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Early Childhood Center Director

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Job Details
Job Order Number
JC140170100
Company Name
Jewish Community Center
Physical Address

Wilmington, DE 19806
Job Description
  1. Principal Responsibilities:

The Early Childhood Center Director is responsible for the overall management, supervision and planning for the ECC. This is a full time, advanced management position that requires independent judgement, initiative, creativity and flexibility. The ECC Director shapes the curriculum, creates policies based on best practices, supervises the teaching and administrative staff, and oversees the daily operations of the center. They welcome collaboration with teaching staff and enjoy interacting with children. The ECC Director is dedicated to promoting an appreciation for Jewish culture and values and is passionate about building a dynamic center to serve families and their children. As families grow within the program, the ECC Director works to identify and build engagement opportunities for them throughout the agency.

Principal Responsibilities:

Program leadership

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of a year-round, developmentally appropriate, play based program
  • Implement a vision for excellence which includes best practices in early childhood education
  • Develop and implement age appropriate curriculum based in Jewish values
  • Foster a nurturing, inclusive and engaging environment which reflects respect and compassion that is supportive of children, families and teachers
  • Develop and follow ECC budget and ensure best business practices
  • Maintain accreditations, including NAEYC, Delaware Stars and OCCL
  • Recruit, supervise, mentor and encourage the professional development of teachers
  • Ensure yearly evaluations are conducted for all staff, including formal and informal classroom observations
  • Provide teachers with most current early education research and resources
  • Support, mentor and model lessons for teachers in all curricular areas
  • Conduct regular staff meetings and
  • Develop and maintain deeply connected relationships with ECC families
  • Recruit, tour and manage families for enrollment
  • Retain families as they age out of the ECC through engagement opportunities throughout the agency
  • Facilitate proactive communications with parents
  • Support integration of families into the greater JCC community
  • Develop and lead non-classroom programs for the ECC and JCC that are open to the wider community
  • Work closely with the Parent Teacher committee
  • Serve on cross departmental teams to address specific projects and programs for the JCC
  • Attend all staff and department head meetings and work collaboratively across departments

Teacher Relations

  • Recruit, supervise, mentor and encourage the professional development of teachers
  • Ensure yearly evaluations are conducted for all staff, including formal and informal classroom observations
  • Provide teachers with most current early education research and resources
  • Support, mentor and model lessons for teachers in all curricular areas
  • Conduct regular staff meetings and
  • Develop and maintain deeply connected relationships with ECC families
  • Recruit, tour and manage families for enrollment
  • Retain families as they age out of the ECC through engagement opportunities throughout the agency
  • Facilitate proactive communications with parents
  • Support integration of families into the greater JCC community
  • Develop and lead non-classroom programs for the ECC and JCC that are open to the wider community
  • Work closely with the Parent Teacher committee
  • Serve on cross departmental teams to address specific projects and programs for the JCC
  • Attend all staff and department head meetings and work collaboratively across departments

Family Relations

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  • Develop and maintain deeply connected relationships with ECC families
  • Recruit, tour and manage families for enrollment
  • Retain families as they age out of the ECC through engagement opportunities throughout the agency
  • Facilitate proactive communications with parents
  • Support integration of families into the greater JCC community
  • Develop and lead non-classroom programs for the ECC and JCC that are open to the wider community

Organizational Management

  • Work closely with the Parent Teacher committee
  • Serve on cross departmental teams to address specific projects and programs for the JCC
  • Attend all staff and department head meetings and work collaboratively across departments
  1. Minimum Qualifications:

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Education or related field
  • Delaware Department of Education Program Administrator qualification
  • Meets or exceeds NAEYC accreditation and Delaware OCCL licensing standards for early childhood directors
  • 3-5 years of staff and business management experience

Key Characteristics:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents with varying demands and expectations
  • Working knowledge of growth and development of young children
  • Proven ability to work as a part of a team and manage conflict situations
  • Ability to take initiative to solve problems as well as seek assistance in solving problems when necessary
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, including occasional nights and weekends
  • Ability to handle emergency and crisis situations in an appropriate manner
  • Willingness to learn about, embrace and infuse Jewish culture and values into all aspects of professional responsibilities
  1. Agency Information:

The Siegel JCC is a non-profit membership organization where people come together as a community to learn, share and celebrate. We inspire and connect people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds through social, educational, cultural, fitness and recreational opportunities, in a warm and welcoming environment. The JCC represents a feeling of home for children, families, teens, singles, seniors, and everyone in between.

The JCC houses preschool, child care and camp programs, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, gymnasium and racquetball courts. Our thirty-acre family campus featuring an outdoor pool, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts offers a wide array of outdoor recreational services. The JCC is also home to Jewish holiday celebrations and cultural arts programming.

The mission of the Siegel JCC is to be the hub of Jewish life in our region. We strengthen the greater community by nurturing Jewish belonging and encouraging social, physical, and intellectual growth in an environment guided by Jewish values and culture.

Date Posted: 04/18/2019

Title: Early Childhood Center Director

JCC: Siegel JCC

Location: Wilmington, DE


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