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Early Childhood Director

Company: YMCA of Pawtucket Inc
Location: Cumberland
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

POSITION SUMMARY:This position supports the work of the Y, a leading non-profit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. - Under the guidance of the Executive -Dir. of Child Care, the Early Childhood Director will develop, organize, and be responsible for all aspects the early childhood programs which include Infants, Toddler and Preschool. This position must perform program responsibilities in accordance with the policies, goals, mission, values and objectives established by the YMCA of Pawtucket. - - ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Prepare the annual budget for the center in consultation with the Senior Executive Director of Childcare, administer the budget; taking appropriate actions to ensure fiscal soundness.
  • Trains, develops, supervises, and directs Lead Teachers and Teacher Assistants and volunteers using the RI Workforce Competencies related to the position.
  • Manages, and coordinates the program while ensuring high quality.
  • Reviews and evaluates staff performance. - Develops strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals
  • Assures compliance with DHS, and Bright Stars as they relate to program areas including ADA accommodations where appropriate. - Ensures that YMCA program standards are met and safety procedures are followed.
  • Provides for upkeep of assigned facility and equipment and ensures that physical environment support healthy living.
  • Maintains proper records and or files.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with state child care licensing agency.
  • Responds to all parent or community complaints in a timely manner.
  • Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the program.
  • Ensure program lesson plans and curriculum are developmentally appropriate to the ages served (using the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards-RIELDS).
  • Ensure child assessment data is authentic and done in a timely manner (3 times per year)
  • Conduct staff meetings/Communication with all center staff.
  • Conduct routine classroom observations to ensure staff are meeting the goals of the program.
  • Ensure center is well supplied with the materials needed for quality.
  • Create Family activities to engage families within the school community.
  • Create a monthly Family Newsletter to inform families about what is happening in the school.
  • Participate in all Staff and Quality Childcare Meeting.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding staff, families and children at all times.
  • Create a welcoming environment as families enter the building.
  • Personally build relationships with the families through daily interactionsYMCA LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES: -(Early Childhood Director Competencies for "Leader"):Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y's values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising. Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person's point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others. Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members. Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. 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. - QUALIFICATIONS (ALSO CALLED ENTRY REQUIREMENTS OR KNOW HOW):
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent
  • At least 24 credits in Early Childhood preferred
  • Must have a minimum of 2 year of related experience as a Coordinator or Supervisor of an Early Childhood program; 3 or more years preferred;
  • Must meet DHS requirements prior to start date
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Obtain CPR/ First Aid with 3 months of hire
  • RIELDS certification preferred or ability to obtain with first year
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community
  • Understand that the YMCA is a public accommodation committed to inclusion and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
  • Ability to walk, stand, and sit (including on the floor) for long periods of time.
  • Exposure to communicable diseases and bodily fluids.
  • Must be able to lift and/or assist children up to 50 pounds in weight.
  • Must be able to lift and carry food and supplies weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time.
  • Position may require bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking.
  • Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate.
  • Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical situations and physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency
  • Ability to view/enter data for long periods of time.
  • -Must be able to act and move fast enough to keep children safe -

Keywords: YMCA of Pawtucket Inc, Providence , Early Childhood Director, Executive , Cumberland, Rhode Island

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