Interim Early Education Director
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA) is a network of charter schools serving students across the PK-Post Secondary continuum in the Greater MacArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Pueblo Nuevo Education Development Group (PN-EDG) is CNCA’s resource development and capacity building arm. PN-EDG invests in young people to foster personal transformation and generational social change. PN-EDG staff support and build capacity for CNCA schools in achieving their vision. The organizations are grounded in the beliefs that public education is a civil right and all students deserve an excellent education that will prepare them for success in life. At CNCA/PN-EDG, we recognize that lower income and immigrant communities often face institutional and cultural barriers that create impediments to students’ success, and that an excellent education must eliminate these barriers. We integrate a strong focus on progressive, research-based academics with a holistic, place-based approach to serving our students. Since opening its doors in 2001, CNCA has grown to 8 schools and nearly 3,500 students. Our goal is that by 2022, 2,000 CNCA graduates will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and worldview necessary to be literate, critical thinkers and independent problem solvers. As a result of this success, 90% will have been accepted to, 80% will have attended and 60% will have graduated from a 4-year college within 6 years.
Organizational Leadership Capacities
We believe that every individual who works at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy must embody key mindsets and possess foundational skills to contribute to the organizational leadership of the organization.
• Commitment to and belief in CNCA’s mission and vision
• Belief in and embodiment the CNCA Anchors in all aspects of the work
• Commitment to the vision of a progressive, socially-just education and is able to inspire others towards that vision
• Solution orientation and belief in supporting others to be the same
• Commitment to an asset-based, capacity-building approach
• Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
• Ability to support an inclusive, positive and high performing culture
• Ability to take ownership in the day-to-day and overall success of the organization
• Ability to think critically, use sound judgment and problem solve
• Ability to work independently and proactively and to seek support and guidance when appropriate
• Strong organizational and time management skills, with an ability to prioritize competing projects in a fast-paced, fluid environment
• Effective collaboration with individuals at all levels of the organization
• Respect, humility and discretion to work effectively with all stakeholders, including colleagues, CNCA families and members of the community
• Strong self-awareness and ability to reflect
The Associate Director will be responsible for all aspects of Camino Nuevo’s Early Childhood Education Program, providing leadership and direction to the activities involved in its effective management; including oversight of daily operations, provide direction, guidance and support to staff, monitor enrollment and attendance, organize and conduct parent education and parent participation activities and comply with Performance Standards regulations, California Health and Safety Codes, Title 22 and all other applicable state, local and federal guidelines and CNCA policies/procedures.
Plans and implements ECE preschool services:
• Responsible for daily operation of CNCA ECE preschool program to ensure compliance with Title 22 regulations and program goals at all times.
• Coordinate recruitment and hiring of all program employees, in collaboration with Sr. VP of Programs.
• Responsible for training, supervising and evaluating all program employees.
• Ensure program quality through the implementation of the approved educational curriculum, as well as through the implementation of all standardized instruments such as the DRDP.
• Conducts weekly classroom observations to assist teaching staff with instructional and classroom management, as well as to offer support and suggestions.
• Prepare and submit requisitions for supplies and materials; maintain an inventory of center equipment; forecast needs for supplies, materials, equipment, repairs and other potential expenditures.
• Train and coach teaching staff on relevant school-wide teaching & learning practices.
Recruitment, Enrollment, Reporting and Compliance:
• Take necessary steps to assure full enrollment and a 95% minimum average daily attendance.
• Design and implement student recruitment plan that meets enrollment targets each year.
• Assure that teachers record attendance in each class, make appropriate contact with parents when absences occur, and ensure that absence slips are prepared and retained.
• Prepare and maintain accurate records, including student records, staff records, financial records, parent involvement records, and all others as required, using proper spelling and accurate calculations and ensure accordance with
FERPA and CNCA confidentiality policies and procedures:
• Oversee office procedures, correspondence, certifications, update student and parent files.
• Prepare and submit required reports and applications to local, state, and federal agencies in a timely manner
• Assure educators prepare and maintain accurate and up-to-date records.
• Analyze data for evaluating, planning, and improvement of services..
Communication and Resource Guidance:
• Maintain regular communication with parents through newsletters, calendars, announcements, and various forms of personal contact.
• Schedule and facilitate weekly center professional development.
• Schedule and/or attend case conferences, parent conferences, case reviews, IEP/IFSP meetings, staff meetings, parent meetings, in-service and pre-service meetings, and other meetings as directed.
• Plan and conduct Kindergarten transition activities with parents, school personnel, and children.
Provide Leadership, by example, establishing and maintaining quality work standards.
• Maintain a positive and supportive relationship with the community, other Child Care Agencies and professional organizations in order to promote Camino Nuevo’s profile as a provider of quality early childhood education services.
• Collaborate in community-based events, networking with families and other agencies.
Education and Experience
• Bachelor of Arts/Science degree in early childhood education or child development or related field.
• Possess a California Child Development Site Supervisor Permit
• Bilingual (oral & written) Spanish/English
• Experience working with young children
• Educational vision for and experience with low income and/or minority students.
• Commitment to preserving the cultural heritage of students.
• Passion for working with children and their families.
To perform this job the individual must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Childcare employees must be able to perform the following essential functions:
• Observe, see, hear and respond to children’s needs, emergencies and conflicts that may occur in the childcare center or on the playground.
• Lift 30 pounds from the floor to a waist-high table when necessary.
• Reach a child 20 to 30 feet away within 30 seconds without endangering the staff person’s health.
• Crouch to a child’s height, maintain eye contact at the child’s level, sit on the floor and stand tall enough to reach children on the highest piece of equipment.
• Be aware of the cognitive, social and physical needs of children.
• Communicate verbally and writing in English to the degree that the child, parents and other staff members are able to understand and respond.
• Handle the responsibilities and routine stress often associated with providing childcare services.
To apply, please send resume and letter of interest to: https://careers-caminonuevo.icims.com
For more information www.caminonuevo.org and www.pueblonuevo.org
* CNCA intends that all qualified person shall have equal opportunities for employment and promotion.
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Camino Nuevo Charter Academy requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to Margarita Domingo at (213) 417-3410 or 3435 W Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026