Location and Job Title:
JCC Early Learning School Director
Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center
350 South Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246
We seek a visionary Director to lead our Early Learning School (ELS), where we believe in every child's ability to learn, grow, and develop within a positive environment. Our youngest generation sparks creativity and imagination for each member of our community - they teach us to respect one another and to take pleasure in the little things.
The Director is expected to display excellent leadership and engage in meaningful relationships with all members of our preschool community. The Director should embrace Jewish values and community life; a progressive approach to education; and the belief that children are strong, competent citizens. This position is supported by the Assistant Director of Operations, the Assistant Director of Education, the Admissions Assistant, and Administrative Assistant.
We seek a Director who is both a leader and a manager and is able to articulate and "sell" a compelling vision and be a hands-on leader who makes sure that the school is a professionally-run, customer-responsive, consistent, and fiscally-responsible enterprise. This individual is a charismatic "face of the school" for internal and external audiences.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Director:
-Inspire, lead, and implement an ELS structure that supports a high quality learning experience.
-Collaborate with lay and professional leadership to advance the vision of the ELS.
-Involve ELS administrative team and teachers in the design and implementation of important decisions and policies.
-Create a culture of shared responsibility and partnership to advance the vision of the ELS and the JCC
-Ensure the health, safety, and security of all children through strict adherence to both facility safety standards as well as licensure expectations.
- Teacher supervision:
-Skilled at motivating, supporting, evaluating, hiring and holding accountable faculty and staff.
-Support teachers as they establish collegial relationships with their own teaching team as well as the broader school faculty.
-Create and maintain ongoing opportunities for professional growth of all staff members.
-Ensure that all members of the ELS community have the opportunities and resources necessary for the successful execution of their jobs.
-Create periodic classroom visitation schedule in order to provide teachers with a base of observations, which support the intellectual, social/emotional, moral and physical development of each child.
- Student's journeys:
-Engage with students on a daily basis in order to promote and model interactional style.
-Support teachers in their ongoing observation and documentation of student's journeys, as it pertains to developmental milestones and pre-academic readiness
- Parent Relationships:
-An emphasis on open, honest, transparent relationships and communications
-Understand and appreciate the importance and roles of various stakeholder groups, lead the PTA to support the overall vision and needs of the ELS.
-Create and implement admissions policy that provides appropriate evaluation of interested students and their families
-Provide tours to expectant parents, representing the vision and uniqueness of the ELS.
- Communication, Organization, and Dependability:
-Use verbal and written communication to share ideas, articulate values and advance the vision of the ELS and the JCC.
-Clearly and effectively present ideas and information and inform appropriate constituencies regarding pertinent issues and changes.
- Financial and Business Management:
-Responsible for overall budget, including creating, monitoring, and meeting expectations.
-Supervise and monitor proper allocation of expenses.
-Oversee that terms of ELS parent contracts are consistently upheld.
-Work with JCC Development Team to identify potential grants and provide necessary information for applications and reporting.
-Work with lay leadership to meet fundraising goals.
-Manage all grant applications and reporting; ensuring that all goals and objectives are met for all current grants.
- Marketing, Recruitment, and JCC Initiative:
-Strong experience marketing a school and building enrollment in a competitive environment.
-Identify marketing needs to grow enrollment and work collaboratively with JCC marketing department to utilize resources effectively.
-Work with marketing to advertise all ELS classes and programs.
-Ensure that all web information related to the ELS is current and accurate.
-Regularly monitor enrollment to determine whether added recruitment efforts are necessary.
-Recruit and hire teachers as needed, supported by current teachers in the recruitment and hiring process.
-Support the One J initiative by integrating ELS programs and activities into the mainstream JCC when appropriate. Encourage parents to explore and participate in other JCC programs.
-Embedded throughout each of the above duties and responsibilities is a focus on building trusting relationships.The Executive Director is expected to spend a significant amount of time and energy on forming relationships with children, teachers, parents, and caregivers in order to know and understand the pulse of the school community.The Executive Director is supported by a strong central administrative team that allows time to prioritize building strong relationships.-
-Cultivate a culture of shared responsibility and partnership to advance the vision of the ELS and the JCC
-Uphold Jewish values in all interactions including welcome people into the ELS community, accepting and appreciating the inherent diversity among all community members.
- JCC and Jewish Early Childhood Community Responsibilities:
-Serve as an advocate and spokesperson for the ELS and all stakeholders.
-Use JCCA Benchmarking data and other forms of feedback as a guide for ELS and individual improvement
-Other responsibilities as needed or assigned
- State of Colorado Director qualified
- Master's degree in Early Childhood Education, or equivalent
- Minimum of 5 years' experience in a Director capacity of a school, early education
- Supervisory experience
- Knowledge of license rules and regulations for the facility
Celebrating its 93rd year in the Denver community, the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center is a vibrant and inclusive family and social gathering place that provides educational, cultural and recreational programs to serve and strengthen the community, guided by timeless Jewish values.