Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Education Center seeks an Executive Director to lead our organization, which has provided a high quality full-day preschool program for over 40 years to families that live, work, or study in our community. Formed by Brown University and the Fox Point Neighborhood Association as a child care cooperative, we incorporated as an independent non-profit agency in 1979. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the Center has two three-year-old classrooms and two four-year-old classrooms that serve families who represent the racial, ethnic, linguistic, socio-economic, and familial diversity of our community. The Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 1996 and has a five-star BrightStars quality rating. With an annual budget of 1.1 million and maximum enrollment of 76 students, the Executive Director oversees a staff of 18 employees who are responsible for upholding the core values of the organization and ensuring that children are respected, engaged and guided to think, reason, question, and learn. We describe the work of Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Education Center in this way: • We engage with preschoolers as they learn and grow. • We engage with parents and guardians as they confront the joys and challenges of their children’s development. • We engage with teachers and administrators as we create the relationships and organization that foster that development. • We engage with organizations and structures within our early childhood profession as they transform the field. This engagement is grounded in our ongoing growth, learning and reflection on diversity and inclusion.
Position Summary: The Executive Director is accountable for the overall leadership, direction and management of the organization’s resources to accomplish the goals and mission of Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Education Center. Reporting to the Governing Board, this position leads a team of teachers and administrators, using research, best practices, and trustworthy interactions to promote a child- and family-centered quality program. The Executive Director exemplifies the values of Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Education Center and nurtures our organizational culture by creating a learning community of children and adults that promotes optimal child development and healthy families.
Key Duties & Responsibilities: • Guides the growth of the organization and culture by continually evolving and learning. • Maintains and models professionalism and emotional maturity by promoting the program’s goals and objectives and fostering respectful relationships.
• Supervises a faculty in its implementation of a high quality, best practice, evidence- based program grounded in sound assessment, thoughtful curriculum, anti-bias mindset
and responsive professional development. • Oversees all aspects of the center’s parent outreach, including day-to-day communication, enrollment and transition, conflict resolution, and content-specific parent supports. • Proactively builds external partnerships and actively develops and maintains positive community relations. • Develops collaborative relationships with the Board of Directors, provides proactive communications, supports committees and meetings and manages strategic planning. • Recruits, hires, develops, supports, mentors and motivates staff. • Creates systems and policies to ensure effective programs and fiscal management. • Ensures financial stability of the organization including meeting annual enrollment goals. • Insures compliance with local, state and national regulations, including the Department of Children, Youth and Families licensing, the Bright Stars quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), and NAEYC accreditation.
Education and Experience The successful candidate must possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in education or a related field; a Master’s Degree plus experience in early childhood education is preferred. The successful candidate will be required to meet the administrative criteria for both a five-star BrightStars QRIS rating and NAEYC accreditation within the first year of employment. At least three years of experience as an education administrator or similar senior level position with staff supervisory experience is required. Experience in financial management, community relations, program delivery, empowering leadership skills, organization development and strategic planning is desired. Bilingual ability is a plus.
Key Qualities: Our preferred candidate has knowledge and experience in early childhood education, applies a solid understanding of applicable regulations and standards, leads with energy that engages others in our mission, and embraces and encourages the multi-dimensional elements of learning, working, and living in a diverse environment. Our ideal candidate: • Has the ability to develop a positive, effective professional team with staff and Board. • Uses a process-oriented management style that sets challenging goals, facilitates innovation, and measures outcomes for continuous program improvement. • Demonstrates a consistent commitment to true collaboration and skilled communication in both internal and external relationships, engaging Board members, staff, donors, funders, partners and community stakeholders. • Is a key influencer, role model and spokesperson representing the organization, its mission and core values. • Approaches problem-solving with energy, creativity, and an open mind, willing to make strategic recommendations, take positive actions and calculated risks to improve the organization’s programming and community collaborations. • Builds effective annual and short-term work plans and makes sound decisions that respect the input of internal and external partners. • Cultivates and creates new long-term alliances and improves and diversifies funding sources. • Has high standards of fairness and honesty and is candid and respectful of others. • Respectfully and empathetically engages staff, children and parents from diverse backgrounds, demonstrating comfort in facilitating difficult conversations about diversity and inclusion.
Contact: This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader who is truly committed to making a positive contribution to the community. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Relocation assistance is not provided for this position. We will be reviewing applications in early July. Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter describing their interest in this position and salary history to: Cynthia Butler, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Butler & Associates Human Resources Consulting email@example.com For more information visit http://brownfoxpoint.org
About Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Education Center
Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Education Center is a community preschool designed to meet the needs of working families in the greater Providence community. Our program offers full time quality care and education that stimulates learning in all areas of a child’s development. Teachers blend meaningful learning experiences, developmentally appropriate practices and a nurturing atmosphere to create a safe and creative learning environment.Children are respected at Brown Fox Point. Teachers listen to children, observe them in action, and plan curricula based upon children’s interests. Throughout the course of the year, children and teachers together build a community of learners where each individual member is valued for the strengths that he/she brings to the group. In their interactions with children, teachers model empathy, respect, and acceptance. In classrooms that feel safe, comfortable and calm, children can have successful learning experiences. By balancing independence with limit setting, teachers are helping children learn how to be part of a community. Teachers actively model and facilitate problem solving and conflict resolution skills with the ultimate goal of empowering... children to solve problems appropriately.At Brown/Fox Point, children develop and learn in natural ways – by playing and interacting with their peers. Through their play, children engage, explore, and create; they make sense of their world, learn about themselves and others, develop language, gain self-confidence and self-control, problem-solve, and understand and express feelings. The process of each activity or experience is the focal point of its implementation, not the product. Process-oriented curricula guide children to think, reason, question, and learn.