Leila Day, a non-profit preschool/Kindergarten in New Haven, CT, seeks a Director to begin in summer of 2019. Founded in 1878 to serve immigrant families, Leila Day has a long-standing commitment to enroll children of working families from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. The school serves approximately 115 children with 21 staff members, offering a stimulating, creative and nurturing environment in which young children grow, explore, and learn. There are four full-day classrooms ages three through Kindergarten, a morning program for ages three to five, and after-school programs serving Kindergarten through grade five. A summer program serves current students and recent alumni.
The Director will enjoy a rare opportunity to lead a 140-year-old school emphasizing age-appropriate curriculum and promoting the social and emotional development of young children into the next decades. The Director will serve as the leader of Leila Day, promoting an atmosphere of excellence, trust and caring for all participants. The Director will work with creative staff and teachers, supportive families, and a dedicated Board of Managers. The Director is tasked with maximizing opportunities provided by Leila Day's unique setting: an urban location including 2.5 acres of nature-based play space, and a Victorian house including a modern kitchen where breakfast, lunch and snacks are prepared by Leila Day's chef.
The Director develops and administers the full program, is responsible for its operation and financial health, adheres to all licensing and NAEYC accreditation requirements, and works collaboratively in a manner consistent with the educational philosophy and policies set forth by the Board of Managers.
The successful candidate will possess:
An understanding of early childhood development and experience working with
Passion for providing the best in early childhood education for all with a keen
understanding of the diverse communities we serve
An understanding of the changing landscape of early childhood education
Excellent leadership, team-building, interpersonal and communication skills
Flexibility and a creative, effective approach to problem-solving as well as working collaboratively with the Board of Managers and the skilled faculty
Possess or earn appropriate Connecticut certification to direct the school
A master's degree in early childhood education and previous experience directing an education program are preferred, though not required.
This is a year-round position with competitive salary and benefits.
How to Apply
Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials to Jean Lamont:
EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact Jean Lamont for that document; see details below)
Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
Personal Statement or Statement of Educational Philosophy
A list of three to five references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
Please submit applications and address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:
Founded in 1878, Leila Day is the nation’s second oldest continuously operating childcare center and has a long-standing commitment to enrolling children of working families from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. Leila Day serves approximately 100 families and offers a stimulating and creative environment for young children to learn, explore, and grow.