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Executive Director for the Office of Childcare and Early Childhood Education


New York, NY

Employer:  NYC Office of the Mayor
Category:  Education
Job Type:  Full Time


Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives
Position: Executive Director for the Office of Childcare and Early Childhood Education

The Agency You’ll Join
The NYC Mayor's Office administers all city services, public property, most public agencies, and enforces all city, state, and federal laws within New York City. New York City’s Mayor, Eric Adams is head of the executive branch of New York City's government. Mayor Adams has served the people of New York City as an NYPD officer, State Senator, and Brooklyn Borough President. The Adams’ Administration is leading the fight to make New York City’s economy stronger, reduce inequality, improve public safety, and build a stronger, healthier city that delivers for all New Yorkers. As an agency, we value fairness, helpfulness, transparency, leadership and build our teams around these values. For current job opportunities visit our careers page.

The Team You’ll Work With
The New York City Mayor’s Office seeks an Executive Director to oversee the Office of Childcare and Early Childhood Education (OCCECE), an office that was created to ensure a holistic and coordinated approach to childcare and early education across the city. The Executive Director will report to the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives and work in close collaboration with the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. The OCCECE office ensures a holistic and coordinated approach to childcare and early education policy across the City by building responsive systems that are centered on parent and caregiver-choice, supporting providers, and delivering high quality options for families.

The Office serves as a central hub for citywide policy implementation and coordination across the Department of Education (DOE), Administration of Children’s Services (ACS), Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and Department of Social Services (DSS), and fosters strategic partnerships with private entities, nonprofits, and foundations committed to the efforts of the Childcare Quality and Innovation Initiative. This includes but is not limited to building a city-wide childcare and early education system which enables all families with children 0-5 years old to access high quality early education and care; and working with city agencies and private organizations to integrate financial resources to both maximize utilization of all funding streams and ensure a seamless system for children, families, and providers.

The Problems You’ll Solve
Under broad policy direction from the Mayor, the Executive Director of the Office of Childcare & Early Education, plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates all functions and activities of the office.

The Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Leading the development of policy that will enable NYC to deliver accessible, high quality, equitable childcare and early childhood education
  • Developing partnerships and collaborating with city agencies, community partners and other stakeholders to create a streamlined high quality of early care and education systems;
  • Coordinating the City’s fiscal planning and budgeting requests amongst relevant agencies;
  • Analyzing and maximizing funding to create a fiscally viable early care and education system
  • Setting strategic direction by guiding others and developing relationships built on trust and credibility;
  • Using effective change management and innovative ideas to resolve operational challenges affecting NYC’s service delivery;
  • Maintaining ongoing communications with a wide variety of community, civic, and media organizations related to child care & early education policy and service delivery;
  • Coordinating the City’s State and Federal legislative agendas and advocacy for early care and education.

About You
The ideal candidate for the Executive Director of the Office will possess a track record of demonstrated leadership, proven accomplishments, and superior performance in childcare and early education.

The Executive Director of the Office must:

  • Be a strong, visionary, and decisive leader;
  • Promote and embrace best practices, collaboration, innovation, and transparency;
  • Possess cultural competency and the ability to effectively work with diverse populations;
  • Proven ability to lead an organization through a strategic planning and implementation process;
  • Be politically astute and able to build trust, complemented by superior interpersonal and communication skills to act as an advocate to initiate discussions and gain support from stakeholders.

The ideal candidate must also possess the following knowledge base and demonstrated experience:

  • At least 10 years of experience in the field of public policy and implementation particularly in childcare and/or early childhood education either at a local, state, or federal government agency or non-for-profit organization
  • Five years of which should be in a managerial capacity, preferably in NYC government
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the NYC early care and education programs available to young children is required
  • Ability to facilitate, collaborate, and convey an outstanding early care and education vision
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to navigate complex policy, legal, procurement and operational challenges
  • Ability to provide hands-on management leadership to oversee daily operations for the Office
  • Ability to navigate policy and political differences between key stakeholders
  • Ability to provide leadership and engage with government, the public, industry leaders, stakeholders, and high-level policy decision makers
  • Ability to inspire confidence and passion combined with grit and zeal to leas a mission-driven organization towards urgent goals

The City of New York Office of the Mayor’s compensation package includes a market competitive salary, equity for all full-time roles and exceptional benefits. Our cash compensation range for this role is $180,000 to $200,000.
Final offers may vary from the amount listed based on candidate experience and expertise, and other factors.

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Equal Opportunity | Diversity Equity & Inclusion Statement
The Office of the Mayor is an is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

The Adams Administration values diversity — in backgrounds and in experiences that is reflective of the city it serves. Applicants of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged and welcome to apply.

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New York City Residency Is Required Within 90 Days of Appointment

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