Job Title: Manager of Ventura River Child Development Center (VRCDC) *
Reports To: Director of Global Family Services
Location: Ventura, CA
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 $89 million in grants and in-kind donations to grassroots environmental organizations since 1985. It is also known for its commitment to its employees and best-in-class work-family benefits programs, including its Company-operated child development centers at its headquarters in Ventura, CA and its warehouse facility in Reno, NV. In early 2019, Patagonia plans to expand onsite childcare to a second campus within Ventura and the role of the Manager is to lead the process of opening this new location.
Patagonia has been providing innovative on-site childcare since 1983 at the Great Pacific Child Development Center (GPCDC) which is located at headquarters. GPCDC serves as the Company’s flagship child development center and demonstrates the highest quality early care and education.
The 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.
VRCDC will open with about four classrooms, 15 teachers, and approximately 30-40 children between the ages of 8 weeks to school age. Within the 1-2 years, the program is projected to grow to six classrooms, over 20 staff and 80 children.
The infant/toddler program will be licensed to accommodate children 2 months to 2 years of age and is grounded in the Resources for Infant Educarers (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 will serve children 2 years to kindergarten. 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 will serve children kindergarten- through 9-year-olds in after-school and summer camp programs. 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 VRCDC delivers a high quality, developmentally appropriate program that fosters a sense of community and reflects the Company’s core values and mission. They are responsible to lead the overall operations of VRCDC which includes administrative, financial and programmatic functions. They are responsible for daily operations such as staffing patterns and maintaining full compliance with all relevant and applicable laws/requirements. They are responsible to inform short and long term strategic planning as it relates to enrollment projections, space planning and overall center growth. They are 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.
2-4 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
Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.
Ability to look at a computer screen for extended periods of time.
Ability to maintain a composed and professional demeanor within a flexible and (at times noisy) work environment.
Continually able to observe and respond to children’s needs, emergencies and/or conflicts that might occur during the day (inside or outside environment).
Continually able to lift 1-40 pounds from the floor to a waist-high table.
Continually able to kneel down to maintain eye contact at child’s level.
Continually able to sit on the floor to work with children.
Continually be able to react to a child that is 20 to 30 feet away within 30 seconds.
Continually able to carry a child (1 to 40 pounds), up to 50-100 feet.
Continually able to respond to children’s first aid needs (inside and outside) which may include cuts, bruises, blood/bodily fluids.
Continually able to communicate clearly and calmly to children, parents and co-workers.
Continually able to deal effectively with the stress involved in working closely with children, parents and co-workers.
Continually able to do fine and medium hand manipulation.
Employee Conduct 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.
*Because of Patagonia’s organizational structure this position is called a program manager, but in the early childhood world this position is referred to as a center director.
Patagonia’s Mission StatementBuild the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.Our Reason for BeingPatagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. These are all silent sports. None require a motor; none deliver the cheers of a crowd. In each sport, reward comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection between us and nature.Our values reflect those of a business started by a band of climbers and surfers, and the minimalist style they promoted. The approach we take towards product design demonstrates a bias for simplicity and utility.For us at Patagonia, a love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them, and to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet. We donate our time, services and at least 1% of our sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who work to help reverse the tide.We know that our... business activity – from lighting stores to dyeing shirts – creates pollution as a by-product. So we work steadily to reduce those harms. We use recycled polyester in many of our clothes and only organic, rather than pesticide-intensive, cotton.Staying true to our core values during thirty-plus years in business has helped us create a company we're proud to run and work for. And our focus on making the best products possible has brought us success in the marketplace.
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