Columbia Child Development Center is accepting applications for a full time Director of Operations. We are a church based Reggio inspired child development center serving children ages 18 months to 5 years old in our Full Day, Half Day and Bilingual programs. The Child Development Center Director of Operations is responsible for planning, coordinating, and supervising the day to day business operations of the Child Development Center office including but not limited to; budget management, finance, licensing, electronic data processing and enrollment systems. The Director of Operations works closely with the center's Program Directors, Specialist Team, Teachers and the Church Finance, Facilities and Human Relations offices.
A qualified applicant will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in business management or a related field. This individual will have skills in Management; Leadership; Knowledge of procedures related to computer networking programs, budgeting and accounting, electronic data processing techniques and purchasing and inventory control systems; Knowledge of law, policies and regulations pertaining to licensing; Strong written and oral communication; Preparation of financial and statistical documents and reports; Budget management; Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with vendors and the facility maintenance team. The Director of Operations is the ‘face’ of the school and therefore must be patient and friendly, exhibiting high levels of interpersonal skills, taking particular delight in interacting with children and parents. Church membership is strongly preferred.
Columbia Child Development Center serves children aged 18 months to 6 years in Full Day, Half Day and Bilingual (Spanish/English) programs. We have a strong team of teachers, parents and children who delight in working and learning together.
Our teaching philosophy at Columbia is rooted first and foremost in the belief that all children are created by God and that every moment we spend with a... child is a divine appointment. We are also influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach. This approach of teaching and learning is rooted in the knowledge that children are full of curiosity, creativity and powerful ideas. Our curriculum is emerges from children’s ideas, thoughts, and observations. Children and teachers have opportunities to propose topics for explorations and make plans together, laying out how the explorations should progress.
Our indoor and outdoor spaces and materials are thoughtfully managed to enhance learning and discovery. We utilize a wide range of open-ended materials (i.e. objects that have multiple uses and infinite possibilities such as sand and pine cones) and strive to include as many natural materials as we can. Because the materials are open-ended, the children are encouraged to use them in creative ways.
Our teachers use a variety of documentation methods, such as cameras, video recorders, and written anecdotal notes, to track children's thoughts and ideas as they play together or work with materials. They then work with our resident artist to display work that children are particularly proud of in informative and attractive ways. Sometimes this excellent work is a social interaction that is retold through photographs alongside a written description of the event. Other times, panels are put together to show the progress of a tangible piece of work that is also carefully displayed. In viewing these works, children are inspired by the creativity of their peers and also have opportunities to reflect on the pieces that they worked on.
In essence, as a Reggio Emilia Approach inspired center, we believe that learning, including Biblical learning, must make sense from the child’s point of view. We trust that if a child's learning is meaningful to the child, the learning is deeper and enduring.