Feb 22, 2019

Director of Pre-Kindergarten

  • Rocky Mountain Preparatory School
  • Denver, CO, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

About Rocky Mountain Prep

There are many public charter schools and many models. Rocky Mountain Prep prides itself on being different. We balance rigor and love - taking head on the challenges that make a person academically successful and building the relationships that make them emotionally independent. We teach our scholars through our PEAK values of Perseverance, Excellence, Adventure, and Kindness, and we strive to value our scholars as people, not just as numbers pointing to achievement. Our model has made us one of the most successful networks in Denver - leading our scholars to both academic success, and more importantly, to a love of learning rooted in a joyful school and a tight-knit community.

RMP is committed to hiring staff representing diverse backgrounds and experiences. We have made it our goal to partner with diverse communities and we know that the better we are at hiring from backgrounds that challenge our own understanding, the better we will be at educating the scholars that need it the most. Diversity means a lot of different things and a Rocky Mountain Prep Teacher is one that embraces what makes them unique and uses that as a guiding force in becoming an excellent educator.

About the Role

The Director of Pre-K is responsible for achieving strong student results through the codification of a rigorous and loving Pre-Kindergarten curriculum, partnering with and developing Pre-K lead teachers and teaching assistants, and development around weekly Intellectual Preparation and Planning (IPP) and data meetings.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Build out and strengthen centralized curricular resources across our network and ensure appropriate vertical alignment of Pre-K curriculum with our GK-5 academic program.
  • Create a centralized Professional Development (PD) plan for teachers and paraprofessionals.
  • Advise our talent team on how to thoughtfully integrate best practices into the recruitment, selection, and training of Pre-K staff.
  • Support RMP to develop metrics, evaluation and tracking tools that are responsive to our youngest students’ and their teachers’ needs and to accurately capture the most important indicators and predictions of long-term success.
  • Identify the differences and nuances between our 3-year-old and 4-year-old classrooms and program.
  • Change management across our Pre-K team to ensure norming of standards, implementation, and quality.
  • Explore the potential of opening a childcare program (infant/toddler) that services our staff and families in the community.
  • Build capacity among Pre-K Grade Level Chairs to become “center directors” at each site.
  • Strengthen social-emotional and behavior supports, as well as adaptive dimensions of kindergarten-readiness.

Skills and Characteristics:

  • Culture Add - Internalizes RMP’s mission and vision and excites others about what’s possible for our scholars, families, and communities. Understands the importance of RMP being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization; shows daily commitment to diversity and mission, including various perspectives in work.
  • Core Values -  Internalizes, embodies, champions, and holds others accountable to the RMP core values of perseverance, excellence, adventure, and kindness. Brings a diverse perspective, a strong desire to learn, and a spirit of generosity and curiosity to the team
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency - Positions Rocky Mountain Prep for success by establishing challenging yet achievable performance goals, aligning systems and processes to deliver on our priorities, and managing and allocating financial, staffing, and other resources to execute plans towards targets.
  • Instructional Leadership - Maintains a laser-like focus on academic achievement and continues to grow and develop an encyclopedic knowledge of best practices in student, family, and staff engagement, culture, data-driven instruction, and achievement.
  • Service Orientation  Builds relationships with others by acting with the needs of stakeholders in mind. Facilitates delivery of solutions that meet expressed and unexpressed needs with a genuine desire to assist others and “move the boulders in the road” that impede success.
  • Action Management– Manages and coordinates tasks, develops project plans, monitors performance, and achieves project goals in alignment with outcomes. Works collaboratively to set expectations and standards, to evaluate effectiveness, and to hold people accountable for meeting commitments.

Educational Background and Work Experience

  • At least 3 years of Pre-K teaching experience, demonstrating outstanding results with scholars.
  • At least 2 years of experience in coaching teachers towards outstanding results.
  • Deep understanding of common core state standards, national and state Pre-K standards, and instructional best practices.
  • Curriculum design experience highly preferred.
  • Ability to provide an official transcript demonstrating graduation from an undergraduate institution, provide evidence of passing the Praxis 5001 exam or other Colorado Department of Education approved test scores, and pass a background check.
  • Eligibility to work in the United States.

Rocky Mountain Prep offers competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with experience.

RMP is an equal opportunity employer. We seek applicants of diverse background and hire without regard to color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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