Executive Director of School-Aged Child Care

Job Description

The Valley of the Sun YMCA is one of the top 50 YMCA associations in the United States that has transformed its culture, vision and operations. With 15 branches in Phoenix, Yuma and Flagstaff along with a thriving overnight camp in Prescott. We are fast growing as a cause-driven organization that is focused on improving the nation's health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. If you share a commitment to being a part of a greater movement then a career with the YMCA is for you.



  • Serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Cabinet, ensuring delivery of high-quality outcomes for children in all school-age programs. Represent the association in the childcare field in the community.
  • Creates, develops, implements and manage high quality, mission focused programs that meet the needs of the community. Ensure quality program delivery and effective use of resources including staff, volunteers and equipment within established budget to meet financial targets.
  • Ensures staff excellence in service delivery to assure program retention, satisfaction and growth. 
  • Ensures compliance with all regulatory licensing standards including but not limited to Department of Education, Department of Health Services, Department of Economic Security and all VOS YMCA policies and procedures.
  • Implements family engagement and retention strategy including key tactics and SMART goals.
  • Positively represent VOS YMCA with partnerships agencies and other governmental entities (Department of Health Services, United Way, St. Mary’s Food Bank, etc.)
  • Administers program budget, materials, communication, marketing and promotion to ensure optimum enrollments, in partnership with association marketing and communication teams.
  • Explores growth opportunities and expands programming in accordance with strategic and operating plans.
  • Provides oversight of all aspects of program registration, promotion, open houses, and communications. Assure clear dissemination of all communication and information to participants and families.
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive staff development plan that has a focus on staff satisfaction and continuous quality improvement. Lead monthly school-age director leadership meetings. Ensure staffing complies with regulatory requirements. Responsible for ensuring ongoing feedback and corrective action to all program staff.
  • Inspects program sites quarterly and directs all aspects of safety related to staffing, equipment, environment and behavior. Know and train on the use of incident reports, emergency procedures, stocked first aid kits, etc.


*This is not an exhaustive list of job duties. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned.



  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Senior Child Care Director or Senior Program Director overseeing multiple licensed childcare sites or programs.
  • Experience with the budgetary responsibility of $2 million or higher, preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Ed or BA in Arts Child Development or equivalent.
  • A proven record of accomplishment in fiscal and/or program fiscal responsibility and sound financial management skills.
  • Experience launching new programs and/or fostering partnerships with local schools.
  • Experience in staff supervision, committees and in providing leadership to groups.
  • Ability to recruit, train, schedule, supervise and motivate staff.
  • Knowledge of licensing and risk management standards in regards to child care.
  • Experience creating, implementing, and facilitating trainings.
  • Experience in developing and monitoring financial projections, budgets and assessment of program effectiveness.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Detail-oriented with problem solving skills. Demonstrated experience setting and managing priorities.
  • Exhibit strong leadership skills; possess a passion for service, building and maintaining a culture of excellence.
  • Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule, particularly evening and weekend hours.
Essential Functions


  • 12% Employer Funded Retirement Plan (once eligible) 
  • Free YMCA Family Membership 
  • Free Programs for dependents 
  • Health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance 
  • Paid Vacation & Sick Leave (once accrued) 
  • Professional Development Opportunities & Trainings 
  • 403b Retirement Savings Account upon hire 
  • Employee Assistant Program



Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position.