Please find additional information about One Fifty Parker Avenue School and the Director position here: https://www.onefiftyparker.org/director-search-1
The Director is responsible for the educational life of One Fifty Parker Avenue School and is the primary guardian of the School’s play-based philosophy. The Director ensures that all School operations run smoothly and embodies passion and commitment to the School’s community and play-based philosophy.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Clearly and persuasively articulate the philosophy and mission of the School to parents, teachers, the Board of Directors and the wider community.
Represent the School with professional agencies, other schools and at professional conferences.
Take the lead in implementing the School's developmental philosophy through oversight of the curriculum.
Possess true passion, understanding and belief in play-based education, while acting as an enthusiastic advocate, sharing this devotion and dedication with others.
Support staff in developing curricula that reflect our commitment to play-based philosophy and are developmentally appropriate.
Become familiar with the development of each child in the School through observation and hands-on classroom involvement.
Assess and discuss with teachers the social, cognitive, physical and emotional progress of each child.
Refer families to educational, medical or mental health professionals when warranted.
Be responsible for children’s physical and emotional safety.
Manage a professional teaching staff of 14 adults.
Attend each program’s team meeting once a month to discuss classroom issues and strategies.
Conduct monthly leadership meetings for Head Teachers to discuss leadership, management and professional development.
Conduct weekly all-staff meetings to discuss policy, upcoming events, planning and School philosophy.
Encourage, initiate and implement professional development through participation in various workshops and symposia, as well as through the sharing of new ideas and professional materials.
Monitor performance of teachers and provide formal guidance to Head Teachers, with verbal evaluation in November and written evaluation in April. Give informal feedback on performance when requested or warranted. File summaries of feedback for every teacher in staff files annually.
Negotiate all salaries and create teacher agreements, while keeping within budgeted personnel costs.
Recruit, interview, hire and terminate as required.
Supervise orientation of all new staff members regarding general safety, as well as Parker philosophies, policies and procedures.
Maintain personnel files with hiring documentation, reviews and any other annually or sporadically collected documents.
Recruit, Screen and Admit New Families.
Actively recruit applicants from a wide range of economic, ethnic, cultural and family backgrounds, identifying and recruiting families that will enhance the Parker community.
Personally attend and assure the School is well-represented at preschool fairs, with teachers and family volunteers.
Run an admissions process that actively promotes Parker’s philosophy.
Make admissions recommendations to the Admissions Committee, composed of Head Teachers and the Director.
Inform potential and current families about Parker’s Tuition Assistance Program for qualifying families.
Inform accepted families of placement at Parker and tuition assistance, if applicable.
Facilitate and encourage the participation of new families in the School.
Help parents navigate the elementary school admissions process at public, parochial and independent elementary schools in and around San Francisco.
Conduct an annual information meeting for families on the kindergarten admissions process at the various types of elementary schools in and around San Francisco, with information about both public and private schools.
Work with each family to develop a plan that best meets their goals addressing philosophical and curricular options, as well as kindergarten readiness.
Oversee the accuracy, comprehensiveness and timely submission of elementary school applicants’ evaluations by teaching teams.
Create a schedule of one-on-one meetings for families before they submit applications and again when they receive admissions letters.
Ensure current families are kept informed and involved with their children’s education and community activities.
Oversee planning of and take an active role in the Community Workshop Series, which includes 3-4 educational nights on a variety of relevant child development topics.
Support and assist family volunteers in their fundraising efforts and support of the School, teachers and programs.
Annually appoint the Parent Group President, in conjunction with the Board.
Attend a sampling of the parent-teacher conferences in October and May.
Produce a weekly blog post and edit and publish blog posts of all programs.
Maintain knowledge of relevant Title 22 licensing requirements, and ensure that the School follows all licensing requirements for preschools.
Manage insurance policies, workman’s comp, disability claims, etc. as needed.
Administer the Little Red School Bus (LRSB) Program per the LRSB Manual, including, but not limited to, drivers’ training and licensing, as well as bus registration, maintenance and inspections.
Oversee maintenance and improvements of School property for safety and repairs. Solicit multiple bids for all necessary work. Maintain related files.
Be aware of any allergies, unusual circumstances or health needs; create plans and notify staff accordingly.
Human Resources Management
Define, refine and document financial, human resources and operational procedures. Utilize the support of an HR consultant, bookkeeper or educational attorney, as needed.
Review, manage and renew benefits and HR policies with support of benefits consultants and bookkeeper.
Manage regular and accurate updates of Staff Handbook.
Keep the Board informed of staff compensation and benefits to ensure they are competitive with those of similar preschools.
Hire an adequate group of substitute teachers for on-call needs when teachers are sick or take PTO. Be ready to substitute yourself when needed.
Oversee cleaning crew.
Work with the Board Treasurer to maintain fiscal responsibility in all areas of the School.
Review all financial reports with the Board of Directors.
Produce annual budget in conjunction with the Board Finance Committee.
Manage investment accounts as needed in conjunction with the Board Finance Committee.
Write family contracts each year and execute subsequent family billing.
Participate in the governance of the School through regular Board meetings.
Prepare and present the Director's report for all Board meetings.
Participate in other Board Committees, as necessary.
The following tasks shall be managed by the Director, although at times may be managed in conjunction with an assistant and/or bookkeeper. (Parker’s newly appointed Director will be involved in the recruiting process for an Assistant Director or in-house Bookkeeper, if necessary.)
Manage and reconcile accounts payable and accounts receivable in QuickBooks.
Produce monthly financial reports, including profit and loss, balance sheet and budget to actual.
Keep family accounts current; provide account information to parents upon request.
Manage fundraising record keeping for individual donors.
Human Resources Management
Keep staff updated about HR issues and deadlines.
Track staff paid time off, according to City of San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Policy.
Prepare and file forms for School’s compliance with all state and federal regulations.
Ensure that children’s files are maintained as per licensing expectations, including meeting all health and immunization requirements.
Oversee all communication and work necessary to stay compliant with Preschool For All. Share information with families as they become eligible.
Parker School is looking for a Director that possesses the following qualifications.
Strong background in early childhood education, with both hands-on teaching experience and knowledge of best practices.
Proven track record of successfully leading and managing a team of individuals.
Experience recruiting, selecting and enrolling students and families that support a mission-driven educational institution.
Demonstrated success in structuring an organization, including financial and operational experience.
Effective communication and listening skills.
Problem-solving skills; someone who is a proactive and thoughtful team player, experienced in responding to a wide variety of viewpoints and synthesizing ideas to develop an action plan.
Applications, inquiries, and nominations may be submitted to email@example.com. Interested applicants should submit the following:
Resume with 5 professional references with contact information (they will not be contacted without applicant's permission)
A statement of educational philosophy and practice
Writing sample (optional)
Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process.
About 150 Parker Avenue School
One Fifty Parker Avenue School is a cozy, well-loved preschool nestled in the Laurel Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Since 1954, we have been a play-based school that honors and values each child’s interests and their right to hands-on learning. We view each and every child as capable and competent and help to foster a lifelong love of learning and an inner confidence through our unique approach to teaching. We are a tight-knit community of 60 students, 15 teachers and staff and the dedicated families of our current students and alumni. We celebrate diversity in our community.
One Fifty Parker Avenue School, an independent nonprofit preschool located in San Francisco, California, seeks an exceptional leader to serve as Director. The Director is responsible for the smooth operation of the school and is the primary guardian of the school’s play- based philosophy. The successful candidate for this position will leverage Parker School’s myriad strengths to advance the philosophy, vision and culture of the school.