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Vivvi // reinventing child care for today's families
New York City    Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2022
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The Head of School will be the primary point of contact for families, provide leadership to faculty, & be the expert in resident on matters of child development & programming. The Head of School will oversee the day to day operations of the campus as well as implement an inquiry-based curriculum; this person will assume ultimate responsibility for the enrichment, safety & well-being of all children in our care. A true early childhood expert, the Head of School will be a self-motivated team player who leads by example, inspires collaboration, & fosters an inclusive community.

The Head of School will be responsible for:

Overall School Administration

  • Leading school operations by developing & overseeing critical systems & processes related to staffing/scheduling, tracking enrollment, etc. as well as leveraging the support of the School Experience Coordinator
  • Overseeing compliance with state & local regulatory agencies; ensure adherence to applicable health, safety & licensing requirements in partnership with campus-based Education Director
  • Taking responsibility for P&L & reporting & working closely with Vivvi corporate team to monitor, report on, & support the financial & operational health of the school

Developing & Implementing Curriculum

  • Ensuring the ongoing delivery of a developmentally appropriate curriculum that honors the Vivvi philosophy of quality education & care while adhering to guidelines
  • Auditing existing program & implementing evidence-based improvements at regular intervals
  • Serving as expert-in-residence & coach on matters of pedagogy & child development

Fostering a Strong Community

  • Supporting in all aspects of relationship-building & enrollment with prospective families
  • Delivering warm welcome & effective orientation of families new to the school
  • Maintaining regular & proactive communication with families through both an open door policy & scheduled opportunities (e.g., parent coffees)
  • Providing guidance to families regarding their childs development & make recommendations for evaluation of student speech, behavior, physical & learning needs as necessary
  • Identifying opportunities for parent education & community-building events; supporting in the planning & execution of such events

Team Leadership & Support

  • Fostering & promoting Vivvis inclusive environment throughout all aspects of the school
  • Providing mentorship to each faculty member, conducting regular performance evaluations with meaningful feedback, & establishing regular & meaningful professional development opportunities
  • Playing an active role in the recruitment, hiring, & onboarding of new faculty members

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 10 years in a similar role
  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education; Master's degree preferred
  • NYS Initial or Permanent Teaching Certification birth to 2 
  • Deep expertise in emergent- or inquiry-based curricula & a progressive approach to early childhood education
  • Knowledge of licensing requirements for early childhood programs & curriculum
  • Administrative finance & budgeting expertise
  • Exceptional track record of building positive relationships with families, children, & faculty & staff
  • Excellent leadership skills including the ability to define goals & motivate staff towards success
  • Strong interpersonal, written & verbal communication skills including public speaking
  • Commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion & the ability to communicate across difference
  • Demonstrated competency with digital tools such as Google Suite, Brightwheel, etc.
  • Flexibility to work long hours including occasional evening & weekend events
  • Ability to perform physical activities as described:
    • Physical demands of this position include sitting & standing for extended periods of time. The employee may frequently move or lift children weighing up to 50 pounds unassisted. Frequent bending at the waist is required, as is kneeling, crouching, squatting, pushing & pulling. Employees must be able to reach overhead as well as above the shoulders & horizontally. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application, hiring process, or employment requirements should contact Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Vivvi is an equal opportunity employer & offers a generous benefits package including equity. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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