The Director is part of the Susan Gray School (SGS) at Vanderbilt University (VU) and is a key leader responsible for the management, administration, and operations of the childcare center, as well as setting the vision and strategic direction of the school. This position involves administrative duties that requires organizational skills, good communication, and knowledge and experience in the field of early childhood education. The Director will also work with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Peabody College, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center to support the research mission of SGS. Reporting directly to the Vice Provost for Research, the Director has a vital role in maintaining positive relationships with the staff and parents.
For nearly four decades, the Susan Gray School has served young children with developmental disabilities and young children who are at risk for developmental delay. The school has the distinction of being the first nationally recognized inclusive preschool where typically developing children learn alongside children with disabilities in an educational setting. For more information about Susan Gray School, please visit: http://peabody.vanderbilt.edu/admin-offices/sgs/index.php .
Duties and Responsibilities
Recommend and administer an effective and efficient staff organization to deliver exceptional services.
Develop annual work plans in conjunction with the strategic plan of the school.
Apply skills of organizational management, including but not limited to personnel management, team building, financial management, strategic planning, donor cultivation, fundraising, and program evaluation.
Coordinate and oversee communications, outreach, marketing, and dissemination of information about the school to numerous constituencies, including but not limited to: staff, families, the Vanderbilt University and Medical Center communities, University leadership, state agencies, local school districts, etc.
Maintain professional development hours as required by licensing and accreditation agencies, and ensure SGS professional staff have ample opportunities for professional development to maintain and improve instruction, classroom management, and related skills.
Develop and oversee organizational structure, including defined roles for Director, Associate Director, office staff, teachers, and other school personnel.
Expertly manage, plan for, and direct program enrollment; identify creative solutions to improve enrollment and meet financial targets. Strategically market the school, building community awareness of the school and the services it provides, while nurturing vital partnerships and affiliations.
Ensure donor-provided gifts and endowments are utilized in accordance with donor intent.
Serve on the SGS Leadership Team and represent SGS in interactions with various stakeholders, including VU constituencies, parents, the special education community, and the local Nashville early childhood community.
Pursue additional contracts to support the mission of the school. Collaborate with Early Childhood Faculty in the Department of Special Education, as well as other Peabody College departments and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, regarding training activities for undergraduate and graduate students including field placements, student teacher opportunities, course assignments, and research activities.
This position does have supervisory responsibility; this position reports administratively and functionally to the Vice Provost for Research.