About Our Program Wild Lilac Child Development Community is a non-profit center offering high quality early childhood care and education to over one hundred families in the Foster Powell neighborhood of southeast Portland.
Now entering our fourteenth year of operation, our school is inspired by the infant-toddler centers and preschool programs of Reggio Emilia. Our philosophy is rooted in social constructivism: we learn about and make meaning of our world by acting and reflecting together. We create our curriculum in response to our children’s ideas, passions, and questions. We believe that play is the true work of early childhood, as it is through play — storytelling, building, imagining, and inventing — that a child can develop their self-confidence, language, creativity and problem-solving skills. At Wild Lilac we celebrate diversity and seek to know and honor the whole child; our work with children and families is guided by the principles of inclusive, anti-bias education. We also have a beloved food program, an amazing school garden, and a wonderful 1.5 acre campus to support outdoor play and exploration. To learn more about our program we encourage you to visit our website, www.wildlilac.org.
Position Description The Executive Director provides leadership and overall administration for Wild Lilac CDC including finance, development, human resources, family and community relations, and program policy. The Executive Director is supervised by the Board of Directors and provides oversight of all business operations including supervision to approximately 25 teachers and staff, collaborating with a team (Education Director, Infant-Toddler Education Coordinator) who provides pedagogical administration for the program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Maintain all fiscal responsibility for Wild Lilac CDC including budget development and tuition structure, budget tracking, bookkeeping, and quarterly and annual reporting within the guidelines set by the Board of Directors.
Hire and supervise program staff, implement evaluation procedures for teachers and staff members.
Manage and promote collaborative relations with families and the community.
Spearhead and champion Wild Lilac’s work toward diversity, equity and inclusion, advancing these initiatives in conjunction with the organization’s Equity Committee.
Communicate effectively and regularly, fairly address concerns and complaints, coordinate center-wide events, solicit feedback from families.
Develop family engagement and education opportunities.
Provide leadership and vision with respect to the program’s mission and values, and oversee work related to program licensing and accreditation.
Assess staff and program needs; create and communicate annual program goals and intentions.
By request and through outreach efforts, support members of the early childhood professional community by offering program tours, opportunities for collaboration and professional development.
Develop and sustain ongoing collaborative partnerships in the broader community.
Participate in professional associations and represent the program within the nonprofit sector and the early childhood education community.
Oversee development and implementation of the annual fundraising plan.
Build and sustain relationships with prospective and active donors.
Seek out and initiate grant funding and partnership opportunities.
Collaborate with the Board of Directors, participating in quarterly meetings as well as monthly committee meetings.
Preferred Skills and Qualifications Recognizing that experience comes from many sources, this list is not intended to exclude candidates, but outline a sample of equivalent desired experience. Applicants should have a robust collection of professional skills, possibly gained by:
MA or MS degree in Business or Nonprofit Management/Leadership, Public Administration, Educational Leadership or related field.
Five years of experience in the early childhood education field including three years in a leadership role (preferably as the Director of a certified center).
Demonstrated financial management and bookkeeping experience.
Proficiency with computer technology and software systems such as Quickbooks, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Suite.
Demonstrated knowledge of approaches and theories in early childhood education, including RIE, the Reggio Emilia approach, anti-bias education, and social-constructivism.
Knowledge and experience with human resource functions including conflict resolution and benefit management.
Ability to communicate and work comfortably and effectively in a diverse workplace setting.
Expertise and experience working with and promoting a diverse community of families, including children with an array of abilities, children whose families are culturally and linguistically diverse, children from diverse socioeconomic groups, and children with individual learning styles, strengths, and needs.
Experience with adult learning and leadership.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Enrolled in the State of Oregon Early Learning Division central background registry by start date, and maintain all current certifications required by licensure.
Per child care state licensing requirements, the Executive Director must be at least 21 years of age.
Compensation As a full-time, year-round position, starting pay for the Executive Director is $46,000-50,000 annually, depending on experience and qualifications. Due to COVID-19, Wild Lilac is currently operating at lower capacity under Emergency Child Care guidelines; this position may experience an FTE reduction at the discretion of the Board of Directors until full-scale operations resume.
In addition to pay, all full-time staff members at Wild Lilac are eligible for a monthly health insurance stipend, group dental/vision/life insurance coverage, a 401K retirement savings plan with an employer match, paid time off (approximately eleven days of flexible PTO per year), enrollment priority and reduced tuition for their children, and an annual professional development stipend to support your continued learning. Our yearly calendar also includes approximately 30 days of paid holidays and vacation time.
Equity Statement At Wild Lilac we are committed to creating and fostering racial and cultural diversity at every level of the organization including but not limited to staff, students, and leadership. Candidates of historically marginalized and underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
To Apply Please submit a resume or CV and cover letter detailing your interest in the position to email@example.com.
About Wild Lilac Child Development Community
Wild Lilac was founded in 2006, brought to life by two childhood friends – one an educator, the other a social worker – with a vision of an early childhood program dedicated to honoring all children and families. The small, licensed in-home preschool program was nestled in the Hawthorne neighborhood of inner Southeast Portland with just twelve families the first year, doubling in size its second year and soon after adding a toddler program – a second house – for children ages two to three. A couple of years later we built a cottage in the backyard to start our infant program, and we kept on growing.
Motivated by our commitment to equity and access for diverse children and families, Wild Lilac incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2014. We relocated to an expansive new facility, a former elementary school, on a 1.5-acre campus alive with possibilities and filled with potential. We sought to bring our early childhood program to the Foster Powell neighborhood and surrounding areas, where high-quality early childhood education options were few and far between. Since then, we’ve dedicated our professional lives to creating an amazing early learning community. Now in ...our thirteenth year of operation, Wild Lilac serves over one hundred children, ages six weeks to six years, and their families.