Executive Director - Child Care and Camps

W. Mass. We are looking for a fun, energetic & creative individual ready to lead this dynamic position into a gratifying success!!! 
Job Description

Under the direction of the CEO, the Executive Director of Child Care and Camps is responsible for the overall operation of development, education, and learning centers within the region/district. This position is responsible for the supervision of the operations and fiscal management of multiple association sites. This position participates in formulating corporate goals and philosophy with the President’s Office. The Executive Director also provides direction and leadership for the achievement of Association and youth development goals in accordance with the policies, procedures, and standards established by the corporate board.  This role oversees the YMCA’s wide range of child care, including enrollment growth, programming, staffing, fundraising, community relations, and collaborations/partnerships.

The Executive Director is responsible for supporting and managing the multi-million dollar youth development programs, in addition to the day to day business operations of all School Age Child Care programs, Early Learning Centers and Camps. The ideal candidate will have noticeable experience ensuring high-quality enrichment and child care programming.

Ideal candidates should have a proven track record of creative program development and proactive responses to curriculum and participant feedback analysis. Excellence in quality leadership would require experience in positive staff coaching, progressive program development and parent relations.

  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, youth development or related business field
  • 7+ years of experience in programming, child development, and early childhood education
  • Experience in the areas of business and financial operations
  • Risk management and personnel management experience
  • Proven track records in program development, staff development, community outreach, and relationship building
  • Must be proficient with MS Office programs
  • Understand the broad overview of the goals and purposes of the YMCA and how it operates as a local, national and international movement
  • Exceptional customer relations-focused attitude
  • Strong focus on critical problem solving
  • Willingness to work in a team-centric environment
  • Effective selection, motivation, management and training skills
  • Successful fiscal management skills
  • Effective and persuasive communication skills, ability to make presentations to management, public groups, executives and Board of Directors
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities
  • Ability to effectively organize and plan for daily, monthly, and yearly events
  • Frequently make sound judgment calls in a fast-paced, member-focused environment
  • Work well in teams and independently
  • History of assuming responsibility for complex, medium & long –term projects with minimal supervision and direction
  • Demonstrated history of successful project delivery
  • Punctual and honors verbal commitments
  • Proactively identifies strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for the association, the department, and the team
  • Must be willing to travel extensively within Western Massachusetts
  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • May be required to sit for extended periods of time while demonstrating manual dexterity in order to accurately work on the phone, computer keyboard and other equipment
  • Must possess auditory, verbal and visual capabilities in order to adequately communicate via email, phone and in person.
  • Must complete successful criminal background check. 
Essential Functions
  • Develop and maintain key relationships and partnerships between the YMCA of Greater Springfield and the community (public not-for-profit, educational institutions and private corporations.)
  • Provides leadership and direction to the association’s education programs.
  • Have a clear understanding of EEC regulations and licensing procedures for all programs, and maintain programs to meet or exceed EEC standards.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate curriculum and program schedules of the programs.
  • Build positive community relations with school principals, school committees, families, local residents and other groups that are pertinent to the success of the programs.
  • Recruit, train, supervise, evaluate and develop staff and volunteers.
  • Operate department budget to ensure financial stability.
  • Pursue grants and foundations to sustain programs.
  • Participate in professional staff development opportunities and meetings as assigned.

This position has a primary impact on the overall effectiveness with which the Centers accomplish purpose, goals and objectives in serving the community.  Therefore, the effectiveness of this position should be measured by the following:

  • Programs and Learning centers will increase net annual participation from the prior year.
  • The community will better understand the YMCA education initiatives and the need to support them.
  • Participants will better understand the YMCA’s charitable mission.

At YGS, we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.