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Early Childhood Programs Director
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Deadline to Apply:
Monday, May 3, 2021, 4:00pm
Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia, New Hampshire, seeks an Early Childhood Programs Director to lead nature-based programming for the youngest learners in our community, ages 2 ½ to 5-years old. The Director of Early Childhood Programs will support whole child development through nature-based play and exploration while developing and implementing early childhood programs that feature sound, developmentally appropriate instruction and inspire and nurture young learners.
Prescott Farm currently offers three programs designed to engage young children in nature-based learning.
Fledglings Preschool is Prescott Farm’s nature-based preschool program. Located at Prescott Farm on 160 acres with access to fields, forests, wetlands, and gardens, Fledglings offers an integrated nature-based curriculum for 3-5 year-olds with an option of attending 2, 3, or 5 days a week. Although a warm and inviting preschool classroom is available, the majority of the students’ days are spent outside in all weather.
PreK Pioneers is part of our WildQuest summer day-camp program, designed to offer the very first camp experiences for children ages 4 and 5 years-old. We offer nine themed one-week sessions during which PreK Pioneers experience their own opening and closing circles and camp games while they explore in the great outdoors, make nature-inspired art, and learn about the world around them.
Polliwogs is a Community Connections Program Series that invites children ages 2 ½ to 5 years-old and their favorite adult to explore seasonal topics through stories, play and crafts. Polliwogs meets weekly for 1 ½ hours.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will demonstrate experience and enthusiasm for program administration, teaching, and connecting young learners to the natural world through hands-on learning. Duties and responsibilities include:
- Provide Leadership in early childhood education for all early childhood programs
- Provide leadership in the development of an appropriate nature-based early childhood curriculum that facilitates hands-on learning
- Utilize the natural world both as a classroom and as inspiration for early childhood lessons offered through all early childhood programs
- Provide occasional early childhood instruction, coordinating with and covering for preschool teachers and assistant teachers as necessary
- Prepare activity plans for substitute teachers
- Assess preschool students for kindergarten readiness
- Staff hiring, training, management
- Supervise a staff of early childhood educators to implement lessons and activities designed to encourage fun and interest in learning during the preschool year.
- Supervise PreK Pioneers summer camp instructors and counselors to implement fun, age-appropriate activities during a week-long staff training and nine WildQuest Camp weeks while maintaining professional standards for health and safety.
- Provide annual staff performance evaluations as well as ongoing feedback and support
- Manage staff professional development, providing opportunities and documenting certifications
- Develop and manage a list of substitute teachers who will provide coverage when staff are sick or absent
Communicate with parents and caregivers on an ongoing and regular basis
- Collaborate with communications staff to market programs
- Participate in the annual budgeting process
- Collaborate with program directors to answer questions and process program feedback
- Collaborate with staff to prepare program descriptions and online registration
- Attend to emergencies if/when they arise
- Oversee program registration process, collaborating with staff around communications, scholarship distribution, open-houses, and payments
- Actively manage and maintain waiting list
- Fulfill all legal and professional obligations as mandated by state licensing laws and/or Prescott Farm Policies including:
- Maintain medication permissions and schedules
- Schedule fire drills throughout the year in compliance with state licensing standards
- Maintain required professional development hours for professional growth and/or certification
- Maintain staff sign-in / sign-out sheet
- Maintain system for assuring that immunizations and medical records of Fledglings students are up to date
- Update and revise program descriptions and the Fledglings parent handbook annually
- Coordinate open houses for prospective Fledglings families
- Establish and promote the educational philosophy of Prescott Farm
- Maintain parent and caregiver communication including:
- Communicating in-person, via phone, and by email with parents to answer any questions and share any concerns that may arise
- Preparing for and scheduling parent/caregiver-teacher conferences with Fledglings families
- Facilitating parent involvement in collaboration with Prescott Farm’s volunteer coordinator
- Have an active interest and passion for nature, ecology, gardening, farming, and/or other areas related to the natural world and a commitment to integrating a developmentally appropriate learning environment with nature as the main focus.
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Have documentation of successful completion of at least 3 credits in child development, and 3 credits in management and supervision, awarded by a regionally accredited college or university, or a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a supervisory or management position in lieu of the 3 credits in management and supervision
- Have a minimum of 1500 hours of experience working with children in a licensed child care program or in a public or private elementary school; AND have one of the following:
- A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood or elementary education, or other field of study focused on children, awarded by a regionally accredited college or university; Master’s Degree preferred.
- An additional 3000 hours of experience working with children in a licensed child care program or in a public or private elementary school and documentation of a non-expired child development associates (CDA) in center based programs awarded by the council for professional recognition;
- Certification in a teacher preparation program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) in infant and toddler or early childhood, which satisfies the 3 credits in child development required above, together with 60 credits awarded by a regionally accredited college or university; or
- Documentation of 60 credits, awarded by a regionally accredited college or university, of which at least 24 shall be in child development, early childhood, or elementary education, or other field of study focused on children, including at least 3 credits in each of the following core knowledge areas:
- Children with special needs
- Child growth and development
- Curriculum for early childhood education; or
- Be on file with the department as a center director working in that position before 2017
- be able to perform tasks requiring physical exertion indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions, and on varied terrain while supervising young children.
- Ability to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, pull, push, sit without back support, and lift and carry up to 50 pounds occasionally and 10-35 pounds frequently.
- Must pass a criminal background check.
How to Apply:
Please submit a letter of interest, resume and three references via e-mail to:
Jude Hamel, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.