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The Temple Preschool

Center Director

The Temple Preschool


Job Summary

The Temple Preschool (TPS) is seeking its next Center Director to build upon its rich history of engaging children and families as collaborators in learning. The Center Director is responsible for ensuring high standards for the health, safety, and quality of education for all children within TPS’s care. They embrace and embody the mission and vision of the program and act with the highest level of integrity in implementing that vision. The Center Director is a model for the strong ideals of the program and communicates those ideals effectively with teachers, students, and families in the close-knit TPS community.

TPS is an integral part of the Congregation Ohabai Sholom (the Temple), located in Nashville, Tennessee. Open to all in the greater Nashville community, TPS is a Jewish-focused, Reggio Emilia-inspired program, serving children from six weeks to Pre-Kindergarten. It offers a child-centered, play-based learning environment where children are celebrated as competent, capable, and complex. The program is committed to inclusivity; TPS serves a diverse learning community and is welcoming of all families.

TPS comprises classroom communities where children feel safe, supported, and empowered to care for themselves, others, and the environment. The school values each child’s creativity, thoughts, and ideas. Children are seen as partners with their teachers and peers in the educational process. The Center Director plays an instrumental role in implementing this ambitious vision, setting a high standard for the quality of learning experiences that children experience each day. They manage a high standard for professionalism and work ethic while partnering with the staff as collaborators in the program’s mission and continuous growth.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manages a team of ~30 staff members, supervising all TPS staff.
  • As part of The Temple, the Center Director manages strong relationships with a larger team and board, representing the ongoing needs of the preschool, while being accountable to the goals of the program.
  • Leads the strategic direction of the program, designing and implementing short-term and long-term strategic plans, in collaboration with Temple leadership.
  • Cultivates a culture of continuous learning and growth for teachers, committing to and facilitating professional development for all staff members.
  • Complies with all licensing requirements set forth by state and local regulatory agencies.
  • Establishes and enforces the policies and procedures of TPS.
  • Oversees all office functions, including payroll, accounts payable and receivable, tuition billing and payment, human resources and purchasing.
  • Manages budget planning, drafting and review.
  • Hires educators and staff to effectively implement the TPS program.
  • Oversees annual performance review process in conjunction with Assistant Director for all TPS educators and staff.
  • Manages relationships with all new and potential TPS families, including overseeing the enrollment and student waitlist processes.
  • Greets TPS parents, children and visitors, modeling kindness, inclusivity and expertise.
  • Represents TPS in the community with integrity, enthusiasm and professionalism.


  • Bachelor’s, Master’s or other advanced degree in early childhood education or other relevant subject.
  • Minimum of five (5) years experience administering an early care or education program or managing an early learning center
  • Experience with or willingness to engage with the Reggio Emilia approach
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills

Additional Information


This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, short and long term disability coverage, 401k, discounted child care, paid vacation, sick time and Temple membership.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, and to receive a full job description, please submit a cover letter and resume via email to tpsdirectorsearch@templenashville.org.


  • Date Posted: April 6, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Children / Youth