Nov 25, 2019

Executive Director of Early Learning

  • Aldine Independent School District
  • Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Curriculum Executive Leadership Strategy and Planning Education School Leadership

Job Description

Aldine ISD is focused on ensuring that every child starts elementary school with the essential academic, social, and emotional skills he or she needs to thrive in school and beyond. The Early Learning Executive Director will help make this vision a reality by executing the district’s strategic priorities of increasing access to quality early childhood education opportunities in the district.

The Early Learning Executive Director will work with the Chief of Schools to develop and execute an early learning vision for Aldine ISD. The Early Learning Executive Director will be tasked with the overall strategy, goal-setting, and execution of aligning early childhood initiatives with larger district goals and initiatives. This person will lead the consistent communication of executive level decisions and how they will influence the early childhood infrastructure of the district. Responsibilities of this position will also include program development and evaluation, partner management, and community outreach and collaboration.

About Aldine ISD

Aldine Independent School District is located 17 miles north of downtown Houston, Texas. It encompasses more than 111 square miles of land in both urban and rural environments. The district’s student population exceeds 65,000. In addition, our student population is ethnically rich, and our staff demographics are as diverse as our students. The needs of our students are also diverse. Around 85% of our students are classified as economically disadvantaged. The district employs more than 10,000 people in a variety of roles. 

Education/Certification:

  • Master’s degree in educational administration or a field appropriate to assignment from an accredited college or university;
  • Valid Texas Mid-Management, Principal, or Superintendent Certification or out of state equivalent certification and the ability to obtain Texas Certification required
  • Candidate must have satisfactory outcome of fingerprinting background check. 

Special Knowledge/Skills:

  • Ability to demonstrate strong internal and external support for Aldine ISD
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences 
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of all facets of public school operations, particularly the area of early childhood education
  • Highly effective organizational and consensus building skills 
  • Knowledge and understanding of school district policies and procedures 
  • Ability to adapt department to a changing work environment and to continuously improve operations
  • Knowledge and understanding of the change process, organizational development, conflict resolution and facilitation skills

Experience:

  • Minimum three years successful teaching experience, preferably experience with early childhood or primary grades
  • Minimum five years of experience at the district leadership level as principal or district-level administrative leader  
  • Experience in design and execution of high-quality early learning environments 

Instructional and Program Management

  • Design and implement a program to improve outcomes for young children
  • Supports campus principals by ensuring the District provides the necessary tools, support systems, and institutional capabilities to improve student performance; including kindergarten readiness
  • Identify, coordinate, and ensure primary schools are provided with specialized training supports to staff of early learners utilizing the latest research on successful classroom techniques for improving cognitive development and social-emotional health of children in primary schools
  • Serves at the liaison between the primary schools and departments within the District
  • Work collaboratively with District leaders on a data-driven infrastructure plan to improve student access an Aldine ISD Pre-K program
  • Work collaboratively with school leadership, assistant superintendents, and the Teaching and Learning Department to improve the quality of the early childhood program
  • Establish a collaborative relationship with all departments and external providers to ensure support of early childhood academic, fiscal, training, and facility needs
  • Protect and enhance the health and safety of all students enrolled in primary schools
  • Provide leaders updated information and research pertinent to the operation of primary schools
  • Provide input in the process of district budget planning 
  • Assist in the development of district-wide goals, objectives, and procedures
  • Exercise proactive leadership on promoting the vision and mission of the District

Policy, Reports, Law

  • Ensure early childhood programs comply with TEA, state, federal and School Board policies and law, regulations and requirements
  • Direct the development and maintenance of early childhood records and reports as are necessary to keep the Executive Leadership Team, Board of Trustees, and other district leaders informed of the district’s progress and future plans
  • Maintain campus progress update reports
  • Monitor enrollment in pre-kindergarten programs

Professional Growth and Development

  • Improve leadership skills through self-initiated professional development activities on a continuous basis
  • Represent Aldine ISD on department-specific matters at the national, state, regional, and local levels

Other

  • Coordinates special projects as assigned
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Supervision of assigned staff 

The Executive Director of Early Learning’s evaluation is a responsibility resting with the Chief of Schools. An evaluation shall be completed in writing at least once during the course of each school year.

Mental Demands: Work with frequent interruptions, maintain emotional control under stress

Physical Demands/Environmental Factors: May work prolonged or irregular hours; work inside and outside (exposure to sun, heat, cold, and inclement weather), exposure to noise; frequent districtwide and occasional statewide travel

Tools/Equipment Used: Standard office equipment including personal computer and peripherals.

Posture: Frequent sitting and standing; occasional bending/stooping, pushing, /pulling, and twisting

Motion: Repetitive hand motions; frequent keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching

Lifting: Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds); occasional physical restraint of students to control behavior

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required. 

It is the policy of Aldine ISD not to discriminate or engage in harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or any other legally protected status in its educational and vocational programs, services or activities or matters related to employment as required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.


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