Organization: Kai Ming, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides free full-day full-year and full-day part-year Head Start and Early Head Start services to eligible children ages 0-5 years old in San Francisco, CA with funding from Head Start, the California Department of Education, First 5 San Francisco and San Francisco Office of Early Care & Education.
Job: This position is responsible for the early childhood education and inclusion services of the Kai Ming Head Start program and reports to the Program Director. This includes working to develop an early childhood education curriculum and providing educational resources for staff and parents, ensuring compliance with performance standards and recognized best practices in the field of early childhood education. The position ensures the education and child development services are supported by staff/consultants with training and experience in areas that include the theories and principles of child growth and development, early childhood education and family support. As the leader of educational services within the program, the Education Manager guides curriculum and program planning, development, and training. The Education Manager is a leader focused on learning and plays a crucial role in supporting School Readiness for all children. In addition, under the general supervision of the Program Director, the Education Manager works with children and their families enrolled in the program with disabilities in an effort to coordinate available resources and ensure that enrolled children are receiving maximum and appropriate services in a timely manner.
Early Childhood Education
Ensure qualified classroom staff.
Ensure implementation of quality education and child development services.
Ensure learning environment is conducive to the optimal development of preschool children.
Monitor and oversee implementation/completion of all activities, reports and documentation according to program, agency, funder, and licensing requirements (i.e. child observation forms, conferences, home visits reports, etc).
Work in partnership with parents of enrolled children.
Work in partnership with colleagues to enhance program quality.
Prepare all documentation in a timely and accurate manner.
Participate in staff development activities as required.
Report all incidents of suspected child abuse and neglect to supervisor immediately, following all funders, agency and licensing guidelines.
Administer and supervise the work of site level personnel.
Develop an annual education plan and implement the standards, policies, and procedures of federal and State regulations.
Train and develop teaching staff and supervise staff in daily program implementation.
Provide feedback in regards to the performance of site level personnel and the results of their efforts on child outcomes.
Identify education training needs and resources to ensure the development of a competent staff.
Coordinate the development of a comprehensive education program.
Conduct an annual self assessment of program progress.
Help represent the work of the education area publicly.
Serve on community committee.
Possess thorough knowledge of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and its application and outcomes.
Be CLASS certified (or capable of becoming CLASS certified).
Be experienced in child assessment, analysis, and individualization applications; curriculum design and various forms of measurement.
Be skilled at supervising and managing staff; and in observing, assessing, and remediating teacher performance..
Perform other duties as assigned.
Inclusion, Mental Health and Disability
Plan and implement the Mental Health/Disabilities area of the Head Start Program.
Make on-site visits to each classroom at individual sites to help identify children with disabilities and to ensure these children are receiving necessary services.
Attend the Health Advisory Committee meetings and utilize the committee in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the mental health/disabilities content area.
Promote team cooperation in the provisions of mental health and disability services to Head Start children.
Assist the Health and Nutrition Manager and Head Start Program Director in the organization of the Health Advisory Committee and in utilizing the committee in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the mental health and disability content areas.
Promote, in conjunction with other service area staff, active parent involvement in the Mental Health and Disability program and assure that the education program meets the child’s needs.
In conjunction with other service area staff, assist the families in assuming the primary responsibility for their own care and linking the child and their family into ongoing mental health and disabilities services.
Maintain up-to-date requirements and regulations of local, state, and federal agencies.
Maintain and update data of individual mental health and disability records on each child in the assigned area as to what services are needed and received.
Assist teachers, administrative staff, and parents in the coordination of follow-up mental health and disability services.
Oversee the process of assisting parents in setting up appointments for screenings and follow-up.
Work closely with the Local Education Agency (LEA) in setting up Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings for child and parent.
Ensure that all appointments relative to services being offered are kept
Train personnel regarding conditions and job requirements necessary for specialized care and observation when needed.
Coordinate with other service area staff, assist in interpreting the diagnosis to the teaching staff and parents, and support the education program in ensuring that it meets the child’s needs.
Conduct regular interactions with staff, health care professionals, children, and families to ensure streamlined referrals and services follow up.
Inspect and evaluate classrooms, playgrounds, and buildings for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.
In conjunction with other service area staff, compile and analyze data on the effectiveness of the mental health and disabilities services area.
In conjunction with department staff, update the annual Head Start Services Plan and compile information for the Program Information Report (PIR).
Review the Copies of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire and other screening and assessment instruments completed by the classroom staff and ensure that parents receive the results at the center conference or home visit
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head Start Executive Director and Program Director.
Qualifications: Kai Ming is looking for an experienced, qualified professional who will have the functional responsibility for both educational and inclusion components of the program working with other service staff to integrate key programmatic components. This includes ensuring educational standards are implemented and maintained, supervisory report preparation and record keeping, ensuring cost effective operations, establishing and conducting scheduled educational opportunities for staff development and ensuring a high quality program per assessment standards, and overseeing systemic improvement to referral processes and protocols for children with special needs and disabilities. In addition, this individual must have strong working knowledge of social services and ability to be organized and follow up accordingly to ensure all children and families are served equitably.
Education & Experience
Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or related field required. Extensive field experience may be considered as alternative of this requirement.
Doctoral degree preferred.
Five years of progressively responsible experience in ECE and/or nonprofit required.
Good two-way communicator both verbal and written.
Must have the ability to communicate with various stakeholders; parents, children, consultants, colleagues and delegates from partner agencies.
Management & Organization Skill:
Excellent problem solving and organizational skills.
Must be able to plan for staff training, maintain records, and generate reports.
Ability to organize, manage and control work flow.
Ability to identify, assimilate, comprehend, and solve critical elements of various situations (initiate solutions without constant supervision).
English/Chinese bilingual preferred.
Ability to work effectively with individuals from various ethnic, socioeconomic, educational and cultural backgrounds.
Annual TB Clearance
Physical exam every year
Valid immunization records (MMR, Tdap, Flu shot)
Criminal Background Clearance (FBI, DOJ and Child Abuse Index)
Sex Offender Registry Check Clearance
Current certification in CPR and First Aid
Must adhere to the “Confidentiality Agreements”
Adherence to the Child Abuse Reporting Mandate
Adhere to the Kai Ming Code of Conduct and all other internal policies and procedures.
Accountable for the health, safety and supervision of all children and families.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to change position; to sit, stand, walk, climb or balance; to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; to bend, twist and reach with hands and arms; and to pick up children.
Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with job and skill level. Benefits include 100% covered health, vision, dental, acupuncture, chiropractic and life insurance plans; employer contribution retirement plan, self-care benefit, holiday pay and up to 24 days of PTO time. In addition, we fully cover medical plan for staff’s young dependent(s) that are under 26 years old. Visit our website careers page at www.kaiming.org for more details.
Equal Opportunity: Kai Ming promotes Equal Opportunity and strongly encourages women, LGBT, people of color and diverse backgrounds to apply.
Application process: Please submit your Cover Letter and Resume to email@example.com. Applications are accepted and evaluated until a suitable candidate has been selected. Please no phone calls or walk-ins.
About Kai Ming Head Start
Organization: Kai Ming, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides free full-day full-year and full-day part-year Head Start preschool services to eligible children ages 0-5 years old in San Francisco, CA with funding from Head Start, the California Department of Education, First 5 San Francisco and San Francisco Office of Early Care & Education.