Co- Director, Curriculum and Instruction

Springfield, MA

Position Summary:

The Co- Director of Curriculum and Instruction, along with the ELC Co-Director for Compliance and Operations, is responsible for the day-to-day administration and oversight of every aspect of the ELC as it relates to our children, staff, and families/caretakers. Both Directors help to run our school.

This leadership position focuses on mentoring educators as a pedagogical expert, helping them design curriculum maps (lesson plans) and experiences for children that are rooted in play, intended to provoke curiosity, based on learning outcomes/standards for Birth - 5, and guided by the interests of the child. 

Duties and Responsibilities (Under the supervision of the Sr. Director, Youth and Family Programs): 

  • Work with the staff to develop, refine and implement a child-centered curriculum based on the interests of the students, the backgrounds of the families/caretakers, Jewish values and traditions, and Massachusetts frameworks for Early Childhood.

  • Hire, train/onboard, and support new and existing staff to ensure the overall success of continuous curriculum design and implementation that is supportive of children’s individual growth and development.

  • Continue to grow and support the JCC’s mission and vision as it relates to our preschool: The Springfield Jewish Community Center enriches community and nurtures wellness through physical, intellectual, social and spiritual programs and services.

  • Create and actively promote a welcoming environment where every staff member, child, and parent/caretaker is treated with dignity and respect.

  • Supervise staff and offer instructional guidance through regular staff meetings, classroom observations, and ongoing professional development both during and after the teacher work day.

  • Provide support and guidance to the staff and parents/caretakers to meet each child’s individual learning needs as our ELC is able.

  • Establish meaningful relationships with all children and their families/caretakers

  • Maintain effective communication (oral and written) with all stakeholders.

  • Provide coverage as needed in classrooms to maintain safe ratios.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Recruit new families and staff via job fairs 

  • Plan and host community events with other departments

  • Maintain and seek out new partnerships with local colleges and local early childhood agencies

  • Coordinate school wide/community events

  • Work with outside consultants to further our work with children, staff, and families

  • Make decisions independently as needed

  • Any other tasks/activities deemed necessary by the Sr. Director

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field

  • Massachusetts Early Childhood license (birth through 2nd grade)

  • EEC Director Certified (no exceptions)

  • Experience working in an early childhood setting 

  • Minimum three years teaching and/or supervisory experience in a similar position

  • Knowledge of and ability to plan for helping and implementing Massachusetts standards for prekindergarten

  • Experience leading professional development efforts and support educators within a teaching and learning environment

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills with an ability to interact effectively with staff, children, and families/caretakers

  • Knowledge of Google Suite and competency in general computer skills 

  • Knowledge of emergent curriculum, loose parts, and developmentally appropriate educational practice and Massachusetts EEC Learning Standards and Curriculum Guidelines

  • Strong leadership (or aspiring leadership) skills (well-organized, communicate effectively, ability to problem solve, and think creatively)

Candidate must also have:

  • First Aid/CPR/AED and Medication Administration certifications or willingness to be certified within 30 days of start

  • Up to date certifications

  • Three professional references

This position is full time, exempt, and benefit-eligible.