Preschool Program Director

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Job Description

Preschool Program Director works in collaboration with the Director of Youth Development and the Director of Early Learning to coordinate, supervise, and manage the Early Childhood Learning Centers. The Preschool Director must have flexible availability and be able to ensure the implementation of a high quality, developmentally appropriate Early Learning Program that adheres to all YMCA and Washington State guidelines. Standard schedule for a Preschool Program Director would be 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday with some variations as needed.  

Early Learning Program Director Benefits:

Retirement Plan (pending eligibility requirements)

Paid Time Off

Six Paid Holidays

Medical and Life Insurance

Long Term Disability

Dental Plan

Sick Leave

Staff Childcare Discounts

  1. 21 years of age or older
  2. TB Test (Up to 12 months prior to employment
  3. Current First Aid/CPR Training
  4. Food Handlers Permit
  5. Two years or more experience in management, supervision, or leadership
  6. Cleared Portable Background Check including fingerprints if required by DEL
  7. Have a Bachelor’s Degree in ECE (preferred) or an Associate’s Degree in ECE
  8. Must be able to meet state licensing requirements for child care workers
  9. STARS 30-hour basic training
  10. 10 hours of continuing STARS training each subsequent year.
  11. Attend a DEL orientation
  12. Have at least two years’ experience working with children of a similar age 
Essential Functions

Preschool Program Director Job Requirements:

Have demonstrated knowledge in-

  • Behavior management specific to Early Childhood Programs
  • Program management
  • Early Childhood activity planning and coordinating (curriculum)
  • Physical Requirements-
  • Be able to lift 40 lbs
  • Be able to stand up to 95% of the day
  • Perform all activities with children (e.g. sit on the floor, run, jump, bend, kneel, etc)
  • Participate in cleaning activities needed at each site
  • Must possess the hearing and visual capabilities in order to supervise the children

The Program Director must-

  • Have the understanding, ability, physical health, emotional stability and good judgment to meet the needs of the children in care
  • Have a flexible schedule and be willing to substitute for staff/give breaks at the Early Learning Center during program hours
  • Great written and oral communications skills, following proper grammar and spelling
  • Be able to understand and adhere to a budget
  • Be organized
  • Be comfortable speaking in front of groups of people

Preschool Program Director Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Ensure compliance with state and local regulations as they relate to early learning. Ensure that program standards are met, and health and safety procedures are followed.
  • Assist with staff hiring, training, motivation, and evaluation. Supervise assigned staff and volunteers.
  • Assist with the development of informational materials and brochures as needed for promotions and Public Relations uses.
  • Help to maintain updated program information and schedules. Ensure effective communication of information with parents, participants, and YMCA Staff.
  • Coordinate program planning, ordering of supplies, curriculum, snack, and field trips. Facilitate daily activities utilizing staff, child, and family input.
  • Work, on average, 20 hours or more out of ratio performing supervisor duties. Plan and conduct activities that address the developmental needs, interests, and characteristics of all Y members.
  • Have knowledge, or be willing to learn, of Early Achievers.
  • Assist in the Identification and resolution of problems to ensure programs are meeting YMCA goals and community needs.
  • Follow YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical, disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies.
  • Assist in the development of special events and activities.
  • Support high quality programs through innovative program development and assist in program evaluation annually. 
  • Focus on specific safety and risk management practices to ensure safe programs and facilities.  
  • Other duties as assigned.
Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Change Leadership

Engaging Community




Communication & Influence


Critical Thinking & Decision Making

Fiscal Management


Program/Project Management

Developing Self & Others

Emotional Maturity