Employment Opportunities

About Us: SHCC is a small-and-mighty, kid-centered nonprofit community center—now in its 81st year. Since 1937, SHCC has been providing support and programs for local families, especially immigrant and refugee families and low-income children and their families in the North End and surrounding areas of Burlington. We serve over 1,100 children annually. All of the Center’s programs are free or low-cost. In a climate of discrimination across the world, we stand firm in our commitment to expanding our space and our programs, thus expanding our welcome and making sure every child and adult served at SHCC is treated with respect and dignity.


Position Title: Preschool Director                                       
Classification: Exempt, 40 hrs/week, 52 weeks/year
Reports To: Executive Director

Position Overview: Along with a team, provide and maintain a developmentally appropriate program for preschool children.  Work with other preschool staff to meet educational and social needs of young children in a morning preschool class.

Classroom Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m through summer, and 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m beginning Sept. 2019

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Classroom Administration:

  • Teach approximately 15 preschool-age children cooperatively with Head Start staff and Preschool Assistant
  • Provide the Executive Director with input for the evaluation of the Preschool Assistant
  • Recruit, interview, orient, and supervise volunteers, work-study students, and interns; collaborate with preschool co-workers to assess staffing needs

Physical Space:

  • Maintain the assigned site space in compliance with State of Vermont Licensing Standards
  • Be responsible daily for setting up and breaking down preschool space in ways that promote health, safety and cleanliness
  • Accommodate other Center programs
  • Ensure a clean and tidy facility when program ends


  • Work within the framework of the budget specific to the Preschool program
  • Record tuition payments
  • Assist families to complete tuition subsidy applications
  • Submit all paperwork and documentation required by the Executive Director on a monthly basis
  • Submit all documentation required by ACT 166 partners by specified deadlines, as well as Teaching Strategies Gold documentation


  • Provide programming to support physical, emotional and social development and meet special needs of the group and individual children
  • Record and document ongoing observations of children and use those observations to complete child assessments
  • Refer children with suspected special needs to appropriate education service providers in a expeditious time frame
  • Maintain contacts with special service providers for support and follow-up for children with special needs
  • Arrange periodic parent conferences
  • Stay apprised of local public school’s skill requirements and expectations for children entering kindergarten

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this position.  They do not include all job duties performed by employees in this position.

Education & Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or early childhood special education.
  • VT teacher licensure with early ed. or early special ed. endorsement
  • Two years of teaching experience
  • Must meet the VT Childcare Licensing CBCCPP staff requirements in section

Skills & Requirements:

  • Knowledge and experience planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Demonstrates ability to work with children and their families including those with special needs
  • Relates and works well with children
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working in cooperative relationships with other adults
  • Able to organize effectively and work independently and to work as a team member
  • Demonstrates ability to establish effective partnerships with parents
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Physically able to daily lift preschool equipment
  • Access to reliable transportation; clean driving record
  • Computer & Internet Literate

TO APPLY: Email resume, cover letter, transcripts, copy of teaching license and three letters of reference to Leisa Pollander, Executive Director: lpollander@saraholbrookcc.org