Senior Vice-President of Early Learning

The YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South is a growing $40m Association with 12 locations serving areas in West Tennessee and North Mississippi.
Job Description

Join a cause-driven association with a focus on nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. The YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South is seeking a growth minded, challenge seeking, people centered leader to join our Mid-South Team!
The Vice President of Early Learning is responsible for leading the design, implementation, innovation and evaluation of our comprehensive early learning framework, model and curriculum. This role will report to the Chief Youth Development Officer and work closely with a caring and driven childcare leadership team to ensure growth and impact in Early Learning across the region. 
The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of the early learning landscape as well as regulatory compliance of DHS licensing requirements.  In this growth driven role, you will directly oversee 5 centers across the Mid-South and approximately $4.5 mm+ of revenue with an immediate 18-24 month plan to double the number of open centers and revenue across the region.
With locations throughout West Tennessee & North Mississippi, the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South offers an ideal location for living your purpose. Memphis is an generous, authentic and vibrant destination headlined by music and full of one:of:a:kind experiences: Elvis Presley’s Graceland, Stax Music, performing arts, alternative rock, rap and Blues music, Beale Street, the Memphis Zoo, National Civil Rights Museum, Mississippi River views, mouthwatering barbecue, lively festivals and so much more. Memphis and the Mid:South area also offers a low cost of living and no state income tax. 

The YMCA of Memphis & the Mid:South provides a progressive work environment with great benefits and a competitive salary; 12% employer-funded, fully vested retirement plan after two years of services; 403(b) savings plan; 401K plan; excellent health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; complimentary YMCA family membership with program discounts; discounted preschool childcare, free summer camp and school age childcare, paid time off package including vacation, sick and personal days; and the ability to work with innovative, talented and diverse individuals driven by a best in class philosophy with ongoing professional development opportunities.Full relocation package included for selected candidates if relocating from over 50 miles away.

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  1. Bachelor's degree in a directly related field.
  2. Five or more years of administrative and management experience in early childhood programs.
  3. Ability to meet DHS Director standards in Tennessee & Mississippi and ability to travel to all centers in these regions.  
  4. Experience with multi-unit operations
  5. Experience in budget development and fiscal management.  Preferred experience with diverse funding streams (federal, state & private pay funding)
  6. Successful track record of supervising large staff teams.
Essential Functions
  • Leadership: Lead & supervise a team of Early Childhood Directors and develop a culture of leadership development to build a pipeline of directors and lead teachers at all locations.  This includes regular site visits and coaching sessions to provide developmental feedback. 
  • Financial Management: Supervise the annual financial operating budgets for designated operations consistent with applicable legal, contractual and funder requirements. Oversee the preparation of annual budgets and ensure successful management of designated units resulting in an annual balanced fiscal operation for the Association. 
  • Quality: Drive quality improvement & scalability by building and sharing best practices, ensuring compliance with DHS requirements, process improvements, systems-level strategies, and replicable protocols that ensure quality, inclusivity and compliance. This also includes the ability to identify the root cause of an issue and recommend and implement solutions.
  • Growth: Drive growth in Early Learning through program expansion, program participant recruitment and retention, staff recruitment, pricing strategies, new site development, fund development initiatives, and collaborations.  
  • Innovation: Champion innovation to ensure new strategic initiatives and new ways of thinking for early learning success are piloted and implemented.
  • Evaluation: Implements and oversees key metrics, program & student evaluation to guarantee faithfulness to YMCA purpose, high quality, and maintenance of YMCA, funder & compliance standards. 
  • Communication & Relationships: Implement multi-faceted communication strategies to ensure relationship building and operational effectiveness with internal and external diverse stakeholders. 
  • Parent Experience: Develop a parent experience pathway to ensure parents easily move from interest to enrollment and from enrolled to advocate.  Includes developing consistent & scalable processes, tools, and evidence-based touch points to ensure high-quality parent involvement and enrollment goals are met.  
  • Project Management: Lead projects or initiatives through multiple stakeholders by ensuring progress, details, and timelines are met to meet outcomes
  • Serve as an interim center leader if required
  • Other duties as assigned.