Assistant Director

Lakeside Presbyterian Center for Children - San Francisco, CA

Job Description

Assistant Director


Lakeside Presbyterian Center for Children is a beloved neighborhood preschool of San Francisco. Since 1961, generations of San Franciscans have attended and sent their children to Lakeside for their first years of school. Our school community consists of dedicated staff, involved parents and a caring Church – all of whom work together to support our nurturing learning environments. The school offers preschool, pre-k, and transitional kindergarten classes, enrichment programs, and summer camps.


Lakeside is currently hiring an Assistant Director to work closely with the Executive Director to ensure that the school provides a high-quality learning experience for children, exceptional rapport with families, and a supportive, collaborative work environment for staff, the Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO) and the Church.  Ideally, the candidate is an active practicing Christian and has professional experience working in a multi-classroom early childhood environment within a Church and/or non-profit setting.  The Assistant Director must consistently supervise and implement the closing procedures of the school.  The school is open from 7:30am to 6:00pm.  This position reports directly to the Executive Director of the school, the Pastor of the Church and the Children’s Center Committee.


Lakeside is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.



  1. Must have a Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or related field and a valid California Child Development Director Permit; must obtain a California Substitute Teaching Permit (for coverage in the TK program) within a year of hire.

  2. Must have a minimum of three years of experience working in a preschool or related setting as a teacher or in a leadership position; one of those years must include one year experience teaching and curriculum development.

  3. Must have a minimum of one year of experience with enrollment, payroll and budget.

  4. Pass LiveScan and Criminal Background checks (fees associated will be reimbursed upon hire).

  5. Possess or attain CPR/First Aid, Mandated Reporter, Pest Management and Sexual Harassment training within 90 days of being hired and maintain certification.

  6. Must have the ability to work independently and collaboratively and seek on-going personal and professional growth.

  7. Must be flexible, an enthusiastic team player and maintain a positive attitude.

  8. Must have the ability to promote positive parent/teacher relations.

  9. Must have strong verbal and written communications skills.

  10. Must be capable and willing to give continuous attention to the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of children in a loving and caring way.

  11. Must be physically able to regularly stand, sit, walk, reach, twist, turn, kneel, bend, squat, stoop, run and climb in the performance of daily activities and  lift and carry up to 50 pounds.

  12. Must regularly be available as late as 6:00pm; as early as 7:00am and on weekends as needed; minimal absences.



  1. Assist in daily operations and administration of the Children’s Center.

  2. Work as a liaison between Teachers, Teacher Assistants and the Executive Director.

  3. Assist Teachers with classroom coverage and tasks as needed; must be comfortable and able to teach and lead a classroom when substitute is needed.

  4. Responsible for the school cleanup (closing); may also be responsible for school set up (opening) as needed; assist with minor maintenance duties.

  5. Assist with enrollment and conducting tours.

  6. Work as a liaison between outside enrichment vendors and oversee the registration and enrollment of these programs.

  7. Assist with the maintenance of the school’s database (Google Suite, Seesaw, School Pages and website).

  8. Assist in educator hiring, orientation, and training; provide support and supervision to new Teacher Assistants and Teachers, demonstrate appropriate language and discipline techniques; assist in the revision of the job descriptions and employee handbook as needed.

  9. Assist in payroll and bi-monthly submissions to the Church Bookkeeper.

  10. Assist in annual budget submission and ongoing oversight of the school budget.

  11. Be verbally responsive and courteous to parents, children and coworkers.

  12. Be alert to the functioning of the entire program; be aware of the needs of children, and respond appropriately.

  13. Listen and encourage language; help children learn to resolve their own conflicts whenever possible.

  14. Give special attention to enriching the classroom experience for the overall well-being of children.

  15. Attend parent-teacher conferences and complete elementary school applications when requested by Teachers and/or Director.

  16. Assist in the coordination of school-wide events.

  17. Assist with marketing efforts; attend school fairs and tours as requested by the Director.

  18. Attend all required school events at the Center.

  19. Participate and know emergency procedures.

  20. Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings, annual staff reviews and all professional development days.

  21. Function as the Director in her absence.

  22. Perform all duties as assigned.


Job Type
Salary exempt; Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm (full-time)


Benefits (after 90-day probationary period)
Paid Christmas (2 weeks) and Easter (1 week) breaks, 10 paid holidays, 10 days paid vacation; paid sick time; medical, dental, and vision health coverage; 403b retirement; educational reimbursement (75% for two courses a semester); NAEYC membership; professional growth opportunities

How to Apply

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Contact Info

Michelle Adelsheim

Job Details

Category: Management

Type: FT

Location: San Francisco, CA

Salary: 54000.00 - 56000.00

Posted On: September 1st, 2020

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