Date Posted: Sep 7, 2023
Position Title: Assistant Director of Early Learning and Montessori
Location: Asbury Park
Salary Range: $73,542 - $99,807
Reports to: Deputy Executive Director of Early Learning and Montessori
Bargaining Unit: N/A
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Telecommuting Eligibility: Hybrid. Eligible for up to 20% telecommuting.
A leadership position on the Early Learning and Montessori team, the Assistant Director of Early Learning supports new initiatives and process improvements that are core to the functional success of the Early Learning and Montessori programs as well as districtwide Pre-K expansion.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the following areas: Elementary education, early childhood education, child development, social welfare public administration, human resources, day care administration, or one of the social sciences
Valid Michigan Teaching Certification with an Early Childhood endorsement (ZA/ZS)
Master’s degree, with an emphasis in educational leadership or related field, preferred
Montessori certification, preferred
Valid State of Michigan Administrator Certificate, preferred
At least 3 years Pre-K classroom teaching experience, instructional leadership experience highly preferred
Support the district’s vision, mission and strategic plan for high-quality Pre-K and Montessori instruction by leveraging proven instructional framework(s).
Serve as an Early Learning and Montessori lead to coordinate efforts within and across schools to ensure that every Pre-K and Montessori student has a high-quality, developmentally appropriate learning experience.
Collaborate across central office and school departments (Operations, Facilities, Nutrition) to ensure the highest standards of environmental requirements.
Gather and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of content area programs and propose refinements to strategy and approach to school improvement, materials, and professional learning as a result.
Design and facilitate engaging professional learning sessions for educators, support staff and families that respond to students' needs and are aligned with departmental goals for improved program quality and student learning.
Create a model for strong school support in conjunction with building administrators including classroom observation cycles, joint learning walks, and job-embedded support for educators that ensures curriculum fidelity and operational compliance.
Oversee the maintenance of Early Learning and Montessori Family and Staff Hub sites, to ensure knowledge is codified and shared through the District’s website and internal communication channels.
Provide leadership to and appraise staff performance of Early Learning and Montessori team members.
Provide information and leadership in the development and implementation of school level-goals, action plans, instructional techniques and innovative practices for Pre-K and Montessori school leaders.
Support site-based administrators to ensure quality and compliance of Pre-K and Montessori programs across the district.
Work with Montessori department, Curriculum and Instruction content leaders, Montessori staff, and principals to guide the implementation of the Pre-K-8th grade Montessori Curriculum Guide, including core curriculum, intervention and acceleration, and assessment.
Support the implementation of Montessori programs that foster student interest and excitement for learning; positively engage families as partners in students’ success.
Complete administrative tasks related to budget development, submission of federal/state/local reports, and engage in regular calls and touchpoints as a representative of the Early Learning department.
Demonstrate a commitment to antiracism and the affirmation of student and staff identities, center racial equity and inclusion in Montessori classrooms, and bring practical solutions to issues of equity and inclusion in classrooms, schools and on the team.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.
In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.
Method of Application:
Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.
Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.
Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at re[email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.
DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or detroitk12.org/compliance.