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Since 1969 the Achievement Centers for Children & Families has provided program and services to hard working families and their children. With a strong focus on education and family strengthening programming, Achievement Centers has touched thousands of lives. Achievement Centers is a community-based, private nonprofit organization located in a priority neighborhood of Delray Beach and continues to grow with nearly 90 employees, three sites, and a total annual operating budget of $4.5 million. The agengy has a strong community reputation, an evidence-based approach to services, and a workplace culture that has resulted in committed boards and staff. It is the responsibility of every employee to promote the mission and vision of Achievement Centers as they foster programs and activities that promote the academic, social, emotional and physical development of each child enrolled.

Associate Director, Early Learning Programs

Position Overview: All positions are responsible for upholding the mission and vision of Achievement Centers for Children & Families and fostering programs and activities that promote the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of each child enrolled.

The Associate Director partners with the Program Manager, Education Director, and Senior Director of Early Learning Programs, to ensure a high quality early learning environment is provided to enrolled children and families. The Associate Director is responsible for assisting the Senior Director in running the day-to-day operations of the center and also filling in for the Senior Director when necessary. The Associate Director works with a culturally competent, community focused lens to promote socio-emotional health, opportunity and equity. This is a highly responsible leadership position with influence to affect the course of the Center’s programs, policies, and practices. The Associate Director ensures implementation of all contracts, federal, state and local rules and regulations, as well as maintaining documentation and preparing summary reports for ACCF needs.

Classification: Exempt – Salary

Reports to: Senior Director of Early Learning Programs

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Position Overview: All positions are responsible for upholding the mission and vision of Achievement Centers for Children & Families and fostering programs and activities that promote the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of each child enrolled.

The Associate Director partners with the Program Manager, Education Director, and Senior Director of Early Learning Programs, to ensure a high quality early learning environment is provided to enrolled children and families. The Associate Director is responsible for assisting the Senior Director in running the day-to-day operations of the center and also filling in for the Senior Director when necessary. The Associate Director works with a culturally competent, community focused lens to promote socio-emotional health, opportunity and equity. This is a highly responsible leadership position with influence to affect the course of the Center’s programs, policies, and practices. The Associate Director ensures implementation of all contracts, federal, state and local rules and regulations, as well as maintaining documentation and preparing summary reports for ACCF needs.

Classification: Exempt – Salary

Reports to: Senior Director of Early Learning Programs

Duties & Responsibilities:

Planning, Vision and Leadership

• In conjunction with the Early Learning Program leadership team, develop a strategic plan and goals in accordance with the agency’s vision and mission utilizing best practices to guide the quality of the Early Learning programs.

• Manage adherence to quality standards and maintain quality effectiveness measures.

• Assist the Senior Director to create annual operating plans that support strategic direction set by the leadership team and correlate with operating budgets.

• In conjunction with the Senior Director, develop and monitor strategies to ensure long-term financial viability of the program.

• Ensure optimal level of communication exists to promote the development and implementation of the program’s projects, programs and services.

• Assist the Senior Director in staying abreast of industry trends and anticipate how trends are likely to impact agency work.

Program Standards & Staff Management

• Provide leadership and direct support for the daily operation of the Toddler and Preschool Buildings.

• Work collaboratively with the Early Learning Program leadership team to develop academic programs, set instructional objectives, and help create instructional resources.

• Work collaboratively with the Early Learning Program leadership to evaluate programs, monitor classroom instruction and provide feedback and coaching/modeling to staff to ensure growth and effectiveness.

• Assist the Senior Director in selecting, developing, evaluating and supervising and supporting over twenty employee.

• Work collaboratively with the Early Learning Program leadership to ensure program staff receives regular continuing education/professional development.

• Create an open dialogue between staff and supervisors in matters of curriculum, policy, rules and regulations, training and credential requirements, special events, monitoring, and any programmatic concerns.

• Establish positive relationships and communication with families to foster engagement in the Center.

• Coordinate with key personnel and agencies to ensure assessments are conducted and appropriate services are made available to all children and families as needed.

Financial Stewardship

• Assist the Senior Director to develop annual budgets that support operating plans and submit for approval.

• Prudently manage the organization’s resources within budget guidelines.

• Ensure financial affairs of Center are conducted in accordance with policies and guidelines approved by the board and generally accepted accounting principles.

• Provide timely and accurate information to keep leadership team informed of program’s financial position and enrollment status.

• Ensure Billing and Reimbursement activities are accurate and current.

