The Bergen County YJCC is seeking a visionary Jewish educator to become the Director of Early Childhood Education. The Director will possess creativity, energy, passion, and strong management skills to re-envision, re-create and lead the Early Childhood Department, which will include a full day preschool for infants through five year olds, a parenting center, young family programs, and summer camp programs. The Director will develop and grow these programs, designing a continuum of services for children and their families.
Our highly successful and well recognized program aims to re-open for the 2017-2018 school year after a brief hiatus. As the Bergen County YJCC works to redefine its organization, a great deal of focus is placed on Early Childhood Education and young children and families. In re-opening our school, it is our goal to combine best practices and universal Jewish values to create a child-centered, emergent, and constructivist learning environment that aligns with the overall mission and vision of the YJCC.
The Director of Early Childhood Education is responsible for the development and administration of all Early Childhood programming at the Bergen County YJCC. It is the responsibility of the Director to develop, inspire, implement, and lead a program rooted in best practices in Early Childhood Education, while integrating ideals from a variety of educational philosophies, frameworks, principles, and values. Through strategic thinking, direction, and mentoring, the Director must effectively supervise all aspects of implementing the vision of the program.
The Director’s responsibilities include managing and leading the entire Early Childhood department while focusing on the following: program and curriculum development, staff supervision and development, relationships with parents and families, and administration.
The Director is under the direct supervision of the Chief Executive Officer. The Director is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising teachers, program specialists, and administrative support staff.
Key Areas of Responsibility
Program and Curriculum Development
Lead and direct the design and implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning environment while incorporating best practices, current research, and Jewish values. Inspiration should be gathered from a variety of approaches and philosophies, including the JCCA Sheva Framework.
Partner with teaching staff on learning about current curriculum beliefs and practices, creating classroom environments, classroom expectations and accountability, and developmentally appropriate learning goals, guidelines, and assessments.
Promote a nurturing and engaging program and atmosphere that reflects respect and compassion for all children, families, and staff.
Lead and design written and oral presentations to parents, lay leaders, and other interested groups to communicate and promote program descriptions, successes, and effectiveness.
Utilize expertise in child development to coordinate teachers, parents, and if necessary, diagnostic professionals to respond to specific and individual student needs.
Staff Supervision and Development
Responsible for all aspects of personnel management, including but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, supervising, work planning, evaluating, and discipline.
Plan and implement staff orientation and staff meetings.
Serve as a mentor to teachers and staff and actively facilitate professional development, by creating opportunities for staff to learn in formal and informal settings. Professional development opportunities should be in accordance with New Jersey state standards as well as the professional interests and goals of each individual staff member.
Ensure staff is informed, involved, and integrated in the development and implementation of program outcomes and objectives, as well as individual goals and objectives.
Leverage the strengths of others to develop an effective team, while inspiring and fostering camaraderie, collegiality, and teamwork.
Relationships with Parents and Families
Form warm and caring relationships with children and their parents and caregivers that honors the importance of all individuals in the community.
Effectively communicate the mission, vision, and goals of our programs to parents and families.
Act as a resource for consultation and guidance regarding parenting, child development, and education.
Communicate with parents regarding their child’s progress, developmental or behavioral concerns, or class placements, as necessary.
Assist and guide children and families along their Jewish journeys with holiday celebrations and Jewish family education.
Work collaboratively with and provide leadership, programming, and support to the Nursery School Parent Association and other YJCC lay leaders.
Provide tours to new families, representing the vision, goals, and uniqueness of the school.
Uphold Jewish values in all interactions with parents and families, including welcoming people into the YJCC and Early Childhood programming, accepting and appreciating diversity amongst all community members.
Partner with Marketing and Communications department to provide effective marketing and outreach to re-introduce the school to the community, and attract new families/encourage enrollment in our school and programs.
Design the physical environment of the school, including potential classroom re-construction, and oversee ordering of all furniture, supplies, and materials.
Lead, manage, implement, and monitor long and short term strategic plans including specific outcomes for program performance, enhancement, growth, and reporting.
Design and manage the administrative support systems that ensure the curriculum and all programs align with the vision of the center.
Develop, implement, and monitor annual program budgets through effective financial management and planning, including grants and fundraising efforts to enhance the program and facilities.
Develop program fee structures that are consistent with the program value, educational market, and competitor school offerings.
Maintain program compliance with New Jersey state licensing to ensure the health and safety of all children.
Work collaboratively with other internal departments and community organizations to allow for the continuity of Jewish life of the families and children to encourage retention of their connection to the YJCC.
Bachelors degree required, Masters degree strongly preferred in Early Childhood Education or related field.
Must meet or exceed director credentials in accordance with New Jersey DCF guidelines, including attainment of continuing educational credits.
Five plus years of teaching and/or supervisory experience in a similar position, with a proven track record of success, innovation, and growth.
Demonstrated strong supervisory, management, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated experience in leadership, effective guidance, and stability for program continuity.
Knowledge of Jewish life, traditions and culture required, as well as an ability to integrate these concepts appropriately in programs, our environment, and with staff.
Proficient computer skills, including usage of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Certified in First Aid and CPR.
Physically able to walk, kneel, crawl, bend, sit on the floor, and carry/lift up to 35 pounds.
Salary is commensurate with previous Early Childhood experience and educational background. Hiring is subject to completion of a background check, fingerprinting, criminal history record information, and a child abuse record information check.
How to Apply
If qualified, please send a cover letter detailing your experiences and educational approach and philosophy along with your resume to email@example.com.
The list of key areas of responsibility is not intended to be exhaustive. The Bergen County YJCC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to revise this job description, as needed, to comply with actual job requirements.
The Bergen County YJCC, a 100-year old organization, strives to develop the potential within each individual and enrich and strengthen families and community through meaningful experiences at every stage of life. While embracing Jewish values and heritage, the YJCC maintains an inclusive environment, celebrating diversity and welcoming the community at large to enhance mind, body, and spirit throu...gh cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities without regard to race, religion, or ability. The YJCC is in the process of realigning its goals and mission with the greater community and has embarked on a significant process to develop a long-term strategic plan to redefine our organization and Jewish community.