Educare seeks an Executive Director to serve as a leader in Washington, DC and within the Educare Learning Network. The Executive Director is responsible for leading the Educare School of Washington, DC to the highest standards of educational excellence. S/he will lead staff to accomplish the school’s strategic and operational goals. In collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will work to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the school, integrate Educare into the Washington, DC community and work with peer leaders in the field to build an even stronger system of early childhood education in the region.
The Executive Director of Educare of Washington, DC reports to the Board of Directors. The Educare School Director, Administrative Operations Manager and the Administrative Assistant report directly to the Executive Director. This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
– Provide leadership and engage staff, Board and key stakeholders to ensure collective buy-in and a shared vision for the Educare School.
– In collaboration with the Board of Directors, establish a long-range strategy and plan in order to ensure the long term effectiveness and sustainability of the Educare School.
– Ensure that the tactics and resources necessary to implement the program and strategy are in place.
– Work closely with the Board of Directors to leverage the skills and influence of the Board to assist in Board development and fundraising efforts.
– Collaborate with the Board to ensure execution of organizational strategy.
– Develop and present to the Board strategic and operational plans with measurable goals.
Fiscal Management and Fundraising
– Drive the overall fundraising strategy by developing and executing strategies that ensure a sustainable and diverse funding stream and leverage the expertise and contacts of the Board.
– Develop an annual budget for review and approval by the Board.
– Oversee the preparation, monitoring and analysis of the budget and ensure that expenditures are within budget amounts and oversee and prepare budget revisions as needed.
– Ensure the fiscal systems are in place, internal controls and procedures are adhered to in order to meet the regulatory needs of all the funding bodies.
– Provide leadership and oversight to the organizational management and operations of the Educare School while ensuring compliance with federal, state, local, and other funder requirements.
– Lead the creation and implementation of the school’s annual program goals and work plan.
– Collaborate with the School Director, to ensure a culture of excellence, quality assurance and continuous program improvement
– Collaborate with the National Evaluation Partner and Local Evaluation Partner to ensure participation in Educare Learning Network evaluation activities.
Relationships, Spokesperson, Communications
– Represent and serve as the public face of Educare of Washington, DC locally and nationally.
– Work with peer leaders in the Washington, DC community to build a stronger system of early childhood education in the region
– Communicate, advocate and generate visibility and support for the mission, vision and goals of Educare.
– Develop and maintain relationships with key funders, community stakeholders, government agencies, philanthropy and other external partners and organizations.
EDUCATIONAL AND WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
– Advanced degree in Education, Program Administration, Social Work, Health, Developmental Psychology or related field preferred
– 10 years leadership experience in a public, not-for-profit or business organization
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
– Demonstrated experience balancing strategic thinking with program execution
– Proven track record of fundraising success with both public and private funds; in-depth understanding of early childhood funding sources
– Experience working closely with a Board of Directors
– Strong interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to write clearly, speak in public forums to diverse audiences, and communicate effectively with stakeholders, staff and colleagues
– Proven knowledge of and commitment to progressive management practices, including team building, negotiation skills and collaborative decision-making
– Demonstrated ability to work effectively with racially and ethnically diverse stakeholders, communities and staff
– Demonstrated ability to manage budgetary responsibilities and financial planning
– Knowledge of current issues, research and practice in the fields of education, and/or early learning preferred
– Knowledge of Head Start performance standards, Early Head Start and Head Start programs preferred