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Director, Learning Academy

Seeking new Director for the Learning Academy, First United Methodist Garland's early childhood and preschool program.

Job Description

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For more information or to apply, contact Caroline Noll, Pastor for Children and families at (972) 272-3471 or

Qualifications and Responsibilities

The Director shall have a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education (or related field) with administration and teaching experience in public or private school setting.

The Director will supervise day-to-day operations of the program, reporting to Pastor for Children and Families and Learning Academy Board.

The Director's job is a year-round position. Hours are variable. Salary negotiable based on experience.

The Learning Academy is a ministry of First United Methodist Garland. As such the Director needs to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Director is responsible for the success of the early childhood and preschool programs.



Create school mission statement and make sure mission is implemented.

Assure compliance with applicable State Licensing Child Care regulations.

Prepare periodic reports on status of program to Pastor for Children and Familes and Learning Academy Board.

Establish and maintain 'open door' policy with all parents and the community.

Prepare and maintain Learning Academy Handbooks containing policies and procedures for families and employees.

Participate in professional development workshops and organizations.

Maintain student information (registrations, parental contacts, medical records).

Perform other duties as assigned by Pastor for Children and Families.

Supervision and Personnel

Hire qualified staff to run an effective program in compliance with State of Texas regulations.

Supervise and formally evaluate staff on annual basis.

Plan and provide staff development training.

Hold staff meetings on a regular basis.

Curriculum and Instruction

Collaborate with teachers to plan instructional activities and monitor lesson plans.

Monitor implementation of curriculum.

Supervise organization and maintenance of instructional equipment and supplies.

Identify, communicate and address educational needs of all students.


Monitor safety of students, staff and facilities.

Inspect on a regular basis equipment and play areas to ensure safety and cleanliness.

Review safety issues and procedures at each staff meeting.

Ensure all staff are CPR and First Aid certified.

School Climate

Encourage and recognize excellent performance of students and staff.

Nurture positive environment conducive to achievement of church, academic and community goals.

Incorporate mutual respect and high expectations when working with parents, staff and students.


Promote community understanding of Learning Academy mission.

Create and implement plan to promote marketing and advertising of the ministry.


Develop and maintain annual budget in cooperation with Pastor for Children and Families and Learning Academy Board.

Prepare financial statements on monthly basis and present financial status to Pastor for Children and Families.

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