Director of Learning and Engagement

Springfield, MA

The Springfield Jewish Community Center’s Early Learning Center is seeking an experienced visionary partner to help guide and support the minds, souls, and hearts of our children, teachers, families/caretakers and community.  We are looking to welcome an inclusive innovator to join our team as the full-time Director of Learning and Engagement. This is a 12 month position that provides leadership in creating and living a shared vision for our preschool, toddler, and infant programs that are inspired by the richness of our Jewish Lenses and our values. We are inviting you to help maintain and further enhance an environment that cultivates a diverse and vibrant community and nurtures the natural curiosity of our childhood.  

The Director will help to oversee our JCC’s Early Learning Center (ELC), serving children ages six weeks through five years. Our ELC places children at the center of and inspiration for our decision making and offers emergent and developmentally appropriate curriculum, experiences and programs that align with the core values of Judaism as well as Massachusetts state standards for children ages 0-5 years.

Position Summary:

The Director of Learning and Engagement, along with the Director of 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 in different ways.

This leadership position focuses on mentoring educators as the school’s pedagogical expert, helping teachers 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. The Director of L and E will engage all stakeholders in order to continue to support our school, as we move to a more child-focused, inquiry-based, and visionary.

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 II 

  • 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 supporting 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 (including one supervisor)