Program Operations & Compliance

• Assist Senior Director to lead the Early Learning Program through certifications, accreditations and monitoring opportunities.

• Ensure compliance with funding sources and regulatory requirements.

• Collect and analyze evaluation information that measures the success of the organization’s program efforts; refines or changes programs in response to that information.

• Oversee all monitoring, accreditations, licensing, and programmatic requirements for NAEYC, VPK, Head Start, Early Learning Coalition, Office of Early Learning, Palm Beach County School District, and Strong Minds.

• Attend appropriate provider meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences and obtain required credentials.

• Assist Senior Director to ensure enrollment of the toddler and preschool buildings, confer with funding agencies on enrollment requirements, monitor enrollment status and execute recruitment strategies to maintain a full program.

• Ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and ensure sound risk management policies are in place and personnel policies and procedures are maintained.

Foundation Support & Community Relationships

• Support the Foundation fundraising strategies and activities presenting the organization and its mission, programs, and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.

• Conduct tours that speak to program efficacy and Early Childhood Development strategies and initiatives.

Education and Experience

• Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field (advanced degree preferred)

• Florida Center Director’s certificate (or willingness to obtain within one year of employment)

• Required DCF Childcare Training Credential, or willingness to obtain in first three months of employment and start within the first month; additional required training modules as stipulated by the Health Department or funding agencies.

• Five (5) years of experience in program management and instruction

• Experience in program and personnel management.

• Knowledge of the principles, practices and standards of agency accreditations and monitoring requirements.

• Certificate of completion for Teaching Strategies GOLD® Introduction and Objectives for Development and Learning or willing to obtain within 6 months of employment

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• Classroom Assessment Scoring System Certified® (CLASS) preferred.

• GOLDInter Rater Reliable preferred

• Experience in Creative Curriculum®

Essential Skills and Abilities

• Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of Early Learning Program.

• Dedication to a high-quality environment where children, parents, and staff are welcomed and affirmed.

• Ability to project a positive attitude, be flexible regarding work assignments and respond to changing priorities.

• Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.

• Experience working with staff and families from diverse backgrounds.

• Ability to work independently and with a team.

• Ability to communicate effectively with strong written and verbal skills.

• Detail oriented.

• Proficiency in using Microsoft Office, Word and Excel.

• Proficiency with Apple products.

• Ability to manage time effectively and multi-task several projects at once.

Work Environment

• Be able to lift 25-30 lbs.

• Be able to walk, squat/kneel, sit on floor, see, hear, speak with children to ensure children’s health and safety.

• Must be able to frequently walk, grasp, push, kneel and stand while setting up and taking down events.

• Must be able to sit for extended periods of time while operating a computer.

• Frequently required to speak and listen while communicating.

• Must be able to endure repetitive wrist, hand and/or finger movement while operating office equipment.

• Requires clarity of vision at close distances while operating a computer.

• Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.

Other Employment Information

• Fingerprinting and background check

• Initial drug screening; random checks

• 90-day initial probation period for employee with review at the end of that period

Achievement Centers for Children & Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time.

Please submit resumes to hr@delraychild.org

Activity Instructor, Out of School Program

Position Overview

Oversees an assigned group of students and provides academic and extracurricular activities in a safe and structured environment. This position works in concert with program staff members to administer a wide variety of engaging learning opportunities to children and students.

Classification

Non-Exempt – Hourly (part-time)

