Preschool Lead Teacher/Operations Manager

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Education and Training

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.

Job Summary/Purpose:

Responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the Boise State Children’s Center in collaboration with faculty from the College of Education in order to promote excellence in three areas: inclusive educational practices for young children and families, educational opportunities for Boise State students, and contributions to academic scholarship through research and securing external funding.


Level Scope:

Focuses on tactical and operational plans with short to mid term focus; significant responsibility to achieve broadly stated goals. Determines objectives, directs programs, develops strategies and policies, manages human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a high degree of autonomy. Requires broad management and leadership knowledge to lead a project or program teams in one dept/job family. Proactively assesses risk to establish systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Determines campus strategies for a program with campus wide impact. 


Essential Functions:

60 % of Time the Preschool Lead Teacher/Operations Manager will:

  • Provide strategic direction to the Children’s Center that is based on a clear theoretical framework grounded in best practices for all learners and that aligns with the vision and mission of the Boise State College of Education.
  • Develop annual goals and objectives in collaboration with the College of Education and share with staff.
  • Develop and train staff in emergency procedures.
  • Ensure NAEYC accreditation standards are being met through ongoing data collection and coordinate accreditation reviews.
  • Assist with recruitment, and selection of new personnel who fit with the vision and mission of the Center and the College of Education.
  • Work with COED and Advisory Board to develop an annual budget.
  • Review monthly financial statements, benchmarking to industry.
  • Develop and maintain a 5-year operating plan.
  • Develop an annual marketing plan to meet enrollment goals and ensure University understands the role of the Children's Center.
  • Ensure the website is maintained accurately and includes all necessary.
  • Assisting in hiring, ongoing training and daily supervising all classroom staff, practicum students and volunteers within the classroom, support in collaboration with other team members.

40% of the time:

  • Preschool classroom teaching.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • A commitment to experiential learning and inquiry within an inclusive environment that views all young children as capable and competent, that establishes families as partners, and that implements a range of evidence-based practices to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Ability to establish and articulate a strategic vision for the center which aligns with and promotes the vision of the college and university
  • Experience fostering collaboration and community with children, parents, teachers and collaborative partners
  • Ethic of care with uncompromising respect for children, families and teachers
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with parents, community, students and staff
  • The characteristics of an active learner and collaborator: curious, engaged, responsible, adaptable, confident, and humble
  • Excellent strategic and problem-solving skills
  • Skill in leveraging resources, staff development and staff appreciation
  • Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote cultural competency and/or diversity.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Child Development, Family Studies, or related field working with young children and their families in an educational setting
  • Early Child/Early Childhood Special Education Blended Certificate (birth through grade three)
  • Current Boise City Child Care License, First Aid, and CPR Certification (or ability to obtain before position start date).
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree or Equivalent in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Child Development, Family Studies, or related field working with young children with and without disabilities and their families in an educational setting
  • Experience in a leadership role in an early childhood program
  • Prior experience working with children with disabilities or those identified as at risk
  • Prior experience conducting action research or collaborating on educational research
  • Experience in supervision and program management


Salary and Benefits:

Salary range $44,000 - $54,000; commensurate with experience. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Cover letter and resume.   The initial review of applications will begin Thursday, June 3, 2021. 


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