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Job Title: UPK Coordinator
Date Posted: 07/02/2014
Location: New York, New York
Division: Greater New York
Department: DHQ Social Services
Category: Management

General Summary:

The UPK Coordinator is responsible for the recruitment of children, curriculum development and the educational component of the UPK program and to serves as a collaborative liaison between the Corps Community Center’s Commanding Officer, the day care staff, Divisional Headquarters and our funding partners through program and procedure development, monitoring and implementation.


  • Design and implement strategies to recruit and retain children.

  • Implement quality improvement programs to improve the overall quality and performance of programs for curriculum, recordkeeping, parent involvement, retention, recruitment and enrollment.

  • Research and monitor “best practices” in the UPK field to keep The Salvation Army competitive.

  • Provide Administrative support to the Youth Development Director in the following areas:

  • Provide high quality supervision of all Program staff including: completing written performance evaluations and ensuring all staff receives State mandated trainings and orientations.

  • Become acquainted with the policies and procedures, and the Performance Standards and regulations of: Department of Education (DOE), Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), in order to satisfactorily interpret and enforce those policies regulations and standards.

  • Meet regularly with Corps Officers and UPK Program Directors to make sure programs are in full compliance with protocols specific to The Salvation Army.

  • Plan a semiannual meeting at DHQ with Corps Officers, UPK Program Directors, DOE to make sure programs are in full compliance with contracted requirements.

  • Meet with Finance department, Corps Officers and UPK Program Directors to assist in formulation of budgets, preparing budgets & budget modifications when necessary.

  • Assist Corps Officers & UPK Program Directors in preparing and submitting required paperwork to meet State and local licensing requirements including preparing applications and renewals.

  • Conduct regular site visits to the corps and at the request of the Corps Officer.

  • Along with the Youth Development Director, serve as a principle liaison to funders, DHQ, Finance, HR and any other department of The Salvation Army as necessary.

  • Create unified Job Descriptions as necessary for all UPK Staff.

  • Create a Program Manual for Corps Officers to have an understanding of the required contracted protocols of funders (DOE).

  • Develop a Billing Timeline and Work Narrative on the billing process for use at each UPK site.

  • Create a central repository of information for all Youth programs: Maintaining statistics on Site, Staff, Children served and revenues.

  • Participate in the RFP process to develop funding as directed by the Youth Development Director and Director of Social Services

  • Develop and/or maintain relationship with private and government funders.

  • Additional duties as assigned.



  • A Masters Degree in Education, Early Childhood Education preferred

  • A Valid New York State Teacher’s Certificate (or equivalent certificate from another state, which is recognized by the New York State Department of Education).

  • 5 years Experience in Outcome Based Early Childhood Education, UPK experience preferred

  • Must be self-directing and poses excellent organizational skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Anyone interested in applying should send their resume to Scott See at:

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