Summary: The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, a co-educational independent school, with approximately 520 students in grades Pre-school through eight, is seeking a Director of Early Childhood (EC) to oversee and manage its Early Childhood program. The Early Childhood (EC) Program has Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten grades, enrolling approximately 80 students. Located in beautiful Summerlin, near the entrance to Red Rock Natural Preserve and about 20 minutes from downtown Las Vegas, Alexander Dawson’s education reflects its Core Beliefs. The Director of EC is the point person for the early childhood program; the successful applicant is well versed in research and best practices as they relate to both student growth and faculty development; the Director of EC views the early childhood program as an opportunity to provide families with an initial glimpse into the Dawson mission and vision. The daily management includes curriculum development, mentoring, supervision and evaluation of EC faculty and staff and the fostering of parent and community relationships. The Director of EC will work and participate collaboratively with lower and middle school administration, faculty and staff to promote the wellbeing of the school community in a way that fosters the integration, teaching and learning of the Alexander Dawson Core Beliefs, Mission and Vision and Diversity Statement. That includes but is not limited to clear and consistent communication with parents; visibility across all grades and close collaboration with the Alexander Dawson Advancement Office to meet prospective families and to further advance the school’s mission.
The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
Strategic, Dynamic and Student-Centered Early Childhood Programming:
Views the Early Childhood program as a feeder into the K-8 experience and supports these efforts accordingly
Utilizes research and best practices of early childhood programming to support curriculum and instructional initiatives
Collaborates with departments across campus to streamline EC experience
In collaboration with Director of Education, develops and regularly updates a student-centered curriculum that integrates Dawson’s Core Beliefs into the early childhood programming
Manages daily operations
Maintains state licensure
Hires, mentors, trains and evaluates EC faculty and staff
Facilitates strategy meetings for student academic and social emotional development, involving families for educational consultations and honest conversations
Institutional Advancement: Marketing, Communication and Community Building:
Facilitates teacher development that specializes in early childhood and provides a foundation for future Dawson success
Implements admissions assessments that align with the collaborative efforts of the admissions team
Closely collaborates with the Director of Marketing and Communication to ensure that information and updates are shared within the school community and that achievements are celebrated
Develops family partnerships and educates the community about developmentally appropriate experiences in EC grades and the Dawson K-8 programming
Presents at community events, i.e. family orientations, open house, etc.
Adaptability – Able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events
Ambiguity - Capacity to work with ambiguity while enforcing rules and regulations governing the work in Early Childhood
Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time
Customer Service – Responds to requests for service and assistance
Dependability – Keeps commitments
Ethics – Treat people with respect; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values
Initiative – A self-starter who asks for and offers help when needed
Judgment – exhibits sound and accurate judgment
Leadership – Inspires and motivates others; is available to staff, colleagues and community members
Oral communication – Excellent verbal communication; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills
Problem Solving – Is solution oriented; understands how to conduct difficult conversations; maintains confidentiality
Project Management – Develops and coordinates plans and projects; manages budget; organizes work; manages, prioritizes and completes multiple complex projects with tight deadlines
Relationships – Ability to remain calm, deliberate and tactful in stressful and emotional situations; a reputation of respectful, productive relationships with others, both professionally and personally
Strategic Thinking – identifies external threats and opportunities
Teamwork – Ability to work independently and in teams; exercise independent judgment and creativity
Technology – Proficiency in the usage of Google (calendar, mail, drive), Microsoft Office Suite
Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively
Education & Experience:
Must hold BA degree in related area, graduate degree preferred
A minimum of 3 years of successful administrative leadership of an early childhood program
A minimum of 5 years of early childhood teaching experience
Outstanding organizational and facilitation ability, with demonstrated ability to bring groups together for a common goal
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced nonprofit environment that values collaboration, communication and strong work ethic
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
About The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain
At The Alexander Dawson School, we challenge our students every day with a careful blend of core academics, world languages, fine arts and athletics. Together, these disciplines prepare children for a future that demands they know the essentials . . . and so much more.
Dawson students are taught, mentored and coached by a highly qualified, dedicated faculty and staff which shares a vision that ...all students will achieve their individual potential in all aspects of the School’s curriculum and offerings.
Individually, faculty and staff are accomplished in their respective areas of expertise and are committed to innovative teaching methods. As a group, they work to ensure graduated success of their students, from Early Childhood (pre-school and pre-k), through Lower School (grades k-4) and Middle School (grades 5-8). The result of this cooperative approach is a student body that is academically competitive with the best independent schools across the country.