Preschool / Kindergarten Coordinator
To establish a partnership with families to support their children’s development. To ensure policies and procedures are consistent with a developmentally appropriate program in accordance with the school’s goals and philosophy. To support and supervise staff and be responsible for the Preschool and Kindergarten Program.
Classroom and Program
- Comprehensive background knowledge of current research and resources for the basis of a developmentally appropriate early childhood program.
- Knowledge and experience in Project Approach, Assessment and the Reggio Emilia Approach.
- Ability to offer a program that meets the emotional, physical, intellectual and social needs of both the individual and the group, based on NAEYC Accreditation criteria.
- Assist the lead teachers with weekly lesson planning if necessary.
- Provide classroom assistants with the opportunity to have input in the planning of the program.
- Supervise, train, and assist in the evaluation of preschool/Kdg. staff with frequent feedback.
- Coordinate the weekly parent newsletter and parent information areas.
- Assist the lead teachers with developmental topics, announcements and community happenings that are to be included in newsletters.
- Observe, record, and report significant individual and group behavior.
- Use appropriate and positive discipline, and train staff so that discipline is consistent.
- Keep staff informed of program goals and developments both with children, parents, and administration.
- Carry out guidelines of the training manual and administrative directives.
- Observe the classrooms regularly.
- Conduct regular meetings with Lead Teachers.
- Assist with subbing in the classrooms when staff is absent.
- Assist the lead teachers in training new staff.
- Assist in mentoring and meeting with new staff along with Human Resource Coordinator.
- Assist the lead teachers with difficult conferences.
- Attend IEP meetings for children in the program. Work with staff to incorporate and support children with special needs.
- Present, prepare and participate in New To School family meetings and Transition meetings.
- Train, support and guide Lead Teachers with their responsibilities.
- Coordinate movement of children ready to move with Lead Teachers and other coordinators.
- Contact parents of children moving or when it is predicted they may move.
- Assist in planning and implementing staff professional development in-services.
- Distribute and monitor petty cash for program materials.
- Assist with opening and closing the school.
- Answer, screen, and appropriately handle telephone calls.
- Cheerful disposition and strong people skills when handling phone and greeting parents and visitors.
- Maintain the Preschool/Kindergarten Waitlist and filling spots when they become available.
- Coordinate movement of children with Infant/Toddler Coordinator.
- Arrange staffing time off and vacation requests; rotating with Infant/and Toddler Coordinator.
- Total time cards of all Preschool, Kindergarten and Floater Staff, and record vacation, sick and personal days for each staff member.
- Arrange daily staffing due to staff call-ins.
- Participate with Human Resource Coordinator in the hiring and interviewing of staff.
- Assist with Human Resource Coordinator in contacting future job applicants at college job fairs, contacting advisors, local newspaper ads, etc.
- Attend community fairs as requested.
- Present workshops in and outside school to parents and community as requested.
- Assist in general organization of front desk area, general storage and front kitchen.
- Assist Administration with deliveries and distributing supplies to proper location.
- Assist in the organization of special services for families (Picture Day, Developmental Screening Days)
- Help with planning and preparation of family festivals, and parent seminars.
- Communicate between the administration and teaching staff.
- If delegated, take the responsibility in the termination process of an employee.
- Provide suggestions to administration for changes and improvement in school program.
- Administer medications to the children, ensure correct permission form for all prescribed medication is on file, record the information on the proper form and store the medication appropriately.
- Attend staff and parent meetings.
- Continue professional growth.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Early Childhood Education/ Child Development. or related field. Masters Degree preferred.
- At least one year Lead Teacher and Administrative experience.
- A warm and friendly personality.
- Sensitive to the feelings and needs of others.
- Able to relate well to children and adults.
- Willing to fulfill responsibilities in accordance with the school’s educational philosophy and program.
- First Aid/CPR Certification
- Evidence of emotional maturity and stability.
- Decision making skills and judgment to handle crisis situations.
- Ability to relate joyfully and sensitively to children.
- Physical stamina to maintain the rigorous pace of a full day child care program (including inside and outside activities on a daily basis, year round).
- A sincere commitment to maintain the highest quality program possible.
- Ability to take directions and work in a team setting.
- Ability to conduct parent conferences in a positive, productive manner.
- Ability to accept supervision and guidance from the Executive Director.
- Ability to supervise Lead Teachers, Classroom Assistants, and other personnel.
- Ability to lift and carry a 40 pound child to safety.
- A physical every 2 years with a TB clearance.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and professional demeanor in all situations
- Ability to be flexible and change direction or responsibility based on the changing and immediate needs of the center.
- Obtain 15 hours of professional training every school year (July 1 to June 30).
- 40 hours a week or as needed.
- Exempt status