director of education


Educational Services


Associate Executive Director


Full-time, Exempt


$65,000 – $70,000 annually


BA/BS/MA in Education or related field OR 6-8 years of relevant experience


Direct reports to the Director of Education are the Educational Services Manager and the Center of Excellence Preschool and Learning Center Manager/Director


The Director of Education leads the Education Department of People Serving People, Inc., bridges the programs within the department, and furthers transformation and improves upon all Education programs and services of the organization in accordance with the organization’s mission and strategic plan.

The Director contributes vision and leads implementation of educational programming that is trauma responsive, family centered, advances racial equity, and leads to issue identification and systems change. The Director is an organizational and community leader that represents the organization and educational programming in various spaces.


Program and Administrative Leadership

  • Responsibility for all early education and school age education programs provided to People Serving People guests and Center of Excellence Preschool and Learning Center children and families
  • Responsive to community and guest needs to refine and develop new programs for People Serving People and to build upon current People Serving People educational programs
  • Continually researches and shares learnings about local and national sector trends, systems and policies around Early Childhood, School Aged Children, and Parental Engagement
  • Develops, understands, educates, and leads implementation of trauma-informed practices into all education programs
  • Invests in staff professional and leadership development directly or indirectly across the department, includes directing training and staff development for all Educational Services Managers
  • Communicates with educational program managers and supervisors to receive and relay information concerning People Serving People educational programs
  • Supports staff through individual and group meetings to analyze specific educational programs and understand educational program development
  • Budget responsibility for all educational programming areas, assists managers in preparing and managing their budgets
  • Responsible for licensing, accreditation, and program contracts for all early education and school age education programs and assists managers in completing inspection and reporting requirements as needed

Organizational Leadership

The Education Director is also an organization leader. They contribute to the organization’s strategic priorities, transformation, fundraising efforts, board and other ad hoc working committees, and engagement in cross-departmental projects.

  • Works directly with the Development Department to help align education program development with funding development
  • Provides accurate educational program information to the Institutional Giving Manager for grant submissions
  • Participates on the Strategy and Transformation Board Committee and at board meetings and retreats as requested
  • Member of the Senior Leadership Team
  • Member of the Whole Family Systems Core Team
  • Serves on organizational ad hoc working committees related to strategic priorities, Trauma Informed Care, and/or other emergent groups

External Engagement and Systems Change

The Education Director bridges the programmatic work of the Department with external community and serves as the public face of the Department in various capacities.

  • Represents People Serving People as a public face for the organization’s Educational Services work which includes participation in presentations and/or presenting on areas of expertise and the program, participating on panels, intentional networking and relationship building with organizations and practitioners in the field, and participating on related working groups, committees, and/or boards outside of the organization
  • Develops and maintains (both directly and indirectly) partnerships with community organizations, governmental agencies and others that can provide support to or enhance People Serving People’s educational programming efforts
  • Stays current on Early Childhood Assistance Programs at a policy, state and county, and programmatic level including, but not limited to CCAP, Pathway I, and Pathway II Scholarships and consistently seeks ways to increase revenue and improve access to early education and education systems
  • Participates in public policy and systems change issue identification and is in engaged in coalitions and other spaces to advance policy around early education, child care, access for families experiencing homelessness, etc.
  • Interprets the organization’s educational programs and services to the community


  • Leads or supports staff on operational issues within People Serving People or at the Center of Excellence
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Associate Executive Director


  • 5 years management and/or supervising experience serving multi-cultural, socially diverse population
  • 5 years experience working and/or providing leadership in a public or private school or early childhood program setting
  • 3 years experience with child care licensing and inspections, accreditation, and reporting
  • Knowledge of Trauma Informed Care principles
  • Knowledge of the impact of toxic stress and trauma on children who have experienced homelessness or are highly mobile
  • Training, public speaking, and/or facilitation experience and tools
  • Strong racial equity lens and cultural competency
  • Public policy or systems change experience, orientation, or interest
  • Strong adaptive, interpersonal, and written communicator
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively; with detail orientation and agility


  • Experience and competence with Microsoft Office applications and data base/CRM systems


Fostering Innovation – The ability to develop, sponsor, or support the introduction of new and improved methods, services, products, procedures, or technologies.

Building Collaborative Relationships – The ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.

Entrepreneurial Orientation – The ability to look for and seize beneficial business opportunities; willingness to take calculated risks to achieve organizational goals.

Strategic Thinking – The ability to analyze the organization’s competitive/collaborative position by considering market and industry trends, existing and potential customers (internal and external), and strengths and weaknesses as compared to competitors/collaborators.

Stakeholder Orientation – The ability to demonstrate concern for satisfying one’s external and/or internal stakeholders.

Trauma-Informed – The awareness of and sensitivity to particular problems of disadvantaged children and the specific needs of families and children who are homeless and in crisis.

Interpersonal Skills – Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things. Has the ability to establish rapport and interact effectively with a wide variety of people including staff, clients and service providers.

Ethics – Treats people with respect; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Tolerance – Has the ability to work with a diverse population.

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed. Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Shares expertise with others.

Adaptability – Is able to adapt to changes in the work environment. Manages competing demands. Changes approach or method to best fit the situation. Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Stress Management – Possesses the capacity to maintain personal control and a balanced approach to stressful conditions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and taste or smell.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

People Serving People is an EEO employer fully committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting the most qualified individual without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We are dedicated to providing and maintaining an inclusive work environment free from discrimination and harassment, where employees are treated with respect and dignity. Individuals who have experienced homelessness are encouraged to apply.


Please mail or email cover letter and resume to:
Human Resources
614 3rd Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55415