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Director of Academy

Location:

Houston, TX

Start Date: August 12, 2019

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Summary: The Director of Academy position will be responsible for implementing an early childhood model that addresses the effects of stress, trauma, and bereavement on a child’s development and education through working with the organization’s collaborative partners. This position is very hands-on and responsible for providing leadership, administration, and oversight, which will motivate the teaching team in planning, organizing, and implementing effective classroom learning environments that maximize social, emotional, and cognitive development of Academy children in partnership with their families.

Job Description:

Enrollment & Preparation for New School Year
• Manage the application process, lottery system, re-enrollment of current students, and enrollment of new students
• Establish and maintain school records for ready reference, reporting, and transfer
• Organize and implement New Parent Orientation, Meet the Teacher, and Back to School Night

Curriculum & Learning Environment
• Provide regular coaching and feedback for the teaching team on curriculum implementation, classroom learning environment, and with teaching team members on their interactions with the children
• Schedule and provide professional development opportunities on a regular basis that encourage and promote the organization’s philosophy—growth mindset, social and emotional learning, trust-based relational intervention, child-directed play, etc.
• Nurture and build relationship with collaborative partnerships with established and new parties (i.e. Texas Children’s Hospital, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and University of Houston-Downtown)
• Execute the development of the organization’s model for Early Childhood Education in partnership with the organization’s collaborative partners.

Enrichment
• Plan and provide oversight to special programs such as the Christmas program, Black History program, graduation, school events, etc.
• Plan and provide oversight for regular class field trips
• Coordinate enrichment opportunities for children.
• Parent Partnerships
• Facilitate Parents as Partners program encouraging positive practices at home supporting the learning at school
• Responsible for keeping school in compliance with Texas Minimum Standards
• Annually evaluate policies and procedures and procedures for improvement and continued smooth operations of the academy
• Maintain Texas minimum required training hours for self and staff
• Oversee the efficient and effective acquisition and use of Academy facilities, equipment, technology, and other instructional resources
• Responsible for holding, monitoring, and monthly reporting for all expenses on Academy credit card.
• Track communications with external parties in Salesforce
• Track progress on action plan and indicators through Salesforce and TaskRay
• Prepare and submit Indicator Report monthly and quarterly as directed
• Participate in planning an annual budget, and adhere to the Academy Board-adopted budget for the year
• Stay up-to-date with current research and findings in Early Childhood Education

Evaluation & Reporting
• Assess classrooms regularly to measure indicators and growth
• Assess the teaching team members regularly to measure performance and growth

Leadership
• As needed, speak on behalf of the school and the organization for purposes of promoting vision and discovering and renewing partnerships with individuals and organizations for fundraising efforts
• Exhibits the core and cultural values of the organization and encourages them in the teaching team
• Maintain effective two-way communication to keep the staff, students, and parents properly informed and involved in the education of academy students
• Responsible for hiring Academy staff in accordance with hiring policies and procedures
• Conduct performance reviews on all staff members, and perform weekly meetings with staff

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

• College degree required
• CDA Credential
• At least 10 years’ experience in early childhood development/education
• At least 8 years of Directorial experience
• Familiarity with childcare facility licensing process and requirements
• First Aid and CPR certification
• Valid Texas drivers’ license, and ability to drive a 15-passenger van
• Proficiency in database and shared systems.
• Proficient organizational skills.

Core Competencies:
• Ability to lead a faith-based organization and willingness to engage in and lead others in prayer
• The ability to create positive relationship at personal and professional levels
• Strong leadership skills, and ability to enforce rules and regulations
• Strong interpersonal skills

Salary & Benefits

Based on experience.

Application Procedures

Please contact Mia Mundy at Mia@manhattanresources.com to learn more.

Program Description

Located in Houston’s historic 3rd Ward, our client is on a mission to develop a scalable model for early childhood education that addresses the effects of adverse childhood experiences. A lack of economically accessible, high-quality early childhood education is feeding the cycle of systemic poverty and tragically limiting millions of at-risk youth from developing the resiliency and coping skills necessary to succeed as adults.

Our client is a lab school researching the effects of living in almost continuous stress has on the cognitive development and ability to learn in children. Collaborating with University of Houston – Downtown, University of Houston – Clear Lake, and Texas Children’s Hospital, our client is developing an evidenced based trauma and bereavement informed, social and emotionally influenced educational model for early childhood, inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach.

Our firm has been retained to assist them in attracting and selecting their next Director of Academy. This person will be responsible for implementing an early childhood model that addresses the effects of stress, trauma, and bereavement on a child’s development and education through working with the organization’s collaborative partners. This position is very hands-on and responsible for providing leadership, administration, and oversight, which will motivate the teaching team in planning, organizing, and implementing effective classroom learning environments that maximize social, emotional, and cognitive development of Academy children in partnership with their families.

Does this sound like you? If so I am excited to speak with you and share more soon. Please do not hesitate to share with your professional network if you think the role would be best suited elsewhere.

Contact Info

Mia Mundy
Mia@manhattanresources.com
713-980-1400

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