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  • 509105
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Jul 4 2022 at 23:55 MST

Arizona Department  of Education

The Arizona Department of Education's mission is to advance equity and excellence for all students by serving school leaders, educators and staff, collaborating with communities, and leading with data-driven best practices. Our vision is equity for all students to achieve their full potential!

Director of Early Childhood Education

Academic Standards Section

Job Location:

Phoenix Location  

Posting Details:

Salary: $72,000 - $77,000 

Grade: 22

Closing Date:  07/04/22

Job Summary:

• Responsible for the direction, supervision, coordination, and evaluation of Early Childhood Education Programs and staff; functions as the Head Start Collaboration Director; serves as the State administrator for the HQEL/Preschool Development Grant.
• Coordinates external partnerships in the early childhood space; guides the development and implementation of both kindergarten and preschool assessments; acts as the ADE ex-officio designee on the First Things First board; serves on the Read On Arizona Advisory Board; and develops partnerships with other governmental agencies in order to further the goals of early childhood education
• As a supervisor, this position will have duties including, but not limited to: oversee and direct daily work activities; conduct regular one-on-one meetings; provide coaching, mentoring and discipline as necessary; administer performance evaluations; manage schedules and leave requests; hire and train staff.
• In-state and out-of-state travel is required for this position.

Job Duties:

• Oversee staff in the provision of services to LEAs according to legislative and State Board authorizations
• Coordinate linkages between appropriate Arizona Department of Education, Head Starts, and state agencies in providing comprehensive services to LEAs
• Develop and disseminates information about Early Learning Standards, and develops legislative reports, and policy and guidance materials for professionals; collaborates with institutes of higher education and ADE Certification unit in regard to the early childhood certification requirements
• Provide leadership and consultant services (primarily, the delivery of technical assistance, training, and group instruction) to LEAs, Head Starts and other agency units (Title I, Migrant, Homeless, CTE, and ESS) in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of Arizona’s early learning standards, early learning assessment tools, and local collaborations
• Participate in local and national association and committee meetings and maintain knowledge of current child development and learning research, Head Start, early literacy, and of national policy, funding and other issues
• Attend departmental, divisional, and team meetings, prepared to receive and present information that is related to program-specific activities, statistical data, budgeting, strategic planning, departmental policies and procedures, and the delivery of services to LEAs
• Represent ADE and program area on internal and external advisory and work committees
• Attend meetings, address members’ needs for program information, conduct necessary research for committee work
• Make public presentations as appropriate
• Participate in the Arizona Head Start Association Executive Council and general membership meetings
• Assist ADE Exceptional Student Services unit in the delivery of special education preschool services as required by legislation and assists local preschools in linking with LEAs

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• Extensive knowledge of Early Childhood education programs, specifically First Things First and Head Start programs, appropriate assessment for birth to age 8 children, Arizona's Early Learning standards and K-3 academic standards
• Federal/state regulations regarding the inclusion of special needs students in preschool and the compliance requirements of LEAs
• Child Development, Early Learning Development, and early learning continuums in early learning settings
• Diverse needs of the early learning community
• Early childhood program monitoring
• Early learning data collection, analysis, review, and reporting
• State and federal grant-writing process
• Management theories on employee motivation, time allocation, peer coaching/mentoring, and collaborative leadership
• Supervisory techniques, for a diverse workforce
• Staff development standards
• Applicants must have teaching experience in a variety of early learning settings including general education and/or special education and providing professional development/training in early learning.
• Position requires supervisory experience (graduates of ADE’s Aspiring Leaders program may be considered in lieu of supervisory experience).
• A Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Special Education or in a related field is required.
• Work management and work leadership
• Analysis and evaluation of program effectiveness and progress
• Interpreting and applying federal, state, grants laws, rules, and regulations
• Unit program/project workload prioritization, organization practices, and workflow to increase productivity
• Facilitate meetings with both internal and external stakeholders
• Oral and written communication techniques
• Multi-task, to meet urgent/critical deadlines
• Administration and collaboration
• Interpersonal relationships
• Conflict resolution
• Intermediate to advanced skill in using Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
• Supervise staff in the design/development/implementation of unit programs/projects with both immediate and long-term timelines
• Determine if early learning education programs are effective in meeting educational needs of local educational officials
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Effectively and diplomatically communicate with LEAs, members of the public, and governmental agencies
• Understand the 'big picture' in a project while simultaneously being detail-oriented
• Communicate effectively in large-group instruction and one-on-one interactions

Selective Preference(s):

• Preference will be given to those applicants with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Special Education.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Applicants must have a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card or the ability to obtain one prior to employment start date.
• Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
• Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.


ADE’s comprehensive benefits package includes:

• Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
• Tuition reimbursement program available for education/professional development advancement
• Hybrid schedule (combination of telework and in-office) may be available for some job roles
• Top ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
• Deferred compensation plan
• Accrued sick leave and vacation leave
• Ten paid holidays per year
• Wellness plans

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


You will be required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) upon your 27th week of employment, subject to waiting period. On or shortly after, your first day of employment you will be provided with enrollment instructions and effective date.

Contact Us:

The Arizona Department of Education is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADE Human Resources office at (602) 542-3186 or via e-mail at HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.