaching and guidance. Work with the Director of Programming and College Completion Manager to hold weekly program team meetings and Next Generation Academy staff meetings and to plan regular morale activities for the program team. Identify and consult with the program team to resolve complex issues and problems.
Manage a small caseload of Scholar Families, providing academic and life support to ensure that they earn their degrees, monthly home visiting using the Parents as Teachers curriculum, and support for their child’s development
Ensure a positive and impactful volunteer experience for our Resource Families, including gathering their feedback throughout the year both formally and informally, working with the College Completion Manager to ensure that Resource Families are being thanked and appreciated, leading the Resource Family interview, selection, and matching processes, and planning and executing the annual Resource Family trainings.
Build community partnerships with nonprofits, service organizations, and government agencies that can provide services for the children of Generation Hope Scholars
Maintain in-depth knowledge of both federal and location-specific childcare policies and best practices in selecting childcare, and be able to provide advice on childcare issues to Scholars, Sponsors, and program staff as necessary.
Represent Generation Hope at relevant convenings on early childhood topics, such as conferences, roundtables, etc., as appropriate.
Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
Other duties as assigned.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR A HARDWORKING, INNOVATIVE, COLLABORATIVE INDIVIDUAL WHO THRIVES IN A FAST PACED ENVIRONMENT. THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE MUST HAVE THESE QUALITIES/QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field plus one year related work experience in a licensed early childhood program OR a combination of post-secondary education and experience equal to five years
At least 3 years experience working with high school or college age youth, particularly youth from marginalized communities
At least two years of management experience
Ability to analyze and interpret program performance data and make data-driven adjustments to maximize impact
Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals and to initiate process improvements
Goal-oriented, with strong initiative and creative problem-solving skills
Experience creating and executing overarching plans to meet organizational goals
Demonstrated ability to innovate in order to improve programs or processes and dedication to the goal of continuous improvement
Flexible and willing to contribute when necessary to projects outside of own department
Experience planning and facilitating or co-leading workshops and events
Access to reliable, insured transportation to get to events around the D.C. metro area
Willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs and schedules of Scholars and their children. Must be available for special events and trainings, which may occur on evenings and weekends.
Unquestioned integrity and commitment to Generation Hope’s mission and values
THE FOLLOWING QUALIFICATIONS ARE PREFERRED:
Experience working with teen parents strongly preferred.
Experience working with low-income children a plus. Experience with home visiting or family case management a plus.
Experience with program evaluation a plus.
Bilingual Spanish/English a plus
Generation Hope is an equal opportunity employer. Generation Hope will not discriminate on any basis prohibited by law, including marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, breastfeeding, or reproductive health decisions), age, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, and disability.
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Additional Salary Information: Generation Hope offers a competitive salary and full benefits package.
About Generation Hope
About Generation Hope:
Founded in 2010, Generation Hope provides mentoring, tuition assistance, case management, and other support and resources, and services to help teen parents become college graduates and to help their children become kindergarten rock stars. To date we have provided more than $600,000 in tuition assistance, supported 200 teen parents in college, and celebrated 76 teen parents earning degrees through our program.
Generation Hope currently serves 100 teen parents attending 19 different colleges and 200 expecting or parenting high school students annually through college-readiness workshops. In July 2018, Generation Hope expanded its services in a pilot program called Next Generation Academy, which provides literacy and social-emotional learning as well as case management to the children of Generation Hope Scholars.
Generation Hope’s founder is a CNN Hero and was named a 2017 Minority Business Leader by the Washington Business Journal as well as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Washingtonian in April 2017. Nicole Lynn Lewis was also awarded the national grand prize winner in the 2018 Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards. Additionally, the Catalogue for Philanthro...py has twice named the organization “one of the best” nonprofits in the D.C. region.
Please visit www.supportgenerationhope.org for more information.