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Kindergarten and Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education Director

Nov 09 2017 | YMCA Early Childhood Education Center | Osprey, Florida

POSITION SUMMARY:
The ECE Director is responsible to plan, organize, implement, coordinate, and control services of the childcare program, exercising independent judgment and decision-making authority as delegated, including budget, policies, procedures, and staff supervision. Under general supervision, the Director operates the childcare program in conformance with institutional regulations and state day care licensing provisions. Responsibilities include the overall management of the center's early childhood program and its operation, facilitating, planning and coordinating of the children's educational programs and activities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
•Possesses ability to speak fluently about Waldorf education in various contexts
•Ensures the appropriate application of curriculum in all classrooms.
•Oversees social, academic and emotional development of the students
•Implements program operating policies and activities as required; develop cost estimates for future program needs.
•Expends budgeted funds according to institution and state guidelines; is responsible for ensuring that program operates within budgetary parameters established; if circumstances cause the budget to exceed or create the potential for the budget to be exceeded, plans and implements cost reduction strategies.
•Plans, develops, schedules, and provides in-service training and evaluation of child care staff.
•Ensures that the center and staff conform to federal, state, and local rules, regulations, and licensing requirements.
•Recruits and schedules children for the child care centers; maintains accurate records on children enrolled in the program to include their development, attendance, immunization and general health; conducts program registration, and maintains appropriate files and waiting lists.
•Prepares reports to all required agencies to ensure the safety and well-being of all children cared for at the center.
•Confers with parents on a regular basis to discuss the development of their enrolled children.
•Conducts marketing campaigns, maintains public relations with parents and prospective clients.
•Orders and maintains child care supplies and equipment.
•Prepares and maintains administrative and business reports and records of the child care center; records all fee payments and prepare billing late payments and follow-up actions when necessary; reviews income and expense, statistical, and budget status reports to develop and maintain sound financial status of program; analyzes problems in these areas and makes recommendations to resolve them or take corrective action; prepare billing reports on child care center use.
•Implements contracts with child care funding agencies.
•Assists child care center staff in preparing for and presenting early childhood programs and activities; direct the organization and follow-up of special activities such as off-campus field trips; assist as necessary with duties of instructional assistants.
•Ensures that problems encountered by staff are resolved; alter policies or procedures to ensure smooth operation of program.


QUALIFICATIONS:
•Three or more years of Early Childhood Education experience.
•Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field of study.
•Experience and/or demonstrated knowledge of the Waldorf Education model and its application in the early childhood learning environment.
•Ability to direct all operations through volunteer development, supervision of staff, development and monitoring of branch budget, marketing and public relations, and program development.
•Experience in management and development of volunteer involvement; ability to recruit top community leaders.
•Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of
the community.
•Proven track record of developing authentic relationships with others.
•Ability to establish and maintain collaborations with community organizations.

CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:

•Florida Childcare Director credential required
•Infant/child CPR & First Aid
•Annual completion of YMCA Blood Borne Pathogens training
•Annual completion of YMCA Child Sexual Abuse Prevention class
•Successfully complete DCF background screening requirements as well as meet the association policies on background screening.
•Additional training classes as recommended.

WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
•The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer for extended periods of time and be able to communicate using a computer and phone/smart device. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach and must be able to move around the work environment.
•The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
•Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
•The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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