Pacific University’s Early Learning Community (ELC) is searching for a highly skilled and energetic educator and leader to be its next Director. The ELC is a model PreK through second grade school. Housed in Pacific University’s College of Education as a critical element of the College’s Child Learning and Development Center, the ELC serves as an exemplary early childhood teaching and learning environment essential to the college’s teacher preparation programs. In the ELC, children interact with a richly stimulating learning environment and nurturing, creative teachers who guide them in their exploration of the world. The curriculum of the ELC has been designed as a synthesis of best practices using materials that emanate from a wide range of early childhood pedagogical models (e.g. Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, Place-based). At the heart of this integrated approach is the belief that children learn best when actively engaged in authentic interactions with their world, and when they feel safe, supported, and empowered. Furthermore, the ELC is committed to a curriculum that encourages students to work for a more peaceful and sustainable world by being stewards of the environment and champions for equity and social justice.
The next Director will enjoy helping to lead the school at a time of strength. The ELC celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018. Enrollment is robust (80 students), funding is stable, and teachers are passionate, experienced, and self-directed. The school’s newest initiative is the development of a large outdoor classroom where students learn while immersed in native flora and fauna. If you are a skilled, thoughtful educator/administrator who loves being with children, is good at listening and collaborating, desires to work with a skilled team, and meets the attached job qualifications, please consider applying.
If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact Dr. Mark Bailey, Director of the Child Learning and Development Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
Establish and cultivate a nurturing, developmentally stimulating, inclusive learning community for children, families, visitors and staff of the ELC
Work under the direction of the CLDC director and with the ELC teachers to develop and refine curriculum that is collaborative, emergent and authentic
Facilitate the provision by ELC teachers of a constructivist learning environment rich in project-based experiences and modeling best practices
Support teaching staff by maintaining optimal learning spaces and needed materials consistent with school philosophy as well as budgetary constraints.
Assume responsibility for the smooth daily operation of the school at all times; assure required staffing levels are met and prepare contingency plans for times of staff illness or emergency
Oversee staff schedule and monitor hours and labor expenditures to assure consistency with budget
Establish regular staff meeting schedule, lead time-efficient and productive meetings that encourage open dialogue, mutual support of colleagues, and creative problem solving.
Collaborate with the CLDC director in supporting the professional growth of ELC teachers through observation, feedback and learning opportunities
Work with ELC Program Assistant to Maintain comprehensive database of essential information on children and families of the ELC, including enrollment data, schedules, class composition, tuition accounting, and other financial structures
Work with ELC Program Assistant to organize and maintain files of enrollment documentation, school-parent agreements, income verification, immunization records, medication and allergy records, developmental records, attendance sheets and all needed school archives
Establish and adhere to the ELC annual budget; with COE Financial Analyst and CLDC Director, assist in planning and projecting revenue and expense budgets
Oversee inventory of school supplies and equipment and the maintenance of systems that incorporate efficient storage, use of space, access and stewardship values
Create systems of effective communication with ELC parents and families that promote a climate of understanding, cooperation and shared goals, and that invite feedback and input from all community members.
Assure compliance with Oregon Administrative Rules governing the operation, safety, and sanitation of a Licensed Child Care Center; prepare all needed documents and maintain facility conditions consistent with OARs and license renewal procedures and inspection
Teach a small number of courses in your area of expertise to undergraduate and/or graduate students in the COE
Collaborate with the Director of the Child Learning and Development Center to implement educational programming during the school year for parents of ELC children addressing topics of interest and foundations of child development and learning
Perform additional administrative and operational daily functions as required.
Required scope of knowledge includes mastery of core pedagogical principles espoused and taught in ECE/elementary teacher preparation programs of the College of Education, and the ability to express those principles in the daily life of the school.
Position entails a very high degree of accountability for quality instruction and creation of optimal learning environment within the material, time, and human resources means available.
Position carries responsibility for compliance with all standards established by the Office of Child Care, including for the safety, security and health of children present at any time
Position interfaces daily with the public, with particular emphasis on maintaining positive and productive partnerships with parents, other education professionals, and students of Pacific University.
Masters degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, or PhD in Education.
Preference for candidates who hold a current Oregon Teaching License with ECE authorization.
Minimum of two years teaching experience in a public or private Pre-K to grade 6 classrooms.
Enrollment in the Criminal Background Registry of the Office of Child Care of the State of Oregon.
Must meet Director qualification requirements as defined by the Office of Child Care of the Oregon Department of Education (OAR 414-300-0080).
Experience with computer programs/applications including Word processing, Excel, Outlook.
Required to complete the following certifications within the first 30 days of employment:
CPR/First Aid, Pediatric
Child Abuse Awareness Training
Preference for candidates with experience in licensed child care centers with children ages 3-8
Familiar and experienced with a range of ECE models, such as Reggio, Montessori, High-Scope, Waldorf.
Possesses excellent working knowledge of early childhood development, methods and pedagogy, and developmentally appropriate practice.
Able to co-construct knowledge with all learners including children, parents, teachers, and administration
Experienced in responsive curriculum planning and implementation.
Excellent organizational, leadership, and administrative skills
Possesses excellent oral/written English communication skills; demonstrated ability to format business and professional papers and correspondence, good spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills.
Bookkeeping and budgeting abilities.
Demonstrated ability to maintain confidential information according to University, department and professional guidelines.
Ability to develop and maintain a positive, professional relationship with students, faculty, clients, staff and the general public.
Able to thoughtfully employ technology to support learning and administration.
Familiar with ecological literacy and environmental stewardship as applied educational principles and practices.
Understanding of, and ability to meet Pacific University employee standards and expectations, as follow:
Communicates with students, faculty, staff and the public appropriate to the age of the individual served.
Builds on basic learning and carries it from one situation to another.
Demonstrates critical thinking skills in problem solving and decision-making.
Asks questions and seeks assistance.
Takes responsibility to eliminate the source of problems.
Demonstrates confidentiality regarding information pertaining to all students, faculty and staff.
Maintains proper appearance and personal conduct for the employee’s particular job.
Uses effective communication skills taking into consideration body language, filters, listening, paraphrasing, and questions with customers of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Demonstrates ability to work in a team environment.
Monday through Friday school hours of operation late August to mid-June; flexible hours during summer recess. Special events on evenings and weekends as appropriate
Classroom and outdoor environment in all weather.
School environment that requires a high level of interaction with internal and external constituents: young children, parents, university students, staff, and faculty.
Moderate and continuous physical activity, including standing, walking, quick movements in response to needs of children, lifting (up to 50 pounds), getting up and down from floor, bending, squatting, kneeling, crawling, reaching, speech and hearing, light housekeeping.
About Pacific University Early Learning Community
Founded in 1849, Pacific University is a diverse learning community offering a unique combination of nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the arts and sciences, education, business, optometry and the health professions.
The Early Learning Community is a model PreK through second grade school. Housed in Pacific University’s College of Education as a critical element of the College’s Child Learning and Development Center, the ELC serves as an exemplary early childhood teaching and learning environment essential to the college’s teacher preparation programs. In the ELC, children interact with a richly stimulating learning environment and nurturing, creative teachers who guide them in their exploration of the world. The curriculum of the ELC has been designed as a synthesis of best practices using materials that emanate from a wide range of early childhood pedagogical models (e.g. Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, Place-based). At the heart of this integrated approach is the belief that children learn best when actively engaged in authentic interactions with their world, and when they feel safe, supported, and empowered. Furthermore, the ELC is committed t...o a curriculum that encourages students to work for a more peaceful and sustainable world by being stewards of the environment and champions for equity and social justice.