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Preschool Operations Director

University of North Florida
Florida, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Aug 27, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Teacher Education
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The University of North Florida is seeking a Director of Operations for the UNF Preschool. 
Salary:  $80,000 to negotiable

Mission of the Preschool   The mission of UNF Preschool is to provide high-quality school readiness and development programs for the children of UNF students, faculty, staff and the general public.   Purpose of the Preschool   The UNF Preschool’s purpose is twofold: 1.      Firstly, the Center provides children with a warm, accepting environment and meaningful experiences that encourage them to value and respect themselves, others and their world. It strives to help children develop self-worth, self-awareness, consideration for the welfare of others, an ethic of sharing, and a love of learning, while preparing them for their future academic endeavors. 2.      Secondly, the Center provides the University a research and training site for students and faculty in Education and other majors. Students and faculty of UNF and partnering institutions use the Center for research, pre-internship work, observation, and volunteer opportunities for their coursework.   Preschool Instructional Orientation The UNF Preschool offers a Reggio-Inspired curriculum that thoughtfully integrates STEM, literacy, and the arts through project-based learning.  

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned. Liaison to College of Education & Human services
  • Serves as a member of the early childhood faculty team.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge base and commitment to Reggio-Inspired early childhood curriculum that thoughtfully integrate STEM and the arts through project-based learning.
  • Collaborates with the Director of UNF Preschool Research and Professional Development and early childhood faculty by proposing and implementing research-based curriculum and instruction initiatives.
  • Provides regular briefings on plans and progress of curriculum and instruction initiatives.
  • Partners with COEHS faculty to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with partners to ensure successful pre-service curriculum development opportunities; 
  • Leads the planning and delivery of effective professional development opportunities that improve teaching and learning outcomes.


Operations- Directs the operations of the UNF Preschool.
  • Provides visionary leadership and directs the day-to-day operations in the administration and management of Preschool.
  • Recruits, hires, supervises, and evaluates staff.
  • Maintains a strong culture of inquiry, professional learning, and documentation of student learning
  • Create and actively promote a comfortable and nurturing environment where every child, teacher and parent is treated with dignity and respect, in a friendly personalized manner.
  • Ensures preschool curriculum is aligned to the COEHS mission, strategic goals, and objectives and housed in a learning management system.
  • Pursues funding resources and prepares and oversees the budget for the Preschool.
  • Assures effective communication with all stakeholders, including advisory board.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Accreditation Oversight
  • Ensure consistent compliance with the State of Florida’s licensing requirements, including Gold Seal, Guiding Stars, staff qualifications, teacher/child ratios, health and safety requirements.
  • Ensures accountability and compliance with student academic progress, as measured by district, state and national benchmarks.
  • Provides guidance, communicates expectations, and demonstrates ownership of student progress.
  • Understand and applies the Florida Evaluation Systems and the Florida Teacher Evaluation Systems.
  • Complies with state policies and procedures for the education of students identified as having a disability and/or special needs.
  • Monitors and reports on compliance with accreditation goals and Board of Education (BOE) governance policies; creates and monitors appropriate action plans.
Research/External Funding Oversight
  • Researches and evaluates successful programs nationwide to identify ways the preschool can improve teaching and learning in early childhood.
  • Collaboratively seeks and implements funded proposals and complies with reporting requirements.
  • Maintains current knowledge of best practices, trends, new developments, legal mandates, and court rulings related to education and academic practices, particularly in an urban setting.
Community Outreach
  • Collaborates with community partners to advance a collective goal of preparing students for kindergarten and beyond.
  • Provides collaboration with school-based administrators and practicing teachers to develop teaching and learning strategies that improve the quality of curriculum and instruction in early childhood.
  • Networks with DCPS and other large urban districts and other UNF Professional Development schools sharing best practices and research-in-action 
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Five (5) or more years of Early Childhood experience or related field, including school and/or educational leadership responsibilities.
  • Valid Florida Directors credential (Or is able to obtain it within 30 days of employment).
 ·       Doctoral Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field. ·       Knowledge and experience related to implementing Reggio-inspired, project-based, and STEM ·       History of external funding ·       Knowledge and experience related to teacher research KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Demonstrated knowledge and successful implementation of instructional development strategies.
  • Strong knowledge of urban educational challenges and accrediting and regulatory standards, and school funding related to assigned functions.
  • Strong knowledge of curriculum and instruction teaching strategies and theories in education.
  • Strong knowledge of models for the development and assessment of curriculum.
  • Strong knowledge of early childhood education and childhood development.
  • Analytical ability to lead the design, implementation, and management of teaching and learning programs.
  • Supervisory skills to manage the daily operations and administration of assigned functions effectively.
  • Proven record of championing curriculum and instructional development to maximize school effectiveness.
  • Excellent team-building, coaching, facilitation, and interpersonal skills with all levels in an organization.
  • Personal demonstration of continuous learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively serve as a leader and member of a team.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including effective presentation skills.
Applicants must complete an online application in OASys at and must upload all required documents to be considered for this position. Applicants must include list of names, addresses and phone numbers of 3 references in their application (letters to be provided if hired). Once you finalize your completed application and have submitted the required documents, you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for this position for your records. If you have any questions about the university or the search process or the position itself, contact Megan Porter at, or the position itself contact Christian Winterbottom at  Applicants who do not apply on-line or do not upload all the required documentation will not be considered for this position.
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