Reports to: Executive Director
Classification: Exempt, Regular full-time
Compensation: Competitive DOE + Benefits (Medical, Dental, 401K Plan with employer annual contribution, generous PTO)
Weekly Work Hours: 40 hours per week
Location: San Francisco Mission District
The Good Samaritan Child Development Center provides a State-licensed, full-day preschool program for children 2 ½ to 5 years of age. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that encourages physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development through a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Our philosophy is child-centered, rather than adult directed. The dual-language (Spanish/English) program curriculum is realized through structuring the environment into interest areas, the planning of program activities to meet each child’s individual needs, and the opportunity for active participation rather than passive observation. Children participate in developmentally appropriate activities that are designed to develop their social skills, enhance their fine and gross motor sills, encourage creative learning, cognitive development, and teach pre-literacy and skills.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Preschool Director oversees day-to-day operations for early childhood education program including quality control to ensure culture and academic excellence.
Adheres and ensures compliance with local governing and licensing agencies. The Director works in collaboration with teachers to design, implement, and evaluate a culturally and developmentally appropriate program.
- Provide leadership and vision for the preschool teachers to assure program quality, kindergarten readiness and student success.
- Evaluate all aspects of the preschool, including program design, student assessments, and program goals
- Ensure an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for children.
- Foster an atmosphere of positive communication and partnership with parents/guardians, including responding promptly and courteously to concerns and/or complaints.
- Create a system of regular communications with parents/guardians, including but not limited to formal/informal meetings on student progress, enrollment status, newsletters, calendars, and memos.
- Ensure program activities reflect best practices in child development and implement changes that will allow Good Samaritan to remain both an innovative and model preschool.
- Ensure the preschool provides inclusive, developmentally, and culturally appropriate learning experiences and activities.
- Co-facilitate and advise parent involvement including outreach, leadership development, scheduling meetings, and assisting parents in the planning and implementation of activities.
- Recruit, hire, train, and provide ongoing direct supervision for all preschool teaching staff.
- Conduct annual performance evaluations for staff.
- Provide and coordinate professional development on topics such as child development, DRDPs, compliance, licensing, and other relevant areas.
- Serve as the primary point person for the California Department of Education, Community Care Licensing, CPAC, First Five SF, Office of Early Care and Education, and San Francisco Early Learning Alliance (SFELA).
- Ensure compliance with licensing and all contracts including reporting, maintenance of student records and evaluation, attendance and parent meetings.
- Monitor food service including adherence to nutritional standards, safety and sanitation and administrative requirements of the California Department of Education Nutrition Services Dept.
- Prepare an annual program budget with Executive Director and monitor all expenditures to meet projections
- In collaboration with SFELA maintain waiting lists, conduct tours, and register children.
- Attend collaborative meetings, represent Good Samaritan in the area of early childhood education, and keep the Executive Director updated on developments in the field.
Professional Performance Standards:
- Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with Good Samaritan’s policies and standards and conforming to the scheduling requirements of the job.
- Maintain a creative, team-building approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem solving orientation to all tasks.
- Actively seek opportunities to develop skills and create opportunities to teach co-workers.
- Exercise professional judgment and discretion at all times in keeping with the responsibilities carried personally and by Good Samaritan for the care and welfare of the children, youth, and families, served.
- Ability to work well with a diverse staff and excel in a multi-cultural environment.
- BA in Early Care and Education or related subject
- A minimum of three years in a program director experience.
- Program Director Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
- DOJ, FBI and Child Abuse Index clearance
- Working knowledge of Community Care Licensing requirements, California Department of Education (California State Preschool Program) requirements and knowledge of NAEYC standards.
- Bilingual Spanish/English
- Ability to manage all aspects of a preschool program including staff supervision, contract management, budgeting and financial oversight
- Knowledge in best practices in child development, dual language programs and early learning
- Child recruitment, enrollment/registration and curriculum development
- Masters degree in Education, Early Care, Social Work of related subject
- Extensive knowledge of best practices in early learning curriculum, child development, and evaluation
- Frequently required to sit, walk, stand, bend, stoop or crouch, kneel, lift or climb, reach with hands and arms, pull or push, or carry. Continuously required to see, talk or hear. Occasionally required to lift t less than 40 pounds. Finger dexterity and hand coordination required.
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Good Samaritan Family Resource Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer
We conform to all the laws, statues, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Employment is contingent upon meeting the above minimum qualification and verification of previous employment and education.