Director of Early Childhood Education

Nonprofit Social Services Education


Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP) is a source of direct support for families who live in poverty in Albany, New York.  The majority of program participants are from economically vulnerable families with incomes below 100% of the federal poverty threshold (or $21,960 for a family of three - the average family size of ACAP’s customer population).  For 50 years ACAP has been providing a network of programs that serve the needs of children and families living in poverty.
Our prominent programs include Early Head Start, Head Start, Energy Assistance and Weatherization, Career Pathways, and we support customers through our Dress for Success Program.  Through its programs, ACAP has created positive change in the lives of children and families in Albany County.  ACAP embodies the spirit of hope, improving communities and making the Capital Region a better place.


The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Director is responsible for the ECE department, which includes the Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Universal Pre-K program, and other auxiliary programs. These programs extend throughout Albany County, employing a large staff and engaging a large number of low-income and vulnerable families with young children.

  • Plans, organizes, and implements department objectives in coordination with agency strategic and operational objectives, including program and fund development activities.
  • Responsible for compliance with all department performance standards and regulations, including the maintenance of all reporting systems and databases necessary to meet the requirement of outside regulators.
  • Ensures compliance is strictly followed in all federal, state, local, and private contracts.
  • Directs and oversees management functions to ensure quality programming for all customers, including supervision and development of staff in accordance with applicable laws and agency policies.
  • Prepares and manages program budgets to control costs, allocate funds, and maintain operations at a level consistent with agency and program guidelines.
  • Coordination of a quality childhood education program, encouraging our children, families, and staff to succeed and thrive.

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Education, Human Services, Social Work, Public Administration, or related field. A Master’s Degree is preferred. A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in human services management and supervision experience. Professional expertise of fiscal management and administration plus knowledge of federal and state contracts and compliance. Experience with program development, design, and implementation. Possession of a valid driver license may be required. Experience in working in a Head Start program and/or another early childhood education program serving low-income communities is a plus. 

BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experiences with the potential for increase every year based on performance; Health, Dental & Vision Insurance; Vacation, Sick, and Personal Leave; 13 paid holidays; Educational Assistance; 403(b) with employer contribution.
CLASSIFICATION / HOURS: Exempt, Full-time (40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year)
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