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Education Director – UPK

Sunnyside Community Services



Sunnyside Community Services (SCS), a multi-service settlement house located in Western Queens. SCS Youth and Family Services (YFS) department offers engaging, youth-centered programming to children and youth throughout Queens and beyond. We offer a free, full day Pre-Kindergarten, five afterschool and summer camp programs, two Beacon Community Centers, a Cornerstone program, a College Readiness and Career Readiness program. Our youth development continuum spans Pre-K to College, and services are offered across seven campuses.


The Education Director will report directly to the Senior Director of Early Childhood and manage the daily operations of our 3-K and Pre-K classes. This includes instructional as well as the outreach aspects of the program. The Education Director is responsible for the program in the areas of implementation of curriculum, program/parent events, data entry, staff development/training/hiring and supervision. The Education Director is also responsible for meeting compliance requirements set forth by all stakeholders including DOE & DOH. The Education Director will act as a substitute teacher on days where staff members are out.


Working under the leadership of the Senior Director of Early Childhood, the Education Director’s responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring that operational and educational outcomes are being met
  • Serve as site supervisor and ensure daily operations are conducted in a safe manner.
  • Communicate daily with Senior Director of Early Childhood
  • Ensure the safety of all staff and program participants
  • Lead recruitment and retention efforts for all staff and participants
  • Ensure classrooms have adequate staff coverage and coordinate proper supervision as needed.
  • Provide communication with families in a timely and professional manner
  • May cover classes when teachers are out, and subs are not available
  • Report all incidents with students, parents or teachers immediately to the Director of Early Childhood.
  • Attend and participate in trainings, professional development opportunities, and program meetings
  • Adhere to all security and privacy protocols
  • Review lesson plans and provide feedback weekly
  • Coordinate and implement monthly family engagement events and newsletters
  • Develop program design and implementation
  • Data entry collection, and management (using Salesforce and DOE Vendor Portal)
  • Respond to requests for program data, (from supervisor, agency fiscal department, agency senior managers, data manager, and funders, etc.), in a timely fashion
  • Maintain (staff and student) files and documents for internal and external audits
  • Work with fiscal team and office support in placing month supply orders, keep inventory of items on site, and maintain the UPK budget


  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field, Masters preferred
  • NYS Teacher Certification
  • Minimum 3 years experience in a managerial role
  • Experience in community organizing/community engagement, or other forms of direct outreach
  • Excellent communication, project management, and multi-tasking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal organizational, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated cultural competence with respect to local communities
  • Computer literate with working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency in use of technology (i.e., laptops, computers, tablets)
  • Bilingual preferred (proficiency, written and spoken)


  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance
  • 403B pension plan with employer contribution
  • Flexible spending account and transit checks
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 12 paid Holidays
  • 1 sick day per month
  • 18 vacation days per year
  • 5 personal/floating days
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term disability

How to Apply:

If you would like to join our team, please send a cover letter and resume with subject line: Assistant Director, UPK to: Kelly Connolly, Senior Director of Early Childhood, at

Please Note: If hired, Sunnyside Community Services requires proof of vaccination as a condition of employment.

Sunnyside Community Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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