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Director, Early Childhood
Stroum Jewish Community Center
3801 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Principal Responsibilities:

Position Summary:

The Director, Early Childhood is accountable for assuring industry-leading, value-based excellence in the SJCCs Early Childhood School (ECS) and Early Childhood programming. This position has direct oversight of the SJCC Early Childhood School (ECS), and is responsible for ensuring that ECS and other programming for children ages 0-5 and their families is aligned with and advances the SJCC vision and mission. The Director, Early Childhood, is an integral member of the senior management team of SJCC, which is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education/Experience:
Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from a four-year college or university, or equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. At least five to ten years of experience teaching and/or administration in early childhood education is required.

Previous experience and/or current skills must include: ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team; demonstrated leadership qualities and ability to maintain integrity; ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion; ability to build a cohesive team and be flexible; knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices and programming; ability to articulate influences of Judaic culture and the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach to classroom educators and parents; organizing classroom environment and experiences with Judaic culture and the Reggio, Constructivist, Child-centered Learning principles in mind; sensitivity to cultural differences; ability to create a positive and harmonious workplace; ability to understand individual leadership and learning styles and their influence on the well-being of the classroom team and climate of ECS.

Certificates and Licenses:
Knowledge of and adherence to the Department of Early Learning (DEL) minimum licensing requirements is essential. Position must assist with any relevant licensing issue; oversee, analyze, and help design ECS functioning in accordance with licensing guidelines; ensure parent and faculty handbooks reflect most current DEL policies and practices.

Computer Skills:
Proficient experience and knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint is required.

Agency Information:

Stroum Jewish Community Center Vision
The Stroum Jewish Community Center will inspire connections that build community and ensure Jewish continuity.

Stroum Jewish Community Center Mission
Together we create outstanding programs, partnerships and spaces that welcome everyone to learn, grow and celebrate Jewish life and culture.

Stroum Jewish Community Center Values
K'lal Yisrael - Jewish Peoplehood

Hachnasat Orchim - Welcoming Everyone
Limud - Learning
Simcha - Joy
Derech Eretz - Respect and Common Courtesy
Shmirat haNefesh v'haGuf - Taking Care of Oneself, Body and Soul
Kehillah shel Chaverim - A Community of Friends

The Stroum Jewish Community Center has been serving the greater Seattle Jewish and general community since 1949. With our 92,000 square foot main campus located on Mercer Island, the SJCC offers a wide range of programs and services throughout the greater Seattle area, serving infants to older adults, including a highly acclaimed Early Childhood School with nearly 200 children , summer day camp welcoming over 1100 kids, youth and family programs, recreational leagues, aquatics and much more. The SJCC is a warm and welcoming community center open to everyone, and a place where lifelong friendships are forged.