This is an English language position; Chinese language proficiency preferred but not required.
Exempt, full-time position
With our beloved ECD Director Britta Pells taking advantage of an unexpected opportunity for her family to move abroad, CAIS is looking for an Interim Director of our Early Childhood Division. Given the late date in the traditional hiring cycle, this post is structured as Interim for 2019-2020, with the intention to name a permanent ECD Director for 2020-2021.
OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate finds resonance with CAIS’s mission to Embrace Chinese, Become your Best Self, and Create your Place in the World. This candidate will be joining the vibrant community at the EarlyChildhood Division campus (serving 72 children in Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4) as part of a team striving to be the world’s most innovative, inspiring, and influential Chinese English dual-language immersion school. We look for a candidate who will embrace CAIS’s work to create an equitable, inclusive environment where all faculty, students, and families are supported in their individual identities. We welcome all applicants who aim to actively support and participate in our diverse and inclusive community. A significant challenge and opportunity for the ECD director will be to align best practices in child-centered early childhood education with solid second language
The Board of Trustees has committed to attracting, developing, retaining, and rewarding top-tier educators with a benefits package including:
Robust opportunities for professional development
Comprehensive insurance package (covering 100% of premiums for individual employee
Numerous opportunities to participate in international travel
Free parking provided
Consideration for relocation
Down payment assistance for home purchase
Below-market rental process assistance and realtor services provided for rental search
Position responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Supervise and develop faculty
Ensure licensing compliance
Organize and lead parent education opportunities. Provide parenting support for
Create a healthy, productive parent culture
Serve as a thought leader for faculty and lead professional development
Work closely with the Admissions Director to play an integral role in Pre-K admissions
Welcome new families and facilitate a positive transition for students into the Pre-K
Work closely with the Pre-K counselor and Director of Student Services to lead the Pre-K student support team and ensure all students receive adequate support
Work with lower school leadership to ensure a smooth transition for students from the Pre-K to kindergarten
Work with Director of Finance and facilities manager NCIS to oversee and maintain facilities
Work with Auxiliary Director to ensure program alignment and smooth operation of aftercare, minicamps, and summer program
Child Development Site Supervisor Permit or 15 units of early childhood education + 4 years early childhood teaching experience
Experience with instructional coaching and developing faculty
Passion for early childhood education
Knowledge of and experience with various child-centered pedagogies
Interest in and ability to align best practice in early childhood, child-centered pedagogies and second language acquisition
Strategic thinking skills and the ability to turn ideas into action
Ability to manage change initiatives
Work closely and collaboratively with school leadership team
Outstanding communication skills, including public speaking, interpersonal communication, and writing
Ability to make tough decisions and deliver difficult news with compassion, clarity, and firmness
Interest in aligning ECD and lower school programs
Interest in offering parenting support
Ability to set expectations about parent behavior, hold parents accountable for contributing to a positive parent culture
Dedication to equity and inclusion and ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
Commitment to school mission, policies, and initiatives
Experience with second language acquisition
As the nation’s first dual language Chinese and English Pre-K through 8th grade school, CAIS embodies this mission by working continuously to maintain our role as a leader in immersion education. At CAIS we value honest self-assessment, thoughtful self-reflection, intentional planning and focused implementation. We are known as an ambitious school, and in recent years we have introduced and implemented a number of significant initiatives in the areas of overseas programing, student support services, systematic assessment in Chinese, Reading and Writing Workshop across languages, educational technology, integrated curriculumunits across subjects and languages, the arts, diversity equity andinclusion, and daily scheduled team collaboration time as a part of a professional learning community, to name a few.
Our three campuses are located in the heart of San Francisco and accessible by public transportation in San Francisco. The lively neighborhood echoes the school’s vital energy and provides ready access to cultural treasures such as the Asian Art Museum, SF Jazz, the San Francisco Symphony and more.
CAIS’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is central to our mission. People of color and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Email cover letter, resume, and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org. In subject line please indicate “Early Childhood Director” Please no calls.
About Chinese American International School
Founded in 1981, CAIS was the first Chinese English dual language immersion school in the United States. An independent school serving Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade, we are located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco and span across three campuses. The Alice A. Carnes Center houses our Early Childhood Division accommodating three and four-year-olds. It is a 10 minute walk from the main Oak Street campus, which houses the Lower School (Kindergarten through fifth grade classes). From Pre-K through fifth grade, CAIS students spend a half day learning the core subjects of language arts, social studies and math in an immersion setting with native Chinese speaking teachers, and a half day with English speaking teachers.CAIS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and is a member of the Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area (IFFSBA) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).