Preschool Director

Saint Mark's School
Altadena, CA United States

Saint Mark’s School seeks an inspiring and innovative Preschool Director who will ensure the continued excellence and distinction of our program for children ages 2 years, 9 months through 5 years old in a diverse and inclusive community. We are in the process of designing and building a new preschool facility on our campus and are looking for a special individual with a passion for the importance of early education who will be able to lead the transition of the preschool faculty, staff, and parents into our newly constructed facility. The 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, supporting a community that embodies empathy, exhibits respect and practices inclusivity, and ensuring the preschool program provides the highest quality learning experience and environment for the growth and development of children.

The Preschool Director partners with the Head of School and the Assistant Head of School to create a developmentally appropriate preschool program in support of the School’s mission and teaching philosophy. The 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 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 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 Preschool Director must continually meet the licensing requirements of a preschool director. 

Position Type:

Full time; Exempt

Date Posted:

December 6, 2022

Date Available:

June 16, 2023



  • Serves as the face of the preschool within and outside of the school – knowing families, listening to concerns, and responding to a range of requests.
  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the preschool, including scheduling, in conjunction with the Head of School, the Assistant Head of School, teachers, and staff. 
  • Works in conjunction with the Head of School and the Assistant Head of School in finding, attracting, motivating, training, evaluating, supporting, and retaining outstanding faculty and staff, while ensuring Title 22 Licensing Regulations are met and adhered to.
  • Serves as a liaison with state and local regulatory agencies in all matters pertaining to the preschool program.
  • Develops age-appropriate programs and maintains high program standards in concert with teachers and staff. 
  • Encourages and provides opportunities for team building and staff collaboration, promoting a joyful and professional climate in the preschool. 
  • Works in conjunction with the Registrar and Business Manager to ensure maintenance of children’s and preschool employee’s records and the filing of necessary reports, as appropriate. 
  • Works in conjunction with the Head of School and the Assistant Head of School to provide training and professional development opportunities for staff, coordinating each individual preschool staff member’s professional growth plans. 
  • In collaboration with the preschool faculty and staff, oversees the academic, social, and developmental progress of all children in the preschool program, coordinating with the Student Support Team as needed. 
  • Meets with parents and teachers to discuss children’s progress, working closely with the Student Support Team and Assistant Head of School to ensure strategies that will meet the needs of all students. 
  • Coordinates with the Assistant Head of School to administer the Gesell Developmental Screening for pre-kindergarten students, as needed, and interprets the results in conjunction with the Head of School and Assistant Head of School. Working closely with the Student Support Team, meets with teachers and parents to discuss this information and placement options as necessary. 


  • Plans and organizes preschool field trips, special assemblies, and special events including; Preschool Chapel, the Preschool Christmas Program, Family Visit Day, Preschool Art Walk, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, etc.
  • Works with the Head of School, the Assistant Head of School, and the Director of Enrollment Management with the admissions process of preschool students, including interviewing prospective families and attending recruiting events.
  • Handles all preschool related disciplinary issues, conferring with the Assistant Head of School as needed, and keeping the Assistant Head of School apprised. 
  • Holds regular preschool faculty and staff meetings to further the goals of the preschool program and build community and collaboration. 


  • Participates in recommended conferences, courses, etc. and pursues ongoing professional growth.
  • Attends Leadership Team meetings, Academic Program Team meetings, Student Support Team meetings, pertinent faculty meetings, Parent Association meetings, Kindergarten Play Dates, and other meetings as requested, including some evening meetings and weekend events.
  • Plans, organizes, and manages the Preschool Summer Program.


  • Oversees the maintenance needs of the preschool facility and play yards in coordination with the Director of Facilities and Assistant Head of School and coordinates the ordering of supplies and equipment with the Assistant Head of School and the Business Manager.
  • Follows guidelines of Emergency Preparedness Plan and, in conjunction with the leadership team, takes responsibility for leading the preschool faculty and staff in ensuring students’ safety in an emergency situation or drill.
  • Completes required training (CPR, first aid, mandatory reporting, etc.)
  • Participates in school life and other campus activities as a full and active member of the Saint Mark’s community, including assisting with duties as needed and assigned, and attending Fall Fest, Admissions Open House, Spring Auction, New Parent Dinner, etc. in support of the students and School. 
  • Exhibits willingness to take on other duties as assigned. 


  • 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 minimum of 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


  • The ability to establish rapport, build relationships, and work collaboratively with all constituent groups
  • Strong ability to strike the right balance between maintaining a warm, approachable presence and being a clear, decisive leader
  • The vision, flexibility, energy, creativity, patience, diplomacy, adaptability, growth mindset, and sense of humor to lead successfully, solve problems effectively, and cultivate growth
  • A passion for inspiring programmatic growth and change, balanced with a judicious understanding that successful innovation requires time and patience in bringing others along
  • Experience and empathy to be a mentor to faculty and staff and a key resource to parents of young children with a range of developmental needs
  • A detail-oriented approach to work and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, keeping the care and supervision and health and safety of children at the forefront of all decisions
  • Strong and effective communication skills, including writing, listening and public speaking and the cultural competence to work well with diverse constituent groups including students, faculty and staff, and parents; the ability to manage crucial conversations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills- diplomacy, high energy, kindness, charisma, joy, and warmth
  • Professional behavior, including discretion, good judgment, integrity, and confidentiality
  • Willingness to participate in ongoing professional training in diversity, equity, and inclusion

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.

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

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