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Early Childhood Site Director
JCC Chicago
300 Revere Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062

Principal Responsibilities:

Classrooms are the first community.

When we speak about community, we speak about places of sharing, learning, growing and connection. For some 800 young children in the Chicago area, the first community begins in JCC Chicago's Early Childhood program.

Every classroom is an extraordinary learning community that inspires a love of learning and a celebration of Jewish identity in every child. Our renowned staff work closely with each child as they explore music and art, embrace nature and the outdoors, and engage in active learning, laying a foundation of a life-long learner.

The Early Childhood Site Director is responsible for the overall management, supervision and planning for the Jacob Duman Early Childhood program at the Lake County JCC in Buffalo Grove/Lake Zurich. The Early Childhood Site Director focuses on best practices and supports teaching teams in meeting our vision of emergent curriculum with a constructivist approach to learning; fosters and develops deeply connected relationships with children, families, and staff and offers curricular support for educators that makes the learning visible and valued for our families. As families grow with our program, the Early Childhood Site Director works to build engagement and look for stewardship opportunities throughout the agency.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field with a minimum of 21 hours in Early Childhood college course work. Master' degree in Early Childhood Education highly preferred; demonstrated knowledge of Jewish culture and values with previous Jewish programming experience. Minimum 3 years supervisory experience in an Early Childhood environment.

The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding customer service skills with a passion for children and families; have experience with emergent curriculum and outdoor classrooms; 2+ years within a Reggio Emilia inspired school a plus.The candidate will be highly organized and detail-oriented with proven ability for follow through; have previous experience with DCFS requirements and NAEYC accreditation process required; demonstrate the ability to learn to develop and maintain budgets; have a proven ability to demonstrate "Best Practices"; be flexible and adaptable and able to work collaboratively with EC and agency-wide staff, parents and community members; show ability to provide resources, support and recognition to staff; demonstrate proficiency in MS Word, Excel and have the ability to learn other technology as needed.

Agency Information:

JCC Chicago is the largest JCC system in North America, with more than 800 staff in over 15 diverse locations across the metropolitan area. Our core program offerings include Early Childhood Education, Children and Family Engagement Programs, J at School, Sports & Recreation, Aquatics, Arts & Ideas, Day Camps and Overnight Camp.

We are a collaborative, dynamic, forward-looking team whose passion has a purpose. Our board, our leadership, our staff and our community believe in the collective impact of the Jewish spirit. And is moving forward on an ambitious course of action with an urgent sense of purpose.

In a time of growth and innovation, we welcome you to join us in building your career, as we build a stronger community.