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Educational Alliance, Inc. Senior Director of Early Childhood Programs in New York, New York

Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We are proud of our legacy as a Jewish organization and we provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming–now across 15 sites—focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.


The Senior Director for Early Childhood Programs is responsible for working with a cross-functional team to develop the vision, priorities and goals that establish the 14th Street Y as a premiere destination for young families. This position will oversee a department that includes New Town Day Camp, family and parenting programs, our award-winning preschool, Prelude to Preschool, Toddler Camps, and PJ Library-affiliated endeavors. Coordinating core aspects, policies, Jewish education and best practices across this Department, the Senior Director for Early Childhood Programs will ensure consistency of high-quality services, and deep connection, for expectant parents, through children entering kindergarten.


Envisions and oversees Early Childhood Programs at the 14th street Y, including, but not limited to:


  • Supervises Camp Director, and Family Programs Director.

  • Oversees annual program evaluation of New Town Day Camp, Toddler Camp, and other summer programs.

  • Coordinates programmatic fundraising initiatives associated with Early Childhood summer programming

  • Oversees development of stakeholder and family engagement strategies for Early Childhood summer programming, including affinity groups, 21st Century Chavurot, Camp Parent Leadership Team, and others.


  • Supervises Family Programs Director.

  • Oversees ongoing program evaluation of Family Programs.

  • Coordinates programmatic fundraising initiatives associated with Family Programs.

  • Oversees development of stakeholder and family engagement strategies for Family Programs, including affinity groups, 21st Century Chavurot, Parent Partnerships, and others.

  • Develops relationships with other local young family serving organizations and partners.


  • Supervises Preschool Director.

  • Oversees ongoing program evaluation of Preschool and Prelude to Preschool.

  • Coordinates programmatic fundraising initiatives associated with Preschool and Prelude to Preschool.

  • Oversees development of stakeholder and family engagement strategies for Preschool and Prelude to Preschool, including affinity groups, 21st Century Chavurot, Parent Partnerships, and others.

  • Supports with Professional Development planning, and staff meeting planning, for teachers.

  • Hires substitute teachers.


  • Oversee Early Childhood-centered Community Catalyst.

  • Coordinates with other 14Y Departments on 14Y-wide programming associated with young families.

  • Oversees ongoing program evaluation of grant-funded programming.

  • Develops relationships with Downtown Jewish Life partners in order to assess programmatic collaboration and coordination.

  • Oversees implementation of Pause/ Play.

  • Support grant compliance, stewardship, and development.


Supervision (40%)

· Hire, coach and provide informal and annual formal performance evaluation for direct reports.

· Supervise the annual development of, and accountability to, programmatic logic models, outputs, outcomes and goals, as well as EA dashboards.

· Ensure core businesses reflect industry best practices, and sound planning.

· Supervise the annual development of, and fiscal accountability to, programmatic budgets.

· Foster departmental collaboration, efficiencies and cross-pollination, as well as coordination of department-wide programs.

· Support integration of LABA into Early Childhood programs.

· Ensure effective marketing, promotion and recruitment is coordinated for all Early Childhood Programs.

Departmental Leadership and Coordination (30%)

  • Oversee the development of a 14th Street Y-wide approach to Early Childhood education and implementation of curriculum.

  • Support the Community Catalysts work across various departments building relationships, tracking engagement, and fostering affinity groups and cohorts within the larger 14th street Y community.

  • Support the development of a framework to evaluate learning and impact at Jewish Community Centers like the 14th Street Y.

  • Liaison with other EA Departments like HR, Finance, and Compliance.

  • Partner with MCC Early Childhood programs, and other Departments at EA.

Stakeholder Engagement and Development (20%)

· Foster and maintain a comprehensive strategy for Early Childhood programming to engage with key stakeholders in assessing community need, satisfaction with 14th Street Y programming, and development of programmatic lay leaders.

· Partner with the Executive Team in coordination of fundraising and development for Early Childhood Programs.

· Serve as the face of Early Childhood Programs at the 14th Street Y, building relationships with key community members, and routinely building relationships with families in the core demographic.

Additional responsibilities (10%)

· Attend Gesher Group meetings.

· Other tasks identified with supervision.


Minimum Qualifications

· MBA, MPA, or Master’s of Early Childhood Education, or Jewish Education, required

· Attributed success in the Jewish experiential education industry working with both parents and children

· A demonstrated commitment to supporting Jewish, interfaith, and non-Jewish families and staff, and to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion while celebrating and demonstrating Jewish cultural sensibilities

· Outstanding written and oral communications skills

· Recognition for coaching and developing early professional stage Managers and Directors

· Exhibited commitment to building relationships and maintaining strong networks, personal and professional

· Success meeting fiscal goals upwards of $1 million

· Highly organized with strong attention to details and an eye for developing efficient, internal systems and workflow

· Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities in order to meet deadlines and revenue goals

· Team player with a passion for building relationships and fostering partnerships, both internal and external to 14th Street Y

Educational Alliance “Perks”

ü Competitive salary

ü Discounts to programs at Educational Alliance

ü Comprehensive health insurance

ü Free gym membership at the Manny Cantor Fitness Center and free family membership at the 14th Street Y

ü Generous paid time off throughout the year

ü Company-funded cash benefit pension plan and other retirement planning opportunities

EEO Info

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.