At Martha’s Table, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity for his or her brightest future and a family and community deeply committed to their success. The organization values a “roll up your sleeves attitude” and a “joy in the day and joy in the work” approach in an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We believe in the power of community – a strong community. For over 35 years, we have offered a continuum of support — through which we offer access to healthy food and quality education — to strengthen the lives of children and their families, and build stronger, healthier communities. Through our Healthy Start program, we provide nationally accredited, high-quality early education programming and the health and life supports to ensure a great start for children from 6 weeks to 18 years of age.
The Senior Director, Education is a visionary, dynamic, passionate change agent and educational leader responsible for advancing and strengthening the Education programs at Martha’s Table. This person will strategically lead all education initiatives aimed at ensuring Success by Third Grade for all children enrolled in Martha’s Table education programs, which include Early Childhood Education, Out of School Time, Older Youth, and Family Engagement and Education programs. The following leaders report to the Senior Director: Director, Early Childhood Education (The Commons); Director, Early Childhood Education(Maycroft); Director, Out of School Time; Director, Instruction and Program Quality; and Assistant Director, Family Engagement and Education. Additionally, the Education Operations Manager reports to the Senior Director, Education. This position is part of the senior management team and, along with other team members, will actively contribute to strategic planning and share responsibility for the overall management of Martha’s Table, the promotion of its reputation, and the fulfillment of its mission.
Duties & Responsibilities
Model transformative learning approach to education.
Ensure the creation of high-quality education program models for two locations aimed at supporting strong children, strong families, and a strong community.
Design and implement the Success by Third Grade framework that delivers needle moving educational outcomes for the Early Childhood Education program, Family Engagement and Education program, and Out of School Time program.
Attract, retain, and support of a high performing leadership team.
Identify and utilize the proper educational tools and resources to ensure Success by Third Grade.
Design partnership model for Older Youth programming at Martha’s Table in collaboration with Chief Program Officer.
Establish key program partnerships for Older Youth at Martha’s Table.
Design and measure effectiveness of high quality curriculum in collaboration with education directors.
Develop and implement a robust family engagement and education program to establish and strengthen the home-school partnership in collaboration with the Director, Family Engagement and Education.
Sustain partnerships with school leaders in Ward 8.
Responsible for the measurement, assessment and reporting of all education program outcomes.
Responsible for training, supervising and managing leadership team, consultants, contractors, and others performing functions in the department. This includes timely completion of performance evaluations and professional development plans.
Responsible for generating quarterly education program dashboards and other Board reports as necessary.
Responsible for generating quarterly Progress to Outcomes reports and facilitating meeting with Chief Program Officer and education leadership team.
Responsible for identifying program growth areas and proposing models for closing gaps aimed at supporting achievement (academic, social-emotional, and developmental) for all children enrolled in education programs.
In collaboration with education directors, develop and support the mastery of the leadership competencies of the Education leadership team.
Responsible for strategic management of resources and environment.
Design, manage, and implement critical operating and cost efficiencies within education program’s budget in collaboration with education program directors.
Responsible for the hiring, onboarding and offboarding of department staff consistent with Martha’s Table policies and procedures.
Responsible for knowledge of department policies and practices that ensure a safe program for program participants, staff, and others in the space, including emergency plans.
Responsible for collaborating with the Compliance department to ensure all education programs operate within the expectations put forth by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
Ensure that all programming requirements and performance outcomes adhere to multiple funding and model requirements.
Support Martha’s Table efforts in advancing racial equity and transformative community engagement.
Lead a culture of outcomes-based practice to spur progress and effectiveness of the education program as a whole.
Foster a positive “culture of transformation” and contribute to Martha’s Table capacity and efforts around organizational learning and knowledge management.
Responsible for department providing necessary information to secure grants, including government contracts, and to ensure compliance with reporting requirements.
Responsible for collaborating with the other Senior Directors and the Director, Volunteers and Community Supports to ensure integration between all programs at Martha’s Table.
Responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with external partners, including other non-profits, schools, government agencies, coalitions, funders, and other supporters.
Responsible for working with other departments to identify and develop program funding for the department.
Responsible for representing Martha’s Table at speaking and other public events.
Minimum of a master’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university, at least fifteen (18) credit hours from an accredited college or university in early childhood education or early childhood development, and experience working in an elementary education school system licensed by District of Columbia or its equivalent in another jurisdiction.
Director is a member of national early childhood and elementary professional organizations.
Commitment to Martha’s Table’s mission.
Strong leadership, management, and organization and program design skills. Strong understanding of opportunities and challenges facing urban communities.
At least ten (10) years of supervisory and administrative experience working with elementary and early childhood programs. Experience working with youth programs strongly desired but not required.
Extensive experience managing complex change efforts in multi-faceted education programs. Experience with staff training, management, and evaluation.
Demonstrated ability to stay informed about new developments in best practice and research relating to elementary education, early childhood education, out of school time, and older youth.
Extensive experience using evidence-based assessment tools to drive outcomes for students. Leadership experience in multicultural environments serving vulnerable or underserved populations.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills a plus.
Proficiency in multiple software applications including most Microsoft Office products.
Excellent interpersonal communications skills (oral and written) with parents, teachers, and children.
Effectively communicate with funders and other external constituents and partners.
Experience navigating Excel and Google drive.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience.
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