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Preschool Campus Director


Growing Place, Marine Park
1406 Marine St.
Santa Monica CA 90405

Start Date: October 19, 2018

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

The Director provides educational leadership and manages the day-to-day operations of the Growing Place Marine Park Campus serving up to 51 children aged 3 months to 5 years old. The Campus Director assumes administrative responsibility for all children’s programs based on the principles of constructivism/Reggio and RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers). The Campus Director solicits support for fundraising efforts, meets overall budget and enrollment goals, fosters long-term relationships in the community and solicits broad support for the Growing Place. The Campus Director maintains accurate records of all program components with the support of an office manager. The Campus Director works collaboratively and fosters a positive team environment for teachers, staff, and parents. The Campus Director reports directly to the Executive Director.

Duties include:


1. Serve as an educational leader who implements and evaluates high-quality ECE
2. Provide leadership, direction, and guidance to all personnel
3. Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate personnel
4. Provide bi-annual performance evaluations for all personnel
5. Oversee the writing, and submission of written communication by staff. Communications may include preschool evaluation forms, developmental summaries, pedagogical documentation, etc.
6. Model appropriate techniques for working with children, parents, and colleagues
7. Support teachers in their overall work with children and parents


1. Work closely with various Parent Committees providing direction, guidance, and support for activities, events, and volunteer commitments
2. Encourage and solicit parent participation throughout the school community
3. Establish collaborative partnerships with parents
4. Support parents with outside resources to support children’s development, as needed
5. Participate in parent conferences
6. Plan and facilitate events that build community, cultivate a deeper understanding of our approach to working with young children


1. Facilitate enrollment process: tour prospective parents, parent orientation, monitor and maintain applicant pool to ensure full enrollment on an ongoing basis
2. Plan staff schedule based on current and upcoming enrollment and to ensure schedules accommodate school-wide meetings, team meetings, teacher meetings etc.
3. Assure compliance with regulatory bodies, including the City of Santa Monica grant
4. Administer budget, approve and monitor expenditures
5. Compile information with data and prepare a variety of reports
6. Implement successful fundraising strategies


1. Support the mission of the school
2. Abide by and uphold the established policies and procedures of the school
3. Communicate with members of the school community openly, directly, promptly, and constructively
4. Model appropriate ethical behavior for children, families, and colleagues. Exemplify a caring, respectful and honest attitude
5. Use appropriate channels for problem solving and communication
6. Maintain professionalism and confidentiality at all times
7. Knowledge and experience with social-constructivism, the Reggio Approach, and RIE
8. Devotion to lifelong learning and on-going professional development
9. Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities
10. Ability to develop and implement long-range operation and educational goals of the program
11. A commitment to collaborative decision-making and information sharing

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

• A Master’s Degree in Child Development/ECE (or a related field) with a minimum of two years of experience working in ECE setting


• A Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development/ECE with a minimum of ten years experience working in ECE setting
• Theoretical understanding and experience with ages 0-3 years; completion of infant/toddler coursework
• CPR/First Aid Certified Skills
• Competent with Mac office suites
• Excellent written and spoken communication

Salary & Benefits

403b Tax Sheltered Annuity
Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance
Annual Salary Range $65,000 – $75,000

Application Procedures

Email resume, philosophy of education statement, and cover letter to:
Pauline McPeake, Executive Director

Program Description

The Growing Place is a non-profit child development center that operates two campuses in Santa Monica. Established in 1985 to provide high-quality early education to full-time working families. We are NAEYC accredited, implement social-constructivist theory and are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach.

Contact Info

Chelsea, Program Coordinator

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