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Goldman Family Preschool Director
Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine
1342 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102

Principal Responsibilities:

The JCA is looking for an Early Childhood Director for the Goldman Family Preschool. We seek a strong leader who is passionate about giving every child a positive start in school and developing creative and meaningful early learning experiences for children.

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Preschool Director is responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of the preschool. The Director will also oversee the JCA Afterschool program.

The Early Childhood Director builds a community of educators, children, and families, and works collaboratively with our other JCA departments and partner organizations. Our current Preschool department population includes 70 children, and up to 20 children in our elementary school-age Afterschool programs. These programs are licensed through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The Preschool Director is a key member of the JCA's Leadership team and advises staff and lay leaders on all matters of children's education, safety, family relations and relevant communication for the entire JCA.

Key Responsibilities:

Vision, curriculum and philosophy: Ensure that the curriculum reflects the organization's commitment to excellence in the preschool program.

Values: The Goldman Family Preschool is grounded in accessibility and diversity. We welcome children of all backgrounds and abilities.

Team of educators that enact the vision: Build, train, support and grow a team that delivers excellent educational experiences for children and families.

Service Excellence: Ensure that operations meet or exceed all relevant operational guidelines.

Community Building: The Preschool Director serves as the public representative of the school, builds a nurturing community of staff, parents and children, and leads partner relations with on-site schools and outside organizations to support each family's journey through the JCA.

Meeting the social/emotional needs of children and their families: Work closely with Center Day Camp, PJ Library, and other youth programs to support the transition of preschoolers to elementary-aged programs to encourage engagement and retention in their JCA journey.

Financial Sustainability and Planning:

  • Develop and closely monitor the school and afterschool program budgets
  • Closely monitor enrolment and staffing models
  • Ensure professional and efficient management of admission inquiries, tours, and enrollment
  • Create business plans for sustainability and growth
  • Work closely with Marketing and Fundraising/Development to develop year-round content to promote and sustain the programs, clearly communicate school philosophy and culture, and contribute where appropriate to grant proposals to support growth

A positive, contributing member of the JCA Leadership Team:

  • Build positive staff morale
  • Support the mission of the JCA
  • Assist with agency-wide JCA special events
  • Attend and participate in JCA staff meetings as required
  • Maintain and enforce agency policies and procedures
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Perform work after hours as needed to meet applicable deadlines, family events or scheduling needs
  • Other duties as assigned


Salary and Benefits: Salary range is $65,000 - $75,000 plus benefits, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include paid time off and programmatic discounts, short term and long-term disability and life insurance, as well as 90% of the cost of individual health insurance. Voluntary vision and dental are also available.

Expected Start Date: On or before June 15, 2021 Application deadline: March 30, 2021. Please note only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted and that interviews may begin before the deadline.

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Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Preferred Skills Include:

Salary:

65,000 - 75,000

Agency Information:

The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine is a combined Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Center, and Jewish Family Services program, which functions as the hub of Jewish life and serves as a resource for the entire Southern Maine Jewish community. Our Goldman Family Preschool is a NAEYC accredited program with a rich history and an outstanding reputation. Through the 'High Scope' curriculum, combined with a Reggio Emilia approach, we offer child centered, family-oriented programs for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Educated and trained professionals bring deep commitment and a love of children to our classrooms. We foster a child's natural instincts and curiosity by providing a nurturing, comfortable, joyful, and developmentally appropriate environment. We also support the whole family, through programs and activities designed to build community and engagement for parents and caregivers.