Clinton Path Preschool is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Director/Teacher. We are looking for someone who embraces the co-op model, prioritizes community, values outdoor play, and understands the importance of developmentally appropriate practice, social problem solving, and play-based learning curriculum designed for a mixed-age (2.9-5 years) cohort of young learners.
Clinton Path Preschool established itself in Brookline as a parent-teacher cooperative over 40 years ago and has since remained committed to inspiring joyful learning through friendship and play in a cooperative community. We believe children learn best when they feel safe to explore their surrounding environment and to take risks. We achieve this by maintaining a strong partnership between parents and teachers and by remaining a small school with no more than 18 students per day.
Candidate Skills and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have a degree in child-development, 3+ years’ lead teacher experience in early education (in a play-based model), and experience working collaboratively with families in a learning situation.
In addition to experience and skills, attitude, leadership ability, energy, and drive to exemplify the core values of the school are extremely important. We are seeking a talented leader who will become a member of our community, embrace the co-op model, and work with our children and families to create an inspiring, nurturing, and safe environment.
The candidate should have a deep respect for children, desire to play, a love of the outdoors, and the ability to educate and communicate with a diverse group of children and their grown-ups. Knowledge and competence regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion is crucial as we develop an anti-bias approach to education.
● Degree in child development, early childhood education, or a related field. Bachelor’s degree required.
● 3+ years lead teacher experience teaching young children, in a play-based model (co-op preschool experience a plus)
● Completion of Massachusetts background record check is required
● Massachusetts EEC Certification for Lead teacher and Director 1
● Education or training related to anti-bias education
● An enthusiasm for teaching outdoors in all weather conditions
● Leadership experience, supervising and mentoring a team
● Strong organizational and communication skills
● Proficient in electronic communication (Proficiency in Excel, Google Apps, (Drive, Sheets, Docs, Calendar, etc. a plus)
● Energy to keep up with and lift preschool children, maintain the daily school schedule, and participate in standing, movement and supervision activities. Ability to lift 45 pounds.
● Work closely with the Board of Directors, made up of current parents, to manage the overall operations of the school and promote the school’s values
● Maintain a presence with the co-op director group and educational groups in Brookline
● Train and supervise teaching staff, including substitute teachers, enrichment professionals, and volunteer parents, maintaining a target ratio of 7:1
● Manage enrollment process for school year and summer program, communicating promptly with prospective families, ensuring enrollment paperwork and deposits are complete, and working with Public Relations parent to increase applicant pool
● Maintain and update social media accounts for the school, post updates for key events to website, and update website photos occasionally
● Ensure compliance with Massachusetts Department of Early Educate and Care (EEC) regulations, including relicensing the school every two years
● File annual immunization survey every fall (MA Department of Health)
● Update Integrated Pest Management annually (MA Department of Agriculture)
● Initiate National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards and documentation, including submission of annual report each winter
● Work with the Webmaster and Public Relations parents roles to ensure the school has a social media presence
● Participate in monthly board meetings and school update topics as needed at the monthly board meeting
● Work in conjunction with board members to fulfill board member job requirements as needed (i.e., attend admissions and finance meetings)
● Participate in ongoing special events and fundraising activities
● Complete general administrative responsibilities, including, but not limited to:
○ Assemble school calendar
○ Compile the handbook and print for each new school year
○ Assemble / review school publications, both internal and external (as needed) in partnership with Public Relations parent
○ Document administrative processes as needed
○ Check mailbox weekly
○ Pay bills; process payroll
● Observe classroom activities, including daily meeting and art project, modeling respectful non-coercive care. Apply our pedagogical philosophy oriented towards play, social/emotional learning, problem solving, and anti-bias.
● Oversee and occasionally co-design and coordinate ongoing classroom activities that reflect the suggested Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Curriculum
● Identify and provide books and materials based on curricular choices and children’s interest.
● Support teachers and teaching assistants in the classroom five days a week, which may fluctuate depending on the administrative needs
● Provide music and movement activities inside and outside of the classroom.
● Supervise outdoor play for 45 minutes each day, rain, snow, shine, with respect to EEC weather guidelines for safe exposure
● Maintain a safe classroom environment
● Maintain/rotate classroom materials. Set up and clean up materials as needed.
● Reflect on and discuss frequent and regular feedback from the board members
● Maintain hours of professional development a year and maintain individual First Aid CPR Certifications
● Write two progress reports a year and hold two parent meetings to discuss progress towards individual goals as well as all areas of development. Implement transition forms for rising kindergartners. Hold impromptu meetings as needed to discuss family issues and classroom issues.
● Participate in enrollment decisions with the Admissions Coordinator
Salary and Benefits
Clinton Path Preschool offers a competitive compensation package, paid vacation, sick and personal days and is committed to supporting the professional development of our teaching staff. Please submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Start date would be Summer 2021.