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    5:30am - 10:00pm
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Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    5:30am - 10:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
    5:30am - 10:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 6:33pm

Open Positions

Stoler Early Childhood Center Senior Director

The leadership of the JCC of Greater Baltimore seeks a dynamic, change agent with a dedication to excellence in Early Childhood Education (ECE) to grow its Early Childhood program from a legacy ECE into a leader in early childhood learning and family engagement.  The Senior Director of the Stoler Early Childhood Center will be a life-long learner with the ability to build a strong team of educators, professionals and lay leadership around a vision of excellence, creativity and family-oriented culture.

The JCC of Greater Baltimore

With a membership of 15,500, the JCC serves 50,000 community members annually.  The J is comprised of two early childhood centers (serving 275 children from infant care through kindergarten), two state-of-the-art fitness centers, a 500 seat professional theater venue, three outdoor pools and two indoor pools, a complete athletic leagues program for children and adults, as well as JCamps, a summer day camping program serving over 1,000 children ages 2 – 16 years old, as well as multiple program offerings in arts and culture, Jewish learning, and many other areas.

The JCC is an agency of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.  The generous funding of the federation provides operating support and allows the JCC to create and implement a vast array of programs both on and off-site including special needs programs, senior programming and the engaging and high-quality performances at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, among many others.

The Stoler Early Childhood Education Center

The Stoler Early Childhood Education Center has been serving children in the community for over 30 years.  Our ECE facility accommodates nearly 300 students ranging from two to five years old (including kindergarten) and welcomes families from all backgrounds. 

At the core of our program are caring teachers and specialists.  Partnering with parents and families are a key aspect to the school’s culture.  The curriculum features group activities and one-on-one interactions while also having multiple opportunities for exploratory, child-directed play. Each week, classes celebrate Shabbat and learn about Jewish culture and values. Programs also feature science, math, and literature as well as music, art, nature, cooking, and dance.

The Healthy Choices curriculum, developed at Stoler, has been recognized by Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Child Care Initiative for Exceptional Work in the Prevention of Childhood Obesity. This program teaches children ages 2 to 5 about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy proteins.  

In the summer, ECE shifts into Noah’s Ark summer camp, an integral part of the JCC’s JCamps platform.  Serving both year-round and summer only families, our youngest campers enjoy activities designed to encourage discovery, learning and delight.

Based at the Rosenbloom Campus of the JCC in Owings Mills, MD, the school features stimulating outdoor learning environments, such as a Natural Playground with a garden cultivated by teachers and children, and unique outdoor play structures in the Biblical Playground. The school is housed in a modern facility which includes 2 full-sized gymnasiums, a teaching kitchen, multiple outdoor play areas, a library and indoor and outdoor pools, where each child (ages 3+) receives American Red Cross Certified instructional swim lessons. 

The Position

Reporting to the Chief Program Officer of the JCC, the Senior Director will provide strategic, hands on leadership to the Stoler Early Childhood Education Center and will nurture the community of ECE families to cultivate strong engagement among students, parents, and the JCC community.  The successful candidate will share the JCC’s vision for a fully enrolled, thriving ECE which is committed to community building, family engagement, and serving the educational needs of the students from all backgrounds.

Supervising the Program/Noah’s Ark Director as well as an office administrator, a nurse and all teaching and specialist staff, s/he will be the key driver and architect of all strategies concerning curriculum development, marketing, recruitment, staff development and training.  The Senior Director will manage all aspects of personnel, budget and management of all ECE programs.

The Senior Director will work closely with the Parents Association, the ECE Advisory Committee as well as other JCC committees as necessary to build solid relationships within related areas of the JCC (e.g. Parenting, Family Engagement).  S/he will take a leadership role and participate in community wide holidays, activities, and events. The individual who serves in this year-round position will function as an integral member of the JCC’s Senior Director Team.

Responsibilities
  • Change Management:
    • Evaluate, determine and mold the philosophy and direction of the ECE program.
    • Assess school needs, and identify/create unique, innovative curriculum and programming to support an educational philosophy to build a culture of excellence.
    • Engage in curriculum development and implementation of teaching plans rooted in Jewish values, the rhythm of the Jewish calendar and implementation of the Sheva framework.
    • Collaborate with lay and professional leadership in developing goals and objectives of the school.
  • Building Community:
    • Collaborate with colleagues to promote JCC vision and to encourage continued family involvement in the JCC pre and post ECE.
    • Ensure ECE representation in JCC-wide initiatives including Jewish holiday programs and cultural celebrations.
    • Partner with leadership, the Parents Association and the JCC ECE Committee to achieve agreed upon goals and objectives.
    • Demonstrate leadership to inspire parents, children and staff to engage fully in aspects of the program, creating an environment where life-long learning and family engagement is encouraged.
    • Work with teachers to integrate Jewish values and content into child and family learning and engagement.
  • School Administration and Management:
    • Manage all programs of the Early Childhood Education Department to achieve annual goals and objectives in alignment with JCC mission.
    • Develop marketing and recruitment plans to achieve full enrollment in ECE programs.
    • Develop and monitor annual budget throughout the year and ensure financial targets.
    • Hire, train, evaluate and motivate teachers and professional staff.
    • Supervise the professional and administrative staff including recruitment, personnel management, professional development and evaluation.
    • Ensure consistent compliance to Maryland State Licensing regulations.
Qualifications
  • 5 – 10  years of progressive experience in Early Childhood Education, JCC’s and/or supervising large programs
  • Master’s Degree (preferred) in Early Childhood, Jewish Education, Business or Jewish Communal Leadership
  • Strong Judaic background and knowledge of Jewish culture
  • Commitment to programmatic and administrative excellence
  • Demonstrated track record of leading culture change and/or business turn around
  • Demonstrated team leadership and ability and desire to connect with community
  • Experience in creating a family-centric, welcoming, meaningful and problem solving culture for children, parents and teachers
  • Ability to support teachers’ understanding and integration of Jewish traditions and values within an educational context
  • Ability to multitask the pedagogical, relational, and administrative responsibilities of program direction and coordination
  • Experience in the Sheva framework a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Resumes and cover letters should be sent to eceresumes@jcc.org.

JCC is an equal opportunity employer. EOE