Early Education Administrator
|Reports to: Associate Administrator
Partners with and provides leadership and support to educators, families and community agencies to meet the needs and help ensure success of all early learners. Plans, facilitates, coordinates and evaluates comprehensive services for early learners birth to age 5 (Early ACCESS and Early Childhood). Manages, supervises and evaluates professional and support staff members.
Master’s degree in field of education, social services or related area (or alternatively, Bachelor’s degree and seven years of experience).
- Iowa instructional or support license
- Iowa Evaluator license or endorsement.
- Five years of professional experience in early or special education.
- Background and knowledge in early childhood, which may include but not be limited to community systems and family resources.
Leads, manages and monitors a full continuum of educational programs and services for early learners to create a positive learning environment for children and meet early learner needs.
Implements Early ACCESS and Early Childhood central administrative procedures, including reporting requirements, fiscal oversight, resource allocation, communications and supports for compliance standards.
- Supports Early ACCESS and early childhood service providers in the applicable rules and laws, policies, procedures and research-based family-centered practices to enhance educational programming for children.
- Manages regional use of state system resources and collaborates with various AEA, district, family and community teams to assure positive outcomes for all learners.
- Facilitates data collection and provides leadership and support regarding data analysis.
- Leads Parent Educator Partnership (PEP) program and partners with others to assure adequate support and resources are available to parents of children with special needs.
- Establishes, implements and evaluates Agency activities in response to best practice and changing client needs.
- Manages, supervises and evaluates effectiveness of designated staff.
Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the Agency’s mission, goals and priorities.
- Pursues professional growth opportunities and relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.
- Promotes a learning environment and assists staff in accessing necessary resources for individual professional growth goals.
- Develops and maintains effective team functioning through collegial problem solving, coaching and mentoring.
- Assures equitable distribution of Agency services throughout 7-county region.
- Performs such other duties as may be assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships.
- Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with others.
- Ability and willingness to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of clients and the Agency.
- Thorough knowledge of issues related to early learners and instructional practice.
- Customer-oriented communication skills with sensitivity to staff and community.
- Ability to develop long-range and short-range plans and manage creatively and collaboratively.
- Knowledge of best practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment.
- Knowledge of applicable rules and laws that govern educational decisions.
- Effective group facilitation skills.
- Ability to effectively monitor, evaluate, lead and develop staff.
- Knowledge of IDEA Part B and Part C federal and state regulations.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate understanding for sensitive situations.
- Progressive and visionary in responding to current laws, trends and issues in education.
- Ability to read and interpret documents, write reports and correspondence, and apply appropriate mathematical concepts.
Ability to travel between sites served.
Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that can’t always be anticipated.