Director of Early Learning Center
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB)
Director of Early Learning Center (Board of Trustees)
Position Number 48008662
Department: Parent Services
Who are we?FSDB is a state public school available at no cost to eligible pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind, including boarding and transportation services. FSDB is nationally recognized for its comprehensive educational services, designed for the unique communication and accessibility needs of students. FSDB also provides educational outreach programs for children ages 0-5 and their families. The FSDB experience provides students with the edge to do more, be more, and achieve more.
How you will make an impact
The incumbent of this position serves as the instructional leader in the Early Learning Center Program (ELC-D/ELC-B) ensuring high quality services to children ages three to five and their families. This position is responsible for assuring compliance with all federal, state, Board of Trustee and Administrative mandates, guidelines, and rules within their respective unit.
- Responsible for supervising all staff working in the Early Learning Center Preschool program inclusive of both the deaf and the blind departments. Coordinate and conduct staff meetings to develop goals and priorities that lead to quality instructional programs. Supervise and support instructional program staff members by visiting classrooms, conduct formal and informal observations, conduct individual teacher conferences, provide high quality feedback, and complete staff evaluations. Review individual teacher’s lesson plans, review, and approve teacher’s individual professional development plans, ensure the adherence of state adopted curriculum/course frameworks for class instruction, and ensure instruction is differentiated and appropriate accommodations are being implemented according to students’ needs, IEP goals and accommodations. Gather and analyze data on student performance. Review assessments, observe and provide professional input on specific children for purpose of identification of specific problems and referral for additional diagnostic or related evaluations. Supervise the monitoring of student behavior and support implementation of student behavior programming and plans. Ensure teachers and staff members maintain contact with family by informing them of upcoming activities, student progress and concerns.
- Participate in departmental meetings, student management team meetings, file reviews and student staffings when appropriate, prepare budget requests, and develop student/teacher schedules in a timely manner. Participates in staff development activities training as assigned. Responsible for ordering supplies, textbooks and materials and managing budget allocations appropriately. Report needed building repairs and safety hazards to the appropriate departments.
- Oversee the completion of daily responsibilities such as student attendance, student accountability and safety, payroll, leave requests and other administrative tasks accurately and in a timely manner. Coordinate with staff to ensure the efficient use of fiscal and human resources, and efficient use of physical facilities.
- Other duties, as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge in the instructional strategies related to the respective sensory impairment of the children within the instructional unit;
- Knowledge of acceptable/current administrative, personnel and student management techniques;
- Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective communications;
- Knowledge of the principles, methods and techniques of teaching;
- Knowledge of the principles of human learning, behavior and counseling;
- Knowledge of the principles and techniques of curriculum development;
- Ability to work independently;
- Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments;
- Ability to communicate effectively;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
- Ability to visually monitor students and staff;
- Ability to complete training and administer skills acquired during CPR and CPI;
- Ability to attain sign language proficiency level in accordance with FSDB O.P.P.1.24;
- Master's degree or higher in related field.
- Current state of Florida educator certification in Deaf or Hard of Hearing K-12, or visually impaired K-12, or ability to obtain within a reasonable period of time upon hire.
- Current state of Florida educator certification in educational leadership K-12, school principal K-12, or administration and supervision, or ability to obtain within a reasonable period of time upon hire.
- Five years professional experience in related field.
Additional requirements mandated by state/federal law and position responsibilities.
**Proof of education will need to be provided at time of interview.**.
Sign Language Requirements
Applicants who are selected for hire will be required to attain an Advanced proficiency in sign language within one year of hire.
Please note: The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind provides education to acquire sign language skills.
Hiring Salary Range: 11 month position, $51,889.37 - $59,389.37 annually. This range is inclusive of verified experience and education.
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm (at least 80 hours biweekly)
FSDB will prepare each student for a lifetime of success.
MissionThe mission of FSDB is to utilize all available talent, energy, and resources to provide free appropriate public education for eligible sensory impaired students of Florida. As a school of academic excellence, the school shall strive to provide students an opportunity to access education services in caring, safe, unique learning environment to prepare them to be literate, employable, and independent lifelong learners. The school shall provide outreach services that include collaboration with district school boards and shall encourage input from students, staff, parents, and the community. As a diverse organization, the school shall foster respect and understanding for each individual. (Section 1002.36, Florida Statutes)
Integrity & Respect – The FSDB community is a cohesive group that serves with honor, care, kindness and responsibility.
Safety & Security – The FSDB community is committed to the protection and well-being of stakeholders.
Innovation – The FSDB community welcomes change and embraces a continuous improvement mindset to encourage new methods to solve problems and foster creativity and growth.
Trust – The FSDB community is committed to high quality services and accountability through honest, reliable and consistent actions.
Our benefits include:
- Automatic enrollment into the Florida Retirement System.
- Medical insurance coverage is $90 per pay period for family coverage; $25 per pay period for employee only.
- Life insurance $25,000 is provided by the state at no cost to you for all FTE positions. Employees may purchase additional coverage.
- Low-cost supplemental benefit packages that include dental, vision, and much more.
- Professional development opportunities and ability to learn American Sign Language on campus at no cost.
- Tuition waiver program – earn up to 6 credit hours per semester at state universities.
- Biweekly accrual of (8.15) hours of annual leave and two (2) hours of sick leave.
- Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year.
How You Will GrowFSDB provides staff members with opportunities to grow professionally, enhancing their ability to support students' growth. School- and state-required training and skills development is offered both online and in-person for academic and non-academic staff members.
TO APPLY:Applications accepted through People First only.
An attached resume is not a substitute for the information required on the application. It is the responsibility of all applicants to keep their application current.
All members of the Florida Retirement System are required to contribute 3% of their salary on a pre-tax basis.
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The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.