Youth Development Director - Preschool

Do you want to make a positive difference in the life of a child? Step forward lead our dynamic, exciting preschool and preschool camp.
Job Description

Holly Pond School at the Darien YMCA is instrumental in providing strong foundations for children’s academic and social development with a goal of making positive impacts on the lives of young children, their families, and the community.  

As the Youth Development Director – Preschool, you are a dynamic individual who comes to work with a smile and genuinely enjoys working with children, staff, parents and members. You will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the preschool, and the preschool summer camp, focusing on ensuring young children receive the best possible care and education. The Director is responsible for creating budgets, hiring and training staff, and encouraging a collaborative and positive workplace culture. Your friendly and welcoming demeanor creates positive public relations and fosters the Y’s commitment to providing a superb educational experience.

Our commitment to you includes a vibrant work environment, competitive salary and top-notch benefits, and a membership to the Y! At the Y, you can discover your passion and build a career with a future. We offer the opportunity to make a lasting difference in your community and yourself!

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Education, or a related field preferred.
  • Two years of experience as Preschool Director or similar leadership/supervisory role.
  • CT Director’s credential at the standard level or equivalent educational experience.
  • Working knowledge of childcare center regulations and policies.
  • Demonstrated business management skills including responsibility for budgets, enrollment targets, staff management.
  • Knowledge of Excel or equivalent financial software.
  • Cross-functional collaborator with demonstrated ability to build relationships and engage with a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders.  
  • Working knowledge of Office of Early Childhood CT licensing a plus. 
Essential Functions
  • Provide direct leadership and coordination of all preschool related program areas, classes, and activities.
  • Recruit, hire, train, develop, schedule, and direct teachers/counselors/camp staff and volunteers as needed.
  • Implement, develop, maintain, or modify curriculum to meet the needs of children enrolled in the programs.  
  • Develop and manage department’s annual budget. Manage and implement approved budget and take appropriate action to assure revenue targets are met, and expenses are controlled.
  • Prepare department schedules and complete bi-weekly payroll for Preschool and Camp staff.
  • Manage preschool enrollment including admission, registration, waitlists, billing, and all other fees related to preschool classes or activities.
  • All other duties related to the Youth Development Director – Preschool role deemed necessary, reasonable, and relevant.