Director - Early Learning Program

Howard University School of Education in District of Columbia

Deadline May 31, 2014
Date Posted May 21, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time


The purpose of this position is to direct the Early Learning Program which includes the Preschool, the Kindergarten and the Summer Camp; to be responsible to teach, to mentor graduate and undergraduate candidates and to advise master thesis in collaboration with faculty.     



Reporting to this position are eight fulltime employees: the Preschool Teachers, Instructional Assistants, an Administrative Assistant, and a Cook.  The annual budget approximation for this Center is $420,000.



Internal contacts include the Academic Affairs Office, School of Education, Business and Fiscal Affairs, Physical Facilities Management, ISAS, and PeopleSoft.  External contacts include parents, Representatives of Local Regulatory Offices, Accrediting Organizations, and the general public.



  • Direct the Preschool Program, Kindergarten, and Summer Programs as a model for the development, demonstration, and dissemination for the early education of preschool and kindergarten age children.
  • Maintain continued Program Licensure and National Accreditation.
  • Maintain a warm and safe physical environment that is clean, orderly, appealing and conducive to the optimal growth and development of children.
  • Coordinate recruitment, orientation, and admission activities of new children and parents at the beginning of the school year in August and during the year as needed.
  • Coordinate and conduct Staff and Parent Orientation and meetings. Schedule and conduct orientation for student workers, practicum students and student teachers.
  • Supervise teaching staff and other personnel assigned to implement daily classroom and program activities. 
  • Review/update the program Educational Curriculum and Program Handbooks periodically.
  • Review/approve weekly and daily lesson plans for developmental activities.
  • Develop and implement Staff Development Activities.
  • Administer/supervise Standardized Assessments and monitor students records.
  • Supervise the development and publication of the Programs News Letter.
  • Observe, record, and report significant individual and group behavior.
  • Manage budget and supervise expenditures as warranted; prepare financial reports of activities of the program.
  • Work with vendors and supervise food purchases for the children meal program.
  • Select and approve orders for educational materials and equipment in conjunction with the teachers.
  • Initiate, formulate, and recommend research activities involving the Early Learning Program for faculty, staff, and students.  Supervise all approved research activities implemented in the preschool and kindergarten.
  • Make curriculum and schedule available at the beginning of the semester for Early Childhood Education course instructors to allow all students to participate in the Preschool and Kindergarten.
  • Performs other duties consistent with maintaining and developing an exemplary program.



  • Knowledge of Program Licensing and Program Accreditation Requirements and Procedures.
  • Knowledge of the NAEYC  Developmentally Appropriate Practices for young children.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and methods associated with caring for preschool and kindergarten age children.
  • Ability to interact with parents and children from diverse backgrounds.


  • A Doctoral Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or other appropriate field and three years of experience in Early Childhood Education.  In lieu of the previous statement, a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development with 15 credit hour in Education Administration and three years of experience teaching in Early Childhood classrooms is required.
  • A commitment to teaching and mentoring university students preparing to teach and to provide leadership in early childhood education.
  • A willingness to work with the University and the Public School faculty in a collaborative fashion.
  • Competence in both oral and written English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonius and effective working relationship with students, faculty, staff, university officials and the general public.


Application Information

To apply, please send a letter of application, curriculum vita, and three professional references to the ELP Director Search Committee at by May 31, 2014.

Review of letters of applications, curriculum vitae, and professional references will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only electronic applications will be considered.


Additional information on Howard University, the School of Education and the Early Learning Program may be found at


Howard University is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion or disability.

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