EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION DIRECTOR
The David and Esther Freiman Childhood Education Centre, part of the Prosserman JCC, is situated on the Sherman Campus, Bathurst/Sheppard area in Toronto. Our magnificent Centre provides a unique and state-of-the art curriculum built upon Jewish values and traditions. Every learning experience is designed to meet one or more of the child’s areas of development: social and emotional, cognitive physical and cultural needs.
We are looking for a dynamic, engaging, nurturing, collaborative expert educator to take over the reigns from our current director who is retiring.
The ECE Director will have full oversight and responsibility for ensuring the smooth running of all daycare and pre-school programs and curriculum guaranteeing compliance with the Ministry licensing requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act:
- Ensure the design and implementation of an integrated Jewish, developmentally appropriate curriculum in an environment which maximizes the opportunities for growth and enrichment incorporating the Sheva approach and the Best Practices of the JCC’s Childcare Setting throughout North America and the Ontario Early Learning for Every Child Toda, a framework for Early Childhood Education settings.
- Design administrative support systems that ensure the curriculum and all programs align with the vision of the school, the Prosserman JCC and Ministry licensing requirements.
- Build and foster a positive working relationship with the Ministry liaison regarding funding, new legislation compliance and any other related matters.
- Ensure accurate record keeping and reporting as per Ministry guidelines.
- Enhance the partnership between teachers, students and parents to maximize developmental learning.
- Responsible for all aspects of human resource management including: recruitment, hiring, supervising and evaluating using thorough principles of talent management and supervision.
- Ensure work and health and safety policies and procedures are understood and fulfilled by all staff at all times.
- Foster a productive working relationship with the Teacher Union and Union representatives.
- Promote a partnership relationship with preschool families and be available as a resource for consultation and guidance regarding parenting, child development and education.
- Assist and guide children, families and staff along their Jewish journeys with holiday celebrations and related programs.
- Develop and work collaboratively with the Parent Teacher Group.
- Develop annual program budgets, which utilize the JCC's financial resources in the most productive possible manner; working with the CFO.
- Work collaboratively with community organizations to allow for the continuity of Jewish life of the families and children and to encourage the retention of their connection to the Prosserman JCC.
- Help cross promote all other Prosserman JCC programs and special events.
- Conduct tours and implement multi-faceted marketing initiatives to ensure customer retention and growth of the daycare/preschool.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CORE COMPETENCIES:
- Enthusiasm, a love of working with children and a passion for teaching and education.
- A Registered Early Childhood Education diploma; in good standing with the College of ECE.
- Minimum five years of supervisory experience in a similar position.
- Clear Criminal record check, Child abuse registry check, Immunization records, Tuberculosis test.
- Available to work between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and additional hours as needed.
- Experience with Union Collective Agreements and Union negotiations.
- Strong administrative skills, including proficiency with Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, accounting administration and software.
- Demonstrated skills in program planning, implementation, staff supervision; skills with young children and their families.
- Financial skills, including budget planning and management, expense control, revenue generation.
- Ability to provide leadership, effective guidance and stability for program continuity and to act as a role model for other staff.
- Superior communication and English language skills –oral and written.
- Dynamic presentation and training skills.
- Diplomacy and high level problem resolution skills.
- Experience in the non-profit sector/ JCC environment an asset.
- Solutions-based problem solving and ability to multi-task.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills: great attitude and ability to build relationships, a positive “can-do’ attitude.
- Knowledge of Jewish life, traditions and culture; as well as an ability to integrate these concepts appropriately in program, environment and with staff.
We welcome all applicants, regardless of race, gender, ethnic origin, religious affiliation and/or disability. Accommodations during all phases of the hire process will be made wherever possible. If you are interested in and qualified for this exciting opportunity please submit your resume by e-mail no later than March 31, 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate and thank you for your application, however we will only contact those candidates we wish to interview.