Head of Early Childhood & Lower School

School Administration New York, New York


Position at Leman Manhattan Preparatory School

General Summary:

  • Oversees day-to-day operations of the CECE & Lower School division, Grades pk1 through 5.
  • Observes, supervises, and helps evaluate the faculty in the development and implementation of the LMPS Academic Plan; supervises the teaching process and reviews and evaluates the academic programs.
  • Collaborates, supervises, and supports directors, and guides the academic program PreK-12, including curriculum implementation, faculty hiring and evaluation, professional development, and academic schedule.


Essential Duties:

  • Serves as the educational and instructional leader of the division, responsible for its day-to-day operations; directs and supports the activities of the members of the faculty and staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Direct supervision and evaluation of faculty and staff within division; Articulates and measures performance of faculty related to school’s professional standards and goals, department goals, course objectives, materials, methods and means of assessment.
  • Establishes programs for the orientation of new teachers, in-service training; conducts regular meetings with faculty; coaches individual faculty members on classroom performance and provides necessary feedback and resources for teacher professional growth.
  • Collaborates with Director of Curriculum on implementation of LMPS curriculum and best instructional practices and building strong professional learning communities
  • Functions as the primary voice of the Lower School division’s mission, programs, expectations, behavioral guidelines, and other information necessary to ensure that all constituencies are fully informed.
  • Creates and maintains approved budget and plans and spends accordingly.
  • Ensures alignment of all school activities and programs with Léman Manhattan mission, vision, and values.
  • Provides a safe environment in which learning can take place, a school climate which is supportive, inclusive and reflects his school’s mission and core values.
  • Maintains a visible presence on campus.
  • Collaborate with faculty to monitor student academic progress
  • Utilizes assessment data effectively in decision making
  • Coordinates and plans grade level meetings and various faculty committees
  • Creates and maintains master schedule for CECE & Lower School.
  • Facilitates team meetings and professional development for curriculum and instruction aligned with school goals
  • Ensures compliance with legal regulations; maintains the education standards for school accreditation.
  • Maintains safe, secure, and healthy educational environment by establishing, following, and enforcing standards and procedures, complying with school, and legal regulations.
  • Makes recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hire, retention, and assignment of faculty.
  • Assists in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluation of applicants for enrollment, as well as admissions events.
  • Values and nurtures appropriate, meaningful family involvement in their children’s education.
  • Contributes as a member of Administrative Collaborative Team and Curriculum Council.
  • Maintains an open-door policy with families, students, faculty and staff.
  • Creates an environment of collaboration through respect and recognition of individual differences and the special abilities and strengths of each teacher and staff member.
  • Creates an optimal faculty culture and teaching practices across the school, involving collaborating with other division and department heads to design and instill best practices.
  • Collaborates with the After-School director in the development and facilitation of the after-school programs
  • Coordinates the planning and the presentation of school assemblies and programs; assists in maintaining a comprehensive calendar of school events; keeps the school community informed of various school programs and activities.
  • Facilitates meaningful student reporting and family/student/teacher conferencing
  • Ensures maintenance of complete academic records for all students.
  • Ensures buildings are clean, safe and in good repair, reports problems as necessary and works collaboratively with maintenance and security staff.


Qualities and Experiences

Education: Master’s Degree in field of education and leadership

Minimum three years’ experience in a principal (or equivalent) role

Experience in Early Childhood and Lower School education


Relevant experiences desired: 

  • Administrative experience in a high-performing school
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience interpreting and using standardized test data to inform instruction, and personal learning plans
  • Knowledge and experience developing and accessing curriculum, using curriculum mapping software
  • Experience with Responsive Classroom; Teachers College Reading and Writing Project; and inquiry-based teaching and learning, IB Approaches to Teaching and Learning preferred
  • Experience with integration of instructional technology
  • Excellent written communication, public speaking, and presentation skills
  • Strong skills in leadership and management
  • Student-centered in thought and action
  • Global mindedness; multi-cultural sensitivity
  • Technology skills
  • Collaborative management style