Other Management, Program Administration, Teaching, 0-5
2 Year Degree
The Center Director is the site leader who is responsible for effectively managing day-to-day operations that ensures quality throughout the center. The Center Director is accountable for overall operational management by following well-established guidelines and federal regulations. Including but not limited to curriculum development, and management of the facility and team members.
The Center Director is responsible for ensuring the health, safety, and quality of education for children within the center’s care. The Center Director is a positive influence who should demonstrate a pleasant demeanor that motives both children and a team of dedicated educators to be their best.
In addition to complying with DPW licensing, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Keystone STARS requirements, you’ll also be responsible for training and supervising staff, setting teaching objectives, and communicating with parents. The Center Director provides guidance and support to the teaching staff and fosters an environment in which children and their parents feel safe, secure, and respected. You will be expected to not only learn quickly but to adapt to an ever-changing environment. You must possess both an educator and an entrepreneur mentality.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the PA Early Learning Standards, child development, developmentally appropriate practices and behavior management.
Maintain operational compliance with The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Keystone STARS requirements.
Develop effective, appropriate relationships and communication with all team members by visiting center classrooms throughout each day and is available as needed.
Support and guide Teachers in creating and maintaining quality curriculum and learning standards.
Maintain awareness of child behavior patterns and be available to de-escalate as needed. As well as maintaining detailed notes and applicable documentation by following our suspension and Behavioral Notice Documentation policy.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with parents/guardians by consistently communicating and conveying messages about daily conduct and routines as well as ongoing administrative needs.
Accurately create and maintain efficient weekly employee schedules and daily break lists to ensure the Center is staffed by following state requirements.
Review and make necessary corrections to team member timesheets in ProCare before finalizing the weekly timesheet report.
Accurately track child attendance and CACFP Food Program utilizing the ProCare software and manual tracking methods as needed.
Ensure monthly child observations are being performed as well as Ages and Stages within 45 days for new children.
Understand developmentally appropriate practices that can be implemented in the classroom.
Perform and log monthly fire drills ensuring drills are conducted at varying times/weekdays each month.
Perform and log regular emergency preparedness drills as required by the site.
Create and perform written monthly staff meetings, in-person quarterly staff meetings, and ongoing safety training.
Assign daily cleaning responsibilities and clean/organize as needed.
Administer and properly log all child medication as needed.
Monitor and maintain supply inventories and place orders as needed.
Check toys for repair and properly record any broken items and update equipment safety list regularly.
Ensure all files are maintained and remain up to date; including child and team member files, emergency packets/binders.
Perform New Hire Orientation and Onboarding functions for all new team members.
Regularly evaluate center enrollment and work to achieve full licensing capacity in accordance with site requirements.
Accurately track and submit site enrollment reports as required by the Center.
Update illness and injury logs as needed.
Complete annual Team Member Evaluations ensuring contact information is up to date.
Perform bi-annual staff observations.
Prepare school, staffing, and curriculum for the school-age summer program.
Ensure the Preschool classes are prepared for Kindergarten and remain involved in planning and learning standards.
Remain closely involved with Preschool teachers to plan and execute graduation coordinating with the Center Directors at each location.
Prepare and properly execute DPW Inspection as well as STARS designation on an annual basis.
Update and organize new and existing STARS paperwork as well as collect, review, and file team member calendars for STARS.
Assess and update emergency operations and fire safety as needed.
Monitor children for signs of child abuse and immediately report incidents of suspected abuse or neglect.
Follow regulations set forth by Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare.
Follow policies according to ABC Kiddie Kampus Team Member Handbook.
Demonstrate the ability to react well under pressure, handle and balance multiple demands at one time, work with frequent interruptions and perform duties and tasks at expected levels of professionalism.
Demonstrate the ability to use independent judgment and initiative to act without being asked.
Timely completion and submission of all required planning.
Timely completion of all training requirements.
Maintain current background clearances and medical records as per State requirements.
Demonstrate professional responsibility and ethical behavior.
Demonstrate the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Respect the confidentiality of information regarding children and families.
Perform all other duties as assigned by supervisor(s).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Strong computer skills including the ability to utilize Microsoft Office Suite; primarily Word and Excel.
Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and Center procedures.
Ability to provide a supportive and caring environment for children and team members.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact our Human Resources Director. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by team members to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Team Members are frequently required to stand, reach, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, walk, sit, talk, listen and write.
Team Members are frequently required to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.
The noise level in the environment ranges from quiet to loud.
Duties are performed indoors and outdoors.
Education and Experience Requirements
A Center Director shall have attained, at a minimum, the following qualification levels:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 1 year of experience with children. OR
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 2 years of experience with children. OR
An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 3 years of experience with children. OR
An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university, including 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and 4 years of experience with children.
A director shall be employed by a facility and be present at the facility site a minimum of 30 hours per week.
In a facility in which 45 or fewer children are enrolled, a director may also function as a group supervisor. An individual who functions in a dual capacity shall meet the responsibilities and qualifications of a director set forth in subsections (a) and (b).
Experience working in a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited center is preferred.
Attainment of a Directors Credential following hire or promotion into the position.
About ABC Kiddie Kampus
The ABC Kiddie Kampus Difference.
As an Early Childhood Educator at ABC Kiddie Kampus you’ll enjoy a warm and supportive environment where you are encouraged to share your passion for early childhood education with children, parents and co-workers. You will work alongside a talented team of educators in state-of-the-art classrooms and pass on your love of learning to young, eager minds. Your guidance and positive reinforcement will help set the stage for many incredible milestones to come.
At ABC Kiddie Kampus, you’ll also find opportunities to experience personal and professional breakthroughs of your own. As a company with a learning culture, you will discover your full potential through state-of-the-art online training, leadership development and tuition reimbursement.
ABC Kiddie Kampus is an equal opportunity employer.