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Director of Early Childhood Education


Under the supervisor of the Vice President of Early Childhood Education (ECE), the Director of ECE is responsible for providing strong oversight of all education services offered within St. Anne’s ECE division. The Director of ECE is responsible for ensuring program compliance with all governmental (local, state, and federal), regulatory, and contractual requirements, as well as ensuring high quality, measurable services that are integrated and coordinated with all ECE content areas.  Works collaboratively with administrative departments and program staff members, regularly monitors education services, provides regular supervision of direct reports, promotes a positive atmosphere, and ensures smooth operation of the centers.  In coordination with the VP or ECE and the Finance Department, responsible for annual development of budgets, budget management, and monitoring of program procurement to ensure all programs have the resources and supplies necessary to operate. Develops, updates, implements, and upholds the mission, policies, and practices of the ECE division and St. Anne’s.



  1. Responsible for the overall operations of all St. Anne’s early learning centers and home-based programming services.
  2. Develop and implement operational processes, policies, and procedures for education services.
  3. Oversee Education leadership to ensure that all programming meets Head Start Performance Standards, LACOE Grantee Information Memoranda, and all contractual, licensing, and regulatory requirements.
  4. Ensure that all children are receiving quality educational programming and case management, including the required assessments, screenings, and when needed, appropriate referrals to the regional center, the local school district, and other community-based and St. Anne’s resources.
  5. Ensure that all needed data is being collected and reports are being reviewed to ascertain child and program outcomes and make improvements that will ensure all children are receiving all appropriate services.
  6. Ensure that parents receive a handbook of policies and procedures to support their child’s experience and their own participation.
  7. Complete and ensure the timely submission of all internally and externally required reports, applications, and similar administrative documents.
  8. Continually evaluate program effectiveness.
  9. Provide one-on-one supervision to reporting staff to ensure that they have the support and guidance needed to provide quality services to the children and families served.
  10. Monitor staff performance and complete performance evaluations in a timely manner; maintain confidential and complete system for records of reporting staff’s employment, evaluations, and staff development activities.
  11. Work collaboratively within the Agency structure, interpreting and adapting Agency policies and procedures to meet the needs of the program and contract.
  12. Oversee, and develop as needed, system for maintenance of confidential files that includes all documents and data required by licensing and contracts.
  13. Ensure the recruitment, hiring, orientation, and training of department staff and the provision of supervision and guidance for staff in daily activities and staff development areas.
  14. Participate in preparing the program’s annual operating budget and other financial reports and actively manage department expenditures within budget, including Non-Federal Share.
  15.  Ensure that the centers have adequate supplies/equipment and approve purchases of inventory and equipment.
  16. Maintain confidentiality as required by St. Anne’s, state licensing, LACOE/OHS, HIPAA, and other relevant regulatory agencies.
  17. Attend all necessary professional training in order to maintain knowledge of best practice within the field and to ensure St. Anne’s is a leading provider in the community.
  18. Act as representative for St. Anne’s, develop and maintain relationships with other relevant agencies, and participate in appropriate professional organizations.
  19. Plan and participate in on-site and off-site learning opportunities in accordance with a professional development plan that reflects regulatory and personal professional needs and interests.
  20. Assist program staff in becoming members of the professional early childhood education community.



  1. Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education or related field (of which 24 ECE/CD units, including core, 6 units in administration, and 2 units in adult supervision) or Teaching, Administrative, or Administrative Services credential with 12 units of ECE plus 3 units supervised field experience in ECE settings. Masters Degree highly preferred.
  2. A valid State of California Children’s Center Director’s Permit.
  3. Demonstrated ability to develop and effectively manage programs, services, and innovations according to the program needs.
  4. At least 5 years as an administrator in Head Start, preferably through current/recent LACOE Head Start contracts.
  5. Deep knowledge of Head Start, LACOE, and State Department of Education – Title V, Department of Social Services Title 22.
  6. Experience building curriculum.
  7. Experience with improvement projects- making something better; quality improvement.
  8. Extensive experience overseeing a large operation; only candidates with previous experience as directors should be passed on to next stage.
  9. Extensive leadership experience.
  10. Experience in working with diverse cultures.
  11. St. Anne’s values the dignity and worth of every person we serve. Employees are expected to support children’s emotional and social development by encouraging understanding of others and promoting positive self-concepts. All employees must have the ability to treat those served by our agency in a caring and respectful manner, mindful of individual differences and cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity.
  12. As providers of social services, St. Anne’s employees work with clients dealing with complex emotional and mental health issues, many of whom are facing significant personal crises on a daily basis.  Employees must remain aware of any personal emotions, transference, and/or countertransference that may hinder the ability to remain professional.  As such, employees are expected to maintain composure during all interactions and crisis situations, implement a self-care plan, and utilize crisis communication to deescalate client crisis and prevent any serious bodily injury or harm.


Internal Candidates (who have been in their current position for at least six months) may submit a Transfer Request Form to Human Resources.

Standard Mail
St. Anne’s – Human Resources
155 N. Occidental Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Fax: (213) 385-1533

Via email:

You may send your resume as a part of the body of your e-mail or attach it as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file.

Once a resume or application is submitted to St. Anne’s it is screened and processed. PLEASE DO NOT CALL to inquire about the status of your resume. If you are deemed a good fit for any of our current openings, we will contact you for an interview.

Please note, St. Anne’s conducts a physical, including tuberculosis and drug screen; fingerprinting and background check which includes Child Abuse Index, FBI and Department of Justice, as well as reference checks.

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