Phyllis Bodel Childcare at Yale School of Medicine (The Center), a well-respected nonprofit childcare center in New Haven, CT, is seeking a dynamic and experienced new Executive Director.
The Center was organized by women faculty and postdoctoral fellows at the Yale School of Medicine in 1979 to provide on-site care for the children of women in medicine. It was named in honor of Dr. Phyllis Bodel, the first director of the Yale Office for Women in Medicine. The Center is affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine and is open to all children in the community. Priority is given to parents who are faculty, students, or postdoctoral fellows at the Yale School of Medicine.
Mission - The Phyllis Bodel Childcare Center is committed to growth in our understanding of each child's individual physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. We strive to provide a quality early childhood experience that encourages cooperation, communication and social competence for all children. We recognize that the entire family comes to the Center and families are partners in this commitment. We offer opportunities that will permit children to leave our center with a belief and trust in themselves, their caregivers and in their ability to master their environment. Our mission is to cultivate children who are active learners, willing to explore, take risks and meet the challenges of their future.
Program and Philosophy - The Center cares for children whose ages range from six weeks through kindergarten, full or part-time, in a warm and supportive environment. The program is based on the belief that each individual is developmentally unique; therefore, activities are aimed at enhancing and challenging every child in all areas of development at his/her appropriate stage. The Center celebrates its strong multicultural fabric through a holistic and multi-faceted approach. Providing stability with long-term providers is a core goal, and all teachers work full days, five days a week. The Center offers year-round care following the Yale School of Medicine calendar, and parents are welcome throughout the day.
Infant and Toddler Care - Developing basic secure and trusting relationships is the primary task for infants. Teachers foster trust through frequent physical contact, sensitive responses to infant signals and mutual delight in interactions. Daily activities for toddlers include experiences such as simple art projects, dramatic play, and free play that encourages manipulation, imitation, and exploration. Social skills such as empathy, caring, and sharing are also emphasized.
Pre-School - The pre-school program balances structured activities that allow children to learn new skills with free play that fosters creativity and individual expression. The curriculum incorporates experiences such as dramatic play, blocks, puzzles, books, art, science, math and outdoor play. Social skills such as negotiation, cooperation, and communication are encouraged.
Kindergarten - The kindergarten provides a twelve-month, full-day program with focus on skills for social competence along with academic opportunities at a pace that allows each child to advance at his/her own pace.
The Center is licensed by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and is accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It has annual revenues of $2.5 million, and there are 57 teachers and staff. An active Board of Directors of 15 members provides oversight to the Executive Director. Please visit our website at www.bodelchildcare.org.
Responsibilities of the Executive Director include:
Assume responsibility for quality in all aspects of the Center’s operation and fiscal management.
Oversee all curricula development and related teacher training.
Ensure the Center is as close to fully enrolled as possible at all times.
Manage classroom assignments in collaboration with staff.
Legal & Regulatory Compliance
Maintain all state licensing requirements and NAEYC accreditation standards.
Lead NAEYC reaccreditation and licensing renewal efforts.
Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, and maintain official documentation.
Financial Management & Operations
Present an annual budget for Board approval and ensure that the Center operates within it.
Carry out or oversee the writing, monitoring, reporting and compliance with grants.
Attract, hire, retain, and, when necessary, release a diverse staff.
Coordinate staff schedules.
Ensure staff professional development, a motivating work environment and sound HR practices.
Interaction with Parents
Facilitate recruitment and enrollment of new families.
Keep parents informed about news and changes.
Address parent questions/concerns.
Assure that quality parent-teacher meetings occur at least twice a year.
Collaborate with the Parent Teacher Organization to facilitate parent involvement.
With the Board, ensure that the Center has an effective strategy to achieve its mission.
Attend Board meetings and provide the Board with monthly financial and operational updates.
Support the Board’s governance and fiduciary responsibilities and serve on Board subcommittees.
Establish cooperative working relationships and partnerships with community groups, organizations, other childcare centers, and Yale University, particularly the Yale School of Medicine.
Represent the Center and its mission to agencies, organizations, and the public.
Serve as the Center’s Family Advocate and Education and Disabilities Coordinator/Manager.
To Apply - Please send cover letter and resume to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Degree in early childhood education, child development, or closely related field
Experience hiring, training, and supervising outstanding early childhood teachers and staff
ConnecticutDirector’s credential or ability to obtain such credential before 2019