The Director of Early Childhood Education will serve as the lead educational professional for Alef Bet Preschool. School consists of approximately 70 students in the preschool. In addition to managing the program on a day to day basis, the Director is responsible for shaping, articulating and implementing the educational vision of the school and is the primary contact for currently enrolled parents. The Director of Early Childhood Education will report to the Executive Directors and work together with the Director of Admissions.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Ongoing work overseeing and supporting the preschool educational program with a strong focus on scaffolding children and partnering with families to nurture each child, recognizing and supporting access points to maximize growth and development;
- Overseeing implementation of appropriate social-emotional, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills curriculum as well as curriculum development in Judaic content as well as secular content such as art and science;
- Ensure curriculum meets philosophical guidelines for the school and optimizes learning potential for children;
- Ensure curriculum attends to developmental goals for students as well as readiness skills for next steps and ongoing schools;
- Serve as public face of the school by being present in classrooms, at arrivals and dismissals, at parent gatherings, and select community events;
- Support for programming that integrates Jewish holidays, customs, and celebrations into the ongoing weekly and annual calendar and ensure Judaic content meets the philosophy of the school and organization;
- Oversee specialist program including supervision of child development specialist/parent educator, speech specialist and movement specialist;
- Oversee ongoing verbal and written communication, mailings, meetings and presentations with parents including parent orientation evenings, curriculum night, new parents’ welcome events, etc.;
- Work closely with Parents’ Association to enhance the parent and family school experience through programs, activities and leadership opportunities;
- Development and oversight of Toddler classes, After School Enrichment classes, summer programs and classes, and Parenting Center workshops.
- Staff Supervision and Planning
- Recruitment, hiring, supervision, and evaluation of faculty to meet both educational and budget goals of the preschool;
- Recruitment, hiring, supervision and evaluation of year-round school administrators to meet both educational and budget goals of the preschool;
- Development and implementation of appropriate professional development programs for faculty and year-round education staff;
- Maintain ongoing compliance with Department of Health regulations and requirements;
- Work closely with Executive Director, Assistant Director, finance staff, and Budget and Finance Committee to develop, implement, evaluate and oversee school budget and financial operations.
Recruitment, Admissions and Placement
- In coordination with the admissions director, have ultimate responsibility for development and implementation of a robust recruitment strategy to expand applicant pool and raise profile of school;
- In coordination with team, have ultimate responsibility for admissions process, including applications, evaluation of applicants, admissions and conversion into matriculation into the school;
- Work together with the admissions director to assist families of children moving on to ongoing schools to provide extensive group and personal support and guidance in the ongoing school admissions process, which includes meeting with each family during placement process to assist them in identifying schools that could provide a good fit as well as strategic counseling for maximizing admission potential;
- Work with Hebrew School, Synagogue, and General programming coordinators:
- Close coordination with Chabad Israel Center Synagogue program coordinators,, with a special focus on the youth programs, Tot Shabbat, Holiday services and celebrations and other activities that focus on preschool-aged children and their families;
- Serve as member of the senior management team to strengthen the organization as a whole and to ensure strategic coordination across departments.
- BA required, Master’s preferred
- Five or more years of professional experience in early childhood administration and prior experience in the classroom;
- Valid New York State teacher certification in early childhood education or equivalent; Strong commitment to inquiry based education and the skills to implement a process focused curriculum;
- An appreciation for Alef Bet School’s Jewish mission and the community demographic,
- Familiarity and experience with Manhattan context and calendar for early childhood High level management skills, including planning, staff management, budgeting, and reporting;
- Strong interpersonal skills and effective written and oral communication, including extensive public speaking;
- Maturity, flexibility, integrity, accountability, and a can do attitude.