Universal Pre-Kindergarten Director

** This is a temporary grant-funded position through 6/30/2020. **

Under the supervision of the Coordinator of Early Learning Services, the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Director manages early-learning services for the Queens Public Library’s’ Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program at Woodhaven and Ravenswood with a focus on the programs’ educational instruction and teaching strategies.

  • Responsible for the management of all pedagogical and curricular aspects of the program.
  • Oversees and maintains high quality teaching in compliance with Department of Education and Queens Library’ program standards with evidence-based curricular, including lesson planning, observations, individual student portfolios and parent/teacher conferences.
  • Manages student recruitment and enrollment.
  • Provides guidance, training and coaching to teaching staff on implementing lesson plans. 
  • Provides support to the UPK classroom. Liaises with Department of Education and assists with data entry for UPK report preparation.
  • Ensures that teachers are working in collaboration with other support services such as mental health and special needs services to meet needs of children and families.
  • Collaborates with families to support and share the educational needs of their children.
  • Manages program budget.
  • Ensures compliance with Department of Education and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene requirements.
  • Attends necessary meetings related to current program.
  • Participates in outreach initiatives. 
  • Aides in identification and development of partnership opportunities with community based organizations and educational institutions to support the goals and objectives of the school programs.
  • Ensures required statistics, data and reports are submitted on a timely basis.
  • Responsible for program reporting and budget management.
  • Provides regular reports regarding outcomes and progress.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Masters of Education required.  A New York State teaching license or certificate valid for service in the early childhood grades (Birth–Grade 2 or Nursery–Grade 6); or a teaching license or certificate for students with disabilities valid for service in early childhood grades (Birth–Grade 2 or Nursery–Grade 6).
  • 5 years of experience as a teacher with classroom experience including 2 years of experience at the Lead Teacher level.
  • First Aid and CPR certificates.
  • Cleared background check and fingerprints indicating ability to work with children.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working in an inclusive and diverse work environment and managing across differences.


  • Experience in fiscal management/budget preparations.
  • Bilingual language skills.

About Queens Public Library:

Queens Public Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service.  We transform lives by cultivating personal and intellectual growth and by building strong communities. Queens Public Library welcomes innovators and leaders to contribute to a long history and dynamic future of offering pioneering programs and services to the most diverse county in the United States.  Queens Public Library is a private, non-profit corporation with 1,700 employees serving 65 locations.

To Apply:  Please email your resume and cover letter to: QLcareers@queenslibrary.org and reference “Universal Pre-Kindergarten Director – QLWEB” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted by email. 

The Queens Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.