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2019-20 School Year

Communications and Parent Engagement Coordinator

Country Day School is seeking an experienced communications and parent relations professional to serve as the Coordinator of Communications. The coordinator will report to the Head of School and will work closely with other members of the Administrative Team. An ideal candidate will have communications and technology experience in a competitive marketplace (ideally in an independent school environment) and experience working with online database information systems. This position will be responsible for internal and external communications, marketing, and parent interfaces with our database information system while also serving as a liaison to our parent organization.

The candidate should have an appreciation for independent schools and the unique experience they offer students as well as the challenges they face in the northern Virginia market. A team mentality in addition to a positive and engaging disposition is necessary. A candidate who is a natural storyteller and can relay the Country Day School story and experience to a variety of audiences is a key qualification that we are searching for in a candidate.

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  • Oversees all parent communication including “mass” emails, website and Blackbaud (parent portal) with all school constituencies
  • Creates and distributes monthly parent email communications
  • Serves as a strategic resource in communications/marketing
  • Responsible for overseeing social media content and posting
  • Must remain current with technology and advertising trends, including finding innovative and new ways to market the school to prospective families
  • Ongoing evaluation and testing of internet and intranet design and functionality

Technology Support

  • Experience with Blackbaud preferred
  • Provides user/staff on-going support and training
  • Serve as school liaison with Blackbaud for database maintenance and technical issues
  • Manages content and design as well as technical and administrative support for the School’s website and intranet Blackbaud parent portal

Parent Liaison – Parent Representative Organization

  • Manage the personal solicitation of all school constituencies including parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, and faculty/staff for gifts to Annual Giving throughout the school year
  • Oversee the school’s biannual Auction
  • Serve as staff liaison for the Parents Representative Organization, providing strategic direction, purpose, guidance, support, and managing communications
  • Develop, oversee, coordinate, and assist with the planning of events intended to engage the parent community
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least 3-5 years of communications and parent relations experience, preferably in independent schools.
  • Proven success at working collaboratively in educational leadership.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to adapt to and learn new technologies; experience with Blackbaud, Publisher, and PowerPoint preferred
REPORTS TO: Head of School
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, exempt: salaried with benefits
HOURS: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
COMPENSATION: Competitive with area independent schools
START DATE: July 15, 2019

Auxiliary Programs Coordinator

Country Day School is seeking an experienced professional to serve as the Auxiliary Programming Coordinator and a member of the School Leadership Team. An ideal candidate will have experience in coordinating programs in a school or camp setting. The coordinator will be responsible for lunch bunch, after school enrichments, extended day, and summer camp. A team mentality in addition to a positive and engaging disposition is necessary.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the School’s auxiliary programs including the extended day program, lunch bunch, after school enrichment programming, and summer camps
  • Manage the short and long-term strategic operations of the auxiliary programs to drive enrollment, expand and streamline course offerings and attain profitability targets
  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise summer program staff members ensuring that all instructors perform their duties with the highest level of care and professionalism
  • Attend summer camp fairs and summer camp hiring fairs to promote the summer camp program
  • Supervise the registration process for prospective enrollees: lunch bunch, after school enrichment, extended day, summer camp
  • Creating all schedules such as carpool, programmatic, playground, etc.
  • Create, maintain, and communicate all records associated with the auxiliary programs, as required by the school
  • Collaborate with the communications and parent engagement coordinator to create digital marketing materials for the auxiliary programs, produce the catalog of summer program offerings, and generate enthusiasm for and promote the program’s success
  • Overseeing daily operations and scheduling
  • Maintaining records and managing databases
  • Experience working with students ages 2-6, either in a school or camp setting
  • High level of customer service in dealing with parents is expected
  • Manage the daily operations of the extended day program daily from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Available as needed for classroom coverage

Educational and Professional Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 2 - 4 years experience in an early childhood school or camp setting
  • Successful track record working with parents, teachers, summer seasonal hires
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with a professional and empathetic approach
  • Well organized and able to prioritize in order to meet deadlines, as well as multi-task on a regular basis
  • Team player
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • High-energy and enthusiastic about working in an academic atmosphere
  • Proven track record as an independent and goal-oriented team member
  • Proficiency in Microsoft programs
  • Experience with school database/parent portal programs, Blackbaud preferred

START DATE: May 15TH, 2019 – flexible summer start date

REPORTS TO: Head of School

CLASSIFICATION: full-time, exempt; salaried with benefits

HOURS: school year hours 10 am – 6 pm, summer hours 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Early Childhood Teaching Position - Part-Time Toddler Teacher

Our program is expanding with a part-time position available for fall 2019.

The ideal candidate is an experienced early childhood teacher with educational vision, a natural ability to engage and support young learners, proven classroom management skills, strong interpersonal relations skills, excellent oral and written communication and computer skills, and a willingness to work collaboratively with faculty and families. Experience with integrating an outdoor classroom approach into the curriculum is a plus. Prior teaching experience in a NAEYC accredited program is valuable.

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Duties include planning and implementing high-quality curriculum that is child-centered, developmentally appropriate, open-ended and process oriented. Teachers manage the classroom effectively with compassion, high energy, attention to detail, and problem-solving strategies. Teachers develop an engaging environment that encourages children’s independence and self-selection of activities and supports children’s ideas, initiatives, and creativity. Teachers develop individual prescriptive programming for each child based upon child observation and assessment. Regular communication with parents is by means of meetings, newsletters, home visits, phone calls, email, and individual parent conferences.

Requirements for the job include a minimum of a degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related fields with a minimum of 12 credits completed in Early Childhood Education. Transcripts and diploma/s need to be made available upon hiring.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Credentials will be reviewed as they are received.

Email Head of School, Diane Dunne (ddunne@countryday.org) with a resume to express interest.

Summer Camp

Camp Counselor

We are currently seeking an experienced early childhood teacher for Session 2 (July 8-26) of our summer program for a part-time position. The ideal candidate has experience working with young children in an educational setting or other relevant experience, enjoys the outdoors, and collaborates well with colleagues. Working alongside another experienced teacher, Camp Counselors help lead class programs, assist with setup and cleanup daily, and are responsible for facilitating a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

We are also seeking on call substitutes available for summer camp as needed.

Please view our Camp page to learn more about the details of Camp CDS, which serves children toddler age through entering 1st grade over the course of 6 weeks. Email the Camp Coordinator, Mary Franklin (mfranklin@countryday.org), with a resume to express interest. Salary is commensurate with experience.

2018-19 School Year

Substitute Teachers

We are currently recruiting experienced on-call substitute teachers for the 2018-19 school year. Email Head of School, Diane Dunne (ddunne@countryday.org) with a resume to express interest.

Country Day School is play and nature based NAEYC accredited school where nature and nurture come together to offer excellence in early childhood education. Our school comprises of 275 students ranging from two years of age through kindergarten with a fifty-year history in McLean, Virginia. Country Day school sits on four picturesque acres in historic Langley Fork and consists of nine playgrounds, a butterfly garden, nature trail, two education buildings, a nature room, art studio, and a library.