Director of Early Childhood Center

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center | Bridgewater, NJ, United States

Posted Date 8/16/2022
Description

The Blaustein Early Childhood Education Center at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum, has been serving children in the community for over 20 years.

The JCC is a community center that serves residents of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties through educational, social, cultural, fitness, sports and wellness programs. It serves as a nexus of diverse Jewish communities that opens doors and creates connections for robust and rewarding experiences where all are welcome. The JCC fosters new personal and community connections by uniting Jewish agencies, synagogues, groups and individuals for the betterment of the entire community.

Our Blaustein Early Childhood Center offers a program with passionate and devoted teachers who support children’s play, exploration, flexibility, focus, inquiry, and creative/critical thinking. The BECC tagline is Learn, Love, Grow which is shown in everything we do. At the BECC, children develop positive feelings toward learning and grow mentally, physically and socially. They enjoy play areas, gardening spots, Jewish and secular holiday celebrations, swim lessons, movement classes and so much more. We welcome families of all backgrounds, faiths, religions and cultures, and encourage family involvement. Teachers partner with families and children to build a home-school relationship that is so vital in assuring a successful educational experience. Our program focuses on pursuing a child’s interests through creativity and hands on activities in a play-based environment.

Our state-of-the-art facility accommodates nearly 130 students ranging from 6 weeks through Full Day Kindergarten and includes stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments, gardens cultivated by teachers and children, and fun outdoor play structures. At the BECC, we nurture a child’s Jewish identity by celebrating the rhythm of the Jewish calendar as well as teaching morals and ethics through a Jewish lens. The Director’s position is a 12-month job.

Overview of Position
The SSBJCC seeks an ECC Director who will build upon our high level of quality and success, and bring their experience to continue and expand our mission and educational vision. We are looking for a hands- on leader to nurture our community of BECC families, and cultivate a strong sense of engagement between students, parents, teachers and the greater SSBJCC family. This individual will share our BECC’s vision for a fully enrolled, thriving Early Childhood Center committed to serving the educational needs of the students. They will have a strong love of children and help them discover, understand and flourish in the world we inhabit.

The BECC Director will also oversee the BECC vacation camps and BECC Special Events, as well as, participate in community wide holidays, activities, and events. The Director will work in conjunction with the JCC Camp Ruach Directors in creating a safe, fun summer experience for our youngest campers. The individual who serves in this year-round position will function as an integral member of our Management team.


General Responsibilities

  • Create and actively promote a comfortable and nurturing environment where every child and teacher are treated with dignity and respect, in a friendly, personalized manner.
  • Oversee BECC site, managing the day-to-day operations with a combined enrollment of over 130 children across nine classrooms
  • Ensure consistent compliance to Department of Child and Family Licensing regulations, including staff qualifications, teacher/child ratios and health and safety requirements.
  • Determine and mold the philosophy and direction of the BECC.
  • Create unique and innovative curriculum and programming to support this philosophy and ensure that the BECC is truly world-class.
  • Create and establish an effective management structure for the BECC.
  • Hire, train and motivate the best teachers available.
  • Anticipate and proactively respond to families and participant needs and requests.
  • Join teachers in the classroom to support/observe the teaching-learning process.
  • Observe and interact with children, in collaboration with teachers, to support growth and development and to plan curriculum and project work.
  • Work with teachers to integrate Jewish values and content into child and family learning.
  • Problem-solve with teachers and families.
  • Warmly welcome teachers and families to school in the mornings.
  • Plan school-wide family events including Shabbat Dinners and Jewish holiday celebrations.
  • Facilitate invigorating team meetings and teacher bonding events.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to advance school-wide vision.
  • Plan and carry out open house events, and play key role in new student recruitment, including touring prospective families.
  • Actively work with other departments to ensure proper coordination and overall success of the

SSBJCC and participate in agency-wide activities and programs.

  • Perform other related duties as required or directed.

Qualifications:

  • Five or more years of experience in Early Childhood Education including administration, supervisory experience, curriculum development, and overseeing large programs.
  • Experience working in inclusion with children with cognitive and developmental disabilities.
  • Strong interest and appreciation in Judaic culture and tradition including Jewish Holidays,

Customs, life cycle events and values. Comfort in incorporating Jewish Holidays and culture experience preferred.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or related field (Master’s Degree preferred).
  • Highly Organized
  • Demonstrated track record of collaborating with other educators, coordinating, coaching, mentoring, inspiring and supervising educators.
  • Positive experiences in establishing sincere, welcoming, and meaningful interactions, and problem-solving skills with parents and teachers.
  • Ability to support teachers’ understanding of and learning about seamlessly integrating Jewish traditions and values within an educational context.
  • Proven ability to lead professional development efforts and support educators within a teaching and learning environment that promotes lifelong learning.
  • Ability to multitask the pedagogical, relational, and administrative responsibilities of program direction and coordination.
  • Experience in a Creative Curriculum environment a plus.

The successful candidate, upon commencement of employment, will enjoy a competitive salary and full benefits package as well as continuing professional development and membership at our state-of-the-art fitness center. Position reports to the Executive Director. 

Salary: Starting at $70,000; commensurate with experience.

Agency Information, about the JCC Bridgewater:

Our Mission: The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center will provide a wholesome, nondiscriminatory facility with a wide range of services and diverse programming. This Center is committed to preserving, enhancing and strengthening Jewish identity and fellowship and will work to enrich the Jewish community and community-at-large.

The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center is a non-sectarian social service agency located on 14 acres on Talamini Road in Bridgewater. The JCC opened its doors to the community in December 1999 after years of planning and fundraising by a passionate group of local families that were driven to bring a JCC to our area.

The JCC serves residents of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties with fitness, recreation, social, cultural and educational programming for the entire community.  The JCC is open to all, and is dedicated to creating an environment that is open, safe, understanding and accepting.  We welcome individuals and families of all race, religion, culture, national origin, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, economic status, mental or physical disability and backgrounds to be part of our JCC Family.

The JCC is the central address of our widely spread, diverse Jewish community and serves as coordinator and locale for many community-wide events and for programs of Jewish education and culture. Universal humanistic Jewish values and ethics serve as the foundation for our JCC. The JCC is governed by a Board of Directors that works with JCC Professional Staff to fulfill our mission of providing quality programs and services to meet the needs and wants of the Jewish and general communities.

The JCC facility includes heated indoor and outdoor salt-based pools.  A dome enclosed outdoor pool is available in the off-season for year-round use. The JCC has a state-of-the-art fitness center, group fitness studios, spin studio and gymnasium.   We offer more than 70 group fitness classes/week, including the internationally acclaimed Les Mills Fitness Program.

Our 70,000 square foot building is home to the Blaustein Early Childhood Center, JCC Camp Ruach, the J-Crew After School Program, adult programs, Jewish holiday observances and celebrations, special needs programs, the JFit Club Fitness Center, an indoor/outdoor Aquatics Center, and more.

 

 

Salary70000.00 Annual
Duration
Full Time
Categories
Early Childhood Director
Organization Type
Community Centers
Benefits
Retirement Plans | Dental | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days | Vision
Job Location
US

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