Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities

DIRECTOR OF EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE


Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3548607 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: May 27, 2021 Starting Date: July 1, 2021

Job Description
ANNOUNCEMENT OF VACANCY FOR THE
2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Anticipated
Director of Early Education and Care
SOMERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Job Goal: The Director of Early Education and Care supports the implementation of a comprehensive, integrated, mixed-delivery early education system in Somerville and will ensure that all students meet and exceed the Kindergarten readiness benchmarks. Achieving excellence requires that the Director works actively and collaboratively with District staff and community partners, communicates effectively with parents, members of the community, and colleagues in other districts and schools. The Director will also collaborate closely with the Somerville Partnership for Young Children Coordinator to implement and oversee the mixed-delivery early education system.

Qualifications:
•Hold, or working towards, a Massachusetts Administrator’s License (Principal or other license as appropriate) required;
•Master’s Degree in field or early education (Doctorate preferred);
•Experience with supervision/evaluation of teachers;
•Demonstrated expertise in early childhood education, in public setting; experience in private or with community based providers preferred;
•Minimum of 5 years successful experience as a classroom teacher; minimum of three years leadership experience in a program development and/or management role
•Demonstrate excellent organizational skills and the ability to motivate people.
•Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of early childhood curriculum development and program evaluation, child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to learning.
•Exhibit a personality that demonstrates enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with students, staff, administration, parents, and the community.
•Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
•Meet such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable.

Responsibilities:
1.Establish and promote high standards, expectations, and consistency between Early Childhood and Preschool programs in Somerville including SMILE (SPS pre-school) as well as the range of community providers including Head Start.
2.Oversee and steward the development of a multi-year plan for a Somerville early care and education system that outlines benchmarks within each of the key service areas, including a plan for financial sustainability. Included in the plan should be expansion of successful cross-provider professional development approaches, continuous quality improvement of programming, and a multi-year strategy for further strengthening the practices and qualifications of those staffing Somerville’s network of prenatal through school entry programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
3.Coordinate, in collaboration with SPYC Coordinator, the oversight and alignment of Early Childhood and Preschool programs of the City of Somerville and the implementation of the SEE Every Child curriculum across programs. Ensure that each student will meet and exceed the Kindergarten readiness benchmarks, consistent with the mission and instructional goals of the District. Leadership shall include:
•Community planning process to enable the integrated and efficient provision of services to preschool students;
•Coordinate information regarding EEC licensed child care providers within the community;
•Use of data to identify student and instructional needs, including analysis of assessments to improve instruction;
•Curriculum development, based on SEE Every Child, to meet the Core Curriculum Content Standards;
•Consistent and regular program visitation and monitoring;
•Staff development to expand and improve skills of educators and providers;
•Collaboration with SFLC in parental support and education;
•Maintain effective working relationships with State officials, with colleagues in other school districts and communities as required to support programs in Somerville;
•Application for grants and monitoring EEC and other grants related to early education and care; and
•Compliance with all State and federal mandates.
4.Collaborate closely with the Somerville Partnership for Young Children (SPYC) Coordinator on all early education activities. Work alongside the SPYC Coordinator, as well as other agencies and cross-sector groups such as Children’s Cabinet (By All Means), SomerPromise, SFLC, and the First Five Steering Committee, to build and sustain a plan for the prenatal through school entry EEC System in Somerville.
5.Lead District EEC programming and priorities. Supervise early childhood teachers and instructional coach(es) in collaboration with elementary principals. Supervision of SPYC Coordinator and Somerville Child Care Center Director.
6.Advise CTE staff at Somerville High School in promoting the early education pipeline from SHS to area colleges.
7.Collaborate with providers for the implementation of Continuous Quality Improvement Plans and implementation of SEE Every Child preschool curriculum in order to provide high quality early childhood programs.
8.Assist in the development and implementation of the assessment system for measuring and assessing skills and knowledge of the early childhood (K and PK) population. Assist with the communication and reporting of results to center directors, district program directors and early childhood staff, principals/vice principals, and parents.
9.Provide leadership in coordination of a summer transition program for children entering Kindergarten.
10.Provide leadership in the development of curriculum and the implementation of instructional strategies, evaluating the SEE Every Child curriculum with programs and services on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and development.
11.Knowledge of, or experience with, specialized instruction and multilingual education.
12.Collect and analyze data, regarding the achievement of students and other pertinent information affecting the design and implementation of services and programs, using the information to assess results with providers and staff.
13.Report education-related data, trends, and emerging needs within the community.
14.In collaboration with the Enrollment Office, SPS principals, and center directors, provide coordination of services and articulation between early childhood and elementary levels (PreK-3) of the instructional program by implementing a transition process and by communicating frequently with district directors/supervisors and principals/vice principals on a regular basis.
15.Continue to grow professionally through collaboration with colleagues and professional growth experiences. Disseminate appropriate research and best practice as appropriate.
16.Provide support for the development of early childhood curriculum and the implementation of instructional programming - SEE Every Child - evaluating programs and services on a regular basis to encourage the use of a variety of instructional strategies and materials consistent with research on early childhood learning and child growth and development.
17.Provide opportunities for effective staff development that address the needs of the instructional program, including, workshops, conferences, visitations, demonstration lessons and sessions in which the staff shares successful practices and strategies.
18.Monitor support for parents to enhance and extend the school learning experiences of children at home.
19.Monitor instructional areas to ensure that the facilities that support instruction are attractive, organized, functional, healthy, clean, and safe, with proper attention to the visual, acoustic, and thermal environments. Advise program directors/principals with compliance with all State Health and Education requirements for early childhood education facilities.
20.Contribute to the preparation of grants and other applications as requested by the Grants and Communications Director and Superintendent. Collaborate with SFLC, First Five Somerville, SPYC on EEC grant application and monitoring.
21.Consult with district and community providers in the purchasing of instructional materials and equipment.
22.Participate in District Cabinet-level meetings and Principal meetings to support needs, successes, and general operations and services.
23.Represent the SPYC, District, and schools at community, State, and professional meetings.
24.Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certifications as assigned by Superintendent and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.

Terms of Employment:
•260 Work Days (July – June)
•Non Union Affiliation

Competitive salary and benefits.
Conditions established by laws and codes of the State

Position Reports to: The Superintendent of Schools

NOTE:
•Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.
•Resumes that are emailed or mailed will not be considered.

The Somerville Public Schools does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, home status, marital/civil union status, sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, place of birth, national origin, ancestry, cultural identity, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1


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Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools. Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University.

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    Contact Information
    Lisa Kuh
    150 Glen St
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: (617) 625-6600
    Email: lkuh@k12.somerville.ma.us