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Assistant Director - Curriculum & Instruction

Cleveland, OH, USA Req #519
Monday, September 30, 2019

Job Summary

Responsible for providing support to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction (DCI) as a mentor and coach to Site Managers, Supervising Teachers and Home Visitor Teachers; teaching skills to drive instruction and educational outcomes. 


Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education, or related field of study with at least 2+ years’ experience in the Early Learning and/or Early Childhood Education field.

  • Experience providing Ohio Approved Trainings through OCCRRA (Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association) preferred. 

  • Direct experience working in a Head Start program preferred. 

  • Current valid driver’s license and an insured vehicle.  Travel between sites in the greater Cleveland area, as needed.

  • No record of child abuse or moral turpitude as determined by background check based on fingerprints.

  • Flexibility in working hours essential.

Essential Job Duties &Responsibilities

  • Assist the DCI in providing leadership and direction to the division for all educational matters including articulating clear program objectives, setting goals, and defining success factors.
  • Identify needs and make recommendations for education resources to support teacher knowledge, program enhancements and classroom environments.
  • Assist the DCI with program and project enhancements, management, deliverables and outcomes.
  • Collaborate with community partners to enhance the early learning program.
  • Establish standard vehicles for open communication between early learning leaders and teaching teams in order to facilitate horizontal and vertical integration and articulation of the instructional program throughout the division.
  • Provide on-site coaching (modeling, observation/feedback), training and/or technical assistance.  Provide documentation of site visits and action plans to teaching staff, site managers, Director of Curriculum, and Instruction on a weekly basis.
  • Applies professional knowledge of child development principles to develop, arrange, conduct, and monitor curriculum/child development training for teaching staff and assists with training for parents and volunteers.
  • Train and support new staff during the orientation period, using the High/Scope approach.  In conjunction with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, facilitate onboarding training, in-service training, Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards, Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework training, annual staff orientations, staff professional & appreciation days.
  • Experience developing Ohio Approved training hours in various topics and be willing to submit agendas and obtain approval from the Ohio Department of Education for additional Ohio Approved trainings based on data and teacher needs.
  • Ensure on-going monitoring, tracking, follow-up and analysis of child development services, and child outcomes.
  • Support teaching staff in ensuring that child achievement data is used to drive instruction in the classroom and at site level.
  • In conjunction with the site managers, establish a working system that ensures all staff follow the High/Scope Educational Approach, the High/Scope COR assessment tool, and utilize intentional teaching practices.
  • Attends training at local, state and national conferences in order to keep abreast of Early Childhood techniques.
  • Participate in Grantee, Agency and community activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Skills

  • Must possess good analytical, decision-making and conflict resolution skills. 

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Must be able to handle highly sensitive and confidential information and possess a high degree of initiative, tack, and good judgment.

  • Must be well organized and be able to manage multiple priorities and requests. 

  • Excellent computer skills, strong leadership qualities, and organization skills.


Upon hire

  • Certification in CPR/First Aid, Communicable Disease, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention required upon hire.


Physical Demands/Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit for extended periods of time, stand, walk, use hands and fingers, and reach with hands and arms. It requires the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.  Travel and work outside of normal hours may be required for meetings, presentations, trainings and other events.


This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of The Centers. Since no position description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder's responsibility.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Cleveland, OH, USA