“Learning Through Caring ~ For Ourselves, Each Other & Our Earth”
Preschool of First Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT
First Church Preschool is currently in search of our next Preschool Director. We are seeking a warm, compassionate, inspirational leader whose passion is providing children with an unparalleled learning experience. Our new Director will lead a seasoned team of professionals, skilled in the art of caring for children, families and each other. Our teaching team truly takes pride in providing a fun, caring environment for children to develop, thrive and prepare for the future.
Preschool Director Responsibilities:
The Director of First Church Preschool leads and oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations of both the school year program and summer program. The Director reports jointly to the Chair of the First Church Preschool Board of Directors and the First Congregational Church of Greenwich Senior Pastor. Key duties include:
Program and Curriculum:
Develop, direct and administer all preschool programs (including traditional school year, school break camp and summer programs), following all required health and safety standards, relevant social trends in top-quality preschool education, and widely accepted pedagogical practices.
FCP’s curriculum incorporates an emphasis on environmental stewardship by including year-round outdoor educational activities in our Nature Classroom.
Direct, mentor and supervise the Preschool teaching team to offer top-quality, developmentally appropriate educational experiences that incorporate best practices and provide children with strong foundations for future school success.
Lead the development and implementation of remote learning programs to allow uninterrupted educational opportunities during classroom or school-wide closures. Programming will be delivered through multiple channels including on-line apps, recorded audio and video messages, chats and hand-delivered physical activity packets.
Maintain all necessary licensing credentials required by the State of Connecticut and the Greenwich Department of Health. Implement all requisite state regulatory requirements.
Lead ongoing efforts to pursue accreditation via the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Leadership and Development:
Attract and retain great teaching talent. Maintain a team of professionals that thrives in a co-teaching environment, sharing and embracing best practices to build a superior educational experience for children.
Lead, develop and evaluate a team of 15 – 20 employees, including full and part-time teachers and administrative staff. Lead staff in setting team and individual goals for growth and advancement. Provide coaching and opportunities for professional development.
Conduct annual goal setting and performance reviews with each team member; maintain personnel files for each staff member.
Marketing and Communication with Key Stakeholders:
Implement comprehensive marketing plan leveraging numerous communication channels, including Preschool Website, social media platforms and print media.
Direct a robust annual enrollment process, incorporating print content, in-person and virtual tours, and open house recruitment opportunities.
Represent First Church Preschool with professional trade organizations, educational associations, local preschool networking organizations and local media.
Foster interactive partnership with parents, ensuring open communication of ideas, suggestions and feedback. Ensure daily, weekly and monthly communication of Program, classroom and student activities.
Actively assist with parent / teacher conferences; provide guidance and coordinate referrals of students to specialists as needed.
Proactively engage with and support Parent Committee involvement and fundraising activities.
Sit on Preschool Board to review and direct operations, programs, policies, performance to budget, and other issues that may arise.
In partnership with the First Church Director of Administration & Finance, prepare, present and manage to an annual budget.
Proactively inform Director of Administration & Finance and Board of Directors of any substantial variances to the approved budget.
Creatively deliver financial results through thoughtful program and expense management; balance multiple different priorities while delivering an exceptional childhood experience.
About First Church Preschool:
First Church Preschool has been a staple of our local community for 65 years, offering a caring, supportive early childhood learning environment for children ages two through five. We are a non-denominational, non-sectarian organization sponsored and supported by the First Congregational Church of Greenwich, Old Greenwich, CT. First Church is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. Preschool employees are employed by First Church.
First Church Preschool Mission:
We believe that children learn best through supportive environments and caring relationships, and that caring communities are intentionally built. We provide playful opportunities that focus on helping children learn to care for themselves, others and the natural world. Teachers encourage and support the child’s questions and enthusiasm for topics of interest by facilitating sustained projects relevant to the subject. Children spend ample time on the Nature Classroom each day, building connections with nature, and reaping a multitude of mind, body and sensory benefits from nature’s bounty.
We teach mindfulness techniques through deep breathing, developing sensory awareness, and yoga to further children’s self-knowledge. They learn critical life skills for self-soothing, self-regulation, self-awareness and sustained attention. These competencies enhance brain and body wellness, and thus, cognition and capacity for empathy.
Our focus on supporting social and emotional intelligence furthers self-knowledge and provides insights for caring for and respecting others. We embrace the diversity that is reflected through our caring community and use it as a means for developing deeper understandings of ourselves and one another. We undertake various school-wide service projects (such as food, coat, and diaper drives), to encourage our children’s sense of their place in the world and the importance of community contributions.
Experience, Educational and Professional Requirements:
Seasoned leader with proven educational expertise and experience managing multiple constituencies, leading and developing motivated personnel, budgeting, and maintaining resiliency in stressful environments.
Recent employment as a Director or experienced senior teacher in similar sized or larger preschool or related program.
Knowledge of national and state education standards, licensing requirements and procedures, and fire, health and OSHA regulations; well versed in CT OEC licensing regulations and NAEYC standards
Experience in taking a preschool program through the accreditation process, either as a Director or Teacher, would be a plus.
Compliance with state licensing standards for a preschool program director, including but not limited to criminal background screening and fingerprinting
At a minimum, Baccalaureate degree in Preschool/Elementary Education with concentration in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or a directly related field.
Masters level degrees may be afforded priority attention in the hiring process
Director will be expected to engage in a minimum of two professional development workshops/classes in early childhood education and/or managerial development annually
Additional Salary Information: Benefits offered:
Competitive Compensation commensurate with experience; Performance Bonuses
Company paid Life Insurance
Short Term Disability Insurance
Aflac Supplemental Insurance; Dental Insurance
403(b) Investment Plan
Paid vacation, personal and sick time
Tuition discount for children of staff
Paid professional development