Reports to

Site Director

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Assumes all responsibilities as assigned and carries out duties in accordance with best practices and standards as outlined by affiliates and regulatory, contractual and funding agencies such as the Palm Beach County Health Department, Prime Time Palm Beach County and Early Learning
  • Reports to assigned area(s) on time to assist in daily student intake and Works with supervisors to ensure ratio requirements are maintained.
  • Teaches and supervises a group of school aged children. Prepares scheduled curriculum and provides instruction to children as outlined by curriculum, providing homework and learning support as well as fun and engaging
  • Plans, gains approval, and implements an enrichment club and activities that encourage the acquisition of new skills, promote healthy living and lifestyles, increase social development and proficiencies, and expose students to new and or expanded academic
  • Involves children in all program activities and acts as a positive role model for children and Interacts in a positive and encouraging manner with students, providing as many student-directed choices and leadership opportunities as possible. Responsible for the health, safety and well-being of children at all times.
  • Distributes snacks and meals and supervises assigned group during mealtimes.
  • Tracks and records all pertinent information for individual student progress, including attendance, task completion, measureable outcomes, report cards, FCAT scores, and other assigned evaluation tools used for data collection and reporting while keeping all records confidential and
  • Reports concerns regarding students and any incidents to the administrative team. Assists in parent conferences and follow-up referrals for any concerns regarding individual emotional state, academic progress and or social
  • Exhibits professional and collaborative behavior with children, program staff, parents and guardians, and school personnel.
  • Attends special agency events to be connected with students and plans recognition for outstanding student
  • Assists with classroom maintenance, ensuring a neat and clean environment; requests necessary materials and supplies from supervisor(s) in
  • Reports any needed repairs or maintenance to supervisor as soon as
  • Assures lesson plans and activity schedules are available for any substitute filling in during
  • Remains flexible with regard to work schedule to allow for special events.
  • Obtains all necessary training and credentials and attend staff meetings as
Education and Experience
  • High School Diploma
  • Completion of 40-hour DCF course or ability to do so within the first year of employment
Essential Skills/Abilities
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to project a positive attitude at all times
  • Ability to remain flexible regarding job requirements
  • Ability to manage time effectively
Work Environment
  • Must be able to frequently walk, grasp, push, kneel and stand
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time while operating a computer
  • Frequently required to speak and listen while communicating
  • Must be able to endure repetitive wrist, hand and/or finger movement while operating office equipment
  • Requires clarity of vision at close distances while operating a computer
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function
Other Employment Information
  • Fingerprinting and background check
  • Pre-employment and random drug screening
  • 90-day initial review period

Achievement Centers for Children & Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time.

Please submit resumes to hr@delraychild.org

Early Childhood Educator, Substitute

Position Overview

It is the responsibility of every employee to promote the mission and vision of ACCF, as they foster programs and activities that promote the academic, social, emotional and physical development of each child enrolled.

The Early Childhood Educator is responsible for providing a high quality learning environment to children and families enrolled. This position implements age-appropriate curriculum, establishes and maintains supportive relationships with children and parents, evaluates developmental growth, and assesses educational outcomes. Delivery of childcare must model best practices as outlined by agency policies as well as licensing, monitoring, funding, and contract agencies.

Classification

Non-Exempt – Hourly

Reports to

Senior Director, Early Learning Program

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Plan and maintain a safe, stimulating learning environment utilizing best practices; organize and label classroom materials, and display children’s work in a manner appropriate for their age and perceptual skills
  • Design and implement intentional and developmentally appropriate learning activities for children between the ages of 1 and 5 consistent with the curriculum of the Early Learning Program; engage and foster growth for children in nine areas of learning and development (cognitive, socio-emotional, language, literacy, math, physical, art, social studies, and science)
  • Supervise, guide and model appropriate behavior, and implement developmentally appropriate classroom management system to foster socio-emotional learning
  • Maintain a clean environment by sterilizing communal toys, spaces and floors; stores classroom materials and supplies in a safe and orderly manner
  • Maintain accurate and current assessment information across all developmental domains utilizing Teaching Strategies Gold, Ages and Stages, VPK assessment, and Bracken assessment tools
  • Use assessment information in planning whole group, small group, and individualized instruction
  • Maintain a cooperative attitude while working with co-teacher, additional program staff, parents, and volunteers
  • Build collaborative relationships with families through daily communication, family engagement opportunities, and parent conferencing
  • Accurately complete all paperwork on time including lesson plans, individual plans, and parent teacher conference forms
  • Encourage and model language development, extended learning and problem solving strategies, and build positive relationships with students
  • Ask for instructional support from the Curriculum Specialist as needed
  • Monitor and refer children to the Developmental Specialist as needed
  • Participate in professional development opportunities; attend meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops as requested
  • Adhere to center policies and procedures and those of monitoring and licensing agencies (e.g. Head Start, Voluntary Pre-kindergarten, Strong Minds, Early Learning Coalition, NAEYC, and Department of Health) Education and Experience
  • National Child Development Associate (CDA) or AA in early childhood (BA or higher preferred); teachers without an AA must enroll in school until completed
  • Experience teaching toddler and or preschool-age children (ages 1–5)
  • 45-Hour DCF Childcare Training Credential
  • Bilingual English/Creole or English/Spanish preferred Essential Skills and Abilities
  • Strong communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with diverse groups
  • Ability to project a positive attitude
  • Be flexible regarding work assignments, changing demands and priorities
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively Other Employment Information
  • Must pass fingerprinting and background check
  • Initial drug screening; random checking

Achievement Centers for Children & Families is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time.

Please submit all resumes to: hr@delraychild.org

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