The Director of the Child Development Center ([email protected]) at Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) is the instructional leader and manager of the early childhood school. [email protected] is a NAEYC-accredited, play-based, Jewish preschool that strives to be an inclusive, caring school community, where every child and family is known individually by the staff. [email protected] has approximately 130 children enrolled from ages two months to five years, a stellar faculty of thirty-five educators, and active parental involvement and support.
In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the program, the Director is responsible for shaping the direction and vision of the school, implementing developmentally appropriate play-based, emergent curriculum and practices, developing and managing the school’s annual budget, and serving as the main point of contact for current and prospective families. The Director receives support from the Executive Director of the Congregation, CBI’s Board of Trustees and the [email protected] Parent Board.
Educational and Family Programs
- Oversee and support the implementation of NAEYC guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice, overall curriculum and school philosophy, and the delivery of the Jewish Studies scope and sequence.
- Ensure classroom environments and lessons meet the philosophical guidelines for the school and optimize the learning potential of each child.
- Serve as the public face of the school by being present in classrooms, maintain staff morale and appreciation, greet families at arrival and dismissal, and engage with the CBI community and the greater Austin Jewish community.
- Support the integration of seamless Jewish holidays, customs, and celebrations into the ongoing weekly and annual calendar in coordination with CBI clergy and staff.
- Promote [email protected] and meet with prospective parents and students.
- Communicate regularly with families, including, but not limited to, sending regular updates about the school, creating and curating social and digital content, and giving presentations to parents, including orientations, curriculum nights, welcome events, and developmental information sessions.
- Work with staff and families to support all students, including observing children, recommending appropriate classroom placements, monitoring assessments and portfolios, overseeing conferences, assisting parents with kindergarten applications and transitions, and making referrals to outside professionals when appropriate.
Staff Supervision and Program Management
- Recruit, hire, supervise, and evaluate faculty and administrative staff to meet both the educational and budgetary goals of [email protected]
- Create and implement professional development for faculty, including new staff orientations, annual summer training days, monthly staff meetings, ongoing coaching and mentoring during the year, and sessions with outside consultants as appropriate.
- Maintain compliance of [email protected] with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, NAEYC, and all other regulatory departments, including timely preparation of the annual NAEYC report.
- Work closely with the [email protected] Parent Board, Executive Director of CBI, and CBI’s Budget, Audit and Finance Committee to develop and oversee school budget and financial operations.
- Collaborate with the [email protected] Parent Board to share information, seek input, as appropriate, for policies and budget priorities, and coordinate fundraisers, events, teacher appreciation efforts, and other activities.
- Create schedules, approve time off, administer school policies and benefits, and recruit, train, and arrange for substitutes and coverage as needed.
CBI and Community Partnerships
- Attend weekly CBI senior staff meetings, coordinate with religious school and family programming directors on recruitment and events, and partner with Shalom Austin on community programs.
- Actively participate in the CBI community to support the engagement of families and to raise the profile of the school.
- Attend monthly CBI board meetings.
- Bachelor’s degree
- 3+ years experience in early childhood education
- Texas Child Care Director Credential or be qualified to obtain one
- Minimum of one year of supervisory experience with a strong background in coaching others
- Master’s degree preferred in child development or related field
- Understanding of Judaism and its traditions and demonstrated commitment to Jewish education
- Strong leadership and management skills with the ability to lead, motivate, and promote positive and supportive relationships
- Comfortable managing and working alongside others who have different work styles
- Experience or familiarity with the Reggio-Emilia/emergent approach to curriculum planning
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
- Salary commensurate with experience: $70,000-$85,000
- Fully subsidized health insurance
- Paid Jewish and secular holidays
- Additional PTO
- Eligibility to participate in a 403(b) defined contribution plan through the Reform Pension Board
- Membership in ECE-RJ
- 100% tuition benefit for children
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]