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Associate Director, Early Childhood Education

Job Title:

Associate Director, Early Childhood Education

Grade Level/Terms of Employment:

Grade 131/260 Days (12 months)

FLSA Status:


Work Location:

Central Office Office/City Hall

Immediate Supervisor:

Director, Early Childhood Education and School Readiness

General Description:

The Associate Director, Early Childhood Education works in close collaboration with the Director, Early Childhood Education and School Readiness to develop and implement a model of excellence for early childhood education in RPS.  The Associate Director is broadly responsible for the design, development and implementation of the preschool academic model. The Associate Director also develops, supervises and evaluates preschool principals and other assigned staff in the Office of Early Childhood Education and is responsible for the development of the leadership capacity of preschool center principals with particular emphasis on instructional leadership, pedagogy, data analysis, and professional development in a preschool setting.  This individual also serves teachers and staff by providing leadership, direction, coaching, professional development and other supports to meet the needs of preschool learners and increase student achievement in preparation for kindergarten.  The Associate Director also facilitates collaboration and coordination across local, state and federal agencies and programs to ensure compliance in meeting standards and seamless integration between programs to create a high quality program for all participating preschool children and families. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops, maintains, and monitors pending and potential legislative and policy priorities to support development of annual legislative agenda, policy, and funding recommendations
  • Collects and analyzes data on a routine basis to monitor progress and make instructional decisions and provide recommendations
  • Supports preschool principals to set and achieve academic goals for the preschool center or classroom; responds to and coordinates follow-up support to principals and centers/schools as needed 
  • Collaborates with central office personnel to provide the appropriate resources to address needs of the preschool centers
  • Leads, coaches and manages instructional staff in the Office of Early Childhood education to ensure the team provides exceptional leadership, service and support to preschool principals, teachers and division staff in order to prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond
  • In collaboration with the Director, Early Childhood Education and School Readiness, evaluates yearly progress of preschool centers, programs and initiatives
  • Oversees the coordination of the preschool program's assessment process, including training, planning and implementation and reporting; monitors the progress of the program goals and objectives   
  • Establishes and monitors key metrics to determine kindergarten readiness
  • Identifies training needs that results from program evaluations and monitoring; designs and implements teacher and staff professional learning programs 
  • Reviews and identifies instructional materials, manages adoption of new instructional materials in accordance with division, state, and federal guidelines and procedures
  • Interprets guidelines to staff, principals, building administrators, and other related persons or agencies to insure that federal guidelines are understood and adhered to for better program operation and coordination 
  • Coordinates implementation and ensures program compliance with all state and federal regulations and standards (Virginia Preschool Initiative and Head Start).  
  • Liaises between the Department of Early Childhood Education, the Virginia Department of Education and the Office of Head Start at the federal level; serves as a designated point of contact with the Office of Head Start
  • Initiates and sustains an effective process of communication and cooperation among program parents, council and committee members, project staff, administrative and other school staff, 
  • Performs other duties as assigned 


  • Postgraduate Professional License with endorsement in administration and supervision 
  • At least five years of related experience, three of which as a principal, head of school or equivalent position 
  • Significant management experience with demonstrated success developing, coaching and building capacity of staff; excellent coaching, problem-solving and experience providing professional development and technical assistance to administrators and teachers
  • Ability to execute instructional leadership and school culture with a cohort of preschool principals, in support of improved academic and social/emotional outcomes for preschool students
  • Demonstrated knowledge of early childhood education theory and practice and experience in supervision, curriculum development and professional learning required
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals grounded in positive school readiness outcomes for preschool children
  • Knowledge of the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and/or Head Start Programs and how their service areas work together; ability to interpret and implement Federal regulations
  • Knowledge of the following job-related domains: current research  and developmentally appropriate  preschool practices; effective early childhood education models and curriculum; early literacy instruction, strategies and skills related to Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning; developmentally appropriate assessments; effective instructional practices; innovative approaches to teacher and school leader development; preschool quality measurement and improvement systems; the Classroom Assessment and Scoring System (CLASS) and other early childhood classroom observation measures
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment; sense of urgency and zeal for ensuring that all students in RPS’s preschool program are prepared for success in kindergarten and beyond
  • Models professionalism, engages in self-led continuous improvement, seeks out feedback and provides constructive feedback to colleagues
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate and work cooperatively with students, parents, diverse groups in preschools, community and business partners