Job Posting: Preschool Director of Sacred Heart of Jesus School
Location: Boulder, CO
About the Early Learning Center at Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Early Learning Center (ELC) at Sacred Heart of Jesus School (SHJS) offers a nurturing environment for our diverse student body. We provide a Catholic learning experience that enhances spiritual growth, encourages academic excellence, fosters mutual respect, and develops personal responsibility with service to others. Our curriculum integrates an age-appropriate balance of early academics and play-based curriculum. In partnership with the SHJ K-8 school, we offer specialized classes in music, physical education, Spanish, and library.
Our experienced professionals partner with parents to inspire each student to reflect the love of Jesus. Our staff members discover the unique strengths, interests, and developmental needs for of each child in order to engage them more deeply. We encourage communication, cooperation, and respect, coupled with laughter, friendship and love. Both our students and staff love to come to school every day!
We have an engaged family community that offers support to the ELC through their time, talent, and treasure. We offer several planned opportunities for our families to participate in the ELC’s activities during the school year and welcome them into the school at any time. Our families view the ELC as an important component of their children’s formative years and appreciate their children’s happiness at school as much as their developmental progress.
In the 2016-2017 school year, we had 40 families and 46 children enrolled in ELC. We are looking to increase that number in a sustainable manner, in keeping with the mission and values of our school.
Our Preschool Director provides leadership for the entire ELC community. This role serves as the hub of relationships between and among ELC teachers, families, students, K-8 and parish administrators, facilities staff, and interested families. The ability to understand each group’s priorities and collaborate to develop win-win-win solutions is a key element of success. Understanding and accessing the resources and gifts that our community has to offer creates deeper connections to the ELC and K-8 school.
Our Preschool Director plans and executes most administrative and operational tasks for the ELC. This important role ensures that the learning environment is safe and inviting for our students and supports the teachers so that they can focus on developing our students. The Preschool Director also plays a major role in recruiting new students to the school and planning budgets and staffing to meet those needs. These roles are critical to the satisfaction of our families and the success of our school.
Our teachers look for collaboration and empowerment from the Preschool Director. We value the ability to listen and consider multiple points of view while maintaining a focus on our school’s mission. Transparency tempered by discretion builds trust and provides everyone with the information needed to make sound decisions. Effective communication demonstrates respect and invites ideas for improving our work together. Experience with children, especially those of preschool age, strengthens the Preschool Director’s ability to understand the teaching staff’s needs and to support them appropriately.
Our Preschool Director must love children – and demonstrate behaviors and attitudes help children feel loved. That feeling sets the tone for the entire community. That said, the Preschool Director’s time interacting directly with students is limited by the time required to meet the ELC’s administrative requirements.
A Month in the Life of the Successful Candidate
During a typical month, you’ll work under the supervision of the K-8 principal and the Pastor to complete activities related to families, teachers, administration, and the students.
You’ll interact with families in some of these ways:
Updating registration information and scheduling tuition payments
Preparing and disseminating a monthly newsletter about developments and activities happening in the ELC
Responding to emails about upcoming activities, schedule changes, student behavior
Greeting caregivers during dropoff and pickup and periodically checking in on their satisfaction with the ELC
You’ll work with the teachers on many levels:
Identifying an upcoming staffing vacancy, posting a position, screening candidates, and recommending a hire to the Principal and Pastor
Conducting monthly meetings to strengthen the team, reviewing the upcoming schedule and addressing relevant issues
Using positive discipline techniques to establish and maintain clear, consistent, and fair limits on children's behavior
Contributing to the professional and spiritual development of staff through evaluations and coaching
You’ll address a wide variety of administrative needs:
Preparing a budget for review by the Parish Finance Council and tracking and reporting progress towards it
Updating, distributing, and processing registration packets and school handbook for the following year’s enrollment
Ensuring that all regulatory requirements are met, including those set by federal, state, local, and Archdiocesan authorities (e.g., keeping children’s health records current)
Designing and implementing fundraising activities
Maintaining, operating, and managing necessary software systems, such as SmartTuition, ProCare, and Sycamore
Tracking and ordering supplies when needed
Accessing resources as necessary for special needs children
Coordinating with K-8 school administrators, teachers, and staff to secure resources for the ELC as needed, including programming and facilities management
You’ll also interface directly with students in some areas
Coordinating the Aftercare program for children in preschool through 6th grade and filling in for staff when substitutes are not available
Preparing and delivering snack to the classrooms twice per day
Assisting teaching staff in comforting children with separation anxiety
Filling in for a staff member in the classroom during an unplanned absence
The successful candidate’s background will look something like this:
Hold a current letter of qualification verification as a Preschool Director for the State of Colorado
Be a practicing Catholic who recognizes and actively supports the unique Catholic mission of the program
Communicate effectively (read, write, and speak) in English; competency in Spanish is a plus
Have previous experience as a Preschool Director (optional)
Because of the unique position entrusted to the successful candidate, he or she will need to successfully address the following requirements:
CPR and First Aid certification and Universal Precautions
Medication Administration Certification
Complete and pass a Finger Printing and Central Registry background check
Complete physical (within 6 months prior to start date), demonstrating freedom from any illness or conduct that would endanger the health or safety of the children
Resume and Cover Letter – Help us understand why you’re the right fit for our team. Tell a story, highlight your most applicable skills, do whatever you think will capture the essence of what you offer to our community.
Verification of Qualifications – A digital copy of your current Official Large Center Director Qualification Verification Letter (OLCDQVL) from the State of Colorado’s Department of Human Services