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Associate Director of Admissions for Early Childhood

The Gordon School is a racially diverse nursery through eighth grade coeducational independent school in East Providence, RI. The curriculum is rooted in multicultural practice and social justice, with an emphasis on developing intellectual leadership, active imagination, and a child’s natural inquisitive nature. Students are challenged and inspired to be active workers toward their own education and teachers strive to develop meaningful relationships with each child and family. 

The Associate Director of Admissions for Early Childhood assists in all aspects of Gordon’s recruitment and retention efforts. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, understand the developmental needs of children aged 3-13, demonstrate expertise in early childhood cognitive, social, and emotional growth, and have excellent communication skills with children and adults. This person will be a self-starter who demonstrates vision, solicits collaboration, integrates feedback, and has the capacity to manage multiple projects. This person will serve as a consistent presence in the Early Childhood division, engaging with current and prospective families and collaborating with faculty to best meet the needs of families. The position requires teamwork, flexibility and adaptability. The Associate Director of Admissions for Early Childhood is part of the school’s support staff and reports to the Director of Admissions. 

Position Description
Full time, 12-month Staff position
Office needs, events, and programming will influence schedule. Hours on campus will be determined in consultation with the Director of Admissions.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with all aspects of the admission process including welcoming, touring, interviewing families, administering student-assessments, and maintaining an ongoing relationship with prospective families
  • Assist with daily functions of the Admissions office including answering phone calls, making appointments, responding to requests for admission materials and applications, helping with office mailings, answering questions regarding Family Individualized Tuition
  • Communicate with faculty, staff, and division directors of prospective family/student tours and visits; ensuring faculty receive correct forms about the prospective student including any special circumstances about a candidate; track forms following each visit
  • Assist in planning and execution of all Gordon sponsored admission events including evening and weekend events
  • Represent Gordon at external recruitment events
  • Cultivate community partnerships, grow and sustain feeder school relationships. 
  • Develop a deep and ever-growing knowledge of Gordon’s academic and social emotional curriculum 
  • Prepare applicant assessment information, school records, and parent applicant interview notes for review by Admissions committee
  • Co-facilitate Early Childhood and Lower School Admissions Committee 
  • Assist in designing and implementing feedback systems for newly enrolled and current families
  • Serve as a regular presence in the Early Childhood Division available to meet with current and prospective families and articulate the research supporting Gordon’s pedagogy, practice, and play based curriculum 
  • Work in partnership with Early Childhood and Lower School Division Director, faculty, and grade level class parents to coordinate community building opportunities
  • Assist with all on-boarding events and initiatives including new family events, fall and spring phone call outreach, mentoring program, beginner’s guide to Gordon
  • Be present and support Early Childhood specific events, all school events, and parent programs
  • Communicate with Early Childhood faculty and partner with the Director of Communications and Division Director to ensure that EC web pages effectively translate academic, social, and emotional goals and the impact of each classroom on child development.
  • Liaise with the Communications office regarding website management/development, video production, and admission weekly enews for all inquiries, applicants, and newly enrolled students
  • Support Gordon’s enrollment and retention planning by assisting in the implementation of all marketing, recruitment, and retention efforts
  • Assist in the development of the school wide event calendar with a lens on the Early Childhood family experience
  • Liaise with the Gordon Community Association and Development office regarding family commitment initiatives, community events, GCA bulletin boards, coffee in the commons, and Gordon gear

Desired qualifications: 

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Patience, flexibility, and a sense of humor 
  • The ability to juggle several tasks at once 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and be part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships and make connections with children, parents, teachers and administrators
  • Knowledge and/or training in multicultural practice and cultural competency
  • Self starter, innovator
  • Support a diverse range of families and children, especially in the areas of race and gender
  • Manage confidential information in a professional manner
  • Teaching and leadership experience in early childhood education preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s in education or related field preferred 

Director of After School and Summer Programs

The Gordon School is seeking a Director of After School and Summer Programs. The Director oversees all after school enrichments provided by independent vendors as well as our after school child care program for nursery- 4th grade (gators) and 5th-8th graders (YAP). In addition, the Director oversees full day childcare for certain holidays, school vacation days and summer programs. The Director is responsible for hiring and supervising a staff of approximately eight people.

