Broadway Presbyterian Church Nursery School
Job Title: Director
Location: 601 West 114th Street
New York, New York 10025
Terms: Permanent, Full-time, Non-Exempt
Broadway Presbyterian Church Nursery School provides a warm, nurturing, experience-rich environment for children ages 2 to 5. Members of Broadway Presbyterian Church founded the school in 1991 to serve families in the local community. A non-sectarian school, we welcome children of every race, religion, ethnicity, and economic background. We value the diversity of our school community.
Our pedagogy follows the developmental-interaction approach to early childhood education, with an emphasis on meaningful, hands-on experiences and time to reflect and represent those experiences through language and physical means. Play is at the heart of the curriculum. Our highly trained, experienced teachers offer children many forums for play – pretend materials, blocks, building manipulatives, sensory materials such as sand, water and clay, art supplies, and science resources. Using the Project Approach, teachers assess children’s interests and understandings to develop curriculum and to deepen learning.
The school year runs from September through mid-June and currently offers classes for two- and three-year-olds, a pre-K class for four-year-olds, afterschool, and a six-week summer camp. Our faculty includes five full-time and two part-time teachers. The school shares a full-time administrator, a building supervisor, and reception and custodial staff with the church. We are in Broadway Presbyterian Church in Morningside Heights, and share a building with many social justice, arts, and other agencies and programs. The school is a member of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY) and the Parents League of New York. For more information, please visit our website www.greatlittleschool.com.
The Director will maintain the school’s longstanding culture of progressive, play-based education, while working to advance the organization’s mission to provide outstanding early childhood education at an affordable cost. The Director is the primary representative of the school to internal and external stakeholders and reports to the Board of Directors. The Director oversees all aspects of school operations, including educational programming, admissions, exmissions, financial planning, budgeting, and maintenance of the physical plant. The Director works in collaboration with the Board of Directors, Broadway Presbyterian Church administration and staff, and other stakeholders on strategic planning as required.
• Management and Administration - Manages day-to-day Nursery School operations with support from the administrator; creates, implements, and revises safety, personnel, and management policies and procedures; maintains DOH licensing in compliance with Article 47 of the NYC Health Code; sets the school calendar; communicates and collaborates with church personnel about issues affecting building constituents; staffs, enrolls, and oversees the summer camp program.
• Supervision and Management of Staff - Recruits, hires and supervises the teaching staff; provides ongoing faculty professional development and conducts performance evaluations; reviews children’s progress and development with teachers and facilitates appropriate approaches to instruction; provides assessment tools; supports faculty collaboration and innovation.
• Admissions and Exmissions – With support from the administrator, manages admissions and enrollment; counsels parents in NYC public and private ongoing school admissions; maintains knowledge of and contacts within ongoing schools; edits and submits school reports.
• Curriculum and Student Development – Supports the progressive, project-approach pedagogical framework, communicating to stakeholders; develops direct relationships with the children enrolled in the school; maintains a connection to classroom teaching in some form; guides faculty in classroom strategies and accommodations for diverse learners.
• Parent and Community Engagement - Develops supportive relationships with parents; provides parent education through meetings, consultants, and workshops; when applicable, supports families in navigating Early Intervention and Committee on Preschool Special Education; facilitates parental involvement in the school; builds connections and partnerships with the surrounding community.
• Fundraising - Coordinates fundraising events with the board, parents, and church personnel; organizes fundraising appeals; researches and writes grant proposals to fund projects in the school.
• Professional Development and Networking - Maintains professional relationships with colleagues in the educational community; maintains active memberships in professional organizations; keeps abreast of current educational developments
Competencies and Experience
• An experienced, energetic early childhood educator with a passion for supporting young children and their families
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• At least 10 years of experience in early childhood education with 5 or more years as a group teacher
• Demonstrated classroom and program leadership skills for strategic planning, administration, and operation
• Extensive knowledge of child development
• Familiarity with Article 47 of the NYC Health Code and the New York Works for Children/Aspire System
• Desire to guide a trusting community of teachers, staff, and families
• Understanding of relevant ethical standards and professional guidelines
• Familiarity with New York City’s educational “ecosystem” of independent and public schools, and the ability to develop relationships with school professionals
• Ability to incorporate innovative ideas and approaches to enhance long-range planning for the school considering rapidly changing landscape of early childhood education in New York City
Education and Licensure
• Master’s degree in early childhood or related field of study
• New York State Education Department Professional Certificate in early childhood education or equivalent certification
Salary and Benefits
• Salary is commensurate with experience and benefits include retirement plan, health Insurance, FSA, vision and dental insurance, professional development opportunities, pre-tax MetroCard, and generous paid time off
Broadway Presbyterian Church Nursery School is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate based on ethnic heritage, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or socio-economic standing. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.
If interested in being considered, please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before January 31, 2022. We look forward to hearing from you!