LPCNS offers a community that is engaged, intentional, warm and relational. These qualities permeate the experience for the families, children and staff. This environment is the core of what makes LPCNS successful. Thus, it is essential that it be nurtured and developed. Families typically have children en- rolled for approximately two years. Identifying new families that are able to commit the time, financial resources and energy that is needed to sustain the culture is an ongoing need.
Since the founding of LPCNS the number of pre- school programs has grown exponentially creating numerous options for families with young children. The biggest opportunity currently is to enhance marketing efforts to attract new families to enroll in LPCNS. The goal is to have the classrooms filled with a healthy waiting list. Currently there are 84 children enrolled. The ideal enrollment is 86 however there is the capacity for 94.
Initiating a detailed marketing plan incorporating social media efforts that currently exist in order to reach a broader community is going to be important moving forward. There is also a focused effort to develop the diversity of the community. Ensuring that marketing and targeted outreach efforts are created to attract diverse families is a primary goal. Financial aid is available for families that may not have the financial resources to enroll their children in the school. Financial aid is supported through ongoing fundraising efforts. Fundraising is also critical for building maintenance and upkeep of the classrooms.
LPCNS has had only two Executive Directors in the past thirty-five years. The incumbent has been in her position for a decade. This continuity in leadership has contributed to the high quality programs and the development of strong practices and procedures.
A key component of the success of LPCNS is a deep commitment to professional development?for the teachers, some of whom have been with LPCNS for close to 30 years. In the spirit of a cooperative, parents, teachers and staff work collectively to identify new opportunities for continuous improvement. However, the Executive Director is the leader in setting and guiding the vision and ultimate decision making in a manner that is respectful and inclusive. The opportunity now exists for a forward thinking, open-minded educator and leader to assume the Executive Director role of this beloved community.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will manage and oversee the curriculum, administration, and infrastructure of the school in collaboration with the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. S/ he will be a relational and collaborative leader who directly manages the Assistant Director and believes in the importance of building the school community through cooperation with the faculty and its member families.
ROLE & MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
Lead and manage the school’s instructional program
Supervise the educational program to ensure children are learning in a manner consistent with a play-based, constructivist curriculum
Coach and develop teachers through regular classroom observation and weekly staff meetings to ensure they are meeting goals and expectations
Offer continuous professional development opportunities?
Ensure the school meets State of Illinois Child Care Licensing Standards and NAEYC Accreditation Standards
Recruit and support school families
Market the school to prospective new families?
Plan and conduct school family tours
Encourage parent participation in the classroom and at school activities?
Guide parents through the transition to their next schools
Follow the Policies for Inclusion and consult with families of children of special needs
Work closely with the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees
Report to the Board of Directors on a monthly basis and attend all meetings
Report to the Board of Trustees as requested?
Collaborate on the development of the Long-Range Plan beginning next school year
Support fundraising efforts of the school
Manage the school administration and infrastructure
Manage the budget to ensure strong financial operation
Supervise building maintenance and ensure licensing requirements are up-to-date
Maintain the current NAEYC accreditation status including ling by pertinent deadlines and keeping documentation accurate and up-to-date.
The Lincoln Park Cooperative Nursery School is seeking a relational early childhood educator with a track record of leadership, business management, innovation and sound financial control at a senior level. A demonstrable knowledge and interest in early childhood education is essential. S/he will have a deep commitment to the mission of LPCNS, the educational philosophy and the cooperative school model. The person we seek believes that a great school is made up of a three equally important parts: faculty and staff, students, and families.
The successful candidate will lead through collaboration and will have a track record of building effective relationships with the community, parents, and educators. S/he will be energized by the opportunity to market the school to new families. A successful fundraising track record would be ideal.
The qualified candidate will be solutions oriented and will enjoy managing the operations of the school. An ability to understand financial statements in order to adequately plan, monitor and evaluate LPCNS finances is required. S/he will have a management style that focuses on coaching and developing and will be an excellent listener who is open to hearing new and old ideas. Someone who is calm and cool in the face of challenges while also being able to make swift decisions when needed is a must.
The ability to give clear, effective, sensitive and consistent leadership with good attention to detail is a must. The candidate must possess excellent communication with the ability and presence to represent LPCNS internally and externally. Strong personal credibility and an ability to build effective relationships at all levels is essential. Creativity, integrity, passion, self-direction and drive, optimist and decisiveness when needed is required. An action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach is desired. A balance between analytical and intuitive skills and a willingness to “roll up the sleeves” to get the job done is also sought. A good sense of humor is also necessary.
A Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development is required. At least nine hours of business or program administration college credits is highly desired. Prior classroom and administrative experience required.
About Lincoln Park Cooperative Nursery School
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