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Director of Early Childhood Learning Center

Company: Town of Brookline
Location: Brookline
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

The Town of Brookline is seeking a full-time Montessori Director of Early Learning Center for the early childhood education program located at the Soule Center in Brookline, an attractive space with large indoor/outdoor play areas. The Director develops, implements, and maintains the mission and philosophy for the program, in accordance with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), ensuring a quality learning environment that meets the developmental needs of children aged twelve months to give years. The Director is responsible for all aspects of the programs' operations and the implementation of all program policies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • The position encompasses the oversight and delegation of all aspects of the programs operations and the implementation of all program policies, while abiding by the EEC guidelines and policies and procedures set forth in the staff handbook.
  • Articulate and carry through the programs mission and philosophy while developing and maintaining high quality standards of early care and education for all children.
  • Oversee the coordination of educational program and curriculum implementation.
  • Monitors and assures compliance with EEC licensing regulations, Town of Brookline Public Safety, Health Department and Fire Department regulations, as well as compliance with program health and safety policies/procedures.
  • Develop and manage staffing patterns and schedules to maintain appropriate classroom coverage.
  • Conduct evaluations of program and classrooms as well as taking part in observation of children. Take part in short and long term strategic planning for program improvements.
  • Oversee assessment and referral system for children with special needs.
  • Work with teachers and parents on the transitioning of children into a new classroom.
  • Keep up to date on all early childhood research, trends, and legislative developments affecting the field, as well as working towards NAEYC accreditation.
  • Leadership role in recruitment and hiring of qualified staff, assure that staff positions are filled and classrooms are in ratio. Oversee orientation of new staff.
  • Schedule and set agenda for staff meetings, oversee onsite staff trainings.
  • Work with individual staff members on professional development plans and timelines, as well monitor staff through performance reviews and classroom observation. Assists staff discipline and separations.
  • Write and maintain staff handbook with personnel policies and operations procedures.
  • Take part in staff termination.
  • Monitor vacation and personal day requests. Hire substitutes and oversee coordination of substitute coverage.
  • Conduct individual conferences with staff members regarding conflicts with other staff or parents.
  • Manage financial record keeping, accounting and bookkeeping, oversee management of payroll.
  • Take part in setting tuition rates and policies, oversee collection of tuition fees.
  • Maintain maximum enrollment, recruit new families through marketing activities, give center tours. Maintain and update classroom waiting lists. Process applications for new enrollment.
  • Prepare annual budget for review and approval, meet with Town to prepare for annual audit of center.
  • Organize fundraising activities.
  • Oversee and maintain all program publications and program website content, as well as NAEYC accreditation materials.
  • Oversee all child and staff file record keeping and health and safety record keeping.
  • Coordinate evacuation and emergency planning with Town, maintain relationship with Health Care Consultant.
  • Oversee all daily, monthly and yearly calendar of program including events, meetings, trainings and activities.
  • Ensure support to families as they enter the program, schedule parent meetings and activities, maintain parent handbook.
  • Help staff maintain communication with parents regarding their childs development, serve as a resource to parents on child development and parenting.
  • Work with parents who are experiencing conflict with staff or other parents.
  • Assure that all facilities, equipment and materials are kept properly maintained. Communication with facilities management on all indoor and outdoor daily cleaning, maintenance and repair.
  • Oversees the Center and gymnasium; ensures that all necessary safety techniques and systems are in place to ensure patron and employee safety; oversees and implements an emergency action plan; ensures that the center and gymnasium is properly maintained, health regulations and licenses are maintained for the center and its programs.
  • Serves as daily building liaison with regard to facility rentals and special events; works with department staff to coordinate additional center use; handles center public relations, including refund requests and complaints, work orders. Serves as daily contact person for building issues regarding Soule Gymnasium.
  • Performs similar or related work as directed, required, or as situation dictates.

Supervision Scope

The Director of the Early Learning Center reports to the Director of the Brookline Department of Recreation. Supervises all teaching and administrative staff, substitutes and volunteers.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

Director I or II certified by the Department of Early Education and Care. Bachelors degree in child development, early childhood education or a related field. Minimum of five years experience in the early childhood education field, minimum of three years in a direct supervisory role in early childhood education field.

Additional Requirements

  • Valid Massachusetts Drivers License, Class D
  • Certification in CPR and First Aid

Knowledge, Ability and Skill

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of EEC licensing regulations, standards and policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities. Teacher training experience. A working knowledge of basic finance/accounting/budgeting.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work cooperatively and communicate well with others; excellent customer service and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated administrative skills, including budget/financial abilities.
  • Ability to organize and supervise full-time, part-time employees, and temporary employees and volunteers, develop and organize educational programs, work collaboratively with other town departments, promote center, solve problems, enhance the customers experience, and communicate effectively. Ability to work with pre-school children, parents, and organize programs.

Starting salary $70,607.92 annually plus generous benefits and excellent working conditions. Please apply with resume and cover letter by June 2, 2021

Keywords: Town of Brookline, Brookline , Director of Early Childhood Learning Center, Other , Brookline, Massachusetts

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