Executive Director Job Description

Job Summary

The Executive Director develops, coordinates, leads, and maintains a quality childcare program at Blossom Center in accordance with state law and the philosophies outlined in Blossom Center’s by-laws. The Executive Director provides daily administrative, operational and financial leadership to Blossom Center, while also recommending to the Board of Directors policies, priorities, projects, programs and budgets for the school.

The Executive Director is also responsible for employing and retaining qualified staff as well as assuring their professional development and required training; maintaining the facility under TN licensing standards; developing and executing effective and contemporary programming for the children and staff; preparing and managing the budget; managing and growing enrollment; developing and maintaining relationships with parents and families; liaising with the TN Department of Social Services, the Division of Child Development and other regulatory bodies; developing and maintaining relationships and partnerships within the community; and marketing and developing the school.

Salary and Benefits

The Executive Director salary is $48,000 per year. Benefits include medical insurance and should the Executive Director have children, the children may attend the center free of charge.

Major Functions

● To be responsible for monitoring program and overseeing the administrative and financial duties of the day-to-day operation

● To ensure that the facility conforms with TN licensing standards and regulations

● To work effectively with the Board of Directors and to assist the Board of Directors in taking effective action by keeping it informed about changing needs and concerns of Blossom Center

● To employ qualified staff and provide orientation for new staff

● To assign staff responsibilities and coordinate scheduling for staff

● To plan and conduct regular staff meetings and keep the staff informed of TN Child Care rules and regulations

● To identify and schedule appropriate professional development opportunities for staff and, in general, to endeavor to maintain an environment in which staff members are fully engaged and have the opportunity to reach their full potential

● To develop the operational and personnel policies and review them annually

● To supervise the record keeping for the center, including center records, children’s records and staff records

● To support the treasurer in preparing a budget

● To enroll children, establish and collect fees, and maintain payroll

● To ensure that the school consistently achieves maximum enrollment levels and maintains and manages a waiting list for filling positions for new students as they become open

● To develop and maintain appropriate contact with parents

● To liaison with the Department of Social Services, the Division of Child Development, and other regulatory bodies

● To develop and maintain appropriate contacts with community organizations (e.g., churches, other nonprofits)

and childcare organizations, in particular organizations that serve Hispanic members

● To make appropriate efforts to ensure the community is aware of Blossom Center and the services it offers

● To attend training on Spanish immersion educational methods

● To obtain professional training including annual training requirements

Qualifications

● 21 years or older, in accordance with state regulations

● A bachelor’s degree, preferably in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or a related field, with an advanced degree also preferred

● TN Early Childhood Credential: TN Early Childhood Administration Credential Level II minimum; Level III preferred (or another state’s approved equivalent)

● Strong knowledge of Tennessee Child Care licensing regulations

● Demonstrated success in educational leadership, preferably early childhood education, with a preference for administrative, management and teaching experience

● Preferably fluent in Spanish and English with strong bilingual communication and presentation skills

● Five or more years of professional experience in childcare preferred

● Experience engaging the community through outreach, fundraising and events

● A current CPR and First Aid certificate within 6 months of employment

● Willingness to work a flexible schedule and to be present at the school for work

Essential Physical and Mental Functions

a. Physical Activities:

● While performing the duties of this position, the ability to stand; use hands to point, handle or feel; and talk and hear

● The ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds

● Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus

● The ability to endure moderate but persistent or frequent levels of noise

● Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position

b. Mental Activities:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to solarmanj@gmail.com. In your cover letter, provide an explanation of your qualifications for and interest in the position. Also, please include the statement below (with a digital signature) attached to your cover letter:

I hereby attest that I understand and acknowledge the essential physical and mental functions of this position and am able to perform them with or without reasonable accommodation.

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