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Amazing Life Games Preschool | Washington, DC

Amazing Life Games Preschool


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August 11, 2020

Amazing Life Games (ALG) is a cooperative preschool in Washington, DC, serving children ages 2.5 to 5 years. ALG is seeking a passionate and inspired Executive Director who is committed to continuing the nearly 50-year legacy of the school to develop young minds through play and outdoor learning.

ALG has a committed community of parents, teachers, and alumni that believe three core principles drive the foundation of early childhood development: (1) play is the foundation of all learning; (2) children need the skills to resolve conflicts and work collaboratively; and (3) the outdoors is critical to developing the whole child.

The leader of this cooperative will actively promote the values of the school to learning through play (outdoors whenever possible); living green (e.g., composting, organic gardening, recycling); and healthy eating (whole foods, low/no sugar). ALG is committed to serving a diverse and inclusive set of families who reflect our city and believe in the cooperative mission of the school. In the COVID-19 era, ALG will offer a safe in-school experience focused on outdoor learning, as well as contingency plans to pivot to virtual programming if and when necessary.

The Executive Director manages a team of talented, long-serving teachers, supports a parent-led Steering Committee, and reports to the ALG Board of Directors.

ALG follows the DC Public School calendar during the school year and runs a four-week camp in summer. The Executive Director will work 45 weeks per year at full- or three-quarters time, at least for the 2020-21 school year. The school is open from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the 2020-21 school year, the daily schedule will likely be shortened and hours more flexible, due to the smaller class sizes, after-care changes, and other conditions required during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ALG Executive Director will have the following financial and regulatory responsibilities:

  • Manages school finances with support from bookkeeper (budget development, tax filings, monthly tuition reconciliation, lease, payroll/unemployment insurance, health insurance, etc.).
  • Leads school fundraising efforts by working with a parent-led team to execute the school’s fundraising plan, including an annual auction.
  • Maintains all required licensing and school records.
  • Uses and maintains online systems (ProCare, Google forms, Trello, etc.) to maintain active waiting lists, enrollment, Human Resources, healthcare and school expenses.
  • Ensures all insurance is active (liability, D&O) and that all volunteers have passed security and health checks.
  • Develops plans to ensure health and safety of ALG students, teachers, staff and families, including contingency plans for remote learning when necessary.

The Executive Director will have the following early childhood development responsibilities:

  • Manages the annual admissions process and sustains or grows student enrollment, with particular emphasis on increasing diversity of all types.
  • Collaborates with a committed team of teachers, a Board of Directors, a parent-led Steering Committee, and a church Board of Trustees (ALG’s landlords).
  • Maintains a visible presence throughout the facility.
  • Identifies training opportunities with staff annually to ensure compliance with OSSE training requirements.
  • Creates a positive school culture that includes families, children, and teacher relationships.
  • Uses knowledge of child development to assess and evaluate each child’s growth and development.
  • Creates positive partnerships with families by serving as a resource; responds to family questions and concerns in a timely and professional manner.
  • Maintains ALG’s commitment to cooperative schooling by inviting and encouraging parents to contribute in meaningful ways to the school.
  • Provides classroom support during transitions and fills in for teacher-led projects.
  • Carries out responsibilities of a classroom teacher as needed.
  • Maintains ALG’s commitment to positive discipline and engaging children in their own problem solving.

The Executive Director will have the following supervisory responsibilities:

  • Manages, develops, supports, and collaborates with a team of 6-10 long-serving, dedicated staff.
  • Leads the implementation of a developmentally appropriate, play-centered curriculum.
  • Oversees the daily workflow, scheduling, and operations of the school.
  • Manages facilities (in and outdoors).
  • Hires and trains staff when necessary or appropriate.
  • Evaluates staff performance and provides additional training and guidance.
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with school policy.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of early childhood development principles and developmentally-appropriate educational practices centered in a play-based curriculum.
  • Thorough understanding of educational licensing requirements, and other District of Columbia guidelines and requirements.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with adults and children.
  • Ability to create a positive, safe, and nurturing environment for children.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with teachers, support staff, parents, and students in a positive and constructive way.
  • Ability to coordinate, direct, and execute fundraising efforts.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
  • Ability to plan, manage, and evaluate curriculum.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software as required for recordkeeping and documentation.

ALG offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive salary
  • Tuition remission for children of staff
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • SEP-IRA plan
  • Professional development

Education and Experience:

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to approximately 15 pounds at times.

Please send cover letter with salary requirement, resume and 3 references to:

recruiting@amazinglifegames.org

Questions about ALG can be answered on our website at: www.amazinglifegames.org

No calls please.

This position will remain open until filled.

Amazing Life Games (ALG) is a cooperative preschool in Washington, DC, serving children ages 2.5 to 5 years. ALG is seeking a passionate and inspired Executive Director who is committed to continuing the nearly 50-year legacy of the school to…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Executive

Benefits

ALG offers an extensive benefits package, including a competitive salary; tuition remission for children of staff; paid vacation and holidays; medical, dental, and vision insurance; SEP-IRA plan; and professional development.

ALG offers an extensive benefits package, including a competitive salary; tuition remission for children of staff; paid vacation and holidays; medical, dental, and vision…

Location

4300 16th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20011

How to Apply

Please send cover letter with salary requirement, resume and 3 references to recruiting@amazinglifegames.org. Questions about ALG can be answered on our website at: www.amazinglifegames.org. No calls please. This position will remain open until filled.

Please send cover letter with salary requirement, resume and 3 references to recruiting@amazinglifegames.org. Questions about ALG can be answered on our website at: www…

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