Job Description

The Children’s Center Director leads operation of the licensed preschool program. This position is responsible for the Early Childhood Team and care, supervision, and coordination of developmentally appropriate educational opportunities for the children and families experiencing homelessness of those enrolled in the SDRM Preschool in accordance with Title 22, Division 12. Serve as a multi-disciplinary Team Member within Programs.

Operation of Licensed Childcare serving children & families experiencing homelessness

  • Communicate with the Department, maintain licensure with regulations compliance, and acknowledge receipt of deficiency notices and to correct deficiencies that constitute immediate threats to children's health and safety.
  • Partners with Mission’s Facilities staff to ensure building is safe, secure, and in good repair; participates in safety preparedness and response planning within SDRM; manages the preschool food, health, and safety program.
  • Supervises, and mentors Children’s Center staff in areas such as agency policy, Department procedures and regulations, and serves as curriculum leader.
  • Collaborates with the Leadership Team on Department compliance, program structure, financial plans, funding sources, marketing, data collection for statistical analysis and program planning, and community collaboration, relation, and partnership opportunities.

Creates and sustains a safe, effective, and trauma informed environment for the licensed Preschool.

  • Supervise Site Supervisor, Teachers, work practicum, and outside volunteers to create a positive climate to work effectively with caregivers, families, childcare providers, homeless services, health services, and education community.
  • Reports child abuse, and neglect, utilizes appropriate emergency services, and responses to children and families in medical or emotional crises.
  • Acts as Emergency Substitute for Teachers, in absence of the Site Supervisor.
  • Preserves a supportive work environment by treating people with dignity, respect, compassion and integrity at all times, and works to resolve grievances.
  • Exercises good stewardship by planning strategically, setting objectives, developing short- and long-term goals, budgeting, creating policies and procedures and organizing the functions necessary for Mission growth, efficiency and success.
  • Interviews, selects, trains, develops, evaluates, and directs employees toward desired objectives; delegates, motivates and resolves problems between employees; takes corrective action and rewards employees when appropriate.
  • Performs job safely, without endangering the health or safety of him/herself or others; respects and conforms to Mission’s Anti-Fraternization and Anti-Harassment policies as well as all other guidelines regarding behavior and conduct.
  • Follows both standard operational and program procedures and reports corrections and quality improvement needs.
  • Maintains confidentiality of sensitive Mission information, such as client, employee and/or donor data.

Develop and maintain community and strategic partnerships and be engaged in the community at the intersection of early childhood education and homelessness.

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with other agencies and organizations in community toward meeting community needs and services and participates in finding solutions and developing partnerships.

Advise Programs on early childhood education and developmental needs coordinating with other programs to best serve the community.

  • Provides expertise and advises on individual plans of care.
  • Confers with other Program Directors addressing caregiver/child basic needs and recommends methods of achieving healthy development and encouraging developmentally appropriate learning opportunities, or interventions.

Skills / Requirements

Education: Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Child/Human Development (or equivalent experience), Master’s degree preferred in Child/Human Development, Social Work, Clinical Psychology, or related field from an accredited institution, LCSW preferred. 16 hours of health and safety training; Pediatric CPR & First AID; 3 units in staff relations or administration; 12 units in the general area of child development or human growth and development; food handling. Must meet and maintain State law and County licensing requirements regarding employment in childcare center (fingerprints, TB, and physical)

 Experience: Minimum 3 years full-time work experience with those experiencing homelessness, or underserved populations, preferably at a management level. 3 years’ experience in early childhood programs.  Previous experience with children ages 2-5 required, school age experience preferred.  Supervisory experience required.  Nonprofit experience preferred.

Skills and Abilities: Working knowledge of general business operations in a nonprofit, social services environment; working knowledge of the management process, especially as it applies to growth and long-term planning; analyze and evaluate budgets and other financial documents as it relates to area of assignment; working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook); typing (min 35 wpm); demonstrated leadership and organizational skills; strong relationship skills and ability to motivate others; coordinate and/or direct a variety of complex tasks and assignments simultaneously and successfully; exercise good judgment and make sensible decisions; attentive to detail; prioritize effectively; effective oral and written communication skills; eagerness to learn and be trained; work both independently and as part of a team; provide information to public by answering questions and requests; regular, timely attendance.

Important Notes

This position is full time, eligible for benefits, employer pays 85% of medical, also included employer paid life/ADD and disability plan, vacation, 9 paid holidays, personal days and sick pay.  Dental and vision available at additional cost, voluntary benefits for life/ADD and a 401K retirement plan with employer match.

All openings are subject to change without notice, due to the volume of applications/resumes received, we are unable to respond to status inquiries. Please be assured that your information is being properly handled and forwarded to the appropriate hiring staff. If your skills and qualifications meet the needs of the job, you will be contacted.