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. Reporting directly to the Dean of Peabody College, 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, andprogram evaluation.
Coordinate and oversee communications, outreach, marketing, and dissemination of information about the school to numerous constituencies, including but not limited to: staff, families, theVanderbilt 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 tomaintain 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 Nashvilleearly childhood community.
Pursue additional contracts to support the mission of the school. Collaborate with EarlyChildhood Faculty in the Department of Special Education, as well as other Peabody College departments and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, regarding training activities forundergraduate and graduate students including field placements, student teacher opportunities,course assignments, and research activities.
A Doctorate or Master's Degree in Early Childhood, Special Education, Elementary Education or a related field is necessary.
Specific experience or skill in the administration of a childcare center or early childhood education school is necessary.
Specific experience or skill in working with special needs children is preferred.
Specific experience working in a higher education setting is preferred.
Specific experience in or familiarity with sponsored research activities is preferred.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
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Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
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