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Director, Reggio-inspired Preschool


Laurelwood Community Preschool
Waxhaw, NC (suburb of Charlotte, NC)

Start Date: January 2, 2020

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

• Visionary personality and perspective needed to carry school forward. Strong, independent, self-motivated individual who is confident in running a school and has a clear vision and direction of where and how s/he wants to lead the school.
• Highly-organized and detail-oriented individual comfortable with adhering to the recordkeeping required by state licensing and sanitation
• Proponent of the natural sciences understanding the importance of children’s connection with nature. Enthusiastically supports our outdoor natural learning environment
• Ensures high-standards of cleanliness and an overall aesthetic beauty for the school
• Operates child care software and utilizes it to the fullest potential, encouraging staff to do the same
• Schedules to ensure the center is properly staffed. Willing to fill in where needed when no other substitutes are available (e.g., Operations Assistant, Educators and Extended Care Teachers).
• Coordinates activities/working relationship between Parent Advisory Board and school staff
• Leads staff meetings and school functions and participates in outside meetings, professional development, etc.
• Understands from a website perspective what is quality material to be posted and from a documentation standpoint what layout and photos make the written word visually appealing.
• Posts important snapshots of the school’s life on social media such as Facebook and Instagram
• Inspires creative work from staff both in writing/layout of documentation as well as repurposing/reimagining regular, home-like items into the school
• Maintains a professional relationship with staff while still being approachable, warm and friendly

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

• Minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Director in a Reggio-inspired early learning center of at least 30+ children
• Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Child and Family Studies or Bachelor’s degree in related field with 18 semester hours in ECE courses.
• Level 3 director classification in the state of NC. If needed, willing to take classes to achieve this classification.
• Proven record of motivating a teaching staff to go beyond the basics of their teaching experience with tangible results being reflected in their documentation with the children and in visual displays for the parents and community to view
• Extensive study of Reggio-inspired practices, preferably having visited the preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy
• Exposure to many different Reggio-inspired schools through visitations, educator exchanges, professional development, etc. Has read extensively on the Reggio approach.
• Experience with Parent Advisory Board and utilizing them to enrich the school through volunteering, fundraising, edifying the school, etc.
• Demonstrated creative thinker with out-of-the-box ideas on how to better the school for its children, their parents, staff, and the community
• Proven track record of recruiting and retaining quality staff members
• Experience with staff evaluations, goal-setting, documentation of improvement situations, experience with terminations
• Knowledgeable in fundraising methods
• Effective use of Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint applications and social media; technogically savvy.
• Skilled in working with parents to overcome any issues that may come up regarding their child/school (teacher turnover, curriculum, developmentally appropriate practices)

Salary & Benefits

Warm and supportive work environment includes competitive compensation, paid holidays, paid professional development, child tuition discount and matching 401(k) retirement program.

Application Procedures

Please send your resume and cover letter to Visit for more information about the school. Only qualified candidates will be notified regarding their submission. Thank you in advance for your interest in leading a visionary school!

Program Description

At Laurelwood Community Preschool, we are inspired by the world-renowned Reggio Emilia approach to early education, which focuses on inquiry and discovery while emphasizing learning through the natural sciences and expressive arts in a play-based environment. Our goal is to stimulate children’s learning, support critical thinking and make learning visible. We achieve this goal by engaging in project-based learning, collaboration between children, educators, and family members and documentation of the students’ learning during the process.

Contact Info

Angela Berger

Your support will help us advance the quality of every child's one childhood.

Together, we are empowering exceptional education.