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The Head of the Preschool at Trinity is responsible for the overall day-to-day operation of the Preschool Division at Trinity Episcopal School, an Early Childhood through Eighth Grade school of approximately 500 students in the Garden District of New Orleans, LA. The Preschool currently includes six classrooms and approximately 90 students served by 13 full and part-time faculty members. The Director will support the philosophy and objectives of the School and reports directly to the Head of School. This is a twelve month position.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES for the DIVISION
- In collaboration with the faculty, oversee the academic, social, and developmental progress of all students in the division.
- In collaboration with the faculty, identify students with learning or social needs beyond what is served by our program and help parents identify and secure appropriate outside intervention as needed.
- Serve on the Preschool Admission Committee for selection of new students.
- Make class placement decisions with input from faculty.
- Develop daily schedules for all classes.
- Review reports sent home about students for all classes.
- Deal with disciplinary and other issues within the guidelines of overall school policy.
- Train and develop the faculty individually and collectively to the highest possible levels of excellence.
- Observe and spend scheduled and unscheduled time in all classrooms.
- Prepare written evaluations of each teacher. Share these evaluations with the teacher and offer praise or positive suggestions for improvement.
- Hold regular division and grade level meetings to build community and further the goals of the division.
- Recruit and interview prospective faculty; make recommendations to the Head of School for hire.
- Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding individual faculty re-appointments, assignments, and compensation each year.
- Develop curriculum in coordination with the other Division Heads and Head of School.
- Supervise the implementation of the curriculum within the Preschool.
- Oversee the purchase of resource materials for classrooms and the division.
- Keep current on educational literature and curriculum trends.
- Connect with current and prospective parents to help them feel they can trust their children are known and cared for at Trinity’s Preschool.
- Communicate with parents on the academic, social, and developmental progress and problems of students.
- Ensure that student progress is communicated to parents by teachers in a timely and appropriate fashion.
- Promote proactive and positive communication between parents and the teachers/division.
- Encourage parents to become involved in both divisional activities and activities with the entire community.
- Serve on the School’s Leadership Team and other school committees as directed by the Head of School.
- Arrange safety procedures for the Division in cooperation with the Facilities Manager; ensure needed documentation.
- Adhere to Trinity’s established business procedures.
- Work with the Head of School and Chief Financial Officer in developing and maintaining the Divisional Budget.
- Obtain and maintain certification in C.P.R., and First Aid
- Conduct oneself always with the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.
- Establish goals and further own professional development.
- Represent the school effectively in the community.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE SKILLS and ABILITIES REQUIRED
- A Master's Degree in Education with a certification in Early Childhood and a minimum of five years of experience in related areas.
- The maturity and confidence to provide guidance, understanding, and support to the students, faculty, and parents.
- Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing.
- Organizational skills, a high sense of responsibility, and the ability to effectively serve as a model of integrity and professionalism for successful teaching.
- The ability to maintain strict confidentiality on certain matters as it pertains to students, faculty, or school related matters
- Eyesight, hearing, speech, and physical mobility to perform the following:
interact with faculty, parents, and students on a daily basis, including visitation of classrooms for observation, monitoring of halls, and participation in dining and recreational activities.
monitor student progress by reading and editing reports on a frequent basis.
communicate well in English in oral and written format regarding curriculum, student progress, behavior, etc.
observe teacher performance in the classroom and in informal settings.
participate in field trips and other activities.
give oral presentations, conduct meetings, and preside at assemblies.
stand, walk, and/or sit continuously for long hours and varied schedules to perform essential job functions.
utilize technology in job functions.
RELIGIOUS NATURE OF THE SCHOOL: Trinity Episcopal School is a ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church, one of the largest Episcopal Churches in Louisiana. As an Episcopal School, our mission includes developing young people spiritually and morally as well as intellectually. While we model the Christian tradition through age-appropriate, weekly chapel services in the Preschool Division, and require faculty and student attendance at these services, we do not require our faculty, families, or students to hold to any specific religious creed or tradition. Indeed, we believe that a diversity of perspectives is healthy for an educational institution.