Child Development Director

Join an outstanding staff team at a growing, thriving YMCA.
Job Description

With a focus on high-quality outcomes, the Child Development Director develops, organizes and implements high quality YMCA early learning and preschool childcare programs in accordance Berwick Area YMCA strategic and operating plans.

  1. Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent, or combination of education and professional experiences to meet Pennsylvania licensing requirements for a director of a childcare center.
  2. One to two years related experience in the development of outcome-based programs.
  3. Typical requirements within an agreed upon period from date of hire include completion of: Child Abuse Prevention Training; CPR; First Aid; AED; New Staff Orientation and Customer Service training.
  4. Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of
    the community.
  5. Ability to pass background checks in accordance with all Berwick Area YMCA policies for child abuse prevention
  6. Strong communication skills and the ability to function in a team environment.
Essential Functions

 Manages, directs and coordinates early childhood education, and preschool (infant through pre-k) child care programs.  Ensures high quality programs and establishes new program activities. Expands program within the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans. Recommends, develops and implements new and selected programs.

2.    Identifies new program opportunities and establishes additional program sites within the Berwick Area YMCA service area.

3.    Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs personnel and volunteers as needed. Reviews and evaluates staff performance. Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals. Develops a cohesive staff team.

4.    Develops, manages and controls budgets related to the position. Ensures program operates within budget.

5.    Assures compliance with state and local regulations as they relate to program areas. Ensures that YMCA program standards are met and safety procedures followed.

6.    Provides for upkeep of assigned program facilities and equipment and ensures the physical environment supports outstanding youth development and enrichment.

7.    Builds a culture of philanthropy within the department by building Y ambassadors within your staff/volunteer team, building relationships, and creating a case for support.

8.    Develops and maintains relationships with state child care licensing agency, school administration, parent groups and other organizations and agencies related to assigned programs. Responds to all agency, parent and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner.

9.    Identifies potential collaborative partners and funders and builds strong, strategic relationships with current and prospective partners inside and outside the Y. Effectively communicates community benefit and the Y’s impact for all stakeholders (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, community leaders) and assists in development of grant proposals to help fund the Y’s enrichment programs.

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

Mission Advancement: Reinforces the Y’s values within the organization and the community. Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the YMCA’s efforts for all stakeholders. Implements effective systems to develop volunteers at program, fundraising, and policy leadership levels. Secures resources and support for all philanthropic endeavors.

Collaboration: Develops strategies to ensure staff and volunteers reflect the community. Builds and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the YMCA. Serves as a community leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance YMCA mission and goals. Communicates for influence to attain buy-in and support of goals. Provides tools and resources for the development of others.

Operational EffectivenessIntegrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions. Involves members and community in the development of programs and activities. Ensures execution of plans. Institutes sound accounting procedures, investment policies and financial controls. Assigns clear accountability and ensures continuous improvement.

Personal Growth: Fosters a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches. Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. Anticipates challenges that can sidetrack or derail growth and personal learning. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.