Head of School

The Lake School - Oakland, CA

The Lake School, a nationally recognized, small, private play-based preschool located in the historic and beautiful Lake Merritt neighborhood of Oakland, is seeking an experienced and qualified candidate for the position of Head of School.  


The Lake School’s philosophy is to reinforce the child's fundamental need to learn and to play in a joyful and challenging environment. The Lake School was founded on the premise that an organized and enriched environment provides children with a sense of themselves, their own world and their own development. The Lake School welcomes parents' ideas, talents and support as a vital part of our school. We recognize that the wholesome development of the child depends upon how well the Head of School, parents and staff work together.  


The Head of School will embrace, honor and support the school’s mission: to provide a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment in which children develop socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically.  


Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage and administer the school, including licensing, enrollment and marketing

  • Recruit, manage, support and develop school staff of 5-10 teachers who co-teach

  • Provide lesson planning support & curriculum implementation

  • Build and maintain positive relationships with current and prospective families

  • Develop and maintain good relationships between the staff and parents

  • Maintain financial records, prepare budgets and oversee finances of the school

  • Work closely with the Executive Board and Parent Board

  • Maintain and advance high standards of care and accreditations

  • Maintain safe and healthy environment for students and staff


Minimum qualifications include:

  • BA in Child Development or Early Childhood Education from an accredited college; Masters or other advanced degree preferred

  • Minimum of 5 years verifiable experience in early childhood education, including at least 2 years teaching experience at a licensed child care center and experience teaching or developing a play-based or project approach curriculum

  • Passion for early childhood education, solid understanding of child development and love of small children

  • Strong administrative, organizational and time management skills

  • Excellent communication, writing, presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Supervisory experience and leadership ability to create and maintain excellent collaborative working environment for all staff members

  • Knowledge of and ability to comply with applicable laws and regulations and interface with the California Department of Social Services and other governmental agencies

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain financial records and budgets


Compensation package includes a salary commensurate with experience, benefits and paid holidays. The position is Full-time and will start no later than May 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted immediately.  Please send cover letter and resume to: executiveboard@thelakeschool.net and/or The Lake School, 304 Lester Avenue, Oakland, California 94606, Attention: Executive Board.


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Job Details

Category: Management

Type: FT

Location: Oakland, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: January 27th, 2019

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