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Early Childhood Learning Center Director

Job Location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Company Name: JCC Works

Date Posted: 2019-06-19

Valid Through: 2019-07-12

Employment Type: FULL_TIME

Estimated Salary:

Job ID: 28911081


Responsibilities include the development and administration of all early childhood programming at the Barbara and Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center. The PBG ECLC Director develops, inspires, implements, and leads a program rooted in best practices in Early Childhood Education, while integrating ideals from a variety of educational philosophies, frameworks, principles, and values. Through strategic thinking, direction, and mentoring, the PBG ECLC Director must effectively supervise all aspects of implementing the vision of the program which include managing and leading the entire Early Childhood department while focusing on the following: program and curriculum development, staff supervision and development, relationships with parents, families and administration. The PBG ECLC Director is also responsible for the oversite of the schools licensing and personnel files to ensure they are in compliance with the requirements set forth by regulatory agencies. Work is supervised by the Chief Executive Officer on a limited basis, as necessary. Work schedule is generally 40 hours during each work week Monday – Friday with occasional evening or weekend work as directed by work schedule, programs and deadlines. Travel between JCC locations may be required.

Program and Curriculum Development:
Lead and direct the design and implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning environment while incorporating best practices, current research, and Jewish values. Inspiration should be gathered from a variety of approaches and philosophies, including the JCCA Sheva Framework;
Partner with teaching staff on learning about current curriculum beliefs and practices, creating classroom environments, classroom expectations and accountability, and developmentally appropriate learning goals, guidelines, and assessments;
Promote a nurturing and engaging program and atmosphere that reflects respect and compassion for all children, families, and staff;
Lead and design written and oral presentations to parents, lay leaders, and other interested groups to communicate and promote program descriptions, successes, and effectiveness;
Utilize expertise in child development to coordinate teachers, parents, and if necessary, diagnostic professionals to respond to specific and individual student needs.
Staff Supervision and Development:
Responsible for all aspects of personnel management, including but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, supervising, training, work planning, evaluating, and discipline;
Plan and implement staff orientation and staff meetings;
Serve as a mentor to teachers and staff and actively facilitate professional development, by creating opportunities for staff to learn in formal and informal settings. Professional development opportunities should be in accordance with Florida state standards as well as the professional interests and goals of each individual staff member;
Ensure staff is informed, involved, and integrated in the development and implementation of program outcomes and objectives, as well as individual goals and objectives;
Leverage the strengths of others to develop an effective team, while inspiring and fostering camaraderie, collegiality, and teamwork.
Relationships with Parents and Families:
Form warm and caring relationships with children and their parents and caregivers that honor the importance of all individuals in the community;
Effectively communicate the mission, vision, and goals of our programs to parents and families;
Act as a resource for consultation and guidance regarding parenting, child development, and education;
Communicate with parents regarding their child’s progress, developmental or behavioral concerns, or class placements, as necessary;
Assist and guide children and families along their Jewish journeys with holiday celebrations and Jewish family education;
Work collaboratively with and provide leadership, programming, and support to committees and other lay leaders;
Provide tours to new families, representing the vision, goals, and uniqueness of the school;
Uphold Jewish values in all interactions with parents and families, including welcoming people into the Mandel JCC and Early Childhood programming, accepting and appreciating diversity amongst all community members.
Partner with Marketing and Development department to provide effective marketing and outreach to introduce the school to the community and attract new families and encourage enrollment in our preschool and programs.
Lead, manage, implement, and monitor long and short term strategic plans including specific outcomes for program performance, enhancement, growth, and reporting.
Design and manage the administrative support systems that ensure the curriculum and all programs align with the vision of the center.
Develop, implement, and monitor annual program budgets through effective financial management and planning, including grants and fundraising efforts to enhance the program and facilities.
Develop program fee structures that are consistent with the program value, educational market, and competitor school offerings.
Maintain program compliance with Florida State licensing to ensure the health and safety of all children.
Responsible for coordinating and conducting staff training, ensuring lesson plans are reviewed and there is continuity in programming;
Responsible for creating Professional Development Program for the early childhood staff to implement best practices in early childhood;
Responsible for developing routines, schedules and procedures for the school year;
