Preschool Director

Madison, Wisconsin
$60,000 - $80,000 plus comprehensive health benefits, 401k and other perks.
Jul 17, 2020
Grade Level
Early Childhood
Job Type

One City Preschool is seeking an experienced Preschool Director to grow and develop a transformational model of early childhood education. We offer competitive pay, comprehensive benefits and the opportunity for the highest quality of professional growth and opportunities for leadership in a diverse and engaged community of colleagues, children and families. We will only consider candidates committed to embodying and developing the highest possible standards for early childhood practice and organizational management.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, August 14, 2020

We would like our new Preschool Director to join our team no later than Monday, October 5, 2020.


One City Schools is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that provides high quality educational opportunities for young children. Our mission is to seed a new model of public education that ensures young children are on track to succeed in a college or career preparatory program from birth through high school graduation. Our vision is of a Greater Madison community that comes together to support the needs of every child and family in their growth, development and learning.

At One City we seek to create environments that respect the inherent value and capacity of every child, staff-member and family. This orientation provides the best possible foundation for their future learning and growth. Through respect, trust, safety, clear expectations, freedom, and reflection (listening), we are laying the groundwork for children who will be ready to confront every challenge they face with confidence, knowledge, and experience, including the challenges of learning in a variety of school environments and the challenges that will arise in their lives and careers.

Children and adults at One City seek to understand each other and their work on a daily basis, and develop routines and expectations that meet each child at their highest level of mastery. This depth of engagement and reflection fosters intrinsic motivation for children (and adults), and develops habits and qualities for the child that form the basis for their future capacity to learn with depth and authenticity.

One City operates two schools: One City Preschool and One City Expeditionary Elementary School. One City Preschool, serving children ages 2-4k, is accredited by the City of Madison, and was awarded 5 (of 5) stars through Wisconsin's YoungStar Child Care Rating System. One City Preschool was named Best of Madison for Child Care in 2018 by Madison Magazine

One City Preschool and 4K programs are working closely with educational leaders in the United States to establish One City as a model of the Anji Play Approach. The Anji Play Approach and Curriculum are national standards for preschool education in China developed by educator Ms. Cheng Xueqin over the last two decades at the local level in Anji County. The Anji Play Approach focuses on five core values: love, risk, joy, engagement and reflection.

The Anji Play Approach expects the teacher to be present and listen to children’s stories of their thinking and experience, and to create environments, routines, schedules and expectations that allow for the child’s greatest level of ability to be developed, expressed and described by the child, and to be understood and seen by the child, the adult, and other children. The Anji Play Approach also includes specifically designed and selected play materials for both outdoor and indoor use, specifically arranged classroom and outdoor environments, and the use of technology for daily observational and reflective practice.


One City’s Preschool Director will be responsible for leading the work of One City to create an environment of safety, consistency, openness, and trust for children and teachers to reach their greatest potential.

Through responsive, reflective management centered on listening to and understanding the needs of children, teachers, families, staff, and the community, a successful director will create, observe, and adjust systems and expectations to meet these needs, and will hold all staff accountable to those expectations. They will also have solid experience, cross-cultural proficiency and natural skills for working with and among racially, ethnically, linguistically and socio-economically diverse children and families.

The Director will be committed to the values, philosophy and mission of One City to create a joyous experience of childhood, defined by reflection and deep, authentic learning. This pedagogical and curricular orientation will require that the Director spend time in the classroom and outdoors observing and supporting teachers, and also spend time supporting the teacher’s practice (curricular and pedagogical decision-making and growth) through the development and implementation of transparent and evolving systems of reflection (professional development).

The Director will be responsible for maintaining One City’s compliance with all local, state, and federal requirements, laws, and regulations and early learning center licensing requirement, including ensuring that student, personnel and organizational records are maintained and updated to the required standards as outlined in licensing and accreditation guidelines.

Additionally, the Director will be responsible for:

  • Staff recruitment, hiring, management, and evaluation.
  • Supporting teachers, staff and families by listening and modeling a stance of listening and reflection.
  • Purchasing for the Center.
  • Maintenance of parent and family relationships, including leading, organizing, and supporting: (a) orientations and tours, (b) informational sessions, (c) home-visits, (d) annual and seasonal events and open-houses, (e) parent committees and organizations, and (f) One City promotional activities in the greater Madison community
  • Maintenance and development of outdoor and indoor play environments.
  • Collaboration on development and implementation of One City budgets and planning with CEO.
  • Documentation of work and regular reporting to supervisors.
  • Monitoring of center maintenance, facility needs, and services.
  • Maintenance of a clean, safe, and healthy school environment.


  • Model Anji Play’s Five Core Values: Love, Risk, Joy, Reflection and Engagement and One City’s Habits of Character;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with staff members, parents and partners;
  • Strive to communicate the positive aspects of One City to the public in word and deed;
  • Help maintain a clean an orderly educational environment and facility, and at all times and shows grace and support when engaging children, parents and guests who utilize or visit One City;
  • Excellent judgment, growth mindset and creative problem-solving skills;
  • committed to teamwork and collaboration
  • Self-reflective and open-minded; open and willing to change; and
  • Energetic, flexible, dependable, collaborative and proactive, and desire to be innovative, receive and provide feedback, and try new strategies with students.


  • Strong commitment to the mission, vision, goals and objectives of One City, and to working to with young children from diverse racial/cultural urban populations and their families; experience working with diverse children preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field, and at least three years of experience serving in a director or assistant director capacity at an institution serving primarily children younger than six years of age preferred.
  • Experience guiding, developing and directing teams of five or more people.
  • Ability to speak Spanish fluently is a plus but not required
  • Ability to regularly and routinely lift and push at least 50 pounds.
  • Completion of a background check required.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Other duties as assigned


One City offers salaries and wages that are competitive within our local market and area public schools, and is a leader in compensation among early childhood learning centers. We also offer comprehensive benefits to all full-time employees. Benefits include:

  • Salaries: $70K - $80K, depending on education, experience and demonstrated impact on student achievement
  • 12-month contract with a standard work-day and dedicated planning time each week
  • Generous time-off program, including 18 Days of PTO and holidays, spring break and winter break
  • Comprehensive health benefits (medical, dental and vision)
  • 401K with employer match of 5.9%
  • Voluntary Benefits (Supplemental Life, Accident, Short Term Disability, etc.)
  • Family Perks Discount Program (
  • Life Insurance and Long-term Disability
  • Investment in Professional Growth and Development
  • Employee Assistant Plan
  • Relocation Assistance Provided, if residing more than 50 miles outside of Madison


One City is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all team members and applicants, and to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.