Loving Tree School

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Job Description for Program Supervisor for
Loving Tree School

Position summary

The Loving Tree School is a ministry of the United Church of Ferndale. The school is open to all children and provides appropriate learning experience for children of preschool age. The goal of the Loving Tree School is to provide experiences that stimulate the child’s interest in the world – to provide an environment where each child can develop his or her physical, emotional, mental and social capabilities to his or her full potential. The school emphasizes social development, cognitive development and communication skills. Working collaboratively with the Loving Tree School Advisory Committee, Pastor, teachers and parents, the Program Supervisor will foster the development of the school program, curricula, and will carry out its mission in alignment with the Mission, Vision and Values of the United Church of Ferndale.

Essential Functions, Job Responsibilities and Duties

  1. Implement the vision of the preschool as an integral part of the United Church of Ferndale’s overall outreach and care to preschoolers and their families.
  2. Work with the school’s teachers to create educational programming that ensures preschool graduates are kindergarten ready as defined by the Ferndale School District.
  3. Create a fun, stimulating and diverse environment for children to learn and develop age appropriate skills while insuring this curriculum is taught in all classrooms.
  4. Work with the Loving Tree School Advisory Committee to create policies/procedures and annual goals to meet the Mission, Vision and Values of the United Church of Ferndale.
  5. Develop and/or maintain procedures and records for registration and collection of fees and tuition.
  6. Assist in managing the annual budget for the school.
  7. Conduct weekly staff meetings and report monthly to the Advisory Committee.
  8. Manage overall operations including ordering/purchasing of school materials and equipment and arranging for repairs and replacements in conjunction with the church’s Property and Management Ministry Team.
  9. Plan and implement a safety program for the school.
  10. Market preschool to the congregation and community; provide enrollment materials; conduct school tours and maintain the waiting list for entry. Respond to requests for information in a timely manner.
  11. Provide on-going training and support all school staff by conducting quarterly trainings and providing feedback through classroom observation.
  12. Secure confidential student and staff records using the Jackrabbit school data system.
  13. Along with school staff, identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discuss in a confidential manner with supervisors, parents or guardians, or the Advisory Committee.
  14. Meet with parents or guardians and teachers to discuss their children’s progress and needs and suggest strategies that can be used at home to promote their children’s learning.
  15. Take children to the bathroom facilities as needed and may occasionally assist them with changing into fresh clothing.
  16. Plan, along with the staff, activities for a balanced program of instruction and demonstration that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  17. Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Advisory Committee.
  18. Demonstrate excellent communication skills by articulating ideas and opinions in a clear, concise and persuasive manner to families, children and staff.
  19. Demonstrate adaptability by embracing change as an opportunity for improvement not as a barrier. Maintain positive, compassionate and respectful relationships with families and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  20. Meet individual, school, and church goals on time.
  21. Orient parents to the school both before and after enrollment.
  22. Ensure all staff follows the mandate to report suspected child abuse in accordance with safe church policy.
  23. Write and distribute a monthly newsletter to parents and other community members including the congregation of the United Church of Ferndale.
  24. Bring concerns/problems to the attention of LTS Advisory Committee.
  25. Communicate a well-developed understanding of theories of early childhood education.
  26. Promote social justice and equity by demonstrating an attitude of acceptance and respect for all children and their families.
  27. Arrange for substitute help as needed. Coordinate volunteer help in the classrooms.
  28. Work with the Advisory Committee to prepare an annual budget for the school.
  29. Respond to requests for information in a timely manner.
  30. Manage staffing in accordance with the directions of the Advisory Committee.
  31. Induct new staff with the school, Advisory Committee and congregation of the United Church of Ferndale. This is to include training and introductions.


Qualifications and Requirements

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of early childhood curriculum development and program evaluation, child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to learning.
  2. Demonstrate the knowledge of and/or demonstrated ability to evaluate school staff.
  3. Demonstrate excellent organizational skills and the ability to motivate people.
  4. A minimum of three letters of reference from former employers, teachers, professors or other professional sources, or copies of recent evaluations of teaching and/or administrative experience.
  5. A. in early childhood education and two years of teaching experience in a child care center, OR B.A. in early childhood education and teaching experience in a child care center.
  6. Prior experience as a Preschool Administrator is preferred.
  7. Demonstrated commitment to team work.
  8. Demonstrated understanding of child development and children’s needs
  9. Demonstrated ability to work with parents and encourage their involvement.
  10. Commitment to equal opportunities and understanding of religious and cultural diversity.
  11. Demonstrated caring attitudes with a sense of humor.
  12. Possess a current CPR and First Aid Certification in pediatric care or is willing to obtain within 45 days after hiring.
  13. Demonstrated proficiency in MS Windows operating systems including MS Word, MS Excel, Internet E-mail and Internet usage (Jackrabbit)
  14. Complete a criminal record review through safe church policy.
  15. Submit copies of educational records including high school diploma or other appropriate certificates and documentation of post high school education. Unofficial college transcripts will suffice for application purposes.

Physical Requirements

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

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; stand; sit; use hands for fine manipulation, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms using a keyboard and video display terminal. The employee is regularly required to bend, to stoop, to walk on uneven terrain, play yards and school ground and to reach overhead as well at low tables, on small, low chairs and the floor or on the ground, and in classrooms of various configurations for extended periods of time. The employee may lift or move from 25 to 50 pounds on occasion. The employee may occasionally need to climb stairs or ladders. Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision.

Salary:  for 2018 – 2019 – $22.00/hour

Responsible To: 

The Loving Tree Preschool Program Supervisor will be responsible to the Advisory Committee and the Staff, Parish, Relations Ministry Team.

Terms of Employment

The Loving Tree School Program Supervisor will be employed for a term that includes the number of days the school operates during the given school year. Additionally, the Program Supervisor will have 7 additional work days for preparations to open and close the school.  These additional days will be determined in conjunction with the Advisory Committee.

Application Materials

  1. Application for this position must be submitted by electronic transmittal to laymin@ucf1.org.
  2. Copy, enlarge, and complete the application found below.
  3. A letter that addresses your qualifications and experiences for this position.
  4. Three references; two must be professional and one may be personal.
  5. Unofficial transcripts for high school and post high school education will suffice for application. However, official copies will be needed upon hiring.
  6. Application materials must be submitted by noon of March 23, 2018.
  7. Application materials for this position become the property of the United Church of Ferndale.
  8. Any questions regarding this position and/or application may be addressed to laymin@ucf1.org.


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