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Director of Early Childhood Education

Category: School Administration
School: Stratford School
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Date Opened: Jul 15, 2021
Job ID: 7966

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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 programs including quality control to ensure culture and academic excellence.
  • Adheres 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, 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 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 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.
  • 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).
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