Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education, JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center, Highland Park
We are looking for a wonderful individual to join our leadership team at the JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center. Lutz is a true family center. Every child is welcomed to learn through play, build confidence, explore the world around them, develop compassion with peers, and embrace joy as they form life-long friendships. With a child-centered, emergent curriculum, teachers support the developmental needs of each individual child and lesson plans are based on children’s interests and curiosity – no two classrooms are the same! Lutz is committed to creating a warm and welcoming community for the whole family, with many opportunities to connect and to get involved.
The Assistant Director of Early Education works with Director of Early Childhood and Center Director as a team to develop, provide leadership for, give direction to, and supervise all early childhood professional services and programs of the Center. Assists in assuring compliance with JCYS, DCFS, Federal, State and local guidelines. Assists with the overall leadership of the Center and takes over as the key staff member in charge in the absence of the Center Director and Director of Early Childhood.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include but are NOT LIMITED to the following; other duties may be assigned:
Works as part of a team in developing, administering, supervising, and evaluating the early childhood programs and professional services of the Center. Works with the team to create developmentally appropriate programs with goals and objectives that meet and further the agency’s mission, membership, and community needs. Supervises and evaluates early childhood staff providing continuous feedback, goals, and support, spending a majority of time in the early childhood classrooms. Proactively contributes to maintaining accreditation standards and licensing requirements. Establishes and maintains warm, professional relationships with parents, staff, and agency colleagues. Works as part of a team to recruit and select educational staff for the George W. Lutz Family Center and assists in new hires’ onboarding. Opens Center in the mornings; assists in overseeing school-aged Before School programming. Assists in maintaining and managing ECE budget. Plays leadership role in Sunflower Camp, an early childhood summer camp. Provides leadership in the training and development of the early childhood staff and presents staff with additional Professional Development opportunities. Assists in development and oversight of parent/family activities, and center-wide events. Assists the staff in maintaining their sick, vacation, and personal schedules while ensuring appropriate staffing coverage in the classrooms. Ensure proper Health, Medication, and Allergy information is distributed. Works with the Director and Child and Family Development Specialist to assist families and teachers when a child situation arises requiring intensive services. This is a full time, year-round position.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university, Master’s degree preferred, with a degree in early childhood education, education, child development, or nonprofit management. Five years’ progressive, successful experience in management or leadership in the field and training. Experience working in early childhood education a plus. This experience should not be measured in time alone; quality of previous experience as well as its similarity to the needs of the current position should be a determining factor. Familiarity with the Jewish Community is desired.
JCYS is an equal opportunity employer
About Jewish Council for Youth Services
Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS) offers educational, recreational and leadership experiences throughout the year at our family centers, multiple summer camps and specialty programs. Programs are designed to nurture each child’s individual spirit, imagination, confidence and talents.
For over a century, JCYS has responded to the varying needs and shifting demographics in the Chicagoland area. Though our programs and services continue to change and evolve to meet the demands of the community, our commitment and dedication to service – and those we serve – remains constant.
Guided by Jewish values and culture, Jewish Council for Youth Services provides educational and recreational programs for Chicagoland’s children and through board service, develops the next generation of Jewish civic leaders.