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Director of Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program (ECE) at Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim (MLRT) provides a warm and nurturing environment where every child's cognitive and physical development is supported by the early foundation and framework necessary for the transition to elementary school and beyond.  In a play-based environment, children learn socialization skills, build self- confidence and develop the preliminary skills to explore and experience their world independently from their parents. In addition, children learn to develop literacy, numeracy, reasoning, and decision-making skills that form a foundation for school readiness. Jewish values and traditions drive the school curriculum environment and culture.  Basic precepts such as respect for others, kindness, being a constructive member of a community, tzedakah, and practicing mitzvot are integrated into daily routines and interactive play. We create a stimulating and enriching educational environment that will help them gain an appreciation for their Jewish heritage and commit them to a lifelong passion for learning.

The Director of Early Childhood Education will oversee daily administrative and education components of the school including curriculum development, parental involvement, and budget maintenance. The Director will be responsible for direct oversight of ECE staff ensuring collaboration with other members of the MLRT Senior Staff.

This position reports to the Executive Director of MLRT for all program needs, professional goals, budgeting issues and support with staff management.  The Director of Early Childhood Education is a member of the MLRT Senior Staff and is expected to participate in regular staff meetings and related activities.

Education Requirement:

Masters in Early Childhood Education

Experience/Training/Professional Development Requirement: 

• Experience in teaching Early Childhood Education (5 years minimum) 

• Leadership/ Supervisory experience in Education (3 years minimum) 

• Demonstrated knowledge of child development trends and resources for children and families. 

• Ability to assess and train staff to use available resources to minimize risk in potential safety, financial, property and legal liabilities. 

• Conversant in Jewish ritual, language, and practice.  

•Understanding of Jewish cultural and religious values and traditions and the ability to apply this understanding within the core curriculum in a diverse child population. 

• Familiarity with diversity within the local Jewish community and with anti-bias practices in general and the ability to interact and build community with families of diverse cultural and social backgrounds. 

• CPR and First Aid Certification.

Licensing and Curriculum Requirement: 

• Comply with licensing authority, Department of Early Learning (used to be Department of Welfare), to keep licensing current. 

• Participation in the Keystone STARS program, an accreditation system with the objective of achieving a STAR 4 rating. 

• Prepare, maintain and submit all records as necessary in a timely manner.

• Conduct bi-monthly fire drills, and remain current on all life-safety issues as dictated by the MLRT emergency management plan. 

• Ensure curriculum incorporates PA Early Learning Standards, Preschool Developmental Guidelines, NAYEC approach to learning, the ounce rating scale, and the main tenets of Reform Judaism as set forth by the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism).

• Committed to continued professional development for all staff members which includes but is not limited to meetings, activities, lectures, and workshops.

Expectations: 

• Strong interpersonal skills to interact effectively, communicate positively, and build community with all ECE families, children, teachers, support staff, Senior Staff, Board members, and all MLRT personnel.

 • Able to think strategically about the ECE as part of MLRT and work towards a larger goal of creating a bridge between the ECE and MLRT’s Religious School. 

•  Ability to both operates and collaborate within a multifunctional building while maintaining security. 

• Commitment to ongoing professional development for themselves and their faculty.   

• Strong communication skills; comfortable speaking in public with excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

• High energy individual is able to inspire and lead staff and teachers. 

•  Dedicated to building an innovative program and up to date with current research, tools and education techniques.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

• Responsible for the overall operations of the ECE during the school year and for summer camp. 

• Recruit, hire and train personnel for both school and summer camp. Supervise teaching and administrative staff through regular team meetings, staff development activities, and daily-on the-job supervision. 

• Work with teachers and staff to identify areas for improvement and be a supportive resource. 

• Prepare written evaluations yearly and meet with staff individually to review their professional goals. 

• Be able to proactively identify any problems and implement resolution with staff, teachers and parents. 

•  Provide curriculum and lesson plan materials for teachers that are current and developmentally appropriate for each age-group.

• Oversee parent/teacher conferences twice a year.  Give the staff the tools and materials to write up the conferences and review all write-ups prior to each conference. 

• Regularly observe classrooms to take note of each child’s individual strengths, developmental and social needs. Use this classroom knowledge to assist staff in implementing individualized classroom and student metrics as well as for future student placement and class size.

• Establish and foster ongoing, positive communication with parents through the intake and orientation process, parent meetings, and ongoing communications.  Cultivate an inclusive and welcoming environment, and maintain parent participation both inside and outside the classroom. 

• Guide and partner with the ECE Parent Committee in their role as an advisory group and fundraising source.  Communicate regularly with the ECE Parent Committee about the program and build an inclusive community of parents who will invest their families in the school and greater Temple community. 

• Oversee administrative duties including payroll, filing and ordering supplies.  

• In collaboration with the ECE Committee, establish, implement, maintain, update and enforce the policies and procedures of the school. 

• In conjunction with MLRT’s Controller and Finance committee, prepare the annual budget, determine salaries and scholarship requests, and share subcommittee budgets with ECE Parent Committee Chairs. 

• Coordinate monthly Simchat Shabbat celebration and coordinate Family High Holiday honors and attend High Holiday Family services. Assist in the planning and coordination of other special Holiday celebrations, such as Sukkot, MLK Day and other in-house events. 

• Other duties as required or assigned.

Organization: 
Main Line Reform Temple
Locations: 
Wynnewood , PA
Category: 
Education & Schools
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Close Date: 
Friday, January 31, 2020