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Director of Early Childhood Education

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Category: Early Childhood Education
School: Stratford School
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Date Opened: Jun 9, 2023
Job ID: 1768

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Stratford School, a subsidiary of Spring Education Group, a leading independent WASC-accredited private school from preschool through 12th grade was founded with a vision of creating an unique, multi-dimensional, educational foundation for children. At Stratford School, we understand every child has his or her own interests and passions and contributes in his or her own way. Our purpose statement speaks for all of us - "Stratford School - Connecting students to their unique futures." Our proven curricula includes our STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) curriculum that was recognized by the White House as a leader in early childhood STEM education. Our steadfast commitment to this vision continues to guide our growth each year. It is the First California school to earn the Carnegie Science Seal of Excellence for STEM.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Head of School, the Early Childhood School Director is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The Director works closely with all administrators in the leadership of the school. The Director brings life to our purpose of "connecting students to their unique futures." The Early Childhood School Director provides leadership aimed at providing the best possible school climate, as well as, maximum opportunities for student growth and development.

Specific duties include the following:

Business Operations:
  • Oversee day-to-day operations for early childhood education program including quality control to ensure culture and academic excellence.
  • Adheres to and ensures compliance with local governing and licensing agencies.
  • Ensure that all health and safety measures are in place at the campus.
  • Ensure that appropriate teacher ratios are met at all times, both for licensing compliance and to maintain business standards.

Staff Development and Student Outcomes:
  • Directs the activities of the Faculty/Staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Serves as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methodology, and general school procedures.
  • In partnership with the Head of School, conducts regular meetings and professional development opportunities with faculty.
  • Oversees student performance and academic achievement.
  • Recruit new staff: attend recruitment events, interview, and evaluate candidates for recommendation.
  • Supervise, guide, mentor, train, and coach teachers and other extended-care staff directly and through role modeling.
  • Conduct regular classroom visits to record and review teaching excellence criteria and ensure effective implementation of curricular and technology initiatives.

School Operations:
  • Assigns daily staff duties and schedules: recess, lunch, arrival, and dismissal.
  • Maintains a comprehensive calendar of school events.
  • Partners with the Head of School to create a supportive and open and collaborative environment for faculty and staff.
  • Assists the Head of School in planning school assemblies and special events.
  • Attends professional conferences, seminars, and workshops in education, minimum of one per school year.
  • Keeps the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities, and problems of the school.
  • Customer service, both internal and external, is given top priority and builds rapport with students, parents, and staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

Candidate Qualities:
  • Exudes a courageous, compassionate, and caring leadership style that engenders support among colleagues, staff, and the community through his/her knowledge, experience, creativity, vision, and dedication to the school's mission.
  • A leader who can clearly articulate the vision of the school and has the ability to inspire both internal and external customers.
  • A creative individual who thinks globally works collaboratively, is open to new ideas, and embraces change.
  • Demonstrated leadership in ability to teach, train, supervise and support teachers in best practices.

Personal Attributes:
  • An individual of high integrity and reputation who understands the importance of trust, respect, collaboration, and high standards of excellence.
  • A good listener who is intuitive, thoughtful, considerate, and compassionate about relationships with others.
  • A mission-driven individual who leads by example with enthusiasm, passion, and sparkling intelligence.

Job Specifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in education at a minimum.
  • Completion with passing grades of 15-semester units or equivalent quarter units in Early Childhood Education at an accredited or approved college or university, and at least four years of teaching in a licensed daycare center or comparable group child care program or Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Adolescence.
    • Three-semester units or equivalent quarter units of the required 15 units shall be in administration and supervision.
    • Twelve-semester units or equivalent quarter units of the 15 units required in the above shall include courses that cover the general areas of child growth and development; child, family, and community, or child family, and program/curriculum.
  • 3-5 years of leadership experience in an early childhood school environment preferred.
  • Administrative experience is strongly preferred.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (oral and written).

Physical Requirements:

Position frequently involves long hours and widely diverse duties. Must be able to bend, stoop, and perform extensive walking. Lift up to 30 pounds. Be able to move quickly from one place to another to ensure safety Extensive computer time, sitting and driving are necessary for this position. Air travel may be necessary from time to time.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. In general, this position requires an individual to frequently walk, stand, sit, squat, stoop, reach, kneel, rise from the floor, twist, listen, read, write, and speak the English language. In addition, this position often requires an individual to carry, lift, use repetitive or fine hand movements, and occasionally push, pull, or bend. This position is regularly required to hear and use clear vision with or without correction. Spring Education Group, including, but not limited to SEG Inc., and their affiliates (collectively "Company") is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants for employment and employees are provided equal employment opportunities, including in recruitment, hiring, and assignment, without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion and religious creed, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital or familial status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military/veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. The Company expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee or student harassment or discrimination.

Other details

  • Job Function: Early Childhood Education
  • Pay Type: Salary
  • Employment Indicator: Full Time
  • Min Hiring Rate: $88,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate: $95,000.00
  • Required Education: Bachelor's Degree
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