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Join our family-oriented, loving preschool team!

Our preschool is a family-oriented, loving, caring preschool that embraces all members, from the tiniest babes in arms to the toughest four-year-old's so full of themselves they are ready to take on the world, to the talented and committed faculty and staff, to the creative and enthusiastic administration, to the extensive dedicated resources, to the kindest, most understanding and supportive board of directors possible. All of this is supported by an incredible parent network.

If you are interested in learning more, contact our principal by filling out our contact form.

Careers

Principal Position is currently open. Information below:

Position Description

Position:          Principal, Preschool

Reports to:      Chairman of the Board

Summary Description: This position is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating the academic and nonacademic activities of the preschool. Daily interactions with staff to ensure the educational activities and policies are observed.  Confers with parents on students’ progress and promotes the curriculum and benefits of Little Friends to prospective parents. Prepares annual budget and manages student-to-teacher ratios appropriately to ensure the excellence of the curriculum is delivered with the safety of the students.

Principal responsibilities include but not limited to:

Create an environment for children to feel safe and want to attend preschool

Oversee day-to-day school operations and procedures

Develop and implement school policies ensuring the safety of all personnel.

Handle emergencies and school crises

Ensure all rules and regulations from Florida Department of Family and Child Services are implemented and maintained with appropriate documentation

Monitor students’ progress and provide students and teachers assistance with problem-resolution

Observe teacher performance and provide guidance, and conduct semiannual evaluations of staff members

Determine the scope of educational program offerings and prepare drafts of program schedules and descriptions to estimate staffing and facility requirements. Organize special events coordinating with teachers, and assist with the activity

Prepare weekly newsletter and provide updated content for the website

Recruit, hire, train and evaluate staff

Participate in learning activities, teach class, or provide direct care to children when necessary

Manage general finances; work within approved budget, order curriculum and supplies, submit payroll and bill and collect monthly tuition

Build, establish and maintain positive relationships in the community that support a diverse student population and the mission of Little Friends

Conduct tours and actively seek new students

Maintain school operating software

Present data from school performance to board members

Keep abreast of educational trends and continue to develop professionally

Be available and cooperative with the greater support of team efforts, especially when extraordinary projects are in progress.

Education Requirements:

B.S. or B.A. in Early Childhood Education or closely related field

Preferred Experience:

  • 3-5 Years' experience as a Preschool Director
  • Strong organizational, planning, and implementation skills
  • Knowledge of teacher evaluation and observational methods
  • Ability to understand and follow complex oral or written instructions
  • Meet attendance standards and work the hours necessary to perform the essential functions of the job

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Complete 40 hours required from the Department of Children and Family Services within a calendar year and maintain the 10 additional hours every year following the first year
  • Must have valid credentials with certificate numbers for Staff Credential, Director Credential, and VPK Director Credential
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification or willing to obtain within first 30 days

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described are representative of those that an employee must meet to successfully perform the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and reach with hands and arms, occasionally crouch or crawl. The employee is required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Skills:

Communication skills to collaborate and coordinate with many people and effectively convey information to staff, parents, and children

Active listening skills to understand teachers and parents needs

Compassion skills to work with a vulnerable population. Ability to demonstrate compassion and concern

Critical thinking skills to make effective decisions about various academic and business components while using analytical skills

Interpersonal relations skills to develop relationships with staff, parents, and children to build trust and sense of partnership while reaching common goals

Organizational skills to multitask giving attention to numerous people and situations at once while keeping excellent records

Problem solving skills to manage concerns from parents, issues with staff while managing to a budget.  Ability to approach problems thoughtfully and with a level head to find effective solutions

What Parents are Saying...

We are so lucky to have found Little Friends. We love watching our son grow and flourish, taught by the amazing teachers and staff.  It is so obvious how much the teachers love what they do and love the children. We look forward to a few more years at this amazing school and will be sad to leave for elementary school, but we know our son will be prepared after the years he will have spent at Little Friends

Lauren Folds

Now Accepting Applications

Little Friends would love to have your son or daughter join us for the upcoming school year. Space is limited, so please apply.

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