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, understand the developmental needs of children from age 3-13, and have excellent communication skills with children and adults. The Director of After School and Summer Programs reports to the Chief Financial Officer.  This is a full time, 12 month position.

Position Description

  • Full-time (100%), 12 month position
  • Reports to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • The programs offered during the year will influence the Director’s schedule.  Hours on campus will be determined by the Director in consultation with the CFO

The Director is responsible for the oversight of:

  • After school childcare: Later Gators (Nursery through 4th grade), Young Adult Place “YAP” (5th through 8th grade)
  • Full day childcare for certain holidays and school vacations (“gator days”)
  • Additional after school programming (“enrichments”)
  • Summer programs

Responsibilities
Include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assuring a safe and supportive environment for all students and campers engaged in after school and summer programming
  • Nurturing the family/school partnership through close communication with families and faculty and staff
  • Efficient administration of all programs including student billing and financial management
  • Collaborating with the Communication Director to coordinate programs with school calendar
  • Designing all summer and after school programming in a manner that is financially sustainable and profitable
  • Hiring of all staff and outside “vendors”
  • Developing all advertising with the assistance of the school’s Communication Director and the Advancement Team
  • Conduct or delegate outreach efforts to promote programs
  • Working with the CFO and the school’s Advancement Team, determine and regularly assess the school’s summer programs market “niche” with an eye toward programs that are consistent with the school’s mission
  • Assuring all new staff are properly oriented
  • Providing sufficient guidance and supervision of staff

Prerequisites for the Position

  • Possess an undergraduate degree
  • Be well-grounded in early childhood, elementary and middle school education and development
  • Possess experience working with elementary/middle school students
  • Have experience with program coordination

Qualities

  • Capacity to be innovative and creative in determining unique, mission-centric programs
  • Detail oriented
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and customer relations skills
  • Ability to supervise and evaluate staff and build positive morale among staff
  • Appreciate and enjoy working with children
  • Have a deep sense of community and a strong understanding of Gordon’s mission and multicultural pedagogy

Interested candidates should send a cover page and resume to Tom Cicatiello, CFO at tcicatiello@gordonschool.org

Coaching positions

Coaching Positions Fall and Winter 2019

The Gordon School, a nursery-eighth grade independent school located in East Providence, RI, is looking for qualified coaches to fill positions within the following athletic programs for the 2019-2020 school year: Field Hockey (1) and Basketball (2). Fall athletic practices (field hockey) run Mondays through Thursdays from 3:15-5:15pm for approximately eight weeks. Winter athletics practices (basketball) run Mondays through Thursdays from 3:15-5:45pm for approximately twelve weeks. Game locations and times vary. Stipend is commensurate with experience. Assistant coaching positions range from $1,375-$1,500, and head coaching positions range from $1,750-$2,000.

Applicants should have a strong work ethic, excellent communication skills, the ability to build positive rapport with adolescents, and be knowledgeable in the fundamentals of the sport to which they are applying. Coaching and/or playing experience is preferred.  If interested, contact Kristen Fraza, Athletic Director via email at kfraza@gordonschool.org

Substitutes

Gordon School is always looking to develop its substitute teacher roster for assignments in our nursery through eighth grade classrooms, our after school program and summer camp and for our school nurse. Gordon's curriculum is rooted in multicultural education and practice which develops academic skills, critical thinking strategies, active imaginations and children's social competencies. As such, it is important that our substitute pool be comprised of teachers who embrace these same principles. Gordon also requires that our substitutes have, at minimum, a bachelor's degree. If you would like to be interviewed to be included on our substitute list, please send your cover letter and resume to the address below. Or you may email your resume to the Assistant to the Early Childhood and Lower School Directors, Cheryl Fanti (cfanti@gordonschool.org). Please be sure to specify the areas you are interested in subbing for.
Gordon School
Attention: Cheryl Fanti
45 Maxfield Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914