Nature Preschool Administrator

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Monday, December 11, 2017, 12:00am


Fairview Park, OH
United States

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Regular and predictable attendance is expected and required. All Cleveland Metroparks employees must be prepared to work flexible schedules, including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays as required.
Implements Nature-based Preschool's philosophy, policies, and procedures and evaluates and updates as needed.
Oversees the development of, and implements Nature-based Preschool Curriculum and Creative Curriculum that serves to enhance the mission and values of Cleveland Metroparks and Nature Preschool, including the ability to provide developmentally appropriate play in both outdoor and classroom environments. Evaluates and makes recommendations for improvements, as needed.
Oversees the development and implementation of Nature-based Preschool Summer Camp series.
Ensures the following administrative duties are performed: financial feasibility, purchasing in accordance with Park District policies and guidelines, internal marketing and customer service (enrollment tours and parent engagement), maintaining staff and student files (including records of attendance, statistics and other reports), and maintaining state of Ohio licensing and other statutory regulations.
Communicates with the Rocky River Center Manager and the appropriate support team members concerning administrative, operational, and personnel matters as needed.
Ensures the health, safety and well-being of students through site surveys and daily check-ins with students; develops and implements on-going evaluation methods designed to aid in the creation of individualized growth plans for each student that can be shared with parents; documenting the learning and development that occurs in the classroom using a variety of methods for both internal and external use; and maintaining clear communications with fellow staff, interns, students, and their families to achieve common goals and avoid potential conflicts.
Promotes a close relationship with parents through daily, weekly, and monthly communications by conducting regular meetings and phone calls, parent conferences; and regular family events during and outside of class time; and ensuring families feel that their traditions, experiences, and individual needs are reflected through all aspects of the program.
Generates weekly lesson plans that focus on students' interest.
Assists the Center Manager with the training and supervision of seasonal/variable teaching staff and volunteers.
Maintains State of Ohio training requirements and provides opportunities for staff to obtain professional development.
Works with Cleveland Metroparks Marketing Department, local childcare organizations and community officials to market the program within the community.
Monitors safety concerns and adheres to Cleveland Metroparks Health and Safety procedures to ensure the health and safety of children, parents, and staff.
Determines program needs for individuals with disabilities.
Assists with daily tasks and the individual needs of the children such as receiving and aiding in dressing and undressing for outdoor play, snack preparations, cleaning, etc.
Prepares, cleans, and maintains teaching supplies and supporting materials in a well-organized and efficient manner.
Travels to various locations, both within the park district and throughout North East Ohio to attend meetings with staff, parents, and community and childcare organizations. Attends and presents at local, state, and national conferences, seminars, in-service trainings, and certification programs.
Performs related duties as assigned or apparent.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood development or early childhood education, or bachelor's degree in a biology/natural history interpretation/related discipline including at least four courses in child development or early childhood education from an accredited college, university, or technical college.
Minimum of two (2) years of experience working in a licensed childcare facility serving children 3-5 years of age.
Certifications in Growing Up Wild, Project Learning Tree: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, National Association for Interpretation preferred.
Must be registered with the Ohio Professional Development Network, have an early childhood professional level three designation from the career pathways model of the quality rating program, and be trained and certified in child and adult CPR, basic first aid, and management of communicable disease.
Must complete ODJFS Administrator training within 6 months of hire date and stay current on all required ODJFS training.
Must maintain child abuse recognition and prevention training.
Must successfully pass drug screen, background, and criminal investigations check.
Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing outdoor programs for a preschool level audience and knowledge and understanding of Early Learning Developmental Standards (ELDS).
Demonstrated knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the region and excellent interpretive ability preferred. Experienced and comfortable taking children into nature in all weather conditions.
Demonstrated ability to problem solve, prioritize, and manage multiple projects, attention to detail, meet deadlines, make difficult decisions, and provide leadership to co-workers is a must.
Experience with Creative Curriculum preferred. Familiar with Reggio-inspired environment and play-based learning.
Ability to provide leadership and direction to staff and volunteers.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees and the general public.
Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.
Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.
Management skills and strong business acumen, including problem solving, vision, ability to manage multiple programs and meet deadlines, collaboration, leadership, decision making and ability to analyze diverse facts and develop clear and concise reports and recommendations.
Ability to work cooperatively with others.
Proficiency in software programs including all Microsoft Office programs.
Mature professional attitude and considerable discretion, including ability to manage confidential information.
Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.
Must be non-smoker/tobacco user.

Salary:  $41,193 - $51,491 annually

Filing Deadline:  12/11/2017

Cleveland Metroparks is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and talented workforce.

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