• A minimum of a 4-year college degree (Master’s degree preferred) in ECE, Child Development or related field and significant experience working with young children and managing a staff and budget.
  • Experience with Cognia standards and experience with the Cognia or NAEYC accreditation process.
  • Familiarity with Reggio Emilia philosophy, the Project Approach, and its implementation in preschool curriculum.
  • Current certifications in infant/child CPR and first aid or completion of certification of both within 30 days after first day of employment.
  • Extensive experience in multi-staff supervision.
  • Ability to provide regular training opportunities for employees to improve child development knowledge and interaction with children and families.
  • Ability to address health and safety, child growth and development, discipline, and community services benefiting young children with parents and faculty members.
  • Knowledge of how to manage health protocols related to COVID-19 / other future viruses.
  • Familiarity with virtual learning tools that are preschool age-appropriate.
  • Ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses in the preschool program, classrooms, and personnel through on-going assessment and observation.
  • Experience in marketing, ideally digital/social, to drive enrollment and build community.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record and a satisfactory criminal background check.
  • Must have completed Stewards of Children “Darkness to Light” training.
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Employ, train, supervise and terminate staff according to school and church policies and procedures.
  • Hold regular staff meetings. Oversee maintenance of classrooms, materials and supplies.
  • Develop and implement an orientation process for newly hired employees centered on the goals and philosophy of the school, emergency health and safety issues, classroom management techniques, and expectations for ethical conduct.
  • Ensure the implementation of high-quality curriculum standards with cognitive, physical, social and emotional development included. Update curriculum as needed.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with parents and faculty to promote an understanding of program goals and plans for attaining those goals.
  • Oversee student recruitment initiative.
  • In conjunction with FPP Board of Directors, support the school’s annual fundraising efforts.
  • Develop positive relationships with families through daily conversations, phone calls as needed, parent days, and family events.
  • Oversee maintenance of records of individual children with enrollment information, health and emergency contact information and immunization information.
  • Maintain employee records with criminal background information, training information, employment application and resume.
  • Work with teachers to provide appropriate intervention for children exhibiting special needs.
  • Supervise and implement a plan in the event of medical emergencies consistent with church protocols and emergency procedures.
  • Work with teachers to provide necessary documents for children applying to independent schools.
  • Oversee maintenance of requirements for: training, attendance records, health and safety and all other relevant requirements.
  • Continue professional development through in-service training and/or continued education (minimum of 20-25 hours per year).
  • Communicate all relevant and appropriate information regarding general issues or concerns to the Chairman of the Board.
  • Attend and report at monthly Board of Directors meetings.
  • Assist the Board of Directors in the preparation of the annual budget and ensure faithful stewardship of all school resources.
  • Serve as ex-officio member of all school committees.
  • Maintain a productive working relationship with the church.
  • Market the preschool via traditional and digital media and maintain continuing public relations with the community.
  • Update the school handbook and the staff handbook to include all policies of the school and church.
  • Perform other duties related to First Presbyterian Preschool as deemed necessary by the Preschool Board, Session and Senior Leadership of First Presbyterian Church.
  • Oversee the scheduling of enrollment tours and appointments providing prospective families with enrollment information and availability status.
  • Keep abreast of best practices in ECE generally and preschools, specifically. Maintain membership in networks of preschool directors and nurture collegial relationships with other local preschools and directors.
  • In addition, the Director will notify the Assistant Director and/or Office Manager in the event of absence, maintain a neat, clean and professional appearance, attend staff meetings, and follow the personnel policies of FPP and the church. 

Time Requirements

This position requires 40 working hours per week, plus occasional extra family nights, staff events or meetings.


The effectiveness of this position is measured through Board of Director observations of job duties, communication and a formal job competency evaluation.

To Apply

Interested candidates should express interest to Jo Hodges, Search Committee Chair:

1328 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

404.228.7722  |
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