Temple Sinai of Roslyn
ECC Assistant Director
POSITION SUMMARY: The ECC Assistant Director functions as part of an esteemed team, dedicated to the growth and success of Temple Sinai. Incorporates ECC values, philosophies and policies into day-to-day work. Assists in operating the ECC in accordance with guidelines established by Temple Sinai and relevant governmental agencies. Responsible for creating the conditions that ensure instructional and operational excellence every day, in every classroom. Provides coaching, and feedback to staff members and has high levels of accountability for their performance. Responsible for ensuring rich Jewish content within all aspects of the ECC. Comfortable working both independently and as part of a team. Must be a careful, hardworking, and responsible person, who can multi-task. Essential engagement representative, therefore excellent customer service skills are a must. Position requires a 5-day work week and availability within all hours of operation as needed.
PREFERRED EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE
• Master’s Degree in early childhood education or related field
• NYS licensed Early Childhood Educator
• Minimum 3 years’ work experience in early childhood education
• Minimum 1 year experience in an Administrator role in early childhood education
• Strong understanding of the main tenets of Reform Judaism required.
• Familiarity with Hebrew preferred.
• Experienced in the use of standard office equipment (e.g., copiers, business telephone systems, access control, scanners, etc.).
• Ethical Conduct
• Organizational Skills
• Communication Proficiency (written & oral)
• Customer Focus
• Time Management
• Computer Software Skills (incl. Microsoft Office, Constant Contact, Zoom, ShulCloud)
• Collaboration Skills
• Personal Effectiveness/Credibility
• Performance Management
This job operates in an early childhood educational environment.
ECC Assistant Director is supervised by the ECC Director and is evaluated annually by written performance review.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Maintain consistent attendance and report to work on time to provide continuity of care.
• Comply with all licensing requirements as set forth by the NYS Office of Children & Family and Services, NYS Department of Health and any other relevant state and local regulatory agencies.
• Comply with NYS Mandated Reporter requirements. Immediately inform the ECC Director or, in their absence, the Executive Director/Senior Rabbi when a report is made.
• Conduct regular fire drills and security drills in collaboration with the ECC Director.
• Maintain accurate records for each student and each staff member.
• Be well versed in the policies and procedures of the ECC as published in the parent handbook and staff manual. Communicate, model and enforce such policies.
• Inform the ECC Director as soon as practicable when caring for a staff member or child with a significant injury; upon receiving a complaint from a parent/guardian or staff member; receiving notification of a licensing visit or citation; or recording an unusual incident.
• Be a trusted partner. Treat confidential information with appropriate discretion.
• Receive feedback with an openness to change and professional growth.
• Actively engage in ongoing professional development. Share learnings with colleagues. All professional development must be approved in advance by the ECC Director.
• Cultivate partnerships with other ECC professionals to further professional growth.
• In partnership with the ECC Director, determine class size, schedule and placement.
• Manage daily schedule to allow for services to be provided by SEIT, speech, occupational and physical therapists.
• Manage early drop-off and aftercare as directed by the ECC Director.
• In collaboration with the ECC Director, develop and manage a robust enrichment program.
• With guidance from the ECC Director, disseminate information to prospective parents and the community through a variety of channels.
• Participate in community activities to maintain the ECC’s high profile in Jewish early childhood education. Serve as a “brand ambassador” within the broader community.
• Promote approved incentive programs to grow enrollment.
• Respond with urgency to all enrollment inquiries.
• Conduct tours of the ECC facility for prospective parents.
• Strategically recruit for after school enrichment programs.
• Support the ECC Director in preparing the annual budget for submission to the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees.
• Assist the ECC Director with monitoring and impacting financial performance to achieve the ECC’s annual budget targets.
• Support the ECC Director in maintaining complete and accurate financial records.
• Order supplies and materials in alignment with monthly expense budget.
• Manage ECC petty cash.
• Monitor classrooms regularly to ensure that the physical appearance of each classroom meets established standards.
• Identify repairs needed and recommend equipment/materials to the ECC Director.
• Enforce CDC safety guidelines and governmental health mandates within the facility.
• Support the ECC Director in achieving all criteria relating to achieving and maintaining accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
• Development and implement curriculum that incorporates the main tenets of Reform Judaism as set forth by the Union for Reform Judaism and as adopted by this congregation and its clergy and Board of Trustees.
• Guide the ECC faculty to appropriately implement the Jewish curriculum in their classes and programs.
• Model joyful Jewish classroom experiences by utilizing materials and creating experiences that reflect Jewish rituals, values and culture.
• Assess program quality, training and support needs through regular observation and collaboration with the ECC Director.
• Develop and implement auxiliary community programs.
• Lead early childhood program at Temple Sinai during the High Holy Days.
• Welcome and honor the diverse abilities and backgrounds of everyone in the Temple Sinai ECC community.
• Ensuring that the ECC Director’s plans and requests are communicated to the staff.
• In the absence of the Director, the Assistant Director will assume primary supervisory responsibility for the staff and operations of the ECC.
• Assist the ECC Director in interviewing and hiring and onboarding full-time and part-time teachers, substitute teachers, volunteers and other staff.
• Ensure that new hire reference checks and all required OCFS background review procedures are completed accurately and timely.
• Facilitate orientation and training for ECC teachers, staff and volunteers.
• Promote a positive and inclusive work environment which creates staff engagement and retention.
• In partnership with the ECC Director, plan and conduct monthly staff meetings.
• In partnership with the ECC Director, guide teacher interactions with children, parents, volunteers and other congregational staff.
• In partnership with the ECC Director, meet regularly with faculty to discuss each child’s developmental readiness and advise/assist in the preparation of reports as necessary.
• Support teachers in preparing for parent/teacher conferences twice during the school year.
• Keep staff focused and motivated by providing balanced and constructive feedback regularly, recognizing successful outcomes and promptly addressing performance concerns with guidance from the ECC Director.
• Assist the ECC Director in preparing annual written performance evaluations for all supervisees.
• Maintain an active substitute teaching list and arrange for substitutes as needed.
• Deliver a high level of customer service to ECC families, serving as a resource and point of contact for families.
• Oversee parent/teacher conferences twice during the school year.
• With guidance from and in partnership with the ECC Director, meet with parents when necessary to discuss concerns regarding children.
• Manage situations with dissatisfied parents well by listening, responding thoughtfully and calmly, and engaging help in finding solutions.
• In partnership with the ECC Director, establish and sustain family involvement through events, newsletters, and workshops.
• Act as a liaison between ECC families and the synagogue.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Must meet state, federal and ECC guidelines regarding immunizations, employment physical and required health and safety training and practices, such as CPR training.
• Must maintain mental and physical alertness and an appropriate level of energy to perform essential job requirements.
• Must respond immediately and appropriately to multiple or unexpected situations or emergencies.
• Must demonstrate full range of motion to lift, reach, squat, climb, sit, and otherwise fully participate in activities.
• Must be able to frequently lift, move, or hold children with a range of weight from 10 to 40 pounds. Occasionally lift, move, or hold weight more than 40 pounds.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; descend and ascend stairs; use hands to dial, handle or write; and reach with hands and arms.
Please note that this description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
ABOUT TEMPLE SINAI OF ROSLYN
Temple Sinai of Roslyn, a 501(c)(3) religious organization, is the largest Reform synagogue on Long Island. It is a vibrant community which draws members from across the county. It is a fast paced, mission-driven workplace, and welcomes employees who strive for excellence. Temple Sinai employs full-time and part-time staff who support the values and principles of the synagogue. See mysinai.org for information about our clergy and the congregation.
Temple Sinai of Roslyn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Temple Sinai is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.