Director Early Learning

Great career opportunity for someone who meets the experience and credentials to be the MetroWest YMCA's Director of Early Learning!
Job Description

Essential Functions:

Develops, organizes, and implements high quality Early Learning Centers in accordance with Department of Early Education and Care regulations (EEC), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards as well as MetroWest YMCA philosophy, policies, and practices.  This position will also serve as the lead for kindergarten readiness efforts for the association. Annual Salary from $65,000 based upon experience and skills!

Responsibilities and Duties:

1.  Manages, directs, coordinates, and enrolls Early Learning Center. Implements strategic initiatives and establishes new program activities.

2.  Assures compliance with NAEYC, EEC, state and local regulations as well as YMCA program standards

3.  Ensures high quality programming by including:

a. A curriculum that incorporates learning outcomes as well as individualized support

b. Child assessment and quality improvement practices

c. Completes a comprehensive program evaluation and subsequent follow through with program improvement plan.

4.  Serve as staff lead for Regional Education in the absence of the Executive Director.

5.  Develops and maintains relationships with children, families, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Framingham Public Schools and other stakeholders related to center through verbal and written communication.

6.  Leads the marketing and distribution of program information.

7.  Responds to all family, Y, and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner. 

8.  Provides staff leadership for annual fund-raising campaign and committees as assigned.

9.  Provides direct supervision to the Associate Director and Assistant Director as well as indirect supervision of the classroom educators.

10.  Leads efforts to recruit, hire, train, schedule, and supervise personnel and volunteers as needed following Y policies and expectations. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.

11.  Provides professional development and consultation to all association staff who work with children from birth to 5 years old.

12.  Engages families in volunteer opportunities including facilitating Family Advisory Council, encourage philanthropy, and organizes special events and educational opportunities for caregivers.

13.  Builds relationships, partnerships and collaborations with members of the community for volunteer and community outreach opportunities including working with local colleges to recruit student teachers and other interns.

14.  Ensures health and safety procedures are followed.

15.  Provides a welcoming and engaging learning environment for children and adults

16.  Develops, manages and controls budgets related to the position. Ensures programs operate within budget

17.  Uses independent judgment and discretion in setting daily priorities to complete tasks.

18.  Demonstrates sensitivity to linguistic, cultural, social, economic, individual, and role differences among individuals and families served.         

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• The employee needs sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions, to safely engage with children, and to supervise program activities in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations.

• 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.

Qualifications

1.  Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent, EEC Director II certified and committed to ongoing professional development.

2.  At least five years of experience as a supervisor in an EEC licensed early learning center including at least two years as an administrator (e.g., center director, assistant director).

3.  Complete understanding, compliance, and experience with EEC licensing regulations and NAEYC accreditation standards.

4.  Ability to plan, organize and implement age-appropriate/developmentally appropriate program activities.

5.  Ability to use initiative and judgment in selecting proper course of action in unusual or emergency situations.

6.  Ability to effectively organize time and complete responsibilities; excellent written and verbal communication skills; basic computer skills (Microsoft Word, Email, etc.).

7.  Bilingual in English/Spanish or English/Portuguese a plus.

8.  Previous experience with diverse populations. Ability to develop positive, authentic relationships with people from different backgrounds.

Essential Functions

Essential Functions:

Develops, organizes, and implements high quality Early Learning Centers in accordance with Department of Early Education and Care regulations (EEC), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards as well as MetroWest YMCA philosophy, policies, and practices.  This position will also serve as the lead for kindergarten readiness efforts for the association.

Required Certifications

1.  Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent, EEC Director II certified and committed to ongoing professional development.

2.  At least five years of experience as a supervisor in an EEC licensed early learning center including at least two years as an administrator (e.g., center director, assistant director).

3.  Complete understanding, compliance, and experience with EEC licensing regulations and NAEYC accreditation standards.

4.  Ability to plan, organize and implement age-appropriate/developmentally appropriate program activities.

5.  Ability to use initiative and judgment in selecting proper course of action in unusual or emergency situations.