Preschool Programs Director
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Deadline to Apply:
Monday, May 31, 2021, 4:00pm
Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia, New Hampshire seeks a full-time Preschool Programs Director to join our team and lead nature-based educational programming for the youngest learners in our community, ages 2 ½ to 5-years old. Prescott Farm’s Educational philosophy inspires life-long connections with nature through creative lessons and exposure to the natural learning environment for participants at every age and stage of life.
The Director of Preschool Programs will support whole child development through nature-based play and exploration while developing and implementing early childhood programs that feature sound, developmentally appropriate instruction and inspire and nurture young learners while preparing them for future educational success.
Prescott Farm currently offers three programs designed to engage young children in hands-on, nature-based learning:
- Fledglings Preschool, Prescott Farm’s signature nature-based preschool program, offers an integrated nature-based curriculum for 3-5 year-olds with an option of attending 2, 3, or 5 days a week throughout the school year. Although a warm and inviting preschool classroom is available, the majority of the students’ days are spent outside in all weather.
- PreK Pioneers is part of our WildQuest summer day-camp program, designed to offer the very first camp experiences for children ages 4 and 5 years-old. Over the course of nine themed one-week sessions, PreK Pioneers make friends, experience their own opening and closing circles and camp games, explore in the great outdoors, create nature-inspired art, and learn about the world around them at an age appropriate pace.
- Additional programming for preschool aged children not enrolled in Fledglings is available through Polliwogs, a weekly program series that invites children ages 2 ½ to 5 years-old and their favorite adult to explore seasonal topics through stories, play and crafts.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will demonstrate experience in early childhood education including teaching, lesson planning, and curriculum development and enthusiasm for connecting young learners to the natural world through hands-on learning.
Duties and responsibilities include:
- Provide Leadership in early childhood education for all early childhood programs
- Manage Staff
- Establish and promote the educational philosophy of Prescott Farm
- Communicate with parents and caregivers on an ongoing and regular basis
- Facilitate parent/caregiver involvement in collaboration with Prescott Farm’s volunteer coordinator
- Provide program administration including:
- Preparing and being accountable to the annual program budget
- Collaboration with staff on communications, scholarship distribution, open-houses, and community engagement related to preschool programs
- Fulfilling all legal and professional obligations as mandated by state licensing laws and/or Prescott Farm Policies
- Updating and revising program descriptions and the Fledglings parent handbook annually
- Coordinating open houses for prospective Fledglings families
Have an active interest and passion for nature, ecology, gardening, farming, and/or other areas related to the natural world and a commitment to integrating a developmentally appropriate learning environment with nature as the main focus. Experience teaching in an outdoor or environmental education program preferred.
Have a minimum of 1500 hours of experience working with children in a licensed child care program or in a public or private elementary school
Have (or plan to have by September 1, 2021) documentation of successful completion of at least 3 credits in child development, and 3 credits in management and supervision, awarded by a regionally accredited college or university, or a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a supervisory or management position in lieu of the 3 credits in management and supervision
Meet at least one of the following prescribed educational requirements for state licensing
- Have a bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood or elementary education, or other field of study focused on children, awarded by a regionally accredited college or university; Master’s Degree preferred.
- Have documentation of 60 credits, awarded by a regionally accredited college or university, of which at least 24 shall be in child development, early childhood, or elementary education, or other field of study focused on children, including at least 3 credits in each of the following core knowledge areas:
- Children with special needs
- Child growth and development
- Curriculum for early childhood education
Have a minimum of 1500 hours of experience working with children in a licensed child care program or in a public or private elementary school; and Certification in a teacher preparation program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) in infant and toddler or early childhood, which satisfies the 3 credits in child development required above, together with 60 credits awarded by a regionally accredited college or university
Be certified / trained in CPR or be willing to become certified
Demonstrate excellent verbal and interpersonal skills.
Have the ability to work collaboratively and independently.
Exhibit strong organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking skills.
Be able to perform tasks requiring physical exertion indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions, and on varied terrain while supervising young children.
Be able to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, pull, push, sit without back support, and lift and carry up to 50 pounds occasionally and 10-35 pounds frequently.
Pass a criminal background check.
How to Apply:
Please submit a letter of interest, resume and 3 references via e-mail to:
Jude Hamel, Executive Director at email@example.com. No phone calls, please.