Children’s Day School is an independent, early learning center operating two campuses in Greenwich, CT. Our program offers a developmentally appropriate, play-based/active learning curriculum for children ages six-weeks to five years. CDS provides a relationship-driven environment where children engage in student-centered, experiential learning. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, the program is based on exploration and discovery and the principles of respect, responsibility and community.
CDS adheres to CT State Department of Education Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) of learning progressions and indicators in key developmental domains; cognition, social/emotional, physical development and health, language and literacy, creative arts, mathematics, and science/social studies.
Due to a retirement, Children’s Day School seeks an Executive Director to start July 2020. The Executive Director will provide leadership to management and staff, while overseeing CDS programs and all matters relating to the administration of the school. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated team player who leads by example, inspires collaboration, and fosters an inclusive community.
The Executive Director is a 12-month/year position, reporting to the CDS Board of Directors.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Oversee the day to day operation of both campuses with ultimate responsibility for the enrichment, safety and well-being of all children in our care
Ensure the ongoing delivery of a developmentally appropriate curriculum that honors NAEYC standards and the CDS philosophy of quality education and care, while adhering to CT State guidelines
Provide leadership in the development of program goals and objectives
Oversee compliance with state and local regulatory agencies through proper maintenance of records, reports and scheduled visits and maintain ongoing communication with all
Ensure adherence to applicable health, safety and licensing requirements
Define admissions policies and ensure a fair and informative admissions process
Ensure appropriate welcome and effective orientation of families new to the school
Maintain open and regular communication with families
Foster and promote CDS’ inclusive environment throughout all aspects of the school
Develop and maintain positive relationships with students, parents and staff
Provide mentorship to each staff member, conduct regular performance evaluations with meaningful feedback, and provide regular and meaningful professional development opportunities
Oversee hiring of staff and ensure that all job descriptions are up to date and accurately reflect the scope and responsibilities of the position
Work closely with financial staff to have an accurate understanding of all financials at all times
Work closely with the Board of Directors; attend regular meetings and provide detailed and accurate updates with regard to the operation of the school
Stay up to date on recent developments in the field of early childhood education and make recommendations to the Board of Directors, as appropriate
Provide support to Board in the administration of tuition assistance program
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Board of Directors
A minimum of 10 years in a similar role
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education
Current Connecticut Director’s Credential; or required qualifications in place with the ability to attain the credential immediately upon offer of employment
Knowledge of the State of CT licensing requirements for early childhood programs and curriculum
Comprehensive knowledge of administrative finance and budgeting
Ability to maintain positive relationships with parents / guardians, children, and faculty and staff
Excellent leadership skills including the ability to define goals and motivate staff towards success
A commitment to professional ethics including the maintenance of confidentiality at all times
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills including public speaking
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the ability to communicate across difference
Demonstrated competency with computer programs including Microsoft Windows and Google Office suite
Flexibility to work long hours including occasional evening and weekend events
Demonstrated commitment to the Children’s Day School mission, culture, values, philosophy and policies
Traits appropriate for the nurture of young children; friendly and warm disposition, enthusiastic energy, and an inexhaustible sense of humor
Advanced degree in Early Childhood Education or Administration
Demonstrated fundraising experience within a school setting
Proficiency with social media and other electronic platforms for sharing of program information with parent body
Interested candidates are invited to use the link provided to submit a resume and cover letter.
The Children’s Day School is a leader in the field of early childhood education, operating state of the art facilities and seeking excellence in education and in the personal experience of each child.
To provide the best in high quality, affordable early childhood education which is enjoyable, stimulating and age-appropriate for infants and children six weeks to five years of age. Children are accepted without regard to race, color, creed or ethnic origin. CDS is a co-educational, independent, non-denominational and non-profit preschool.