Vice President of Children's Services

  • Perspectives, Inc.
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Feb 21, 2019
Full time Non-profit-Social Services

Job Description

ABOUT PERSPECTIVES, INC:  In keeping with the goals of supporting mothers and children, as well as all family members, Perspectives is a family-friendly workplace. We understand the everyday stresses our team of professionals faces as they work with a diverse and struggling population to create healthier lifestyles. Perspectives’ appreciation, support, and a liberal time-off policy create a workplace that few want to leave.


Our mission, Breaking Cycles, is accomplished through an award-winning, comprehensive model that includes: supportive housing, case management, mental and chemical health services, parent education, and children’s educational and nutritional enrichment programming. The results strengthen families, restore dignity, and create hope.


Besides competitive pay, 16 paid holidays, and health insurance, we are a fun, fast-paced agency that realizes it is important to both work and play hard. If you enjoy a team approach and a creative, energetic work culture, come join us!



Kids Connection – Perspectives provides an afterschool and summer program for at-risk and homeless children living in Perspectives' supportive housing program and surrounding community.  The year-round program focuses on developing academic, social, and culinary skills with a companion program called Kids Cafe.  Licensed teachers, mentors, volunteers and other program staff create an engaging learning environment so as to facilitate academic and social-skill building activities on-site for fifty-plus children and youth.

Kids Café -

The Connection – A socially, enriching and recreational program for middle school youth, 6-8th grade.

Early Childhood – Perspectives newest program will begin as a pilot with 10-15 preschoolers and will expand to 74 when Perspectives new program Family Center is built (expected in 2020).


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY:  As a member of the executive/leadership team, this new position oversees all of Perspectives’ out-of- school programs: Kids Connection (K-5), The Connection (6-8) Summer Explorers (K-5) and Kids Cafe.  The programs serve over 100 elementary children annually and involve a staff of six to eight teachers.  In addition, this position will launch an Early Childhood Education pilot program in June of 2019 for 2 to 4 year olds. Primary responsibility is to enhance, implement, and maintain academic, social and nutritional services, while integrating ideals from a variety of educational philosophies, frameworks, principles, and values. This leadership position will develop strategies, direction, and best practices for the purpose of providing effective services to an at-risk and culturally diverse population.


Program and Curriculum Development

  • Lead the development and evaluation of current curriculum beliefs and practices, creating classroom environments, classroom expectations and accountability, and developmentally appropriate learning goals, guidelines, and assessments.
  • Lead and direct the design and implementation of a developmentally appropriate early childhood education curriculum and learning environment while incorporating best practices and current research.

Staff Supervision and Development

  • Responsible for all aspects of personnel management, including but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, supervising, work planning, and evaluation.
  • Plan and implement staff orientation and staff meetings.
  • Serve as a mentor to teachers and staff and actively facilitate professional development, by creating opportunities for staff to learn in formal and informal settings. Professional development opportunities should be in accordance with Minnesota state standards as well as the professional interests and goals of each individual staff member.
  • Ensure staff is informed, involved, and integrated in the development and implementation of program outcomes and objectives, as well as individual goals and objectives.
  • Leverage the strengths of others to develop an effective team, while inspiring and fostering camaraderie, collegiality, and teamwork.

Relationships with Parents and Families

  • Form caring and trusting relationships with children, their parents and caregivers that honor the importance of all individuals in the community.
  • Effectively communicate the mission, vision, and goals of our programs to parents and families.
  • Ensure there is an effective enrollment and orientation process to new families, representing the vision, goals, and uniqueness of the program.



  • As a member of the Executive Team the position is responsible for reporting to Perspectives’ President/CEO and Board of Directors the status and progress of business plan which relates to the above programs.
  • Lead, manage, implement, and monitor long and short term strategic plans including specific outcomes for program performance, enhancement, growth, and reporting.
  • Design and manage the administrative support systems that ensure the curriculum and all programs align with the vision of Perspectives
  • Develop, implement, and monitor annual program budgets through effective financial management and planning, including grants and fundraising efforts to enhance the program and facilities.



  • Master’s Degree (preferred) in Education
  • Active Minnesota State Licensed Teacher required
  • Five years’ experience in Early Childhood Education
  • Minimum of five years’ teaching and supervisory experience in a similar position, with a proven track record of success, innovation, and growth


Program Management


DOQ; Excellent Benefits



  • Demonstrated strong supervisory, management, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership, effective guidance, and stability for program continuity.
  • Experience working with students and families of the agency target population.
  • Proficient computer skills, including usage of Microsoft Word and Outlook.