Job Title: Director of Early Learning and After School Programming
Department: Sulzbacher Village
Reports To: Chief Program Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
COVID -19 Vaccination Policy : As a condition of employment, Sulzbacher requires all new hires to report and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their initial start date.
Provides overall leadership for and administration of the Crawford Early Learning Center, Children’s Program, and After School Programming at Sulzbacher Village. This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, exempt position which requires a flexible schedule that includes evenings and weekends.
Crawford ELC Teachers and Aides
Sulzbacher Children’s Program Staff
Essential duties and responsibilities
• Develops a set of shared values and high-reaching goals, and maintains focus at multiple levels (e.g., children, families, teachers and staff, leadership team, case managers, therapists, board) • Develops and sustains collaborative partnerships with other neighborhood early learning centers, public elementary schools serving Sulzbacher children and their families, community partners (e.g., Child Guidance, community agencies providing enrichment activities) and Sulzbacher Afterschool Program • Works collaboratively with the CELC Implementation Team, Child Guidance Center, DCPS FIT program, FIE, KHA, LSF, DCF and other partnering agencies • Partners with the Florida Institute of Education at the University of North Florida to develop and implement an action-focused agenda designed to support achievement of the four CELC purposes and serve as a model for centers and communities (specific to the Crawford Early Learning Center) • Partners with Child Guidance Center to provide multi-generational Integrated Behavioral Health for the children and the parents involved with the Crawford Early Learning Center • Develops, implements, and maintains a continuous improvement process focused on growth and performance for all staff • Develops and sustains strong partnership with Sulzbacher families, including those who have children enrolled in the ELC • Develops and maintains an on-going partnership with each student’s family system • Develops, recruits, engages and maintains relationships with community agencies, volunteers, funders, and stake holders in opportunities to support and enhance the Early Learning Center and Children’s Program • Plans and oversees Parent Engagement activities • Maintains grant and partnering agencies compliance standards and records. Instructional • Applies knowledge of program elements needed to implement and sustain a culturally sensitive, non-discriminatory and inclusive environment based upon principles of child development and professional standards • Ensures the curriculum is aligned with program and state standards, implemented with fidelity, monitors children’s progress to demonstrating standards, and uses results to refine curriculum and/or delivery mechanisms • Develops, identifies expected teacher outcomes, and delivers an annual plan of classroom embedded professional learning opportunities for all CELC teachers and staff, built into the ongoing program structure, and designed to strengthen teachers’ and staffs’ day-to-day instructional practices, and their interactions with children, that results in documented children’s targeted learning outcomes (specific to the Crawford Early Learning Center) • Ensures age-appropriate curriculum/practices are being implemented with fidelity • Establishes and implements procedures that ensure instructional excellence including engaging teachers in regular and ongoing instructional improvement cycles using their children’s data to inform planning of large group, small group and individualized instruction • Maintains a system for ongoing assessment and documentation related to children and reports results to key stakeholders on an on-going basis • Successfully completes (annually) a minimum of 40 hours of evidence and standards-based professional learning workshops/seminars/courses directly related to one of more of the four CELC purposes detailed in the CELC Taking Stock Report (November 2020 page 1) and the CELC annual goals (specific to the Crawford Early Learning Center) • Consistently builds capacity to implement and manage change through skillful diagnosis of child and organizational needs and provides needed, ongoing training and professional development opportunities for all staff • Assists families with children's classroom transitions. Administrative • Responsible for hiring and ongoing evaluation of all staff • Supervises and prepares teachers, teacher assistants and support staff • Develops and maintains a financial plan to meet operating costs • Creates an emergency preparedness plan in accordance to childcare regulations • Communicates approved policies with staff and family systems • Works collaboratively with all Sulzbacher teams • Assists staff in resolving conflicts among children and family systems • Meets with family systems and staff to discuss student growth and development on a quarterly basis • Promotes alliances with family systems, programs, and community resources • Prepares, implements, and monitors budgets and allocation of program funds aligned with program goals and expected child outcomes • Ensures facility is maintained and cleaned according to state regulations • Develops a system for monitoring program practices related to health, safety, and nutrition • Oversees and maintains a comprehensive plan for meals, food preparation, as well as serving and food safety • Maintains up to date emergency forms, health forms, curriculum plans, individual child development profile and other records as needed • Maintains required local and state records
MINUMUM QUALIFICATIONS • Excellent organizational skills • Skill in establishing and sustaining partnerships with diverse groups of people and organizations/agencies • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Excellent problem-solving skills • PC compatible computer knowledge; proficient in MS Word, Internet e-mail, Internet usage • General knowledge of federal, state and local laws regarding employment practices • Operational knowledge of The Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a and responsibility to maintain confidentiality PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS • Earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Early Childhood Education/Exceptional Education/Curriculum and Instruction/Ed Leadership/Administration, or • Earned doctorate from an accredited college or university with a major in Early Childhood Education/Exceptional Education/Curriculum and Instruction/Ed Leadership/Administration • National Administration Credential (NAC) • Knowledge and experience working with a diverse preschool population including children who have experienced homelessness
Education and Experience
• Earned bachelors’ degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Early Childhood Education/Exceptional Education/Curriculum and Instruction/Ed Leadership/Administration or Supervision and Management • 5 years of experience as a Childcare Director or similar administrative position • 3 years working with at-risk children and their families • Florida Director Credential (Trauma Informed and VPK endorsed) • Criminal Background Check (Level 2) PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS and WORKING CONDITIONS • Must be detail-oriented and able to manage information accurately. • Must be able to multi-task and work under deadlines. • Responsible for taking independent action, developing strategies, and making quick decisions in a proactive and competent manner. Decisions may often be guided by broad objectives and goals. • Able to work with limited resources to find creative and practical solutions. • Must have valid Florida Driver’s License and reliable transportation • Must be able to lift at least twenty pounds.