Summary: The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, a co-educational independent school, with approximately 520 students in grades Pre-school through eight, is seeking a Director of Early Childhood (EC) to oversee and manage its Early Childhood program. The Early Childhood (EC) Program has Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten grades, enrolling approximately 80 students. Located in beautiful Summerlin, near the entrance to Red Rock Natural Preserve and about 20 minutes from downtown Las Vegas, Alexander Dawson’s education reflects its Core Beliefs. The Director of EC is the point person for the early childhood program; the successful applicant is well versed in research and best practices as they relate to both student growth and faculty development; the Director of EC views the early childhood program as an opportunity to provide families with an initial glimpse into the Dawson mission and vision. The daily management includes curriculum development, mentoring, supervision and evaluation of EC faculty and staff and the fostering of parent and community relationships. The Director of EC will work and participate collaboratively with lower and middle school administration, faculty and staff to promote the wellbeing of the school community in a way that fosters the integration, teaching and learning of the Alexander Dawson Core Beliefs, Mission and Vision and Diversity Statement. That includes but is not limited to clear and consistent communication with parents; visibility across all grades and close collaboration with the Alexander Dawson Advancement Office to meet prospective families and to further advance the school’s mission.
The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Strategic, Dynamic and Student-Centered Early Childhood Programming:
- Views the Early Childhood program as a feeder into the K-8 experience and supports these efforts accordingly
- Utilizes research and best practices of early childhood programming to support curriculum and instructional initiatives
- In collaborates with departments across campus to streamline EC experience
- In collaboration with Director of Education, develops and regularly updates a student-centered curriculum that integrates Dawson’s Core Beliefs into the early childhood programming
- Manages daily operations
- Maintains state licensure
- Hires, mentors, trains and evaluates EC faculty and staff
- Facilitates strategy meetings for student academic and social emotional development, involving families for educational consultations and honest conversations
Institutional Advancement: Marketing, Communication and Community Building:
- Facilitates teacher development that specializes in early childhood and provides a foundation for future Dawson success
- Implements admissions assessments that align with the collaborative efforts of the admissions team
- Closely collaborates with the Director of Marketing and Communication to ensure that information and updates are shared within the school community and that achievements are celebrated
- Develops family partnerships and educates the community about developmentally appropriate experiences in EC grades and the Dawson K-8 programming
- Presents at community events, i.e. family orientations, open house, etc.
Competency, Qualifications, Education & Experience:
- Adaptability – Able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events
- Ambiguity - Capacity to work with ambiguity while enforcing rules and regulations governing the work in Early Childhood
- Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time
- Customer Service – Responds to requests for service and assistance
- Dependability – Keeps commitments
- Ethics – Treat people with respect; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values
- Initiative – A self-starter who asks for and offers help when needed
- Judgment – exhibits sound and accurate judgment
- Leadership – Inspires and motivates others; is available to staff, colleagues and community members
- Oral communication – Excellent verbal communication; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills
- Problem Solving – Is solution oriented; understands how to conduct difficult conversations; maintains confidentiality
- Project Management – Develops and coordinates plans and projects; manages budget; organizes work; manages, prioritizes and completes multiple complex projects with tight deadlines
- Relationships – Ability to remain calm, deliberate and tactful in stressful and emotional situations; a reputation of respectful, productive relationships with others, both professionally and personally
- Strategic Thinking – identifies external threats and opportunities
- Teamwork – Ability to work independently and in teams; exercise independent judgment and creativity
- Technology – Proficiency in the usage of Google (calendar, mail, drive), Microsoft Office Suite.
- Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively
- The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.