ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, EARLY LEARNING
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YMCA: South Shore Quincy Branch

Location: Quincy, MA

Job Description:

POSITION SUMMARY:

This position is responsible for assisting with overseeing the administration and operation of the assigned program portfolio as to achieve the association's goals and objectives. Responsibilities include assisting with the development /maintenance of a high quality Early Learning Center program. The Assistant Director will provide opportunities to shape values and encourage lifelong learning for children while providing access to the essentials needed to learn, grow & thrive. This position will assist in overseeing all classroom operations serving young toddlers through kindergarten including compliance to the Department of Early Education & Care (EEC) licensing procedures and regulations, following all National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) criterion, Department of Education (DOE) MA Core Standards/Competencies -Teaching Strategies Gold ( TSG) Curriculum Assessment Tool procedures, and Quincy Board of Health recommendations re' child care facilities. The State Street Early Learning Center Assistant Director will provide classroom leadership for developmentally appropriate practices utilizing anti-bias and inclusive activities while supporting families and providing new opportunities for lasting personal and social change. This job requires advanced knowledge of all EEC, NAEYC QRIS and DOE criteria -regulations .Commitment to the mission of the SOUTH SHORE YMCA. The ability to define the YMCA's impact in three focus areas of Youth Development-Healthy Living- Social Responsibility as well as articulate and model YMCA's four core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility are essential.

CORE EXPECTATIONS

  1. PROGRAM MANAGEMENT - Planning and execution of program guidelines/standards to meet the needs of the community and fulfill YMCA objectives. Assists with managing all classroom operations ensuring compliance in all related areas including EEC licensing procedures and regulations, following NAEYC criteria, QRIS program level standards, Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) standards for young children, implementation of TSG and alignment to the MA Curriculum Frameworks/Common Core MA Standards. Provide reasonable accommodations to allow children with disabilities to participate in activities whenever possible and to meet each child's individual needs according to EEC and ADA.
  2. STAFF ENGAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT - Directly supervises program participants, educators and volunteers in accordance with the organization's policies, EEC regulations, applicable laws, QRIS Standards, DOE mandates and NAEYC criteria. Plans, assigns, and directs staff and volunteer work. Monitor and communicate with supervisor all staff related EEC, NAEYC, DOE, QRIS and SOUTH SHORE YMCA requirements.

  3. MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT - Builds relationships with and among families and members, responds to inquiries and solves problems. Creates a supportive community environment, assists in recruiting and engaging new families, and connects families to the YMCA's cause.

  4. FACILITY MANAGEMENT - Works with State Street Early Learning Center Director and Facilities management to ensure program facilities and equipment for children are safe, clean, adequately equipped, well maintained, and attractive.

  5. VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT - Responsible for engaging and supervising volunteers.

  6. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & SUPPORT - Assists in SOUTH SHORE YMCA fund raising activities/events, and engages in collaborative relationships with community organizations in order to strengthen support and build community.

CORE COMPETENCIES REQUIRED FOR SUCCESS AT THE YMCA- Leader Level

Mission and Community Oriented - Accepts and demonstrates YMCA values. Work effectively with people of all backgrounds and levels. Willingness to serve and fulfill community needs. Recruit volunteers and build supportive relationships with them.

People Oriented - Remains calm in challenging situations and seeks to understand the underlying cause. Speaks and writes effectively. Develops rapport, relates well and takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Results Oriented - Discovers ideas to create and deliver a high-value member experience. Makes sound judgments, establishes goals, plans work, supports fundraising, and adheres to budgeting procedures.

Personal Development - Recognizes personal strengths and limitations, pursues self-development and demonstrates flexibility.

CORE COMPETENCIES ESSENTIAL FOR CARING FOR AND EDUCATING CHILDREN & YOUTH

  1. Understanding the Growth and Development of Children and Youth
  2. Guiding and Interacting with Children and Youth
  3. Partnering with Families and Communities
  4. Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  5. Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum
  6. Observation, Assessment, and Documentation
  7. Program Planning and Development
  8. Professionalism and Leadership
  9. QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Completion or in process of attaining a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Early Education, or related field is preferred.
    • Minimum of Director 1 qualifications from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), (Director 2 Preferred)
    • Knowledge and experience with the Department of Early Education and Care regulations, QRIS Standards, USDA Standards and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
    • The ability to develop positive, effective working relationships with, staff, children & families, volunteers, school administrators, members, community leaders and other agencies are critical to this position.
    • Effective teaching skills, the ability to implement methods to address and follow up with family/staff needs/concerns in a positive and professional way reflecting an attitude that values diversity.
    • Computer proficient with experience in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word. Training will be provided in Daxko and SGA software.

Salary: $36,700 - $45,800


HOW TO APPLY

All interested candidates are invited to apply at ssymca.org and/or to Kristine Swan- State Street Early Learning Center Director.Please submit a resume and cover letter to kswan@ssymca.org

Apply Online: http://www.ssymca.org

Apply By Email: kswan@ssymca.org

Resumes until: 9/19/2014

Contact: Kristine M Swan

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