Director of Family and Community Engagement

Acelero Learning is seeking talented, driven leaders who share our commitment and passion for joyful learning that is aimed at producing graduates who enter kindergarten on par with their middle income peers. If you share our mission and if what inspires you when you wake up in the morning is the opportunity to positively change a child and family’s future, Acelero Learning is certainly the place for you!

About Acelero Learning:

The mission of Acelero Learning is to bring a relentless focus on positive child and family outcomes to close the achievement gap and build a better future for children, families, and communities served by the Head Start program.

Acelero Learning is an established Head Start program serving more than 4,000 children and families in 4 states. We also work to expand our impact by providing training and technical assistance resources and opportunities to other Head Start programs around the country.

We know all children can achieve at their highest potential. Our mission and philosophies are influenced by what we know is best for children and families and confirmed by research. We implement practices that have been proven to effectively ensure families’ success and prepare children for kindergarten. You should expect a lot from us, because we expect a lot from you.

About this role:

We are looking for people who exemplify our values of: Follow-through, Data-driven Decision-making, Proactive Problem-Solving, Open Communication, and Teamwork.

What we expect from you in this role:

The Director of Family and Community Engagement assists and guides the family services and health leadership throughout the Acelero Learning network to ensure full implementation of all aspects of Acelero Learning’s family services and health and wellness policies/procedures and tools, with the goal supporting families to build nurturing environments to promote their children’s school readiness and healthy development. Through technical assistance, professional development, monitoring, on-site support, and other tasks as needed, the Director of Family and Community Engagement provides expertise in all aspects of family assessment, engagement and support. Location of this position is negotiable but Harlem is preferred, with travel to delegate programs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Milwaukee and elsewhere as needed (up to 50% of time).

The Director of Family and Community Engagement will work in collaboration with others in the Head Start Services department to fulfill the following activities:

  • Conduct regular visits to Acelero Learning Head Start delegate programs to support the quality of family engagement, health and wellness services through technical assistance, professional development and coaching to enable them to implement all aspects of the Acelero family engagement model.
  • Conduct formal and informal qualitative audits to assess the execution of programmatic strategies and to identify trends for quality improvement and/or intervention refinement
  • Work with delegate family service and health teams to plan and implement program pilots and special initiatives in keeping with Acelero’s long-term goals for family services and health.
  • Coordinate with Support Center and delegate early learning leadership to strengthen the intensity and effectiveness of Acelero’s program interventions to strengthen family life practices to close the achievement gap
  • Design and develop family and community engagement training materials, tools and resources to support implementation of a high quality family services program.
  • Facilitate sharing of best practices across the Acelero network and assist in managing regular family services and health team meetings.
  • Monitor the quality and ensure the reliability of program data at the family, coach, center and delegate levels. Analyze data and make program development recommendations to SVP and leadership teams.
  • Work with delegate leadership to enhance program partnerships to enhance family self-sufficiency and to meet the needs of vulnerable families
  • Work with delegate program Family Services and Health leadership to create quality improvement plans that incorporate family outcomes and other data, update as needed, and execute effectively.


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Public Health or relevant field preferred
  • Expertise in community based interventions to improve outcomes for low-income families and communities, with direct experience developing and implementing program strategies
  • 10 years experience in the family and community engagement field, including experience in coaching, supervision, program management and providing technical assistance
  • Expertise assisting families of young children act as full partners to promote their children’s school readiness and overall healthy development. Expertise in national family engagement models preferred
  • Strong analytical skills in order to quickly assess situations, identify trends, develop solutions and apply critical assessments to the larger context
  • Ability to quickly learn and interpret government procedures and regulations
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a team, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, receive and provide feedback and manage dynamic interchanges in meetings
  • Ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders to successfully implement program plans
  • Ability and willingness to travel (up to 50% time)
  • Pass physical examination, background check, and fingerprint screening

What you can expect from us:

Comprehensive Benefits

Acelero Learning is committed to providing the most comprehensive benefits in the industry, including:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Health Plans
  • Life, Accident, & Disability Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings
  • Paid Time-Off (4 weeks during first year of employment)
  • Flexible Spending & Dependent Care Accounts
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Formal Training Days
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employee Wellness Programs

Extensive Professional Training & Development
At Acelero Learning, we invest in our employees through on-going training and development, including:

  • Acelero University (classroom courses/virtual workshops in early childhood education and program management)
  • Customized center based training
  • Leadership coaching and development
  • Employee award, appreciation and recognition programs

This position is full time, year round and the salary range is $75,000 – $95,000 per year based on qualifications.

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating a diverse and healthy work place.

New York, New York
Acelero Learning

63 West 125th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY, 10027, US