Children's Program Director-Playschool

Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD)
Job Description
Position: Children’s Program Director-Playschool
Department: Recreation - Playschool
Reports to: Recreation Supervisor-Programs
Oversees: Supervision of Leaders, Program Aids and participants
Location: Buchanan Park and/or Wulf Recreation Centers
Status: Part-Time 2 (less than 20 hours per week)
Hourly Wage: $15.00-$18.50 hourly

Nature of Work
Under the direction of the Recreation Supervisor-Programs, the Children's Program Director-Playschool is responsible for supervising, planning, developing and administering the playschool activities.  Additionally, this position is responsible for maintaining a safe, effective, and enjoyable playschool.

Essential Functions
  • Creates and manages the playschool staff schedule.
  • Develops, plans, and assists with the Playschool Budget.
  • Responsible for hiring, supervising and training of staff within the playschool department.
  • Administers performance evaluations and helps set applicable professional goals and objectives for staff.
  • Responsible for the planning and implementation of the program and the supervision of staff.
  • Supervises daily activities and aids in the instruction of specialized activities such as arts & 
    crafts.
  • Monitors participants by taking name count, and number count on a regular basis, and assigning buddies if needed.
  • Finds substitutes for leaders and aides when needed.
  • Possesses a comprehensive and concise knowledge of Evergreen Park & Recreation District's (EPRD) policies and procedures.
  • Acts and serves as a liaison between parents and applicable members of assigned staff.
  • Must possess a highly defined focus toward both internal and external guest service.
  • Communicates positively with parents, participants, and staff.
  • Supervises participants at all times.
  • Reports accidents and injuries that occur and provides first aid as needed.
  • Set up and clean up activity area as needed.
  • Arranges and coordinates staff meetings and necessary trainings.
  • Interact individually or in groups with the participants in order to help them engage in creative/educational play.
  • Maintains a safe and healthy environment.
  • Assist in keeping accurate records of information regarding the parents and the participants.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 
Management & Supervisory Duties 
  • Schedule, attend, and assist in facilitations of meetings and trainings.
  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with staff as necessary.
  • Hire, train, develop, discipline, and dismiss (if necessary).
  • Daily supervision of all assigned employees.
  • Implement all EPRD policies and procedures in a timely manner.
  • Supervision of children.
 
Illustrative Examples of Duties
  • Assists with cleaning areas and equipment.
  • Participates in trainings and staff meetings.
  • Leads participants in activities.
  • Plans and coordinates activities.
  • Communicates with parents.
  • Implements Risk Management plans, allowing for a safe environment for employees and participants.
  • Evaluates programs to effectively meet community needs and to ensure maximum utilization of staff, resources, and equipment.
  • Remains in contact with participants' parents in order to promote positive community relationships.
Skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Basic math/accounting skills.
  • Basic Macintosh terminal and MS Office Suite skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be highly motivated, organized and creative.
  • Organization and leadership skills.
  • Must possess conflict resolution skills as applied to issues regarding and relating to children and youth.
Knowledge
  • Thorough knowledge of modern principles, methods, practices and equipment relating to the functional areas of responsibility.
  • Knowledge of instruction methods with participants.
  • Knowledge of needs and age appropriate activities for participants.
  • Knowledge of the policies and procedures of the District and state licensing.
  • Familiarity with Macintosh terminal and MS Office Suite
Abilities
  • Ability to work in a "structured chaos" environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate and lead activities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, civic organizations, community agencies, parents and the general public.
  • Ability to multi-task, be flexible, cooperative, and focused.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of audiences, including the district as a whole.
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, coordinate, assign, and evaluate the work of subordinate personnel.
 Required Training, Experience & Qualifications
   •   Must be at least 18 years of age
   •   Must demonstrate ability to work with children.
   •   Current CPR, First Aid Certifications, and Universal Precautions; or ability to complete after
       employed.
   •   Previous experience as a Children’s Program Assistant Director/Director is preferred.
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