Early Learning Center Program Director

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Job Description

Are you a passionate, caring leader looking to foster cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development for school-aged children? We are looking for cause-driven leaders who model values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring, who are ready to be invested in and grow, to take a risk and be stretched, and who want a job that is not transactional, but transformational.

As the Program Director, you will provide leadership, direction, and vision to the day-to-day operations of child care sites. You will manage Child Care Programs that serve our community with a variety of activity options to explore, develop interests and talents of the youth with a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement for children have fun, grow and thrive in our care.

You will be able to promote a positive environment that fosters fun, safety, and our YMCA values which includes implementation of proximity praise, specific action compliments, and our 8 Points of Leadership. You will help in providing balanced recreation, education and character development by designing, implementing, and evaluating enriched activities full of fun and friendship.


In this position you will be able to use your skills to:
Build collaboration

  • Support relationship with school staff and parents.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community organizations.

Make great decisions

  • Ensure all Child Care sites maintain Washington State Child Care Licensing and designated staffing ratios at all times while communicating and maintaining a healthy relationship with DEL.
  • Recruit, hire, train, develop, schedule and direct staff and volunteers as needed.

Provide quality results

  • Compile program statistics.  Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of and participation in program.
  • Supervise and support Site Directors in developing skills and assist in the supervision of Site Leaders.

Be innovative

  • Establish new program activities and expand program within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans.
  • May develop or assist in the marketing and distribution of program information, organize and schedule program registrations.
Essential Functions

If hired for this position you will plan, develop, administer and evaluate off-site before-and-after school child care. You will provide leadership and direction for staff and children, ensure positive communication with parents, children, schools and other staff, practice risk management, and develop positive community relations.