The focus of the Site Director is to support the administrative and supervisory needs of the Senior Team onsite in the First Roots Underhill Infant Toddler (FRUIT!) program. The successful candidate will work as the Director on the license of FRU (n=22 current capacity), and serve in an Assistant Director role for the program at large. The Site Director of FRU will be a part of our senior leadership team that creates plans, sets goals, and collaborates effectively to achieve our Mission. We’re looking for an organized thinker who can manage multiple projects and is excited by the opportunity to combine their early education training with nature-based learning and an emergent curriculum approach. As part of the senior team, you will be working in partnership with the FRWR Director of Professional Development & Curriculum, the Director of People and the Program Director (with consultation from the finance department) to create a culture of “yes” to foster infinitely creative, inspired and supported educators.
Oversee and cultivate a professional team: Using your combined training in early childhood with experience leading teams, act as a professional mentor using our proprietary set of behavioral competencies as an onsite guide to support our program training and development. This will include designing team building activities, leading parts of staff meetings and overseeing FRU personnel management files. You will be working in close partnership with our Director of Professional Development and Curriculum, our Director of People and the FRWR Program Director to create and support the success of our teachers on the FRU team as a whole.
Engage and Cultivate strong home-school connections between families and staff at FRU: You will be our face to staff and families as well as early education teaching professionals seeking employment in the Underhill location. Proactive communication with families and designing opportunities for community engagement are an essential part of our mission. Assist in sourcing and responding to inquiries from families and prospective teachers. Participate in the interviewing and hiring decisions. Participating in onsite orientation of new employees. Leading the 90-day and annual reviews for staff at FRU. Working with the Director of Professional Development and Curriculum to coordinate teaching and/or behavioral competency reviews, documenting and following up as noted on each staff’s Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) for the upcoming year.
Enhance our work culture: Nurturing our program’s dynamic culture and workplace well being. Provide ongoing communication and encourage teachers’ growing edge as professionals in the field. Surface any issues that are preventing us from being a great place to work! Develop appreciative inquiry opportunities, celebrate achievements and professional successes for the staff at FRU.
Annual Salary: $52,000-$57,200
Some of the things we are looking for in you!
Nature Based Education Enthusiast: Deep appreciation for the importance of using nature as a second teacher and finding joy in nature while securing a sustainable future for our children and our one planet.
Education: Bachelor’s degree (Human Resources, Early Childhood Education, Social Work, or Psychology preferred). Director Credential Level 1, 2, or 3 a plus.
Center-Based Early Education Work Experience: Perhaps you have work experience in an early childhood environment as a classroom teacher or as an Assistant Director. We are looking for the ability to inspire and motivate folks as people, beyond their teaching role.
Human Resources Experience: Successful experience/coursework with supervision processes and personnel issues, facilitation roles or organizational psychology.
Business Savvy: Solid understanding of the key drivers of an early education business model.
Self-Starter Mentality: Proactive thinker looking to build an outstanding culture and HR processes as we grow our business.
Communication Skills: Distill and be able to have fair, clear and sometimes challenging conversations with all audiences.
Interpersonal Skills: Build trust and effectively collaborate with everyone.
Sense of Humor: Everything is easier if you can laugh — and it brightens the day!
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