Center Administrator for the Center for Nature and Place at Prescott College

Job ID#: 08-2020
Department: Academics
Job Type: Faculty
Job Status: Part-time
Date Posted: 08/20/2020
Desired fill date: Open until filled
Reports to: Tucson Location
Supervision required: No

Job Summary

The Prescott College Center for Nature & Place was established to support and expand training for early childhood educators, pre-service teachers, administrators, and program directors in developmentally appropriate nature and place-based pedagogy.

Founded in 2016 with support from the George B. Storer Foundation, the Center is housed in and integrated with Prescott College’s Department of Education and Teacher Preparation.

The Center focuses on designing innovative nature and place focused college course curricula for Prescott College students in the Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education undergraduate and graduate programs. It also offers residential professional development institutes and outreach workshops that provide training and experiential learning opportunities for early childhood educators across Arizona and beyond, including the Summer Institute for Nature and Place-Based Early Childhood Education.

The Center Administrator is the primary manager of operations for the Center of Nature and Place, at Prescott College, located at the PK-20 Changemaker Campus in Tucson Arizona. The Center Administrator reports to the Assistant Dean of Education at Prescott College.

Essential Responsibilities

Primary Administrator Duties:

  1. Serve as the main center contact and community liaison.
  2. Coordinate the facilitation of family and community collaboration.
  3. Manage the prekindergarten program at the PK-20 Changemaker Campus
  4. Lead recruitment, employment, and participate in training of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
  5. Serve as instructional lead for teaching and learning in early childhood education
  6. Manage major events sponsored by the Center
  7. Manage Center calendars, logistics, and marketing materials
  8. Work with leadership to maintain proper licensure, safety, and quality standards for early childhood operations
  9. Execute directives from program directors and assistant deans, as appropriate
  10. Supervise the implementation, assessment and continuous improvement of all Center programs and initiatives
  11. Encourage Center staff and volunteer workers with health, welfare and sustainability practices in development and education.
  12. Assist leadership with the production of public reports
  13. Maintain an exciting and creative climate that attracts and motivates a diverse staff of top-quality people.

The Center Administrator also serves as an associate faculty member at Prescott College in the Early Childhood Education Programs.

Faculty Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain a course load (teaching) in the early childhood education program
  2. Maintain an advising load of pre-service teachers pursuing ECE certification at Prescott College
  3. Serve on faculty committees as required by the Education Department
  4. Attend relevant faculty meetings and events
  5. Host ECE practicum students at the Center
  6. Service duties to the College as required by the Education Department

Education and Experience

Required Qualifications

  • A Master’s Degree in Education or a minimum of 5 years equivalent experience.
  • Demonstration of culturally sustaining early childhood education practices
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Professional disposition toward the public and colleagues
  • Teaching credentials (preferably in early childhood education or early childhood special education) are highly desired
  • Strong curriculum design, implementation, assessment and curation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment under deadlines
  • Strong leadership skills and problem-solving capacity
  • Substantial knowledge of local Indigenous environmental practices, as well as connections to local environmental organizations
  • Deep desire to work with young children, particularly those within communities disproportionately impacted by environmental issues

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred
  • Experience working with prekindergarten students
  • Grant writing/maintenance experience is preferred, but not required
  • Familiarity with the ECE/ECSE profession and the community it serves

 

Schedule: Required availability – Variable work schedule 32+ hours per week. Possibility for full-time employment.