We are looking for a passionate, thoughtful, forward thinking Associate Director to join our educational leadership team. The Associate Director is a full-time, year round position that demonstrates leadership abilities by assisting with daily operations of the school including policy implementation, curriculum coordination, development of a stimulating learning environment for faculty, children and families enrolled and creation of a warm sense of community and learning.

Responsibilities:

Share in the responsibility for the daily operation of the Early Childhood program
Promote and brainstorm for innovation and creativity in our classrooms and programs
Remain current on issues and trends in early childhood education
Assist in the design and implementation of professional development opportunities for staff
Monitor teachers’ professional development
Mentor teachers on teaching practices
Support teachers in planning and implementing learning experiences and daily routines
Participate in staff meetings and professional development seminars
Be a resource to educators and families in regard to best practices in Jewish Early Childhood Education by providing literature, facilitating conversation and exposing them to community resources
Model best practices within and without the classroom, including but are not limited to classroom management, diverse learning needs, and emotional responsive practice
Support new teachers during the introduction process
Participate and lead weekly teacher planning meetings, age group meetings, and individual reflective supervision with teachers
Assist in creating a collaborative community of learners among the teachers
Qualifications:

Degree in Childhood Education or related field required, Masters degree required
Classroom experience teaching in an early childhood environment
Experience with administrative responsibilities preferred
Deep understanding of and experience within a progressive early childhood philosophy (constructivist; emergent; Reggio-Emilia)
Experience in early childhood Judaic studies is required
Strong computer skills and ability to learn new technologies
Innovative and creative
Collaborative and works well as part of a team
Detail oriented and highly organized
Strong understanding of child development, inquiry based learning and experience;

Contact Email:lookstein@mdyschool.org