Kindergarten Assistant Principal for Operations (m/f/d) / Stellvertretender Kindergartenleiter für operative Aufgaben (m/w/d) – (23LA001)

  • Vollzeit
  • Leipzig

Leipzig International School gGmbH


Job Start: as soon as possible

Location: Leipzig International Kindergarten, Karl-Heine-Str. 95, Leipzig, Germany

Contract: Full-time (40 h/week), fixed-term until 28 February 2024

Our Leipzig International Kindergarten opened in June 2014 and provides over 270 children aged 1 to 6 with a full-day, year-round, early education programme, which aims at supporting each child’s personal, social, academic, physical and emotional development in an international setting.

The Kindergarten Assistant Principal for Operations reports to the Kindergarten Principal and is a member of the Kindergarten Leadership Team, which is responsible for managing the Leipzig International Kindergarten and overseeing the children’s personal, social, academic, physical and emotional development in an international setting whilst also promoting an environment where all students feel safe, secure and valued.

Your tasks and responsibilities

Managing the Kindergarten together with Kindergarten Leadership Team (KLT)

  • Develop, implement and monitor clear, transparent and effective organizational systems including, but not limited to: scheduling, covering, compensation time, on-boarding, staff holiday and absence planning, calendar creation and maintenance, event management, food services, sign-out systems, afternoon activity systems, and holiday programme sign-up systems.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of federal, state and city health and safety regulations, and ensure Kindergarten compliance.
  • Work with educational staff members and KLT members to establish common and consistent expectations in organizational matters and processes, which are then represented in a well-maintained handbook.
  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of the Kindergarten Development Plan, especially in organizational matters and matters related to legal health and safety regulations.
  • Actively participate in weekly KLT meetings and contribute to the coordination of all Kindergarten developmental efforts.
  • Stay abreast of and knowledgeable of all developments in the Kindergarten; able to cover for other Assistant Principals and Principal during absences within the overall average of 30% of total contracted time on child.
  • Establish and meet regularly with a Kindergarten Health and Safety Committee to ensure Kindergarten plans, policies, routines and procedures align across all school sections and with accreditation standards.
  • Prepare for inspectorates as it relates to the local inspection laws and processes and accreditation visits.
  • Ensure that the Kindergarten and its staff are aware of and fully comply with LIS policies and external regulations and accreditation obligations.
  • Attend on a bi-weekly basis the Whole House and Whole EY meetings, working with KLT members to plan, organize and facilitate topical meetings as assigned.
  • Attend on a monthly basis the Whole House Meetings, working with KLT members to plan, organize and facilitate meetings as assigned.
  • Facilitate meetings as well as working groups and committees as determined by KLT.
  • Positively represent our conceptual work in public, including conducting tours.

Supporting Educational Staff Members

  • Organize daily supervision coverage and arrange for internal cover, providing cover oneself on a regular basis within the overall average of 30% of total contracted time on child.
  • Ensure that all team members are able to participate in the ongoing optimization of Kindergarten organizational structures and processes and are given a chance to contribute to the creation and evaluation of such.
  • Ensure that all of Kindergarten staff members are provided with the motivation, supports and conditions necessary to meet the organizational expectations as set forth by KLT.
  • Maintain clear internal staff communication flows with a focus on participation, consistency, availability and transparency.
  • Coordinate the supervision of children during staff training and professional development days.
  • Assist the Kindergarten Principal in recruitment efforts as needed, including establishing, implementing and reviewing an on-boarding programme for all incoming staff, volunteers and interns.
  • Propose, develop and organize continuing professional development opportunities for individuals and teams to grow their knowledge, skill and understanding of organizational matters, particularly during in-service-training days.
  • Represent views from colleagues in organizational matters at KLT meetings.

Supporting Students

  • Maintain a regular presence in the groups, cafeteria, outside spaces and function rooms, getting to know students by working with them alongside staff members within the overall average of 30% of total contracted time on child.
  • Coordinate early morning, afternoon and holiday programmes (from an organizational aspect) together with Kindergarten staff members, the Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Hort Leadership and Hort team.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of Saxony’s State Curriculum for Kindergarten (Sächischer Bildungsplan) and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of child welfare and protection legalities, and Saxony’s law relating to the education and care of Kindergarten children (Gesetz über Kindertageseinrichtungen – SächsKitaG).
  • Plan, implement and participate with educational staff in assemblies.

Supporting the Community

  • Organize together with colleagues, parents and the LIS Marketing Team, Kindergarten community events, as well as events taking place in the wider neighbourhood or Leipzig community; ensure the smooth and successful running of events.
  • Maintain oversight of all events on all levels and in groups, assisting Kindergarten staff in organizing them.
  • Establish and maintain quality partnerships with external organizations.

 Carrying out Responsibilities

  • Actively develop leadership skills, collecting feedback from LIK staff members and KLT members, reflecting on one’s own leadership philosophies and seeking to continually improve leadership competencies
  • Perform in accordance with any direction, which may reasonably be given by the Kindergarten Principal or people in similar positions of authority, such duties as may reasonably be assigned in order to achieve all elements in this job description, or any other duties deemed to be in the interest of the students or the School in general.

Your profile

  • Bachelor or Master level degree in related subject areas: Early Childhood Education, Pre-School Education, Kindergarten Education or comparable education
  • Recognition by the Saxony authorities to work with Kindergarten aged children in a leadership capacity
  • Structured and organized working style
  • Highly flexible, efficient and effective in a quick and fast-paced working environment
  • Able to work independently and in teams
  • Willing to challenge situations and to change things for the better
  • Strong communication, reflection, feedback, empathy and intercultural skills
  • Fluency in the English language, Knowledge of German is a plus

What we offer

  • Wonderful colleagues, children and families
  • An international team and work environment
  • A dynamic and diverse workplace which continues to develop good teaching and learning practices
  • The benefit of ongoing internal and external professional development
  • 30 days of vacation
  • The chance to engage in the life of the International School in the beautiful city of Leipzig; a historic, green, vibrant university city that is safe, well-connected, and in the cultural heart of Europe
  • Company benefits such as comapny laptop, company pension scheme, supplementary company health insurance, JobRad leasing, financial assistance to attend a language course etc.

About us

Leipzig International School gGmbH is a non-profit, independent educational institution that operates a kindergarten as well as an all-day school with a primary school with integrated after-school care and a secondary school. At present, more than 950 students from local and international families study at our institution from the age of one until they reach university entrance qualifications. The teaching language is English. German is taught as a compulsory subject. Our concept focuses on global-openness, internationality, and diversity, and thus on our overall motto „Learning to be a citizen of the world“. Our more than 200 staff members from 34 nations work together to create a stimulating and interesting learning environment for all children and students. The students are thus supported and accompanied from their first steps in this world to applying for training and university places and beyond. Since 2014, Leipzig International has been located at two sites: the primary school and secondary school (grades 1 to 12) are located at Könneritzstraße 47 / Schleußig, the Leipzig International Kindergarten at Karl-Heine-Straße 95 / Plagwitz. Furthermore, there is the Käferhaus at Gleisstraße 1 / Schleußig, a day-care centre run by Leipziger Kindergarten gGmbH, a subsidiary of Leipzig International School gGmbH.

LIS is an inclusive learning community and does not discriminate on the basis of race, skin colour, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.

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