This position shall provide oversight and leadership of the school’s Early Childhood Program, which operates within the day school and offers programming for children from 18 months of age through Kindergarten.
The Director shall ensure that the purpose and the mission of the Early Childhood Program are accomplished by providing a high-quality program within the Orthodox Jewish framework. This position is responsible for ensuring that the Early Childhood Program provides a proper setting, where the emotional, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual needs of young children can be met. Through collaboration with the Head of School, Rosh HaYeshiva, and members of the Senior Leadership Team, the director will explore best practices that encourage early childhood excellence in our school and meet the educational needs of our youngest students while providing them with a solid foundation of Orthodox Jewish living in the future.
Provides a vision for program development, change, and growth by incorporating the most current research and practices for early childhood programs
Sustains a curriculum that is representative of the school’s mission and philosophy, meets the needs of the children and addresses the developmental needs/abilities of the students while providing for individual learning styles
Ensures that the curriculum provides relevant first-grade readiness experiences
Models lifelong learning for teachers and students through ongoing formal education, informal education, and a deep spirit of reflection
Directs all administrative aspects of the program including, but not limited to recruitment, staffing, development and maintaining of an annual budget, completion of proper paperwork on a timely basis, monitoring health and safety standards, maintaining and complying with state and local mandates
Acts as liaison between the Early Childhood Program staff and the families
Communicates with and provides effective feedback to families; works to build positive relationships with schools’ senior leadership team, staff and parents
Reinforces the parents’ role as the child’s first teacher by ensuring that parents have opportunities to participate in scheduled events and student conferences and volunteer as appropriate in the classroom
Communicates the vision of the Early Childhood Program to all stakeholders and provides opportunities for two-way communication between school and community
Works closely with the Director of Admissions to strengthen enrollment, assists with implementing strategies and enrichment programs to recruit new families
Supports other divisions’ initiatives and maintains visibility within the community
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School
Promote the school to the community
Regular contact with Head of School, Senior Leadership Team, lay leaders, families (parents and grandparents) all staff and faculty, donors and alumni.
Direct supervisory responsibility includes supervision of all teachers, assistant teachers, aides and administrative assistants in the Division of Early Childhood Program.
This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.
Required to work some evenings and weekends for event management. The following physical demands: some lifting up to 25 lbs, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling. Generally, the job requires 33% sitting, 33% walking, and 34% standing.
Full-time with competitive benefits. Salary is commensurate with education and experience
Previous experience in the elementary and/or early childhood education level. Experience with curriculum development and contemporary pedagogic methods. Understanding of Early Childhood Developmental needs and related behavioral issues.
Expertise in Jewish Education and commitment to inspire youngest students to love Torah, Mitzvot, the Jewish people and Medinat Yisrael.
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field is required. Advanced degree in Early Childhood education or educational leadership is highly desired.
REQUIRED SKILLS, LICENSURE/CERTIFICATIONS
Demonstrated values and a commitment to service, superior written and oral communication skills
A researched-based and forward-thinking approach to education
Outstanding organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, professional demeanor, a strong work ethic, and confidence
Proven ability to plan, initiate, manage and evaluate and resolve complex situations
Proven ability to influence and manage relationships with diverse internal and external constituencies
Computer proficiency (including Microsoft Office) and the ability to learn new software programs and databases