OPEN POSITION – DIRECTOR – ISLESBORO PRESCHOOL (IPS)

Seeking a part-time Director to oversee and direct the program for the Islesboro Preschool (IPS). The ideal candidate should possess a strong passion for education with great management skills to oversee all daily operations of the Islesboro Pre-School (IPS) and work in collaboration with the pre-school staff and Board of Directors.

Position reports to the IPS Board of Directors (BOD). The BOD will appoint the School Director for a period of one year with a review at the May Quarterly meeting. Annual renewals decided by the School Director and BOD no later than 2 months before the end of any annual employment period. Time commitment ranges from 12 – 20 hours of in person time per week.

Compensation: TBD

Applications due by Thursday, February 15.  Applications should include a resume and cover letter/statement of interest to the attention of our Board of Directors. All application materials should be emailed to Laura Graf at lauratoran@gmail.com.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Curriculum review and approval
  • Maintain licensing requirements and see to their renewal; submit all corporate annual reports
  • Survey families each year to provide evaluation of program strengths and weaknesses
  • Staff management
    • Hire, evaluate, develop, and if necessary, remove/replace staff
  • Policy management
    • Create annual policies which reflect the needs of families to be approved by the BOD
    • Finalize school schedules which reflect the needs of families to be approved by the BOD
    • Administer policies and guidelines as reflected in the Islesboro Preschool policy/ handbook
  • Communication and external relations
    • Support monitoring the website and keeping it up to date; ensure timely updates to all relevant social media platforms
    • Prepare Informational Packets for each school year which includes a welcome letter, Annual policies and rates, student registration, family membership information, medical authorization and information and any other permission slips necessary
    • Collect and respond to mail
  • Financial management
    • Create an annual budget with the Treasurer and/or Office Manager to be presented to the BOD for approval
    • Make purchases and handle payments as needed for classroom needs
    • Work with the Treasurer and/or Office Manager to record income and expenses in QuickBooks
    • Maintain tuition records and payments
    • Support fund raising activities
  • Facility oversight – see that the preschool spaces are maintained and safe
  • Community liaison
    • Communicate with ICS staff to prepare children and families for kindergarten
    • Work effectively with the Town Manager on the distribution of Town reimbursements
    • Primary liaison to other interested organizations or individuals for the development of a comprehensive strategy for early childhood development on Islesboro, including the possibility of
      • Integrating and/or collaborating with ICS
      • Developing a year-round day care program
      • Developing a summer day care/camp program for the children of both year-round and summer community members
      • Working on steps with Maine Roads to Quality certification
  • Board of Directors participation
    • Participate in all BOD meetings, providing a review of operations as requested
    • Provide the BOD with information that will assist them in their collaborative decision making
    • Make recommendations concerning programming
    • Make recommendations concerning the retention of advisors as necessary (e.g., tax, insurance, accounting, etc.)
    • Present a quarterly Director’s report to be filed with the minutes and treasurer’s report; maintain these files in hard copy form in the Director’s Office

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, ideally with degree in education
  • Professional experience with classroom teaching, education administration, and/or early childhood experience
  • Self-motivated and proactive problem solver
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Strong communicator and comfort with presenting to others, acting as liaison on behalf of the organization
  • Passionate about working with children and families
  • Successful completion of a background check