Director of the Early Childhood Center provides leadership and supervision to promote effective early childhood education. This individual oversees the Parent Infant Program, and the preschool program.
SUPERVISOR: Director of Curriculum and Instruction
FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Ensures effective early childhood educational services to the children attending the Marie Philip School Early Childhood Center.
Provides educational leadership to meet each student’s individual needs and determine class assignments for students.
Provides direct supervision to the teachers and teacher aides working in the Early Childhood Center through classroom observations and regularly scheduled meetings.
Ensures effective collaboration with families, LEA’s and other representative agencies. Works collaboratively with TLC specialists and clinicians.
Oversees the development of each student’s IEP goals, objectives and progress reports.
Ensures effective collaboration among all members of the department.
Works with the educational team to ensure that all TLC policies and procedures are followed.
Develops and maintains a budget for the department and secures appropriate and necessary materials for teaching/learning.
Ensures sensitivity to cultural differences within the school community.
Assists in the recruitment, selection and recommendation of all staff in ECC.
Conducts annual evaluations of department staff.
Serves as a member of the supervisory team to provide educational leadership to The Learning Center for the Deaf.
Oversees the delivery of services to infants and their families through the Parent Infant Program.
Establishes strong relationships with the Early Intervention Centers that refer families to PIP, and with leaders in the MA Department of Public Health, which oversees early intervention services.
May be delegated and trained to conduct medication administration or certain medical procedure responsibilities for students.
**May be required to drive students on field trips and/or to mainstreaming classes. Additional driving responsibilities as needed.
**Some lifting may be required when working with young students or students with special needs, however, TLC embraces and celebrates a spirit of inclusion and diversity, and reasonable accommodations and modifications will be made whenever possible. The diversity of our student population may require that some assignments have a heavier physical responsibility due to safety. If the opening for which you are applying will require more strenuous physical activity, the unique needs will be discussed at the time of interview.
*Perform other tasks as assigned by the Department Supervisor.
*Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
**TLC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all employees and applicants for employment are afforded equal opportunity in every area of hiring and employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, criminal record (inquiries only), handicap (disability), mental illness, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, genetics, active military, and any other legally protected characteristic.
**TLC embraces and celebrates a spirit of inclusion and diversity, and reasonable accommodations and modifications will be made whenever possible.
• Massachusetts State Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education, Deaf Education, or Special Education (or certification from a reciprocal state)
• Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Deaf Education, or Special Education
• A minimum of conversational fluency in American Sign Language required, with native, or near-native ASL fluency preferred
• Written language competency
• An understanding of bilingual programs for Deaf children and familiarity with the Reggio-Emilia philosophy
• Strong organizational skills
• Strong interpersonal and behavior management skills
• Leadership skills and mature judgment with the ability to demonstrate creativity and initiative
• Minimum of five years of teaching experience, preferably working with young children
• Previous supervisory experience preferred