Elementary Programs Director Job Description

Elementary Programs Director (Full-time)


Casa Chirilagua offers a selection of integrated programs that involve the entire family in order to develop relationships with families to see the Chirilagua neighborhood transformed by Christ. We design these programs, which include academic support, language fluency instruction and character development, to foster long-term relationships. We are a faith-based, 501(c)(3) Christian Community Development nonprofit with 13 staff members and over 100 weekly volunteers who serve more than 120 families per week via multiple individual development programs. Join a vibrant, diverse ministry team and invest in meaningful work daily. Visit www.casachirilagua.org to learn more about our organization.

Position Summary

As part of Casa Chirilagua’s Leadership Pipeline team, the Elementary Programs Director will perform functions to lead and manage the coordination and administration of Casa Chirilagua’s 1st-5th grade programming.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Program Development, Management, and Implementation
      • Create annual program budget. Implement approved budget through program spending and ensure spending aligns with the limits set for each category.
      • Manage the day-to-day detailed aspects of programs in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan.
      • Responsible for gathering both qualitative and quantitative data to use in evaluating the program’s success in achieving the goals outlined in the strategic plan.
  2. Personnel Supervision
      • Hire, train, and conduct employee reviews program support staff (Local Leaders). Contribute to development of  team trainings as needed.
      • Acclimate volunteers to the rhythms and routines of the program. Mentor program volunteers as they support the academic, emotional, and if applicable, spiritual development of program participants. Support Volunteer Coordinator in trainings as needed.
  3. Relationship Management
      • Communicate and collaborate with specific external stakeholders (program specific non-profit partners, church partners, school partners, etc) to enhance the programmatic offerings to students.
      • Ensure that programmatic partnerships with external stakeholders are aligned with the program and organizations strategic goals.
      • Maintain clear and consistent communication with parents of enrolled students regarding program schedule, student behavior or academic concerns, and opportunities for parent participation in the program.
        • On a case-by-case basis, collaborate with parents of enrolled students on how to best communicate their child’s needs to relevant school district personnel. Facilitate this communication as needed.

Key Competencies:

  • Communication: Ability to clearly, professionally, empathetically listen and communicate in order to build new and strengthen existing relationships. Spanish language ability is required. Must speak at an advanced level (can narrate and describe in all major time frames, handle a situation with a complication, and effectively translate between 2 parties) or higher.
  • Fiscal responsibility: Has two or more years of experience creating and implementing a program budget, demonstrating fiduciary stewardship.
  • Program Development: Has successfully researched, developed, and implemented program curriculum with elementary age students for at least two years with certifiable references.
  • Detail-oriented: Highly organized and manages time well with the ability to implement systems and follow-up processes. Can reliably collect and create reports on program data.
  • Technology: Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, OneNote, Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and data system management.
  • Mentorship: Has two or more years of experience in identifying and cultivating leadership skills in a team or individual. Has successfully coached a predecessor or similar into a new leadership role.
  • Creative: Exhibits the ability to think outside of the box, problem solve with fun, innovative and new ideas, and has a good sense of humor.
  • Culturally Competent: Has a demonstrated ability to listen to and learn from a community that differs from the one they were raised in. Ability to identify potential assumptions or biases and proactively seeks feedback in their learning.
  • Motivated: Continually look for ways to improve themselves, processes, systems and the way their team works together. A hard worker who is self-motivated, diligent, and practices self-care (tending to their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs). Proactive in bringing ideas for individual and corporate improvement to their supervisor.
  • Christian faith: Manifest evidence of personal faith in Jesus Christ, actively pursuing spiritual mentorship and community, and a theological perspective that aligns with Casa Chirilagua’s Core Values.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Early Childhood Development or related field

Get Involved

Our relational network of volunteers and donors reflects a diverse group of individuals from all over the Washington, D.C. metro area. As a non-profit, we rely on the community for assisting program directors on-site, being mentors, supplying the needs of our food pantry, and everything in between. Each member of our Casa community holds a unique gift, whether time, talent or treasure.