Youth Policy Institute

  • Early Childhood & Education Manager

    Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
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    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    This position is responsible for managing and overseeing a cluster of center and classrooms within the Early Head Start Program; ensures compliances with Title 22 and the Head Start Performance Standards and; assures the delivery of quality education and early childhood, mental health and disabilities services to children and their families. Supports YPI’s ECS philosophies, policies, goals, objectives and, has a measurable impact on improving the outcomes for children.


    • The manager works with YPI staff, management and community agencies/partners.
    • The manager collaborates with program services and external consultants to coordinate referrals, evaluations, services and transition plans for enrolled children and their families. Ensures the referrals for mental health and disabilities are promptly completed and; oversees that follow up occurs within a timely manner.
    • In collaboration with the EHS Deputy Director, actively participates on ongoing monitoring activities, program self-assessments, quality assessment, and when needed, develops corrective actions.
    • Leads the development of School Readiness Plans. Tracks and reports progress on School Readiness goals and child outcomes.
    • The manager is responsible for managing the early childhood and education services and works with staff and/or consultants to ensure children with potential disabilities or mental health concerns receive the supports needed to address those concerns.
    • Responsible for service area budgets and completion of contractually mandated reports. On an ongoing basis, gathers, analyzes and prepares various regular and special reports to meet internal or external requirements.
    • Develops training plans and acts as a coach/mentor to assigned teaching staff. Presents workshops and trainings on topics relevant to early care and education, early intervention, group management, developmentally appropriate practices and other related topics. Maintains working knowledge of current practices and research in the early childhood education field through reading, participating in seminars and other educational opportunities.
    • Ensures compliance with YPI’s record keeping and confidentiality policies including monitoring to assure that paperwork in files is correct, current and kept in accordance with the confidentiality policy.
    • Conducts classroom observations and implements required tools (ITERS, FCERS, ECERS, etc.) to ensure developmentally appropriate practices and continuous improvement of early childhood and education approaches for children.
    • Works with partners, Policy Council or Committee representatives and other community agencies and as such, presents an outstanding professional demeanor while on the job and the community serves with YPI.
    • In collaboration with the EHS Director, develops or revises program policies and procedures for the assigned service areas. Ensure the established policies and procedures for early childhood and education, mental health and disabilities are fully implemented.
    • Responsible for supervising teaching staff, interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning staffing partners, assigning, and directing work; conducting performance evaluations; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
    • Participates in recruitment of eligible children/families.
    • Ensures Unusual Incidents reports are completed within the designated timelines.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • A minimum of five years of experience demonstrating increased responsibility in working with children ages 0-5, including those with disabilities with a minimum of 3 of those years being managerial experience.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a related field from a four year university required. Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a related field preferred.
    • Experience working with children birth to five years of age and low income families in childcare, Early Head Start or Head Start settings.
    • 15 Hours of Preventative Health and Safety or certified copies of transcripts that identifies the number of hours and the specific course(s) taken for training in preventative health practices.
    • This position requires extensive travel.
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
    • Spanish/English bilingual preferred.
    • Knowledge of early care and education regulations, including Title 5, Title 22, Head Start Act, Head Start Performance Standards, CDE, NAEYC, USDA  Food Program and applicable regulations.
    • Experience with the curriculum implementation.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills which include the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
    • Sensitivity to service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
    • Must complete Community Care Licensing Director’s Orientation within 30 days of hire.
    • Program Director Permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing required.
    • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret data, regulations and reports. Ability to write clear, concise.
    • Must be able to produce correspondence, policies, procedures, forms.
    • Must have intermediate knowledge of computer programs in a Windows environment, including Word, Excel and email; Internet software; Spreadsheets; Word Processing and PowerPoint.
    • Clear criminal record with the Department of Justice following a fingerprint screening.
    • Completed and signed statement of any pending and prior criminal arrests/charges/convictions related to child sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, and/or violent felonies.
    • Successful completion of an initial health examination, performed by or under the supervision of a physician, to determine, at minimum, if the prospective employee can perform the duties outlined in the position description.
    • Proof of the absence of Tuberculosis, from a physician, to show that the prospective employee is cleared to work with children and families dated within 60 days prior to hire date.
    • Must have access to reliable transportation to arrive to work site at scheduled time consistently. If applicable, will be required to provide proof of current California drive license, acceptable driving record (current DMV H6 printout), and current liability auto insurance.


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