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School Director (Northwest)

Family Star Inc
Denver, CO 80014
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About Family Star

Family Star Montessori School has provided a transformative early childhood education for over 25 years. Just one of a handful of institutions across the country that is both a Montessori school and an Early Head Start/Head Start agency, Family Star fosters holistic programming to children and families.

Family Star's unique non-profit program operates from two locations in the heart of beautiful Denver, Colorado. Its Montessori program, aligned with the principles and practices of the Association Montessori Internationale, is committed to supporting children and families of all backgrounds and abilities in a language-rich, family-focused, economically diverse environment. With 80% of children and families living below the federal poverty level, the program serves infants, toddlers, and preschoolers from infancy to age six in a year-round, full-day Montessori and Early Head Start/Head Start setting.

Family Star is currently seeking to fill the position of School Director for our Northwest Denver location. The School Director is responsible for managing and directing comprehensive services for children, families, and the community to ensure that the school exemplifies and maintains a quality child development program and sustains a positive, safe and healthy school environment where children, parents and staff thrive. If you want to make a difference in the lives of some of Denver's most vulnerable population, Family Star is the place for you!

Major Responsibilities for the School Director include, but are not limited to:

Program Administration

Provide guidance and leadership to school staff to increase quality of the educational environment.

Partner with the Child Family Advocate Supervisor, program and school staff on the enrollment and transition process for the school.

Monitor and ensure staff / child ratios at all times, including but not limited to scheduled breaks, lunches, and planning time to comply with Early Head Start, Head Start and licensing regulations.

Collaborate with Disabilities / Mental Health Manager to provide direction and implementation of IFSP / IEP goals.

Provide support to Health/Nutrition Manager and partner on implementation of daily health procedures and operations.

Assure overall cleanliness and maintenance of the building and maintenance of school equipment.

Develop, formulate and manage annual school budget. Monitor and evaluate expenses within budgetary allowances.

Conduct routine staff meetings to determine classroom needs and teacher concerns.

Respond diplomatically to questions and concerns from parents, licensing representatives, and the community in a timely and professional manner.

Represent education internally and Family Star in the community.

Promote, support, and sustain optimal customer service in the school and organization.

Manage daily operations of school. This includes managing time off requests of staff.

Ensure that all licensing regulations are followed. Oversee and maintain all staff files ensuring all required paperwork is up to date and maintained. Ensure information is inputted into needed content areas.

Provide ideas and structure with Professional Development planning and facilitation.

Participate in Program, Enrollment, Forecasting and Leadership meetings. Facilitate faculty meetings. Attend other meetings and work on task forces as needed.

Family Partnerships

Develop partnerships with caregivers and support them as primary educators of their children.

Organize and manage monthly family engagement activities.

Supervision / Human Resources

Schedule interviews for hiring lead teachers, teachers and teaching assistants.

Supervise and evaluate direct reports (lead teachers, floater, Assistant Director and administrative assistant) performance annually.

Meet with individuals and teams on a consistent basis.

Conduct performance evaluations that include working with direct reports to develop professional development plans, performance improvement plans, and implementing classroom action plans.

Support lead teachers in supervising and evaluating performance of teacher assistants, which includes developing professional development plans and performance improvement plans.

Complete formal and informal observations of teaching staff to ensure the implementation of developmentally appropriate practices, individual planning and instruction, and the adherence to the programs curriculum and educational timeline.

Collaborate and provide coaching/mentoring for the teaching staff with variety of outside coaches and resources to support trauma informed practice in an authentic Montessori environment.

Coach and mentor all classroom staff on the Montessori curriculum, effective classroom management, parent relations, and national, state, and program rules and regulations.

In conjunction with direct supervisor and Human Resources Director, conduct employee disciplinary action, as appropriate.


As member of leadership team, provide ideas and look for ways to increase capacity and resources.

Collaborate with directors to improve internal processes.

Program Monitoring

Assure consistent fulfillment and guide staff in complying with requirements of the Child and Adult Food Program, Child Care Licensing, Head Start Performance Standards, Department of Health, Qualistar, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation, and Family Star policies and procedures.

Monitor all program requirements accurately to ensure a safe and healthy environment for children, parents and staff.

Coordinate classroom support from funding agencies such as CPP, DPP, Qualistar and AMI/AMS Standards.

Ensure all classroom paperwork is completed and submitted in a timely manner.

Other duties as necessary.


School Director Requirements:

BA/BS in Early Childhood Education or related field OR

BA/BS in non-related field along with 24 credit hours in Early Childhood Education from a regionally accredited college or university OR an early childhood professional Credential Level IV Version 2.0 as determined by the Colorado Department of Education.

Must meet State of Colorado Department of Human Services Center Director Qualifications and must have and maintain current center director licensure.

3-5 years supervisory experience in an early childhood education setting.

3-5 years' experience as Director of a large child care facility.

1- 3 years' experience supervising staff and leading a classroom team.

Must be motivated and able to work independently as well as part of a team.

Must demonstrate a positive attitude with a commitment to customer service.

Must have excellent oral and written proficiency in the English language.

Must be able to work the hours of the position based on the organization's needs.

Must have current Infant/Child CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions, and Medication Administration or they must be obtained within the initial review period.

Must complete clearance of a background check, post-offer, and pre-employment physical.

Desired Qualifications/Skills/Licenses/Certifications:

o MA/MS in Early Childhood Education or related field OR

o MA/MS in non-related field along with 24 credit hours in Early Childhood Education.

o Infant / Toddler Montessori Certification.

o 5-7 years' supervisory experience in an early childhood education setting.

o 3-5 years' experience in EHS/HS.

o 5-7 years' experience working in a Montessori setting.

o Montessori Training.

o Experience working with children and families of diverse populations.

o Bilingual or basic understanding of Spanish.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires the ability to perform the following job requirements, with or without reasonable accommodations: driving/sitting a car; walking; standing; bending; typing; kneeling/sitting on the floor; rising from kneeling/sitting position; lifting and carrying children up to age 6 years of age; and raising arms above the head; independent thinking, and ability to meet time-sensitive deadlines.


Posted: 2022-06-13 Expires: 2022-07-15

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