General Statement of Duties: Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Program Director is responsible for all aspects of the management of the Center in accordance with the mission and policies of the Center as promulgated by the Board of Directors and the Center’s by-laws. The Program Director is ultimately responsible for developing and evaluating appropriate programs and activities which will meet each child’s developmental, physical, psychological, social and educational needs. The following is a list of activities and job functions for which the Director has primary responsibility. The Director will be required to perform other duties as needed to maintain the Center at an optimal level for all children, their families and all staff.
Reporting Structure: The Program Director reports to the SWCDC Board of Directors, specifically the Chairperson.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
Interviewing and hiring qualified staff. Providing appropriate orientation and training.
Supervising staff on an on-going basis, including the development of work plans.
Informing staff of licensure requirements and policy changes through regular staff meetings.
Locating appropriate training opportunities and making accommodations for staff to attend.
Scheduling to maintain an efficient number of staff to meet the center’s needs.
Providing support to staff and maintaining employee confidentiality.
Maintain current and accurate staff records (including all Office of Early Childhood licensing required components).
Ensure a safe, happy, and stimulating environment for children.
Meet with all perspective families prior to enrollment to establish a collaborative relationship. Inform parents of policies to assist in their adjustment to a center-based program.
Ensure that children’s records are current and accurate (includes all CT licensing required components).
Ensure that the center meets all Connecticut licensing requirements and NAEYC Standards. This includes, but is not limited to:
Standards of health and safety
Nutrition and food preparation
Physical safety and well-being of children and staff
Establishing and executing policies and procedures that ensure the wellbeing of children, such as:
Developmentally appropriate curriculum
Guidance and Discipline
Supervision of children
Maintenance of a healthy environment
Maintaining an environment that is tolerant and respectful of child and family cultures, values and differences.
Establishing relationships with individual children and families and being responsive to their needs.
Provide families with opportunities for engagement in their child’s school experience.
Provide care in classrooms as needed to meet safety and licensing regulations.
Provide families with information and assistance with community resources.
Report evidence of suspected abuse/neglect to local Department of Children and Families.
Ensure that center facilities are safe for children and comply with laws and regulations.
Maintain the facility in accordance with Connecticut licensing standards and NAEYC Standards.
Manage and coordinate curricula with staff that complies with state and federal requirements and NAEYC Standards.
Ensure the center maintains its current NAEYC accreditation status. This includes keeping current with all new information regarding maintaining accreditation, preparing annual reports and being prepared for the 5 year reaccreditation cycle.
Maintain center records (includes emergency drills; building, fire and sanitation inspections).
Develop and update personnel and operational procedures.
Attend monthly board meetings.
Assist the treasurer in developing in preparing the annual operation budget.
Assist in long range planning.
Make recommendations to Board of Directors for budget adjustment if conditions should change.
Maintain payroll and benefits packages.
Ensure that tuition fees are kept current.
Oversee/approve orders of appropriate center supplies for provision of care (food, gloves, toiletries, etc).
Approve and order materials and supplies for classroom programs and activities.
Represent the center in the community and act as a liaison with other agencies.
Develop and facilitate a marketing and communications plan.
Establish and maintain a healthy, safe and fun working environment.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge of state/federal and other applicable regulatory requirements.
Knowledge of early learning principles and NAEYC Accreditation.
Certification in First Aid and CPR and administration of Medication Training.
Maintains continuing education requirements and keeps abreast of the latest developments in the field.
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood or related field.
Connecticut Director’s Credential.
CPR/First Aid Training.
Administration of Medication Training.
Friendly and approachable demeanor.
Conditions of Employment:
Meet health and medical guidelines as required by OEC licensing regulations.
Successfully complete criminal background and fingerprint check.
Must present 2 written references or names of 3 references that may be contacted to verify successful work history.