About the School

Christ Church Day School (CCDS) is an early childhood education program enrolling up to 95 students aged 2.3-5 years old representing a wide range of cultural backgrounds. The school has deliberately remained small in size in order to give individual attention to children and parents that is of the highest quality. Established in 1949, CCDS is one of the oldest and most outstanding early childhood education programs in New York City. CCDS is committed to ensuring that its students receive learning experiences of the absolute highest quality. Even though Christ Church United Methodist (CCUM) governs CCDS, the school has been non-sectarian since its inception and serves a wide and diverse group of children and families. There is no religious affiliation or religious requirement for the Director of CCDS.

CCDS’s curriculum is guided by a developmental (or play-based) early childhood education philosophy. Specifically, the school embraces a blend of structured play-based education that combines both child and teacher directed models, including Reggio Emilia and the Project Approach, within a dynamic multicultural landscape.

CCDS is structurally set-up as a program of Christ Church United Methodist (CCUM), which means that the church maintains legal and financial responsibility for the school. The Director reports to the Senior Minister in his role the chief administrative officer of the church. In addition, the Director also reports to the Chair of the Day School Committee, an oversight and advisory body.

About the Position

The Director is responsible for all aspects of the operation and well-being of the school, its community of children and parents, its faculty and staff, and its relations with Christ Church United Methodist (CCUM) and the external community at large. The Director must provide exemplary and visionary educational leadership and possess excellent communication and decision-making skills. This leadership role requires the Director to interface with multiple constituencies and includes responsibilities that are unique to a private, independent New York City school that is church-based. Candidates are expected to have an advanced degree; significant early childhood experience is required.

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How to Apply

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials by October 5, 2018 as a single pdf document to Jean Lamont and/or Jo Butler (details below):

  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact Jean Lamont or Jo Butler for that document)
  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
  • Current résumé
  • Personal Statement or Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • A list of three to five references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:

Jean Lamont, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC

(Email: jlamont@educatorscollaborative.com, phone: 203-605-6975)

Jo Butler, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC

(Email:jbutler@educatorscollaborative.com, phone: 609-577-2473)