Position Title: Director of Palms Preschool and Child Care Center
Reports To: Head of Staff
Supervises: Palms Preschool Administrative Assistant, Teachers, Assistant Teachers/Floaters, Extended Day Program and Summer Camp Staff
The director is responsible for leadership, management, and administrative functions necessary to the preschool and child care center in a manner that is programmatically, fiscally and strategically consistent with the mission of the Palms Presbyterian Church, Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF), and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Recruit, screen, assign, schedule, supervise, train, and evaluate staff, adhering to the HR policies and procedures of Palms Presbyterian Church and NAEYC accreditation standards.
Maintain an environment that conforms to church, DCF and NAEYC standards.
Ensure a safe and secure environment for the children and staff.
Organize human and physical resources for appropriate performance and compliance.
Conduct annual performance reviews of the staff and adheres to performance requirements of NAEYC standards.
Prepare and review an annual calendar of activities for the preschool, EDP, and summer camp.
Develop funding, policies, and procedures for financial assistance for families in need.
Adhere to guidelines outlined in the Palms Employee Handbook for the Preschool and Childcare Center.
Submit monthly reports to the Human Resources Committee of the church, with updates on enrollment, staffing, specific to the preschool.
Carry out policies established by the Session of Palms Presbyterian Church and its committees.
Attend weekly church staff meetings, Preschool Advisory Team meetings, Human Resource Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, regular meetings with supervisor, and other meetings as requested.
Build and maintain effective working relationships among staff.
Plan and implement strategic goals as a part of the ministry of Palms Presbyterian Church.
Is responsible for sound fiscal and operational management in compliance with the policies and procedures of Palms Presbyterian Church, including assistance with the development of the preschool budget
Provide reports as required by Palms Presbyterian Church and the Session, NAEYC, government licensing and accrediting agencies.
Participate in classrooms regularly by observations and engagement with students.
Oversee curriculum development.
Plan and execute a year-around program that contributes to the emotional, moral and spiritual development of children, based in developmentally appropriate practice.
Embrace, maintain and promote a culture of excellence which has been established over a number of years at the Preschool and Child Care Center.
Screen and evaluate children as needed and refer to appropriate agencies and resources.
Supervise the operation of the Extended Day and Summer Camp programs, including supervision of the EDP Coordinator.
Provide opportunities for parental involvement including classroom observations, volunteer opportunities, teacher and/or Director Conferences, service on the Preschool Advisory Team.
Build positive, healthy relationships with parents.
Partner with church staff to develop strategic programs that allow for collaboration between Preschool Families and the church.
Serve as staff liaison to the Preschool Advisory Team.
Attend weekly staff meetings of church and bridge communication between preschool and church staff.
Communicate regularly with parents, staff, and congregation through a variety of media: mailings, E-mail, bulletin announcements, newsletter articles, Facebook, texting, and phone calls.
Integrity and Trust
Hiring and Staffing
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development preferred;
Experience as Director/Assistant Director of an accredited preschool/childcare center; experience in a NAEYC accredited program preferred
Knowledge of Department of Children & Family/Gold Seal standards and Florida VPK standards; knowledge of NAEYC Early Childhood standards preferred
Experience in curriculum development, planning and implementation
Proven skills in fiscal management, conflict resolution, and use of social media and technology
Florida Director Level 2 credentials and ability to meet NAEYC Program Administrator Criteria; Director Level 3 credentials preferred
About Palms Presbyterian Church & Preschool
Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach, Florida is seeking a director for the Palms Preschool and Child Care Center. The director is responsible for leadership, management, and administrative functions necessary to the preschool and child care center in a manner that is programmatically, fiscally and strategically consistent with the mission of the Palms Presbyterian Church, Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The position includes oversight of 25+ employees and approximately 140 children who attend year-round.