Children & Family Services: Education Manager – The Unity Council


Children & Family Services: Education Manager

Reports To

Director of Children & Family Services


Children & Family Services


Oakland, CA


Monday through Friday


Local travel may be required



Employee Status

Regular, Full-time, Exempt


School Readiness Coordinators & Center Directors


Two weeks of paid vacation a year, sick time, 13 holidays, up to five floating holidays based on employee status, medical and dental benefits on the first of the month following 30 days of employment, life insurance policy at no cost to employee (with the option of increasing policy amount), flexible spending account for medical and dependent care costs, commuter benefits, 403(b) with employer match, and other benefits. We foster a joyful workplace and offer opportunities for professional development and growth.

Agency Summary

The Unity Council is a nonprofit Social Equity Development Corporation with a 50-year history in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. Our mission is to promote social equity and improve quality of life by building vibrant communities where everyone can work, learn, and thrive.

Our programs aim to provide the community with the tools, knowledge, and resources to transform their lives and ultimately achieve their long-term educational, career, and financial goals. These holistic programs and services reach more than 8,000 individuals and families annually in five languages. Programs include: early childhood education, youth mentorship and leadership development, employment services, career readiness training, housing and financial stability, senior citizen services, affordable housing and neighborhood development, and arts and cultural events. The Unity Council employs a diverse workforce of more than 250 people who reflect the linguistic, cultural, and ethnic identity of the communities we serve. Our work expands beyond the Fruitvale district and now reaches across Oakland and into Concord.

Program Summary

The Children and Family Services programs include Head Start, Early Head Start, State Pre-Kindergarten, Home Based Services, and Developmental Play Groups. Over 900 children birth through kindergarten entry and 32 expectant parents and their families receive child development and comprehensive family services through the Unity Council. The programs are diverse, multilingual, developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive, and individualized for each child and family services are provided in four centers and two home based programs throughout Oakland and Monument Corridor neighborhood in Concord, CA.

Position Summary

The Education Manager has overall responsibility for early childhood education, curriculum implementation and ensuring that the program is meeting its school readiness goals. Under the supervision of the Director of Children & Family Services, the Education Manager is responsible for planning, implementation, and assessment of all education services areas for Head Start and Early Head Start. Ensures compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, Head Start Act, licensing regulations, CDE requirements and QRIS requirements.


The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
• Develops, implements and monitors policies and procedures that ensure children are properly supervised at all times and ensures active supervision is routinely implemented at all times for all TUC early childhood programs in Oak• Oversees all Education service area for Center Based and Home Based, with support of School Readiness Coordinators;
• Establishes direction and ensures the implementation of education goals and objectives, including school readiness goals.
• Ensures consistency with Head Start Performance Standards, CDE Education requirements, Community Care Licensing and TUC mission, vision & values;
• In collaboration with the school readiness coordinators and other education staff, finalizes the school readiness reports and presents for approval to the board of directors and policy council;
• Consults with Program Director regarding program needs and improvements;
• Assists in determining personnel needs and the hiring process as needed;
• Works collaboratively with center directors and school readiness coordinators to address staff performance issues and provides input for useful and informative performance reviews;
• Provides positive leadership and management to staff consistent with department and organization goals.
• Provides supervision and coordination for the School Readiness Coordinators and Disabilities Coordinator;
• Meets regularly and serves as primary point of contact with education coaches;
• Establishes expectations for School Readiness Coordinators and Center Directors for supervision and support of teachers and home visitors;
• Supervises Coaches
• Ensures that education assessment data is incorporated into professional development plans for teachers, and into individual development plans for children;
• Establishes expectations and timelines for DRDP assessments, CLASS observations, coaching sessions, and staff evaluations;
• Provides coaching and feedback to School Readiness Coordinators and Center Directors;
• Researches best practices and incorporates best practices in the delivery of early childhood education services.
• Works with School Readiness Coordinators in assessing training needs and coordinating professional development activities;
• Establishes and maintains productive collaborative relationships with staff, parents and outside agencies.
• Works cooperatively with other staff members in the implementation of Center plans, activities, policies, procedures and other rules/guidelines;
• Participates in the annual self-assessment, on-going monitoring and review and update of service area plans in conjunction with the Policy Council and Management Team;
• Organizes and conducts education staff meetings to discuss fidelity to curriculum and CLASS implementation;
• Participates in professional development activities, keeps informed of changes in the field of education and shares information with colleagues;
• Represents the agency at external relations meetings;
• Assists with coverage as needed;
• Performs other duties as assigned.


• Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education or Child Development, and at least two years’ classroom experience, Master’s Degree preferred, and three years of supervisory or management experience is required;
• Head Start experiences preferred;
• Site supervisor child development permit required, director permit preferred;
• Bilingual in either Spanish/English or Asian language/English;
• Familiarity with play-based curriculum, must have CLASS certification within 1 year of hiring;
• Requires the ability to utilize computer systems and software necessary to perform position functions.
• Must have the ability to: coordinate and manage all aspects of the education services area, to direct the work of others; facilitate meetings; implement training activities for groups and individuals; relate effectively with individuals from diverse socio-economic groups; model effective teaching techniques; write clearly and effectively; model appropriate language when interacting with children and adults; model professional responsibility and personal integrity and function in an environment of site-based management;
• Must be willing and able to participate with the children and teachers in all planned activities when appropriate;
• Must have reliable transportation and have a current driver’s license;

Physical Requirements
Must be able climb stairs, reach, bend, lift 20-30 pounds, crawl, kneel, stoop, twist, grasp with hands and fingers materials, use arms and legs, able to walk, climb ladders if applicable.

Pre-employment Requirements

Physical exam, TB test, background/fingerprint clearance, measles, pertussis immunizations.

Application Process

Please send us your cover letter and resume in application for this position.


Please put “title of position, your name” in the subject line.

The Unity Council
Attention: Human Resources
1900 Fruitvale Ave., Suite 2B, Oakland, CA 94601

Fax: (510) 535-6923

The Unity Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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