The Head of Early Childhood Education is a member of the senior administrative team and is responsible for leading the early childhood education division. The Head of Early Childhood Education is a twelve-month position reporting to the President and Head of School.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Considers the mission of the school in making all programmatic decisions
Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Early Childhood program
Maintains a visible presence to staff, students, and preschool families
Acts as liaison between school administration, preschool staff, and preschool families
Maintains policies and procedures for program operation
Articulates Early Childhood programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information
Provides community outreach, becoming involved in relevant organizations and educational programs
Supports the school and its leadership
Performs other duties as assigned by the President and Head of School
Plans and supervises enrollment and registration
Facilitates preparation and implementation of Early Childhood Teachers’ Work Week, Preschool Open House, Parent Night, parent conferences, and other events involving preschool
Manages and organizes resources and materials for Early Childhood program
Outlines expectations for faculty communications with parents
Plans Early Childhood Program year calendar
Plans master class schedule with regard to individual needs of each classroom
Supervises implementation of licensing regulations and safety procedures
Program Development and Supervision
Remains current on issues and trends in early childhood education
Recruits and hires qualified staff, involving application review, salary assessment, and scheduling
Assist in hiring substitute teachers and developing substitute teacher procedures
Establishes programs for the orientation of new teachers and for the evaluation of classroom teachers for in-service training of all teachers
Observe, supervise, and help evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum.
Selection of curriculum and alignment with Child Development and Early Learning Standards and Benchmarks
Oversee on-going accreditation and rating scale procedures
Conduct regular meetings with faculty which will deal with both routine school matters and with topics that are relevant and inspiring
Consult with teachers to support them in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures
Develop preschool annual budget
Monitor spending of budget
Identify grants and other resources to support budget responsibilities
Job Qualifications: Knowledge: Appropriate child development practices; The Early Childhood Environmental Ratings Scale; The Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale; Management principles
Abilities: Organizational skills, communication skills, management skills
Education & Experience: Must have a bachelor’s degree in child development or early childhood education and five or more years of early childhood education experience. Master’s degree in educational leadership or Arkansas Children’s Program Administrator Credential preferred. Independent school or private school experience preferred.
Professional demeanor and characteristics: Ability to demonstrate initiative, leadership, collaboration, and independent thinking.
Must possess strong people management skills and emotional intelligence when dealing with colleagues and families while demonstrating an understanding of and investment in the School.
About The New School
About The New School
The New School is a coeducational, independent school with 440 students from toddler age
through grade eleven. The School’s mission is to empower each student through a
well-rounded experience and inspire a love of lifelong learning. Its spacious 25-acre
campus is located in beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas, which is also home to the University
of Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas is the hub for several Fortune 500 companies including
Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Trucking. This growing community has a
well-regarded national reputation as a vibrant arts community, which features the
world-renown Crystal Bridges Museum.