Position Available: Preschool Director

St. John’s Preschool Director Job Description


  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
  • A minimum of three years of experience teaching and/or directing in an approved school.
  • Proficient with standard computer programs (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.) Capable of conducting internet research and communicating via electronic technology in multiple ways.
  • Ability to keep abreast of various state and federal compliance policies and laws. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from teachers, administrators, staff, students, parents, and residents.
  • Due to the highly sensitive nature of this position and access to both personnel, student, and financial records, the highest degree of confidentiality and ethical behavior is required at all times.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in the areas of early childhood education with a level of understanding related to students with disabilities.
  • A current Pennsylvania teaching license is preferred; child abuse clearance, and federal and state criminal record clearances are required.

Hours: Up to 25 hours/week at an hourly rate, the majority of hours during school hours. Job to go through a calendar year of 12 months.

Job Description:

 Primary Function: A preschool director creates policies, manages staff, and oversees daily operations. The director is the lead administrator of the school and handles all matters related to staff and students. They develop the curriculum and ensure the school meets any standards set by law. Since the preschool is a ministry of the church, the preschool director is responsible for making sure that the preschool program operates in alignment with the mission, vision, and values of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland. The director is also responsible for interacting with the leadership team at the church and the preschool standing committee.

Equipment Used: The preschool director should be comfortable and proficient in using such tools as computers, copiers, and audio/visual equipment.

Supervised By: The senior pastor

Direction Exercised: The preschool staff

Working Procedure:


  • Oversee all aspects of the day to day program.
  • Develop the master schedule for regular classes and special area rotations (e.g. music), including special field trips.
  • Supervise the program staff related to program and curriculum implementation, instructional strategies, and compliance with preschool policies and procedures.
  • Review teacher lesson plans as needed and provide feedback as appropriate.
  • Evaluate performance and effectiveness of staff through classroom observations, regular classroom visitations, and parental feedback.
  • Schedule professional development activities as needed.
  • Coordinate and evaluate the curricula and instructional programs and make appropriate recommendations to the preschool standing committee, ensuring that the curriculum is aligned to the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards and sequentially appropriate for kindergarten expectations at the North Allegheny School District.
  • Interact with students in a positive, constructive manner that helps them develop a love for learning.
  • Ensure that student progress is reported to parents on a routine basis according to the procedures identified in the program.
  • Coordinate speech, hearing, and vision screenings, as well as provide referrals for parents who have developmental concerns in regards to their child. Coordinate supports from the state given to students with special needs (e.g. DART, etc).
  • Oversee the creation and maintenance of staff and student files, complying with appropriate ethical behaviors and insuring effective security over the confidentiality of those records and files.
  • In conjunction with the financial secretary, prepare the school budget, work with the appropriate front office staff for purchasing, monitor budget expenditures, determine and manage fundraisers, and approve purchase requests.
  • Provide tours of the preschool for potential students, and be in communication with the financial secretary about the registration of new and returning students and determining the number of sustainable classes for the school year.
  • Establish priorities for educational materials to meet the needs of students and teachers with allowable anticipated funds.
  • Develop and maintain effective marketing and communication tools that shall in all ways be in alignment with the mission, vision, and values of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland and include:
  • A preschool website which is current, informative, and easy to use for staff, parents, and prospective families.
  • Maintain positive relations and on-going communications with students, staff, parents, school volunteers, and outside agencies, and the public using all appropriate means of written, electronic and social media including: written letters, newsletters, email, website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Work with the pastors, mutual ministry chairperson, and other relevant personnel to coordinate human resources’ processes.
  • Maintain current educational/administrative certificate; maintain license and meet continuing education requirements prescribed by law.
  • Serve as liaison between building and before/after school parents/child care providers.
  • In cooperation with church sexton and property committee chairperson, provide direction and/or requests to ensure school plant and grounds are maintained and safe.
  • Regular and timely attendance.
  • Develop an emergency operations plan for the program and ensure awareness of staff and students through training drills.
  • Work with pastors, front office staff, and the preschool standing committee to ensure good communication and partnership in ministry. Will attend all meetings of the preschool standing committee.
  • Since the preschool is a ministry of the church, the preschool director is responsible for making sure that the preschool program operates in alignment with the mission, vision, and values of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations at the federal, state, and local level as necessary. Implement policy and procedure changes that comply with the law and/or widely accepted best practices for early childhood education (e.g. Child Protective Services Law).
  • Ensure that a strategic planning process is implemented to help drive continuous improvement in the program.
  • Maintain an awareness and familiarity with professional organizations in the field of early childhood education (e.g. NAEYC).

To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to: preschool@stjohnslutheranchurch.com


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American and Disabilities Act (A.D.A) and is not an exhaustive list. Additional duties may be assigned.