Director of Early Education Center

Director of the Louise Hayem Manheim Center for Early Childhood Education

About Us:

The Louise Hayem Manheim Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) opened in 1975 serving New Orleans and the surrounding community. The CECE continues to serve families from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds. Over the years, the early childhood educational wing of our campus has expanded to include several classrooms and office spaces to accommodate our growing school. With this facility and strong teacher base, our school has blossomed into one of the area’s premier early childhood education centers with recent graduates having gone on to matriculate at some of the state’s most competitive public and private educational institutions. Families consistently report that their children are well-prepared for their continued educational journey upon leaving. We currently serve a population of between 70 and 80 students ranging from 18 months old to Pre-K. We are currently developing a new Infant Care Center to allow us to enroll students as young as 3 months (opening in early 2021). Additionally, we offer a summer camp program that typically attracts 30-40 students.

Although a free-standing facility, CECE is located within Congregation Gates of Prayer (CGoP). Congregation Gates of Prayer is one of the oldest, most distinguished Reform Jewish synagogues in the New Orleans area. The congregation was established in 1850 and moved to its present location in Metairie, Louisiana in 1975. The operation of CECE ultimately falls under the purview of the CGoP Board of Trustees.

Statement of the Job:

Congregation Gates of Prayer is seeking an organized, motivated, and inspiring educator to become the new Director of CECE. The candidate we are looking for should have a passion for teaching, learning, and innovation. We seek someone who has excellent interpersonal skills and is a diligent communicator. We expect that our new Director will continue the high standard that we currently maintain at our CECE and will continue to push us toward excellence.

The Early Childhood Director’s main responsibilities:
Program and Curriculum Development:
• Oversee the daily operations of our school year-round including summer camp
• Conduct regular reviews of the design and implementation of developmentally appropriate learning activities and environments for each specific age group in the CECE to ensure the use of current best practices
• Partner with teachers in order to develop and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum, beliefs, practices, classroom expectations and accountability to ensure excellence in education
• Use knowledge of child development in order to coordinate teachers and parents to respond to specific student needs
• Participate in synagogue events and create CECE events for families with young children
• Assist in the development of our new Infant Care Center
• Engage with the Early Childhood Education of Reform Judaism cohort and participate in their continuing education opportunities
• Oversee an annual fundraising event

Staff Supervision and Development:
• Execute on all aspects of teacher and staff management including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, supervising, developing, evaluating, and discipline.
• Teaching staff currently includes 18-22 teachers and other specialized staff may include professionals for activities including music, STEAM, etc.
• Ensure effective, timely and open communication with teachers, nursery school and Temple staff as well as the synagogue Board of Trustees and Executive Committee
• Develop an effective plan to conduct regular teacher performance evaluations
• Partner with teachers in order to develop and implement appropriate curriculum, beliefs and practices to ensure excellence in education
• Conduct teacher trainings as needed and offer staff development opportunities including those required for state certifications

Relationships with Parents and Families
• Form warm and caring relationships with children and their parents
• Support teachers in communicating with parents regarding the developmental progress of children, behavioral concerns and classroom placements. If necessary, facilitate further conversations that explore needs for children to obtain special evaluations or services.
• Assist in the celebration of Jewish holidays with children and their families
• Conduct school tours for interested families
• Actively engage and promote the CECE Parent Association to assist with special events and activities both religious and non-religious
• Display respectful, fair, honest, supportive behaviors in all interactions with children and their families
• Promote acceptance and diversity throughout the CECE

Administrative Responsibilities
• Create and distribute marketing materials to attract new families and encourage enrollment
• Disseminate information through our CECE website
• Maintain program compliance with the Louisiana State regulations for Early Childhood Centers to ensure the health and safety of all children
• Work with our Executive Committee and Temple Administrator to ensure a balanced and efficient budget

Minimum Qualifications:

• Degree in Early Childhood Education or compatible field
• Prior experience with teaching in an Early Childhood Program and 2-3 years of supervisory experience in a comparable setting
• Complies with all Agency, State, City, and Federal regulations for a person working in an Early Childhood setting
• Must be able to read and balance a budget to be presented to the synagogue board annually for approval
• Ability to use basic technology (including Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.) and social media
• An expertise in Jewish culture or a Jewish background are not required--our two rabbis and cantorial soloist are available to assist and support the CECE if needed
• Willingness to make the challenging decisions that come with being responsible for a school

Our Mission:

Gates of Prayer Center of Early Childhood Education is a safe and nurturing school aimed at providing a stimulating and supportive learning environment where children can grow and develop emotionally, cognitively and physically. We prepare them to be well-rounded, self-confident children for future educational and life success.

Our Philosophy:

As children learn how to make choices for themselves, they develop the capacity for independent learning. As they discover and create, guided by nurturing and encouraging adults, children see their impact on the world around them and develop their own constructive, positive, and vibrant sense of self-identity. We view our parents as our partners. We enroll the whole family, not just the child. We encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s early childhood experience through classroom participation, parent/teacher conferences, special family activities and committee involvement.

Our program holds as its fundamental and basic goal to provide quality education in an atmosphere of security and love. We believe in the competency of children. By providing a positive, engaging and secure setting, every child is given the opportunity to discover his or her whole self in relation to the world around them.


Please email a current C**************************** to acknowledge receipt of your application materials and after review by the search committee, may be contacted to schedule an interview.

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, medical, leave early for Shabbat, Life Insurance
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-06-08
  • Times this job has been viewed: 197 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director, Early Childhood Director
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools, Synagogue
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