Directly responsible for ongoing mentoring/coaching of staff and act a liaison between administration and staff;
Effectively runs programs that reflect our school vision and mission statements;
Create a component for families to learn together; provides support and guidance to staff and families regarding learning;
Establish and maintain comprehensive communications with families and prospective families. Immediately address and resolve any issues that arise that involve children, parents and staff;
Demonstrate exemplary customer service;
Be knowledgeable in Judaic practices to develop programs and activities that further the Jewish identity of participants through integration of Jewish life into classroom teaching/learning and other programs;
Evaluate and analyze programs and identify areas of strength and weaknesses while creating ways to improve upon them.
Create an atmosphere of good morale, enthusiasm and well-being among staff and families;
Participate in Mandel JCC issues and problem solving working to develop a cohesive team and management of facilities;
Participate in meetings with outside organizations to build relationships and represent the Mandel JCC
Ability to work efficiently, effectively and independently to complete assignments in a fast-paced environment with multiple competing tasks and demands;
Ability to work collaboratively with agency staff members to form a positive, supportive team atmosphere, and maintain courteous and professional working relationships with clients, vendors and outside contacts of agency;
Ensures strict confidentiality of privileged information;
Maintains adherence to all company policies and procedures, including agency safety requirements;
Responsible for enforcing applicable JCC policies and procedures;
Must work the days and hours to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks, and be punctual and timely in meeting all performance requirements, including but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines;
Initiate, develop and maintain individual and group relationships with staff, parents and students;
Ability and willingness to participate in ongoing professional development activities in order to keep current on new developments in the field and to enhance skills already maintained;
Must be able to work independently and follow through on assigned task
Exhibits behaviors that convey confidence and command respect from others; making a good first impression;
Performs additional duties as assigned by the PBG ECLC Director of Early Childhood according to agency needs.
Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Education or related field; advanced degree in Jewish Communal Service, Social Work or Human Development preferred;
Minimum five years’ experience working with children;
Must meet or exceed director credentials in accordance with Florida DCF guidelines, including attainment of continuing educational credits.
Five plus years of teaching and/or supervisory experience in a similar position, with a proven track record of success, innovation, and growth.
Demonstrated strong supervisory, management, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated experience in leadership, effective guidance, and stability for program continuity.
Knowledge of Jewish life, traditions and culture required, as well as an ability to integrate these concepts appropriately in programs, our environment, and with staff.
Proficient computer skills, including usage of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Certified in First Aid and CPR.
Minimum five years’ experience working with children. A strong Jewish programming background preferred;
Ability to train and supervise staff;
Previous experience with budget development, program innovation and administration;
Must have high level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. Position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact and diplomacy;
Must have significant knowledge of children and age-appropriate activities; proven ability to work in a team environment; and demonstrated superb judgment, communication skills and follow through;
Must demonstrate the ability to multi-task and provide crisis management;
Excellent communication skills, both orally and written, as well as organizational, planning, attention to detail and interpersonal skills required;
Ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented;
Must be proficient in use of standard office equipment, computer programs and have knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software (MSWord, Excel, Access, PowerPoint);
Ability to work collaboratively with entire agency staff members to form a positive, supportive team atmosphere, and maintain courteous and professional working relationships with members, vendors and outside contact of agency.
Agency Information:
It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Mandel JCC! Aside from the gorgeous weather and beautiful beaches, the Mandel JCC has plans for significant growth and success under the leadership of a brand new CEO. One of the key areas of growth will be in our Kay Early Childhood Learning Center in Palm Beach Gardens. Already a leader in its field, the school was nominated as one of the top preschools in Palm Beach County in 2019.
The Kay Early Childhood Learning Center is part of an expansive facility equipped with a heated outdoor swimming pool, playgrounds, indoor gymnasium, gymnastics and dance studios, and an indoor children’s play area and kitchen. It focuses on welcoming children and their families into a quality educational experience based on Jewish values. Children are encouraged to develop as individuals as well as members of the Jewish community. The young family population in the area is growing fast and the center is expected to follow suit!

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