Under the direction of the Head of School and in partnership with the Head of Lower School and the early childhood education community, the Head of Early Childhood Education is a visionary responsible for the collaborative creation and development of a world-class childhood education program. Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program, the Head of CECE supports and provides training for the implementation of the CECE curriculum, daily instruction and classroom management.
The Head of CECE has the privilege of creating and fostering a supportive, nurturing environment that encourages children to learn, teachers to excel, and families to flourish.
The ideal Head of CECE is a highly-experienced early childhood educator and exceptionally skilled in leadership and management.
(The primary tasks, functions and deliverables of the role)
Provide Instructional Leadership: Monitor and support instructional activities; provide curriculum materials that are developmentally appropriate and provide resources for concept-related lesson plans; provide professional development for continuous teacher growth.
Professional Responsibilities: Build and promote a positive and strong academic reputation of the Léman Manhattan Early Childhood Education Program; provide general direction and oversight to all programs that complement the CECE program. Have professional communication, problem identification and resolution with faculty and parents; ability to manage any school crisis calmly and with competence; attend and provide and participate in professional development activities throughout the school year.
Administration: Collaborate with and supervise faculty and staff; work to thoughtfully increase enrollment; develop and monitor annual budget for the CECE program.
Communication: Demonstrate and encourage respectful interactions with faculty and staff. Communicate the vision of the CECE program to all stakeholders; be an active listener; maintain cooperative professional relationships; provide opportunities for two-way communication between school and community. Communicate with and provide effective feedback to parents as appropriate; work to build positive relationships between families and school and promote teamwork and work as part of a team for the entire CECE program, work collaboratively with other school leaders and resources across all Divisions.
Recruitment and Staffing: Hire highly competent and knowledgeable CECE teachers, conduct interviews and perform reference checks for potential new faculty; and ensure that faculty and staff are provided new hire orientation and training.
Teacher Appraisal and Professional Development (TAPD) Plan: Utilize the Léman Manhattan TAPD Plan to meet the needs of CECE students and overall program by encouraging and supporting the professional growth of all teachers.
Reporting Relationship and Other Duties: Be open to new ideas. Be a contributing member of the Administrative Collaborative Team. Accept responsibility for job related tasks and perform other duties which may be necessary to the best interest of the CECE program.
Perform any other related duties as required or assigned by the Head of School.
Skills and Competencies
(The abilities that the individual needs in order to perform this role effectively)
Expertise in Early Childhood Education; Knowledgeable about the field: issues, trends, research, new developments
High-energy, positive disposition with the ability to inspire and lead teachers and staff through a deep understanding of, and passion for, the importance of early childhood education
Team-player who is dedicated to building an exceptional, innovative early childhood education program using state-of-the-art research, tools, and techniques
Committed to learning, understanding, internalizing, communicating, and developing teachers and staff
Able to think strategically about CECE as a division and within the context of the larger Léman Manhattan mission and community and continually contribute to strategic discussions
Organized, able to handle a large volume and variety of work and emotions among families, teachers, staff with a sense of empathy, compassion and humor
Compassionate and empathetic with ability to administer the Léman
Manhattan mission, vision, and values works well with multiple constituencies with diverse opinions and practices regarding child development and early learning practices
Strong communication skills; Comfortable speaking in public; Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Able to build relationships and work in a collaborative environment
Minimum of a Master's Degree with an emphasis in early childhood development and related experience in teaching and leading in an CECE environment.
10+ years of experience in the CECE field including pre-school experience and supervisory experience
About Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School is an international learning community committed to educating, empowering and inspiring students from early childhood through 12th Grade to be confident, independent critical thinkers. Nestled in the heart of downtown New York City, Léman Manhattan delivers academic excellence that inspires for a lifetime.
One of only four independent schools in Manhattan to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Léman Manhattan is building the next generation of courageous, critical thinkers.
Our two state-of-the-art campuses house nearly 750 students representing more than 50 countries of origin, where an exceptional faculty inspires children to view the world as their classroom.
As an affiliate school of Nord Anglia Education, Léman Manhattan is the only independent PreK-12 school in New York City with established sister campuses in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Our ability to provide students with international learning opportunities is unmatched.
The vision for Léman Manhattan draws deeply from our namesake and sister school, Collège du Léman, one of the world’s most renowned Swiss boarding schools located on the outski...rts of Geneva, with a nearly sixty-year history of educating the sons and daughters of the world’s leaders in business, politics and the arts. Together with Léman International School in Chengdu, China, College du Léman and Léman Manhattan operate as a unique consortium of schools that provide students with a truly “Three Campus, One School” experience.