Preschool Director/Lead teacher at Merrimack Valley Immigrant Education Center

Company Name
Merrimack Valley Immigrant Education Center
Job Title
Preschool Director/Lead teacher
Company Location
Lawrence, MA 01843
Contact Information
Required Education
College Degree
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Job Description

The Merrimack Valley Immigrant and Education Center’s (MVIEC), (Formerly the Asian Center) mission is to serve all immigrants through outreach and education programs, in order to assist them in becoming productive members of the community.  MVIEC strongly promotes promote cultural diversity, from our Board of Directors, staff and students coming to us from all over the globe, bringing together a wonderful mix of culture, language, tradition, and aspiration.


We have a long history of providing a solid foundation for preschoolers preparing for kindergarten in a creative and nurturing environment that celebrates cultural diversity. This year, as Director, you will help lead us as we embark on our next chapter, expanding our center to offer full and half day schedules.

As Director you will be responsible for:



·       Enrollment and marketing of the center’s program

o   Prepare marketing materials

o   Outreach in the community to all groups

o   Use social media to promote programs

o   Create Facebook page and maintain it with preschool happenings

o   Participate in community meetings and partnership with GLCAC and the Michael B Christensen Center

o   Write articles for our agency annual report, newsletters, etc.

o   Work with staff on annual open house and other community events


·       Build and develop curriculum that captivates students and creates exciting learning environments

o   Guide, supervise and oversee curriculum development, that promotes English language development

o   Follow MA Core Curriculum for preschoolers, with special attention to STEM, understand WIDA, and incorporate its objectives into curriculum

o   Incorporate art, music, movement  and exercise into daily activities


·       Follow all EEC guidelines and reporting requirements

o   Work with EEC Coordinator, currently Tim Donahue

o   Update and maintain parent guide (behavior management, health care policy, grievances)

o   Maintain all student records

o   Comply with and incorporate all EEC changes into our program, including CORI and fingerprinting guidelines

o   Renewal of license from EEC


·         Staff

o   Supervise, hire and evaluate staff performance on an annual basis

o   Prepare teacher schedules, and submit weekly time sheets

o   Facilitate monthly staff meetings

o   Plan for and organize staff trainings including CRP/First Aid trainings

o   Work with staff on children evaluations, plan conferences, etc.

o   Mentor staff


  • Assist Executive Director  in preparing annual outcomes and goals for the program, evaluate goals and outcomes and prepare required reports
    • Meet  with Executive Director  (ED) on a biweekly basis
    • Oversee collection of fees and parent accounts
    • Prepare monthly reports on enrollment and outreach for ED and BOD
    • as needed


  • Other:
    • Assist in maintaining cleanliness of the center
    • Planning for, shopping and organizing food for snacks and supplies for programs, etc.
    • Apply for annual building inspection, milk licenses and fire certificate with the City of Lawrence, and receive safe serve certification
    • Offer parent engagement opportunities


This is a full time salaried, exempt position, 47 weeks of the year with a competitive salary. To be considered for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Betsy Leeman, Executive Director,

Job Requirements

The ideal Director 1 Candidate will possess the following qualifications:


     Must be Director 1 certified by the MA Dept. of Early Education and Care, including CPR and first aid.

     Preferred Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minimum of two years of experience working within a preschool environment in a leadership role

     Passion for working with immigrants, strong intercultural communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultures.

     Flexibility, ability to multi-task, strong organization skills and attention to detail.

     Display excellent verbal and written skills and model correct English language usage for parents and students.

     Have knowledge of the many ethnic communities within the City of Lawrence

     Ability to lift and carry 35 pounds