Director of The George Cottage (Early Childhood Program)

St. Martin's Episcopal School
Metairie, LA United States

The Director of the Early Childhood Program is responsible for the overall day-to-day operation of the Early Childhood Division at St. Martin’s Episcopal School, an Early Childhood-through-Twelfth Grade school of approximately 525 students in Metairie, LA. The Director will support the philosophy and objectives of the School and is responsible directly to the Head of School. The Director also supervises the school’s faculty child-care program. This is a twelve-month position.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE DIVISION:

Students

  • In collaboration with the faculty, oversee the academic, social, and developmental progress of all students in the division.
  • In collaboration with the faculty, identify students with learning or social needs beyond what is served by our program and help parents identify and secure appropriate outside intervention as needed.
  • Assist the George Cottage Admission Coordinator for selection of new students.
  • Make class placement decisions with input from faculty.
  • Develop daily schedules for all classes.
  • Review reports sent home about students for all classes.
  • Deal with disciplinary and other problems within the guidelines of overall school policy.

Faculty

  • Train and develop the faculty individually and collectively to the highest possible levels of excellence.
  • Observe and spend unscheduled time in all classrooms.
  • Prepare written evaluations of each teacher. Share these evaluations with the teacher and offer praise or positive suggestions for improvement.
  • Hold regular faculty meetings to build community and further the goals of the division.
  • Recruit and interview prospective faculty; make recommendations to the Head of School for hire.
  • Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding individual faculty re-appointments, assignments, and compensation each year.

Curriculum

  • Develop curriculum in coordination with the Director of the Lower School.
  • Supervise implementation of curriculum.
  • Oversee purchase of resource materials for classrooms.
  • Keep current on educational literature and curriculum trends.

Parents

  • Connect with parents to help them feel they can trust their children are known and cared for at the George Cottage.
  • Communicate with parents on the academic, social, and developmental progress and problems of students.
  • Ensure that student progress is communicated to parents by teachers in a timely and appropriate fashion.

Administration

  • Accomplish documentation and ensure processes to meet all licensing requirements.
  • Serve on the School’s Administrative Leadership Team and other school committees as directed by Head of School
  • Arrange for safety procedures for the Division in cooperation with the Safety Coordinator; assure needed documentation.
  • Adhere to established business procedures as outlined in the Budget Report.
  • Work with the Head of School and Chief Financial Officer in developing and maintaining the Divisional Budget.

Personal

  • Contribute to the spiritual life of the school through faith, scholarship and service.
  • Conduct oneself always with the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.
  • Establish goals and further own professional development.
  • Represent the school effectively in the community.

MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: 

In order to assure that the individual has the proper skills and background to perform the responsibilities associated with this leadership role, the following qualities are strongly preferred:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in Education with a certification in Early Childhood and a minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in early childhood setting.
  • Knowledge of all licensing requirements.
  • Obtain and maintain certification in C.P.R. with infant-child-adult and First Aid with pediatric.
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Organizational skills, a high sense of responsibility, and the ability to effectively serve as a model of integrity and professionalism for successful teaching.
  • Ability to interact with faculty, parents, and students on a daily basis, including visitation of classrooms for observation, monitoring of halls, and participation in dining and recreational areas.
  • Ability to monitor student progress by reading grade reports on a frequent basis.
  • Ability to observe teacher performance in the classroom and in informal settings.
  • Ability to give oral presentations, conduct meetings, and preside at assemblies.
  • Ability to utilize technology in job functions.

St. Martin’s is actively working to create a diverse work community. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. St. Martin’s School is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

St. Martin’s does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Contact Information

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email a letter of interest and resume to Angela Day at HR@stmsaints.com.

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