The Salvation Army

  • Educational Director

    Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
    Job ID
    Child Care
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Educational Director will serve in a critical support role to the Corps Commanding Officers and a major leadership role within the Brownsville Corps Complex.  The Educational Director will oversee all aspects of the Brownsville Corps Child Care Center including but not limited to Business Administration, Personnel Management, Program Development and Community Relations.


    • Involvement in the total program with willingness to help in all areas as needed, including food service, outdoor/indoor activities, children with problems, classroom coverage, etc.
    • Promote observance of the moral and ethical code affecting program participants and staff
    • Must be able to liaise with external (ACS, DOE, DOHMH, etc.) and off-site (DHQ) personnel
    • Understand, promote and facilitate the Mission of The Salvation Army, at all times.
    • Ensure that all communications and concerns related to operation of the Child Care Center, be handled in accordance with the proper protocols for the Brownsville Corps Complex
    • Work with the Brownsville Corps Complex staff to foster cooperative relationships, in meeting the holistic needs of the community
    • Must attend and contribute to Complex Leadership Team Meetings.
    • Responsible for sharing with the Corps Commanding Officers, all matters of mutual concern relating to the total welfare of the Child Care Program
    • Develop and maintain quality standards of education and nurturing of the children throughout the total day of the center’s operation.
    • Plan, implement and maintain a comprehensive curriculum that not only aligns with the early learning standards, goals, assessments, and instructional strategies but also addresses the educational, social, developmental and health needs of the group, as well as the individual child.
    • Ensure that Teaching staff assess the educational and developmental needs of each child with input from their families
    • Keep equipment and material accessible and in good condition to encourage maximum constructive use by the children; remove or report any damaged or hazardous equipment to the Corps Officers, so that necessary action may be taken.
    • Responsible for ensuring that staff documents behavior and progress of each child and utilizing these records with staff for program planning and referrals, as needed.
    • Coordinating the work schedules of individual staff with planned group activities.
    • Develop staff’s understanding of the framework of the community in which they work, and the Child Care's role in fulfilling the mission of The Salvation Army.
    • Responsible for the professional growth and development of staff through regularly scheduled individual conferences, group and monthly staff meetings, and frequent observation and discussion of teacher’s performance with their groups.
    • Helping staff find practical application for theoretical knowledge
    • Maintaining professional relationships in dealing with staff
    • Ensure that Annual Performance Evaluations are conducted for all subordinate personnel, according to the assigned schedule (These must be reviewed by the Corps Officers before submission to Divisional Headquarters.)
    • Assisting in creating a mechanism for regular communication between The Salvation Army and the Parent Advisory Committee
    • Interpreting of policies and programs of The Salvation Army, pertinent to parents’ relationship with the Child Care center
    • Develop and maintain positive ongoing relationships with parents, through informal contacts or planned conferences and appropriately shared information about children’s progress (It is expected that the Director would encourage subordinates to work towards the same.)
    • Plan and conduct monthly group meetings with parents and staff
    • Responsible for the ongoing marketing of the Child Care Program, to ensure that recruitment of new participants, happens consistently
    • Under the supervision of the Corps Officers, provide budgetary oversight and monitor expenses.
    • Under the supervision of the Corps Officers, purchase items for which budgeted funds are available while also sharing any additional needs that may need to be addressed.
    • Supervise the Child Care Bookkeeper and ensuring that they are maintaining a system of financial recording, accounting, statistical reporting, and provision of filing and safeguarding of records.
    • Required to hold regular conferences with the bookkeeper to become appraised of the status of these records and financial needs.
    • Being available to accountants at the time audits are scheduled


    • Bachelor’s, MS or MA and a valid New York State Teacher’s Certificate (or equivalent certificate from another state, which is recognized by the New York State Department of Education)
    • Two years group teacher’s experience plus academic course work pertinent to the appropriate age levels
    • At least one year of Management (Leadership) experience preferred


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