Interim Preschool Director

Saint Mark's School
Altadena, CA United States

Saint Mark’s School seeks an inspiring and innovative Interim Preschool Director for the 22/23 school year who will ensure the continued excellence and distinction of our program for children ages 2 year, 9 months through 5 years old. The Interim Preschool Director will take a leadership role in all areas that support the school’s core mission, including managing the day-to-day operations of the preschool, providing mentorship to the preschool faculty and staff, and ensuring the preschool program provides the highest quality learning experience and environment for the growth and development of children.

The Interim Preschool Director partners with the Head of School and the Assistant Head of School to create a developmentally appropriate preschool program (for ages 2 years, 9 months through 5 years old) in support of the School’s mission and teaching philosophy. The Interim Preschool Director reports directly to the Assistant Head of School and serves as a collaborative, forward thinking, and inspirational leader in early childhood education.

The Interim Preschool Director plays an important role in developing, enhancing, and evaluating the preschool’s curriculum and instruction and is responsible for facilitating both horizontal coordination and vertical scope and sequence within the preschool program and collaborates with the Director of Teaching and Learning to ensure a successful transition between the preschool and elementary programs. The Interim Preschool Director will also ensure that the care and supervision of children and the implementation of teaching and learning remains at the highest possible levels of excellence and in compliance with California State Licensing Title 22 Regulations. The Interim Preschool Director must continually meet the licensing requirements of a preschool director. 

Position Type:

Full time; Exempt

Date Posted:

August 20, 2022

Date Available:



  • Must be director qualified, according to the requirements by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, with a minimum of 24 units of early childhood education and 9 units of administration, including staff relations and meet all licensing clearance requirements.  A BA in early childhood education or child development is preferred.  A minimum of  3-5 years of teaching in early childhood education is required and some leadership experience is preferred. Responsive Classroom, Outdoor Classroom Project, Gesell Developmental Observation-Revised are a plus.  
  • Knowledge of California State Licensing Title 22 Requirements and documentation of all required child care center training, classes, certifications, and clearances as required by the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice and current trends in early childhood education 
  • A commitment to a whole child and play with purpose approach, providing an appropriate balance of emergent and guided learning with a strong focus on social-emotional learning 
  • A commitment to diversity and fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms

Physical Requirements:  Job includes some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, sitting low on the ground and/or crawling; hearing, speaking, observing and significant fine finger dexterity. Specific abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust and focus. Generally, the job requires 15% sitting, 40% walking and 45% standing and the ability to lift or move 50 pounds. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations, a generally hazard free environment and in a clean atmosphere.  

Salary: As per pay scale

Benefits: A full benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision coverage and a

TIAA/CREF retirement plan.

Submissions: Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and current resume to Kelly Mancuso, Assistant Head of School, at

Non-Discrimination Policy: Saint Mark’s School is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Contact Information

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and current resume to Kelly Mancuso, Assistant Head of School, at