Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students' lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core FourArts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island's oldest private coeducational university, serving more than 8,100 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, at learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online. The University offers students more than 50 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate programs in the liberal arts, the sciences and professional training. With powerful partnerships throughout the New York area, more than 115,000 graduates across the country, a growing enrollment of students from 41 states and 58 countries, and rising rankings from top publications and organizations, Adelphi is a dynamic community that plays a leadership role on Long Island and in the region.
JOB SUMMARY: This position has a vital role in the organizational structure and day to day management of the ELC.
REPORTS TO: Director of Early Learning Center
Must support the mission of the Adelphi University Alice Brown Early Learning Center (ELC), promote family activities and participation, develop and maintain authentic, meaningful relationships with the children and guide center staff members understanding and implementation of this mission.
Collaborates and determines with the Director the long range vision of the program aligned to AU SOE direction and the University.
Updates and maintains the ELC's strategic plan, coordinating with appropriate staff and University personnel on status of specific goals and objectives.
Assumes the daily responsibilities of the Director in his/her absence. Implements decision making skills daily.to maintain high quality programming.
Develop collaborative relationships with the faculty of the School of Education and the greater Adelphi community.
Demonstrate knowledge of the theories of child growth and development, early Childhood education practices and family support techniques.
Understand and demonstrate knowledge of the underlying philosophies of constructivist educational practices.
Promote and support children's social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical development.
Demonstrate knowledge of the National Association for the Education of Young Children's Code of Ethics for Early Care and Education professionals. Mentor center personnel in this practice.
Responsible for recruiting, mentoring and evaluating yearly Adelphi University student learners at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Lead and model professionalism, teamwork and a collaborative spirit within the classroom teaching team, the center and the greater Adelphi University community.
Develop and maintain supportive, professional relationships with children and their families to enhance parent education, communication, involvement and advocacy.
Collaborate and develop with the Director and the Senior Support Teacher parent education workshops and meetings regarding parenting strategies centered on child development needs.
Strategize and implement fundraising programs and foster the ELC's involvement in extra curricula events such as: Brown & Gold Weekend, Giving Day, Community Partnership events, AU student events and ELC gallery exhibits; in addition to new initiatives.
Assist teaching teams in supervising and managing the day to day classroom operations.
Assist teaching teams in developing and expanding curriculum based on children's interests and needs in conjunction with developmentally appropriate best practices.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:
Recruits and coordinates schedules for staff and students based on projected enrollments by day and hour ensuring that required staffing patterns required to meet and maintain OCFS regulations and quality of program are achieved.
Assists Director in the interview and selection process for position openings in the program.
Develops a training and orientation schedule for staff development activities.
Assists faculty of University in promoting the practices and purpose of the center.
Determines the need to revise policies and procedures and drafts revisions.
Develops revisions of policies and procedures and disseminates when necessary. Review the ELC Family Handbook yearly for needed revisions.
Assists in resolving problems and serves as liaison in interpretation of policies and procedures for families and staff.
In Director's absence resolves issues and clarifies policy and procedures for families and staff.
Mentor teaching staff in reflective practices; focusing on children's needs and interests, developing topic focuses, planning, implementing and assessing curriculum for the classroom setting.
Supervise and lead classroom team in planning, implementing and assessing developmentally appropriate curriculum.
Mentor and support student employees, and graduate assistants employed by the program.
Recruit, select, supervise and support AU departmental under graduate interns (IE: psychology, social work, communication sciences disorders, theater.)
Collaborate and develop with AU faculty enrichment programs for ELC participants.
Collaborate with, mentor and support student observers, and certification candidates placed in classroom.
Maintain collaborative relationships and active two way communications with parents and other University personnel.
Ensure that the outdoor play environment is well organized and utilized as an extension of the classroom setting.
Assist staff in planning and conducting on-going parent conferences.
Counsel families, if necessary, regarding their child's development and provide community linkage for intervention and advocacy to promote family welfare.
Maintains high visibility in the center with staff and parents.
Engage in meaningful on-going professional development opportunities; including trainings mandated by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and Adelphi University.
Understand and implement Child Day Care Regulations as administered by the Office of Children and Family Services.
Understand and support the continued maintenance of the NAEYC Accreditation criteria and process.
Monitors the teaching team's ability to maintain an orderly, sanitary classroom environment.
Continually update knowledge of child development, early childhood curriculum, and staff development through appropriate publications, trainings, and courses.
Actively participates in advocacy to enhance the care and education of children.
Models and maintains confidentiality in and outside of the classroom setting in regard to children, parents, staff, students and observers.
Actively support the Director in daily fiscal management of the ELC's billing and receipting process.
Oversee fiscal management of the ELC in Director's absence.
Support Director in developing capital budget needs and responsible fiscal management of budget.
Assist Director in developing budget outline that meets the long range goals of the ELC.
Perform any other job duties and responsibilities as needed by the program.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication and organizational skills.
A strong foundation in child development.
Ability to interact in a supportive and positive manner with a diverse student body.
Knowledge of the process of curriculum development for children ages infancy through six.
Working knowledge of software programs for documentation use.
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, E-mail and Windows.
Understand and maintain confidentiality.
Strong student service, mentoring and support skills.
Display sound decision making skills.
Display ability to appropriately supervise children in a group and use transition techniques to move children through the daily routine.
Patience in high stress situations.
Strong democratic management skills and a working understanding of not for profit early education programs.
Demonstrates strong understanding of fiscal management strategies.
Possess the ability to lift 50 lbs. or more
Ability to bend, stoop and move freely.
Hold a Master's degree in early childhood education or a closely related education field, as well as experience teaching children age 18 months to six.
At least, three year's experience in managing an early care and education program. Experience working in a student service environment highly desirable.
Adelphi University comprises a small liberal arts college and a cluster of professional schools that have grown up in close relationship to the needs of the region. Our mission is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education and to offer professional preparation of the first rank in arts, education, business, clinical psychology, social work, nursing and other health sciences.