Preschool Programs Director
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Deadline to Apply:
Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 4:00pm
Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia, New Hampshire is excited to reopen its successful Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool for the 2021/2022 school year and seeks an experienced early childhood educator to join our collaborative and dynamic team of nature enthusiasts in the role of Preschool Programs Director.
The Preschool Programs Director supports whole child development by leading a small team of educators to develop and implement early childhood programs that support nature-based play and exploration for the youngest learners in our community, ages 2 ½ to 5-years old, while offering developmentally appropriate instruction to prepare young learners for future educational success.
Located in a bucolic setting on 160 acres with farm fields, forests, gardens, a pond, walking trails, and a natural playscape, Prescott Farm is the ideal place to share your love of nature with young learners! We offer a fun and pleasant workplace culture, a 35 hour work week, and a generous benefits package including health and life insurance; matching retirement contributions; paid time off for vacations, sick time, and holidays; professional development; and more. Starting salary $45,000 to $51,000 annually.
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, Students spend a significant portion of their days outside but also learn and take rest time in our sunny and inviting preschool classroom.
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 enthusiasm for connecting young learners to the natural world through hands-on learning and experience in early childhood education including teaching, lesson planning, curriculum development, program management.
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
- 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 but not required.
- Have a bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood or elementary education, other field of study focused on children, or meet any of the other requirements for state licensing. Master’s Degree 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.
- Be certified in First Aid and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.