Minimum Education: Masters degree

Minimum Experience: 7 years

Ashley Hall Director of Early Education

 

About the School: Ashley Hall, a highly-regarded K-12 independent school for girls, and young boys (Early Education) was founded in 1909 with a mission that is highly relevant today – “To produce educated women who are independent, ethically responsible, and prepared to meet the challenges of society with confidence.” 

 

About Ashley Hall’s Ross Early Education Center:

The Ashley Hall approach to early childhood education is based on the Reggio-Emilia philosophy emphasizing experiential learning, creative expression through a variety of experiences in art, student-centered instruction, and documentation of each individual student’s development. All lead teachers in the Ross Early Education Center have either earned Master’s degrees in education or are current Master’s candidates; many of our associate teachers also have earned their Master’s degrees. They are trained to work with each child to foster all areas of development—social-emotional, cognitive, language and motor—using a differentiated approach that honors each child’s developmental timeline. Students acquire fundamental academic skills and develop positive learning habits through direct participation in activities which support concepts in mathematics, science, and language arts. This core academic curriculum is supplemented with daily instruction in French and regularly scheduled swimming, art, movement, library and music activities.

 

The Director of Early Education position is responsible for leadership and management of the early education program for two and three year old students at Ashley Hall’s Ross Early Education Center (EEC), including school year academic programs, extended day, and summer programs. This is a full time, twelve-month position. Oversight of the program includes the following:

 

Academic Program

  • Ability to infuse the strengths of the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education with a holistic understanding of the Ashley Hall academic program to ensure superior preparation for the children to move from the Ross EEC to the Ashley Hall Lower School (females) as well as other local independent and public schools (males).
  • An extensive knowledge and understanding of National and State Education Standards and Benchmarks for preschool-age children and commitment to maintaining the division at a level exceeding these standards.
  • Ability to develop a qualified team of preschool educators who are eager to advance their knowledge in the field and to collaborate to provide the best possible educational experience for their students. This includes supporting faculty with their professional development plans to enhance the mission of the School.

 

Enrollment

  • Ability to work closely with Enrollment Management and Marketing to maximize admission tours, focus on retention, and provide information that will help publicize the program to the greater community.

 

Management

  • Excellent organizational skills including scheduling, supporting admissions, maintaining appropriate records, managing budget, assisting in the hiring of EEC faculty and staff, and providing oversight of the academic program of the division.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with multiple constituencies including parents, faculty, and staff, and the ability to use online systems and tools effectively for communication, oversight, and assessments.
  • Ability to effectively manage a diverse staff of lead teachers, associate teachers, special area educators, extended day staff, summer programs staff, and an administrative assistant.
  • Participation in community and school events in order to establish and nurture community relations.

 

Compliance

  • Ability to serve as the liaison between the School and DHEC and the Department of Social Services in order to ensure that the Ross EEC meets and maintains all state requirements for day care licensing and to assure the safety and well being of the children.
  • Expertise in managing compliance with accreditation and state licensing requirements, all applicable state and federal laws, and preschool policies and procedures as outlined in the Ashley Hall Handbook.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of national and state education standards, licensing requirements and procedures, and fire, health, and OSHA regulations for child care facilities.

 

The successful candidate will possess

  • A Masters degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
  • Experience with management and leadership in a dynamic organization.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early education.
  • Experience teaching in an academic early education setting and enthusiasm for combining the director’s position with an active role in the classroom.
  • Ability to meet all state licensing standards for a director level position, including but not limited to criminal background screening and fingerprinting. 

 

The successful candidate will preferably possess

  • A professional background of diverse experiences which support the educational, leadership, management, and organizational facets of this position.

 



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