Director of Early Childhood Education Programs

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About Shady Lane:

At Shady Lane, making a difference in a child’s life is at the core of everything we do. For the past 55 years, Shady Lane has been focused on providing high quality education to children from all backgrounds. Diversity, equity and inclusion continue to be key components of our mission and we are proud of our work providing a high-quality early learning experience to a mixed-income population of families. Currently, 38% of our student population, 30% of our teaching staff, and 53% of our Board of Directors identifying as multi-ethnic. Since 2017, Shady Lane has partnered with Duquesne University to develop and implement a school-wide Social Emotional curriculum and tiered approach to behavioral health for all students, and today serves as a regional leader in the implementation of Social Emotional Learning in Early Childhood. Our school has earned the prestigious Four Stars designation by PA Keystone Stars and is NAEYC- accredited.

The Role:

Shady Lane seeks a Director of Education Programs to develop, implement, and manage high-quality programming and educational experiences for the over 135 children annually who attend Shady Lane School, their families, and 37 staff members. This includes supervision of all in-school teaching staff, oversight of the Social Emotional Learning Partnership Program, and is focused on building strong relationships internally and externally.  Relationships with and between staff, educators, children, and parents is a vital part to the Shady Lane School experience.  The Director of Education Programs role also ensures that health and safety standards are met and in compliance with all relevant regulations and guidelines.  The Director of Education Programs plays an instrumental role in carrying on the vision and mission of Shady Lane. This position reports directly to the Executive Director of Shady Lane School.

Key Functions

Educational and Program Leadership (45%)

  • Work in partnership with Social Emotional Learning team, Duquesne University and other partners to continue development and implementation of established Social Emotional Learning Partnership Program.
  • Evaluation of goals in accordance with the PA Early Learning Standards, Inclusive Classroom Profile, and other metrics that Shady Lane feels are important
  • Ensure that children’s and families’ cultural backgrounds are appropriately recognized and cultural activities are integrated into education program and training
  • Oversee development of curricula and collaborate with teaching staff to ensure high quality standards are met and that art integration is happening
  • Provide feedback for, discuss, and manage classroom practice in real time with staff
  • Lead SELP team meetings twice monthly and participate in all parent meetings

Staff Supervision, Growth and Development (40%)

  • Coach, develop, and supervise a team of 25+ teaching staff.
  • Conduct regular classroom observations that include real time feedback and discussion of best practice
  • Lead all team meetings twice monthly and participate in individual team meetings regularly
  • Recruit, hire, supervise, schedule and terminate all teaching staff in accordance with best practice for ensuring high-quality educators
  • Work with Accounting Coordinator to manage payroll and timekeeping process
  • Work in partnership with SELP team members and partners to develop and implement schoolwide professional development opportunities
  • Provide two evaluations annually for each teacher
  • Oversee teacher incentive program with support of two program coordinators

Family & Community Engagement (15%)

  • In partnership with two program coordinators, recruit and enroll 140 children annually
  • Oversee annual enrichment programming that incorporates the larger community and local non-profit organizations
  • Oversee family engagement program which would include, seminars for parents on topics of interest, ongoing training for staff on how to effectively engage with all families, Shady Lane Saturday playdates, and strategy for Parent Teacher Organization
  • Work with Executive Director to develop metrics to report on organizational goals towards family engagement

We seek candidates who are passionate about –

  • Infusing Social emotional learning across all aspects of the early childhood environment
  • The role of learning through play and play-based environments focused on the needs of children
  • Respecting children as unique individuals who are worthy of our love and attention
  • Fostering Inclusive classrooms over classrooms focused on children’s compliance and behavior modification
  • Engaging in open, honest, and transparent discussion and dialogue around classroom practice and early childhood theory

We seek candidates with experience in the following areas:

  • Designing and implementing a program from start to finish
  • Leading a team of diverse early childhood educators and administrative support staff
  • Providing strength-based feedback regarding early childhood education classroom practice
  • Working closely with a leadership team to provide strategic direction
  • Developing innovative curriculum focused on play-based learning and social emotional learning
  • Creating parent engagement programs
  • Ensuring Compliance with regulatory bodies including DHS, NAEYC, and Keystone Stars

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Passion for the field of early learning and the Shady Lane Mission to provide high quality programing to a diverse population of students
  • Experience with national and PA early learning regulatory requirements including, but not limited to, NAEYC, DHS, Keystone STARS, Pre-K Counts, and Early Head Start
  • Experience with early childhood curriculum planning, staff training, and supervision and family engagement
  • Experience as an early childhood coordinator or administrator
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working with and ability to effectively communicate with diverse populations
  • Strong computer skills
  • Act 33/34 clearances
  • Current First Aid and CPR training, or the ability to obtain these quickly
  • Ability to handle an ever changing fast paced work environment while maintaining a positive attitude
  • Ability to be comfortable in resolving conflict and handling difficult interpersonal situations


The Director of Education Programs will need to have one of the following combinations of education and experience (2-5 years minimum working in early childhood education and one of the following):

  • AA/AAS in: ECE/ equivalent degree OR related field including 18 ECE credits OR Elementary Ed. and 12 ECE credits OR unrelated degree (BS/BA/AA/AAS) including 30 ECE credits OR ASB/AST degree in ECE with articulation agreement
  • BS/BA in: ECE/ equivalent degree OR related field including 30 ECE credits OR Elementary Ed. and 18 ECE credits OR any field with ECE Certification
  • Master’s in: ECE/ equivalent degree OR related field including 30 ECE credits OR Elementary Ed. and 18 ECE credits OR any field with ECE Certification
  • Ph.D/ Ed.D in: ECE/ equivalent degree OR in related field including 30 ECE credits OR any field with ECE Certification

Please send your cover letter* and resume to the attention of Becky Flaherty at

*In your cover letter, please address the following:

  • Why you’re passionate about Shady Lane’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Social Emotional Learning
  • Which experiences/qualifications you have that uniquely allow you to add value
  • Why you’re excited about performing the key responsibilities of this role

To apply for this job email your details to