Youth Development Program Director

Looking for an enthusiastic team member to join our team and lead our newly renovated Child Care/Preschool department.


YMCA of Northern Rock County


Janesville, WI 53548

Job Description

This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Direct program operations of the child care center that are known to encourage physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth in a safe and nurturing environment that is recognized as meeting accreditation standards.


  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood development, education, or related field required preferred.
  • Level 12 on the Wisconsin Registry.
  • Minimum 2-3 years’ experience in program administration/education, required. Staff management experience, preferred.
  • Knowledge of state child care licensing, NAC and Young Star accreditation requirements.
  • Certifications that must be obtained and maintained within first 90 days: CPR, AED, First Aid, Child Abuse Prevention, Blood borne Pathogens, Hazard Communication.
  • Willingness to attend meetings, training, and obtain additional certification as requested.

Essential Functions

  • Direct day-to-day operations of the Preschool, Schools’ Out Program, Day Camp, Child Watch, Preschool programming and Family Nights.
  • Develop and maintain curriculum plans. Implement character values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and developmental assets into curriculum. Ensure implementation through lesson plans.
  • Supervise program billing processes and assure up to date accounts. Follow up with families as needed.
  • Prepare staff schedules, assuring sufficient staff coverage during hours of operations and personally cover shifts if necessary.
  • Hire, train, evaluate and supervise staff and volunteers in accordance with Association Human Resource procedures and policies.
  • Assure state licensing, NAC, and Young Stars accreditation standards and requirements are adhered to within all licensed child care programs. Maintain favorable communications and compliance statements with the Department of Children and Family Services.
  • Develop, manage, and monitor program budget in accordance with Association Finance Department procedures and policies.
  • Promptly respond to all emergency situations by adhering to the current emergency procedure guidelines and participate in ‘Manager on Duty’ schedule.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

Advancing Our Mission & Cause

• Recognizes and articulates that the Y is a not-for-profit, charitable organization committed to serving the entire community.

• Participates in the Y’s fundraising efforts.

• Shows appreciation and respect for the time, talent, and contributions of all volunteers.

• Intentionally fosters a cause-centered culture that is welcoming, genuine, hopeful, nurturing, and determined.

Building Relationships

• Builds effective teams and committees by fostering common vision and plans.

• Identifies and builds relationships with internal and/or external partners or key stakeholders to support programs or projects.

• Creates a safe environment in which others feel welcome and respected.

• Develops and maintains positive relationships with volunteers, members or program participants, and colleagues at all levels of the organization.

Leading Operations

• Serves with purpose and passion.

• Acts responsibly with the Y’s resources, following all budgeting policies and procedures and reporting irregularities immediately.

• Uses best practices, guidelines, and industry standards as a framework to improve performance.

• Explores new ideas, remaining open to new ways of thinking and approaching problems.

• Delivers a high-quality experience to members, participants, or project teams.

Developing & Inspiring People

• On-boards and develops staff and volunteers for success.

• Coaches others for continuous development, including analyzing performance gaps, building development plans, delivering appreciative and developmental feedback, and aligning passions and career goals.

• Proactively shares information, experiences, lessons learned, and suggestions to help others be more successful.

• Solicits and is open to informal learning opportunities to gain insight (e.g., performance feedback, coaching, and stretch assignments).

• Acts in alignment with personal and organizational values in all situations.

Other duties may be assigned to this position at the discretion of the reporting supervisor. Performance evaluation, based on essential functions and competencies, will be conducted annually.

Required Certifications

CPR, AED, First Aid, Child Abuse Prevention Blood borne Pathogens, Hazard Communication. Certifications must be obtained and maintained withing first 90 days of employment.


$28,000.00 - $35,000.00

How to Apply

Apply by Email

Resumes Accepted Until

June 1, 2020

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