Hillside Early Childhood Center is hiring a full-time founding Head of School to direct the start-up of our new program for infants, toddlers, and young children.
Hillside will be a small, play-based, nationally accredited program that will eventually grow to serve children 2 months-preschool. The ideal candidate is a creative, energetic, leader with the ability to craft and execute a vision, and who is passionate about early childhood and opening access to high quality programs for children from all socioeconomic backgrounds. The Head of School will report to the Board.
Purpose Hillside Early Childhood Center nurtures and educates children and their families. Together, we love to learn and learn to love so that we transform our neighborhood and community for the good of all.
Mission Hillside Early Childhood Center delivers an excellent, full-day, year-round developmental program that foster healthy bodies, joyful hearts, curious minds, and engaged families, in an inclusive and innovative Episcopal community.
Core Functions • Direct the educational program, including the implementation of NAEYC guidelines and a developmental play-based curriculum • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate faculty and staff • Meet all licensing and accreditation requirements, ensuring a safe, healthy environment for all our children is created and maintained • Work with the board to implement and communicate policies to staff and parents • Create and monitor annual budget and support fundraising efforts of the board • Build family and community partnerships and oversee recruitment, enrollment, and retention of families • Partner with the Vicar on behalf of the church and school as ambassadors to the wider community and to foster Episcopal identity Roles and Responsibilities: • In collaboration with the Board, publish policies and procedures in a Parent Handbook and Staff Manual • Provide expert advice in preschool programming and ensure all classrooms adhere to the highest quality play-based curriculum • Secure Texas State Licensing and make the school child ready, including submitting all necessary applications, plans, forms, and fees, and passing all related permit visits and inspections • Regularly observe children in their classrooms; provide feedback to teachers and parents as appropriate in conferences and informally • Prepare and provide orientation and training for staff and volunteers • Arrange for coverage and substitute teachers as needed • Set annual tuition rates and set a salary schedule with board approval • Observe and evaluate faculty on a regular basis, including annual written performance reviews • Recommend any necessary changes in the employment of all staff members • Plan and implement professional development training for staff • Oversee the NAEYC initial accreditation process, including creating the program portfolio, preparing the campus and staff for the site visit, and submitting all required documentation in a timely manner • Create volunteer opportunities on campus and assist with volunteer coordination and training • Greet and actively build relationships with families by maintaining a strong daily presence • Lead recruitment of families, including responding to inquiries, conducting tours, completing enrollment forms, and starting a wait list • Attend regularly scheduled Good Shepherd on the Hill meetings • Help integrate Hillside ECC into the Good Shepherd and greater Episcopal community, working toward future SAES accreditation • Work with teachers and Good Shepherd on the Hill to coordinate special events and facility use • Maintain confidentiality • Attend monthly Hillside ECC Board meeting and present Director's Report • Work with support from the Good Shepherd staff and the treasurer to track paid time off benefits and attendance for payroll records, prepare financial reports using Quick Books, and monitor tuition receivables and pay bills in a timely fashion This is a standard (40 hours) exempt position with occasional required evenings and weekends. While performing the duties associated with the job, the employee must be able to comfortably lift (up to 40 lbs) and bend, have the ability to get down on the floor with children, and perform work in both an office and classroom environment.
Inquiries: Please submit a resume and letter of interest addressing what excites you about our mission and purpose.
Qualifications: B.A. in Early Childhood or related field required, M.A. preferred Understanding of play-based developmental curriculum required Four years experience in early childhood classrooms, at least two years in a supervisory/administrative role required Previous experience at a NAEYC accredited center strongly preferred Familiarity with budgeting, payroll, and fundraising or non-profit management preferred Proficient with MS Word, Excel, and Quick Books