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Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia Works (“Patagonia” or the “Company”) is an outdoor apparel company based in Ventura, California. A certified Benefit Corporation, Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. The Company is recognized internationally for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $70 million in grants and in-kind donations to grassroots environmental organizations to date. It is also known for its commitment to its employees and best-in-class work-family benefits programs, including its Company-operated child development center at its Ventura headquarters, Great Pacific Child Development Center (GPCDC). Patagonia is looking for a Manager of GPCDC, a role that was established in 1984 to ensure the Company’s flagship child development center provides the highest quality early care and education for children whose parents are employees of Patagonia.
Patagonia has been providing innovative on-site child care since 1983. GPCDC’s guiding philosophies that reflect Patagonia’s values, mission and culture are:
-Children, families, and teachers are the core of our community. -All children learn and develop at a predictable yet highly individual pace. -Teachers create clear yet flexible routines, stimulating environments and opportunities for intentional teaching. -Risk taking and struggle build character and confidence. -Children who play outdoors for long, uninterrupted periods of time develop strong connections with nature. -Child initiated play and creative expression fosters ingenuity and enhances all areas of development.
GPCDC has seven classrooms with nearly 30 staff who care for approximately 80 children in our infant, preschool and school-age programs.
The infant/toddler program is licensed to accommodate children 2 months to 2 years of age and currently has three classrooms which are grounded in the Resources for Infant Educator (RIE) philosophy. It is based on the knowledge that very young children will initiate activities and participate actively in their environment. All babies are given the freedom to explore and interact with other children. Time is provided for uninterrupted play within an environment that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing.
The preschool program serves children 2 to 5 years of age and currently has three classrooms. Its curriculum seeks to maximize development in every area—social, physical, emotional and intellectual. We offer developmentally appropriate activities and environments that challenge, stimulate and encourage success. Both children and teachers initiate various activities around art, language development, science, drama, mathematics, music and social studies. Our approach fosters independence, creativity and self-esteem.
The school-age program serves children 5- through 9-year-olds in after-school and summer camp programs and currently operates as one classroom. Kids’ Club offers recreational activities that encourage curiosity, friendships and self-esteem. We stand for the right of children to play, because we know that play is how children prepare for the future.
The Manager is responsible to ensure GPCDC delivers a high quality, developmentally appropriate program that fosters a sense of community and reflects the Company’s core values and mission. S/he is responsible to lead the overall operations of GPCDC which includes administrative, financial and programmatic functions. S/he is responsible for daily operations such as staffing patterns and maintaining full compliance with all relevant and applicable laws/requirements. S/he is responsible to inform short and long term strategic planning as it relates to enrollment projections, space planning and overall center growth. S/he is responsible to inspire teachers to develop and maintain stimulating and developmentally appropriate environments for young children and facilitate collaborative relationships between parents and staff.
Essential Job Functions:
-Recruit and retain a talented team through intentional hiring, orientation, on-going training, and supervising. -Grow a professional learning community that instills a deep understanding of and commitment to the Company’s program philosophy and classroom practices. -Ensure all classrooms provide stimulating environments, predictable yet flexible schedules and routines, and an age appropriate curriculum that inspires child initiated play, individualized learning and family engagement. Implement meaningful program-wide policies and effectively communicate with parents and staff to strengthen partnerships between home and school. -Use technology to create effective administrative processes for routine recordkeeping, growth projections and on-going communications. -Manage the annual budget and maintain accounting procedures. -Accelerate business practices that promote data informed decisions, fiscal responsibility, and efficient processes which will require partnering with other departments. -Ensure the child development center continually meets all rules and regulations set forth by the State of California, Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division.
Minimum Job Qualifications:
-BA in Early Childhood Development or related field; MA preferred. -5-7 years of management and leadership experience. -3-5 years of a mix of infant, toddler and preschool experience. -Strong leadership, supervisory and customer service skills and ability to develop/maintain strong relationships with staff and parents. -Exceptional organizational and communication skills. -Demonstrated ability to lead staff on the implementation of developmentally appropriate practice using evidenced based strategies. -Capacity to understand and manage financial duties. -Literate in Word, Xcel, and Outlook; Procare preferred. -Must meet director qualifications required by the State of California
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.