Child Development and Early Learning Academy Program Director
Position Summary and Candidate Qualities
Under the supervision of the CEO, this senior management level position is responsible for the coordination and day to day management of Whitefoord’s Child Development and Early Learning Academy. This highly responsible position will direct and shape the curricula, teaching practices, processes, and growth of Whitefoord’s early childhood education programs. The individual for this position is a people person who is passionate about this work with extensive classroom experiences and organizational skills to support and empower a staff of professionals. This individual should also have demonstrated leadership, communication and team building skills to establish effective relationships with staff, parents and administration to meet the current and future needs of the community. This position requires someone who is a problem solver, excellent communicator with technical abilities to design various modes of communication for this digital age. The successful candidate must also be knowledgeable about accrediting agencies and state licensing standards and is committed to establishing and maintaining high quality programming that will lead to academic success. Other valuable attributes for this individual are trustworthiness, fairness, a team player who is able to work with children and families from diverse backgrounds.
Duties and Responsibilities
Program Development and Management
- Develop a team and framework to ensure school readiness and academic success for students
- Ensure compliance with Bright from the Start, NAEYC, Ga. Quality Rated, DECAL, and all other regulatory and accrediting bodies.
- Manage day to day program operations to remain within budgetary constraints, improve operating margins, and ensure collection of program fees.
- Provide direct supervision to Assistant Director, Administrative Assistant(s), and Lead Teachers.
- Hire, train, evaluate, and retain qualified teachers and staff, and provides at least one hour of modeling and coaching in each classroom monthly.
- Help to secure program resources and assist with grant writing, reporting and fundraising; and contributes to the overall effectiveness of Whitefoord, Inc.
- Assist with development of an internal process to ensure a seamless integration of Whitefoord Health and Education Programs.
- Research and evaluate early childhood through high school curricula, effective teaching practices, procedures, and educational materials.
- Review, monitor, and approve weekly classroom lesson plans.
- Oversee Department of Education food reimbursement program to ensure compliance.
- Coordinate and monitor data collection accuracy and ensure data is current and accurate in Efforts to Outcomes database.
- Monitor playground equipment, transportation, and classroom safety.
- Plan and coordinate annual parent orientations.
- Serve as a member of the Whitefoord, Inc. Leadership Team and represents the organization at various community meetings as directed by the CEO.
- Develop, coordinate, and facilitate classes/ workshops and in-service trainings for teachers, staff and parents to ensure compliance with NAEYC, Bright from the Start/DECAL, Ga. Pre-K, and Quality Rated.
- Observe teachers in the classroom and provide constructive feedback, coaching, and support.
- Be available to step into a teaching and support role when needed.
- Curriculum and program development, evaluation and revision as needed and provide training in the use of educational materials and techniques.
Community and Parent Engagement
- Build strong relationships with parents and community residents in activities and programs that support early learning and student achievements.
- Establish and maintain collaborative partnerships with community organizations to achieve academic success for children and their families.
- Provide leadership in coordination of monthly Parent Interest Group Meetings
- Develop a strong parent engagement strategy and communication plan, including a monthly program newsletter.
Education and Experience
- Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Education Administration, Human Services or a related area from a regionally accredited university is preferred
- Three (3) or more years of successful management and supervisory experience in an early childhood setting.
- At least (3) years of hands-on early childhood teaching experience.
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