The University of Maryland School of Social Work is currently seeking a Director for Early Childhood programming. The primary purpose of the Director for Early Childhood is to create and implement a strategic plan that facilitates collaboration and coordination among existing early childhood education programs in the West Baltimore community of Upton/Druid Heights to prepare low income children to enter kindergarten and to improve transitions from early learning to K-12. The Director will create a local coalition to develop an early childhood system of care in which public and private providers offer a wide range of programs working toward the same goals with the same expectations. This position will directly supervise a team of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants (licensed social workers) and facilitate a parent education curriculum.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and observed holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
Work with early learning providers, public school leadership, and Promise Heights (PH) staff to create and convene an early childhood education network to ensure services are high quality and comprehensive for children from birth through Kindergarten.
Ensure local efforts are aligned with state and local standards and assessments, and lead to the development of an academic growth plan.
Work with the Director of Research and Evaluation to develop a framework to assess the strengths and areas of improvement of local programs. Compile statistical progress reports for funders.
Create and implement professional development opportunities for early childhood educators and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants. Integrate PH early childhood programs ( B'more for Healthy Babies, Parent University, Family Check-up, Chicago Parenting Program ) into a pipeline of integrated and connected programs.
Manage Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants and their teams at each elementary school, which may include BSW staff and MSW interns. Provide supervision for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants and BSW staff as required for licensure. Develop and implement new and innovative programs for parents to increase their knowledge on child development, brain development, and responsive parenting.
Work to increase the number of seats in high quality early learning programs while helping families access those seats. Conduct and/or refer young children to early screenings to identify needs and drive supports. Develop and implement Kindergarten readiness transition programs between child care providers and local schools. Share best practices with early childhood educators and PH staff.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Education : Bachelor's degree in related field. Advanced degree in early childhood education or social work is preferred.
Experience : Six (6) years in early childhood education and/or early childhood mental health services with at least two (2) years of experience of overall responsibility for program direction, coordination and implementation.
Supervision : Two (2) years of direct supervision and management experience.
Preferred : LCSW-C in the state of Maryland is preferred.
Other : No substitution of experience for minimum education requirement.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Understanding of current research, trends, and highlights from the field related to early childhood education, social emotional learning. Self-starter, organized, and detailed-orientated. Excellent interpersonal, communications, public speaking, and presentation skills. Experienced problem-solver; strong conflict resolution ability. Ability to multi-task, meet strict deadlines, and work under time pressure.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience.
If accommodations are needed, contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff - E1428G
Employee Class : Exempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Financial Disclosure: No
Organization: School of Social Work
Job Posting: Jan 8, 2019
Unposting Date: Feb 8, 2019, 4:59:00 AM
Internal Number: 109501
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.