Director of Child Care and Family Services

The Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi is looking for a Cause-Driven Leader Director of Child Care and Family Services.
Job Description

Under the direction and supervision of the Executive Director of Operations, the Director of Child Care and Family Services is responsible for the operations of multiple School-Age Child Care (SACC) sites and Summer School-Age Day Camps and assisting with the implementation of additional family life programs, Child Watch playrooms, and additional programs and/or services as assigned. The Director of Child Care and Family Services possesses primary responsibility for the administration, staffing, curriculum, and daily operations of these programs and services.


1.Must be at least 21 years of age; and 2. Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, child care, special education, psychology (with emphasis on child psychology), or family and consumer sciences (with emphasis on child development), or equivalent degree from another child- or education-related field or course of study; and 3. Meet all requirements for “Child Care Director” as outlined in the licensing requirements of the Mississippi Department of Human Services; and 4. Have a minimum 5 years of center/program management experience including supervision and development of staff, budget responsibilities and program supervision; and 5. Demonstrate high level oral, auditory and written communication skills appropriate for interacting with both children and adults; and 6. Exhibit positive public relations and customer service skills; and 7. Must complete Multi-Team Leader training within 24 months of hire. 

Essential Functions

1.Leads and implements Association program initiatives as assigned by supervisor. 2. Responsible for the operations of multiple school-age child care and day camp sites, Child Watch playrooms, and additional family services as assigned. 3. Administers all association child care and day camp programs in accordance with Mississippi Department of Human Services licensing regulations for group child care centers and the policies of the Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi. 4. Routinely visits and observes assigned program sites to ensure quality and compliance to state licensing and YMCA requirements. 5. Prepares and administers the annual program budget for assigned functions; monitors and manages the program’s revenues and expenses according to the approved program budget. 6. Maintains and submits an accurate accounting of payments, data, records, and reports in compliance with state licensing, YMCA, and program requirements. 7. Ensures that all aspects of the assigned programs are developmentally appropriate and meet the individual physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of the participants. 8. Recruits, hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates program staff and volunteers. 9. Prepares and monitors staff schedule, modifying it as necessary to maintain appropriate staff-to-child ratios, as determined by the Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi, at all times. 8. Develops, implements, and monitors an annual training plan for all staff, ensuring that all staff receive training sufficient in content and quantity to meet program requirements and needs. 9. Promotes, organizes, and monitors program enrollment, ensuring optimal enrollment at all times. 10. Oversees the purchasing system for assigned programs, insuring proper stewardship of Association resources. 2 | Page 11. Ensures all program sites provide developmentally appropriate programming and are properly equipped to provide a diverse range of experiences and activities (age-appropriate, developmentally appropriate, inclusive, and anti-bias). 12. Monitors all sites’ health and safety practices, ensuring adherence to state, local, and YMCA standards. 13. Ensures all program facilities and equipment exhibit high standards in maintenance, cleanliness, presentation, and repair. 14. Promotes a team concept through a positive approach to supervision, communication, and interactions with others; maintains on-going communication with supervisor and staff at all levels of the YMCA. 15. Conducts regular staff meetings, shares information on Association initiatives, and serves as a communication link to program staff. 16. Represents the YMCA as a liaison and advocate to program parents, facility hosts, child advocacy agencies, and the community. 17. Fosters positive relationships with school administrators/staff and other program hosts. 18. Develops, evaluates, and enforces effective, efficient program policies and procedures. 19. Ensures the Association’s child protection policies, child abuse and neglect guidelines, and proper reporting procedures are upheld at all times. 20. Ensures appealing and meaningful programs and events for parents and/or families are provided at all program sites on a regular basis; regularly attends these programs; ensures all sites provide an ongoing network – formal and informal – of support for parents. 21. Actively participates in the Annual Support campaign, ongoing fundraising, and other financial development projects as assigned, meeting targeted goals. 22. Demonstrates understanding and compliance with the Association’s Human Resource policies and guidelines. 23. Models appropriate decision-making and leadership skills. 24. Routinely evaluates program quality and practices; implements necessary steps to remedy weaknesses. 25. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the YMCA’s mission, purpose and goals and child care policies and YMCA standards; ensures the program meets the highest standards of excellence. 26. Upholds and exemplifies the YMCA’s principles of Character Development, customer service, and programs which build “strong kids, strong families, strong communities”. 27. Actively participates in the Association’s leadership team, assigned task teams, and committees as directed by supervisor. 28. Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor. 

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Change Leadership: Facilitates, co-creates, and implements equitable change for the good of the organization and/or community 3 | Page Engaging Community: Builds bridges with others in the community to ensure the Y’s work is communityfocused and welcoming of all, providing community benefit Philanthropy: Secures resources and support to advance the Y’s work Volunteerism: Engages volunteers and promotes social responsibility at all levels of the organization Collaboration: Creates sustainable relationships within the Y and with other organizations in service to the community Communication and Influence: Listens and expresses self effectively and in a way that engages, inspires, and builds commitment to the Y’s cause Inclusion: Values all people for their unique talents, and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and global work, as well as cultural competence Critical Thinking and Decision Making: Makes informed decisions based on logic, data, and sound judgment Fiscal Management: Manages the Y’s resources responsibly and sustains the Y’s nonprofit business model Functional Expertise: Executes superior technical skills for the role Innovation: Creates and implements new and relevant approaches and activities that improve and expand the Y’s work and impact in the community Program/Project Management: Ensures program or project goals are met and intended impact occurs Developing Self and Others: Develops self and supports others (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, program participants), both formally and informally, to achieve their highest potential Emotional Maturity: Demonstrates ability to understand and manage emotions effectively in all situations