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Holy Trinity Episcopal School: Director of Early Childhood Programs

About Holy Trinity Episcopal School

The mission of Holy Trinity Episcopal School is to prepare students for higher education and a meaningful life experience through a program emphasizing academic excellence, spiritual development, and social responsibility. We serve this mission by building and maintaining a community of educators and families that are committed to supporting each other in the service of our mission while providing an inclusive and comprehensive “life-preparatory” education that is centered on students and backed by developmentally, scientifically, and emotionally sound methods for teaching and learning. The educational experience described in our mission requires us to be present each day and ready to exert the emotionally labor intensive work of relationship centered teaching.

Emotional labor is the value added of attending Holy Trinity Episcopal School. The fruit of that labor is found in our commitment to being a "people place" where every child and family is known and cherished.

Teaching and learning in a relationship driven environment is about asking tough questions and providing students opportunities to grow, learn, share, celebrate, and take risks in their learning. Put differently, it is engaging in a way that leads to the best possible long-term learning outcome rather than taking short cuts to short term illusions of success. Our learning environment calls for us to accept that we all have something to learn and that things we may not agree with are possibly the things we need to be the most open to understanding.

It is being prepared and willing to follow The Titan Way - Respect, Compassion, and Integrity.

Holy Trinity Episcopal School is fully accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), and the Houston Area Independent Schools (HAIS).

The school has begun a multi-phase strategic growth and operations plan. A core foundational element of this plan is the development of a world-class early childhood learning environment for children ages 3 to 5 (3K - Kindergarten). Master planning has begun and construction of a new learning center is scheduled to begin summer 2020.

About the Opportunity

HTES is seeking a creative, organized, team player to serve as the Director of Early Childhood Programs. This educator is an important member of the Leadership Team and faculty. The Director of Early Childhood Programs will have an opportunity to shape the future of our school in advance of moving into our new facility in the fall of 2021. We are looking for a dynamic, forward-thinking, and student-centered professional educator who is motivated by problem solving and leading students at this stage of their development and understands the educational experience of 21st century learners. The Director of Early Childhood Programs is responsible for all aspects of the daily operations of the 3K, 4K, and Kindergarten programs. This includes (among other items) curriculum development, staff development and evaluation, parent relations, and budget development. This position may also include teaching in the Early Childhood program as it grows to capacity.

The Director of Early Childhood Programs is a full-time, 12-month position with an approximate start date of July 1, 2020. Compensation includes competitive salary based on experience and education level, and medical and retirement benefits. Full details regarding other benefits and work hours will be addressed in the interview process.

Personal Qualities/Demeanor for Holy Trinity’s Director of Early Childhood Programs:

  • Receive students and parents as well as faculty, staff, and administration in a friendly, courteous manner, and be sensitive to how her/his demeanor is reflective of the School
  • Adapt accordingly to circumstances that arise
  • Communicate issues, questions, and circumstances to the Head of School in a timely and professional manner
  • A self-motivated learner who is always working to better inform his or her practice

Essential Duties:

  • Establish an organized, nurturing, caring, and engaging learning environment
  • Collaborate with the Head of School to recruit, hire, and guide new members of the Early Childhood staff
  • Partner with the Director of Enrollment Management to attract new families to our school, and retain current families in our program
  • Serve on the school’s Leadership Team and be a voice for the growth of the Early Childhood Program
  • Plan, prepare and implement activities to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of children at this stage of their development ● Communicate with parents in a timely consistent manner
  • Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities
  • Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students' varying needs
  • Regularly review materials and order new materials as needed
  • Instruct and monitor teachers and students in the use of learning materials and equipment
  • Observe and evaluate teachers’ performance and development
  • Encourage and monitor the progress of individual teachers
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of teachers’ progress and development
  • Update all necessary records accurately and completely

Professional Duties:

  • Participate in school meetings and parent conferences
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents regarding student progress and student needs
  • Keep up to date with developments in subject area, teaching resources, and methods and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities
  • Maintains professional competence by attending staff development programs, curriculum development meetings, and other professional activities
  • Work directly with the faculty on instruction and planning
  • Regularly update curriculum Other Duties
  • Participate in and/or support student and parent activities designed to involve the faculty and staff
  • Provide materials for substitute teachers
  • Assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Head of School Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
  • Works in a sometimes highly stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time
  • Physical agility to lift up to 25 pounds; to bend, stoop, and reach overhead
  • Work primarily in a traditional climate controlled classroom environment
  • Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold

Required/Ideal Skills and Qualifications

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree/preferably an advanced degree in education, early childhood education, or a related field
  • Early Childhood classroom and leadership experience
  • A compelling vision for what a forward thinking early childhood experience looks like in independent schools
  • Experience with and appreciation for the Responsive Classroom approach to creating learning environments
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Proficient with computer use and email
  • Knowledge of NAEYC standards is desired, but not required

Interested candidates should email their résumé, cover letter, a statement of early childhood educational philosophy, and references as one PDF directly to careers@hteshouston.org.

To learn more about Holy Trinity, visit hteshouston.org. Holy Trinity Episcopal School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual preference, religion, or national or ethnic origin.