Program Director

University Settlement Society of NY
Date Posted: 01/26/2018
Salary / Wage:
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Job Type: Leadership / Director


University Settlement provides a comprehensive network of services to over 33,000 people of all ages living on the Lower East Side, in Brooklyn, and beyond.  Its broad network of activities includes programs that reach the whole person, whole families and whole communities. Children’s Corner is located at 565 Livonia Ave in East New York, Brooklyn serve children from 2 years to 5 years using the “Dual Model” for serving Head Start and Child Care eligible children and their families.  Following Head Start Performance Standards the program aims at providing comprehensive early childhood care and education including health, nutrition, mental health and school readiness curricula and measurements to address achievement gaps.

Children’s Corner is seeking a visionary, energetic leader to act as Program Director for our play-based child care program which serves children 2 to 5 years old, including Pre-K for All. We offer a full day, full year program and are proud of our strong partnerships with families and the local community.  The program provides a nurturing and stimulating environment that prepares children with academic and social skills needed to succeed in school and life. We are looking for a director who is excited about leading a high quality, culturally responsive preschool that blends public and private funding to ensure a robust and meaningful experience for children, staff and families. 



  • Lead the daily operations and management of the Program to ensure that all licensing, funding and University Settlement standards and expectations are met
  • Supervise and support staff including Education, Clinical and Family Service, Fiscal, Custodial and Culinary Staff to perform their jobs to meet the highest standards of quality
  • Conduct outreach, and tours and be the lead on communication with current and prospective families
  • Ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards on all aspects of family services, community engagement, enrollment and eligibility.
  • Communicate with administrative departments such as Fiscal, Human Resources, Technology and Development in order to support the daily and ongoing needs of the Program


  • Manage resources effectively and within budget to ensure that the site operates effectively and efficiently, and is compliant with all federal and state laws and funder requirements
  • Manage site finances within approved budget with the assistance and support of the Senior Program Director 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the monthly financial reports, identifying trends and discrepancies
  • Communicate and clarify the monthly financial reports to assist the board in their oversight of the Center budget
  • Follow finance policies and procedures to ensure timely compliance
  • Provide contract information to the Finance Department to assist with, and ensure the accuracy of, monthly financial statements

Leadership and Coaching:

  • Lead all staff to live the mission of Children’s Corner/University Settlement in their daily work and interactions 
  • Support staff at all levels to identify areas for growth and to improve their practice and delivery of services
  • Use reflective supervision to mirror the respectful, reflective relationships staff have with children and families
  • Represent our Children’s Corner/University Settlement in advocacy and policy conversations across New York City and beyond
  • Other duties relevant to the program operation as requested by Supervisors


  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood or Childhood Education 
  • Permanent/Professional NYS Teaching Certificate (N-6 or Birth-2nd Grade) 
  • 3-5 years’ proven success in supervision and management
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A collaborative attitude and interest in supporting the overall goals of the program and University Settlement
  • Previous experience or training on coaching or reflective supervision is desired

Application Instructions:

Submit cover letter and resume to: APPLY