Preschool of the Arts, in Madison, Wisconsin, is searching for a dynamic Executive Director to lead the school’s mission to provide a Reggio Emilia-inspired learning community supporting a diverse student population. Since 1975, Preschool of the Arts has served the Madison community by offering a safe, inspiring, and inviting learning environment that fosters play and a connection to the natural world to its 200 children and their families. The Executive Director of the school will provide leadership, vision, and guidance to the school’s 60 staff members and help enrich children’s educational experience by guiding, refining, and implementing a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. By working with families and communities throughout the Madison area, the Executive Director ensures that Preschool of the Arts offers a welcoming and engaging learning environment for each child and family. The Executive Director works closely with the pedagogistas and administrative team.
Responsible to: Preschool of the Arts’ Board of Directors
Provide leadership and direction to Preschool of the Arts, including strategic development, planning and organization of the school’s personnel, activities, and facilities.
Recommend policies, and procedures, programs, and budgets in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
Develop and administer the school’s programs in accordance with the school by-laws and within the available budget.
Bachelor’s degree in Education, Child Development, or a related field from an accredited college or university, or equivalent relevant experience. Preference will be given for Masters or other advanced degree in a relevant field.
Expertise in school or non-profit administration, management, or leadership, with experience in a licensed preschool, childcare center, elementary school, or youth-focused organization preferred.
Understanding of early childhood development, differentiated instruction, and development of curriculum responsive to the needs of students and the community.
Ability to effectively run an organization including prioritizing the fiscal health of school in regards to student enrollment, community partnerships and fundraising activities.
Effective interpersonal skills, public speaking, strategic management, and written and verbal communication;
Classroom teaching experience in a licensed preschool, child care center, or elementary school.
Understanding of and interest in the Reggio Emilia philosophy and the Work Sampling System, and a commitment to the school’s philosophy of integrating the arts (Music, Dance, Art, and Drama) into early childhood curriculum.
About Preschool of the Arts
At Preschool of the Arts, we believe passionately that learning should be an adventure. Our curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, which encourages young children and their teachers to explore, question, and discover in a stimulating environment. Each classroom is led by a team of two full-time co-teachers and one afternoon teacher. Supported by our administrative team, classroom teachers meet and collaborate with the art and music specialists and other staff to facilitate classroom projects.Preschool of the Arts is located near Madison’s beautiful downtown isthmus area, where residents enjoy the city’s beautiful lakes, numerous bike paths, wonderful parks, and a plethora of fine arts experiences. Madison is also home to the University of Wisconsin. The university offers a host of community service programs, resources, and cultural events throughout the year.