The Board of Trustees of the Montclair Community Pre-K (MCPK) seeks a dynamic, strategic leader and communicator with a demonstrated commitment to early childhood education.
About the Position
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall operation of the MCPK program, maintaining high academic standards, developing and promoting the warm and welcoming culture of the MCPK, ensuring full enrollment, driving fundraising support for the school’s priorities, as well as serving as the ambassador of the school to the Montclair community. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is deeply committed to early childhood education and also thrives in an advocacy role. The ideal candidate will provide expert leadership to promote the MCPK mission and approach to learning and teaching while strategically developing relationships with community partners, funders, and elected and appointed officials.
The Executive Director is responsible for the following portfolio:
Leading an administrative team responsible for the following key functions: program quality, teaching and learning, family support, community engagement, communications and enrollment, fundraising, and operational management.
Ensuring that the MCPK approach to teaching, learning and assessment consistently promotes students’ individual learning styles and integrates the necessary skills for success in kindergarten and in life.
Advancing community and family engagement by overseeing the MCPK Family Network Center and Parent Association, the Early Learning Institute, STEAM Initiative, Garden Project and other community programs.
Increasing public awareness of the benefits of the MCPK through traditional and social media, and by attending and hosting community events that promote the school, as well as serving as key advocate on the importance of early childhood education.
Ensuring full enrollment including a target of 30% participation in the Scholarship Program with a focus on low-income and ALICE families.
Leading the partnership with elected and appointed officials including the Township Council and the Montclair Public School District leadership.
In partnership with the Board of Trustees, developing and managing the annual operating budget that can be supported by the anticipated enrollment, tuition scale and fundraising efforts; and preparing for annual audits.
Overseeing fundraising efforts by leveraging MCPK staff and Board resources. Includes soliciting from individuals through gala and annual appeal, and major gifts campaign; from foundations and government; and through corporate partnerships.
Preparing and delivering regular reports to the Board of Trustees.
Minimum 5 years of administrative experience in early childhood education strongly preferred.
Keen cultural sensitivity and awareness, and deep commitment to diversity in student population and staff.
Unwavering commitment to the mission of the MCPK and its approach to teaching and learning.
Demonstrated ability to engage with students and their families.
Familiarity with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) professional standards and their application in day-to-day practice.
Previous success in navigating partnerships among multiple stakeholders (school district, elected and appointed policymakers, community groups).
Strong team leadership ability that enables individuals to develop and utilize their skills, while ensuring that staff receives timely and appropriate support.
Superior writing and public speaking skills to represent MCPK in public venues, meetings, and other events.
Strong track record in identifying potential donors, corporate partners, and/or foundation and government partners to invest in the MCPK.
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university, and Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education strongly preferred.
New Jersey P-3 Certification (or comparable certification from another state) preferred.
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume by Thursday, March 15th, to: firstname.lastname@example.org; c/o Diane Anglin, Chair; Board of Trustees Search Committee
Additional Salary Information: Paid professional development; discount for children enrolled in program; 401K; school holidays and two weeks vacation
About Montclair Community Pre-K
Established in 1998, the Montclair Community Pre-K is a nationally recognized not-for-profit early childhood education program for up to 224 three and four year-olds, founded on the mission of providing the children of the Montclair community a high quality education regardless of a family’s ability to pay tuition. Four guiding principles -- Educational Excellence, Dedication to Diversity, Community Engagement, and Supporting Families – characterize the MCPK curriculum, school culture and staff commitment, making the MCPK one of the premier early childhood education programs in New Jersey. Supported in part by the Township of Montclair, individual and corporate donations to our Scholarship Program, and foundation grants, the MCPK represents a unique public/private partnership dedicated to preparing all children for success in kindergarten and in life. Guided by a Board of Trustees whose members reflect the community of Montclair, we attract a diverse student population that mirrors the multicultural and socioeconomic character of Montclair. Since its founding, the MCPK has educated over 3,000 students, and on average, annually 25-30% of all Montclair students attend the MCPK in preparation for kindergarten.