Citywide Early Education Specialist (Association Office)

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Early Childhood Education

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

We are seeking an experienced professional who will support the implementation, integration, alignment, and coordination of our Early Childhood and UPK / 3K programming. Under the supervision of the of the Vice President for Youth & Community Development, the Early Education Programs Specialist is responsible for supporting a broad portfolio of early childhood programs that will strengthen children’s wellbeing and endeavor to ensure that children are curious, inspired, and adept learners, and are well prepared for school and life. 

The program portfolio includes Early Childhood Learning Center programs, UPK programs, and wrap around or Early Childhood after school programming at 8 YMCA branches and communities, including partner public schools.

The Specialist for Early Education Programs will provide leadership for the strategy, systems, and standardization of Early Childhood program structures; including, but not limited to, the overall development, administration, and evaluation of program offerings at all of the branches. This person must have a deep understanding of the New York City early childhood funding environment as well as revenue generating programming for 0-12 year old’s and their families. The Early Education Programs Specialist will strive to grow enrollment and programs in accordance with the organization’s strategic plan, and to serve more children via structured, engaging, educational, recreational, and developmentally appropriate activities that allow children to develop and progress their skills. This role will ensure a high level of quality, communication, and collaboration among all of the Early Childhood programs and family services

By strategically assessing community needs with YMCA branches and City and community stakeholders, the Specialist for Early Education Programs will successfully maintain and continue to improve the quality of all Early Learning, Early Childhood afterschool programming, Early Childhood enrichment programs and family programs

Key Responsibilities:

  • Foster and create new and innovative Early Learner, youth, family, and community programs with our branches and off-sites that meet the needs of the community, in keeping with the Branch priority objectives and strategic plan. 
  • Working in collaboration with our branch program leadership, this position would develop content and curriculum, and developmentally appropriate YMCA program practices for early childhood from birth through age 12.
  • Ensure that programs meet contractual and regulatory obligations of the Department of Education and Department of Health while fulfilling the program mandates of the YMCA of Greater New York and funders. 
  • Develop, manage, and successfully meet budget objectives. Seek to strategically provide for a growth in service offerings. 
  • Effectively develop partnerships with community organizations and coalitions to provide services, programs, and referrals to YMCA branches, participants and families. 
  • Lead and convene Leadership and Cabinet meetings and manage any subsequent workgroups. 
  • Become a certified trainer in critical subject matter areas and lead training events. 
  • Work with Branch and AO leadership to design, develop, and implement a marketing and communication plan which promotes the Early Learner Programs, Early Childhood after school programming, Early Childhood enrichment and family programs to local community groups.
  • Ensure branches have adequate systems and supports to maintain accurate and timely program documentation (attendance, sign in/out forms, behavior reports, incident reports, and accident reports, as appropriate). 
  • Work closely with the Research, Evaluation and Strategy department and support the research/ evaluation of the initiatives by supervising and coordinating the collection of data, ensure the timely submission of reports, monitor and sustain data integrity systems, and use data to drive continuous improvement
  • Promote an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces the diversity of all staff and participants.
  • Ensure the health, safety and well-being of participants by understanding, maintaining, and ensuring that staff and participants follow Risk Management and safety procedures. 
  • Analyze and respond to developing trends in the fields of early childhood, youth and program development.
  • Actively participate in training sessions, designated meetings and special events.
  • Other activities and duties as needed that address the ongoing health and well-being of our staff and members.
  • Follow and maintain sanitary habits in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (or a related field). 
  • Over 10 years of demonstrated commitment to Early Childhood education, enrichment, and effective family supports. 
  • Over 5 years of staff supervisory experience, including direct and indirect reports. 
  • Over 3 years of experience effectively managing revenue generating programming for children and families.
  • Strong, polished, and professional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to identify/document necessary information for program functioning and evaluation.
  • Knowledge and experience with programmatic assessment tools to drive consistent program quality results.
  • Knowledge and experience with appropriate individual assessment and screening tools to assist with identifying needs for intervention services and supports. 
  • Creative, strategic, and analytical thinker with the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets and hiring, training, supervising, and assessing personnel.
  • Demonstrated success in past employment.
  • Must be a self-starter, highly organized, patient and able to work well with others.
  • Develops resource lists to be utilized by parents and branches.
  • Must be a self-starter, highly organized, patient and able to work well with others.
  • Current New York City teaching license in early childhood or elementary education .
  • Knowledge of principles and practices related to Early Childhood education and socioemotional growth.
  • Knowledge of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) program standards.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel and working knowledge of Microsoft Suite.
  • Knowledge of Windows based computer applications and database management.

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with a culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity. 

How to Apply:

If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please complete our online application and submit your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization.

If you are a current YMCA employee, please submit your application through the Internal Career Site in Cornerstone. 

** New Requirement**
All potential YMCA of Greater New York employees are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please use the “Additional Attachment” section on the online application to upload your proof of COVID-19 vaccination.


Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

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