Director of Early Childhood

YMCA of Paterson promotes programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body through education.


YMCA of Paterson NJ


Paterson, NJ 07505-1997

Job Description

The Director of Early Childhood Education develiops, supervises and evaluates early chlidhood programs for the YMCA of Paterson, Nj and its community locations. THe E.C.E. Director also serves as an active memeber of the management team, and actively participates in a variety of cross-departments projects, training, workshops, committees, initiatives and fundraising as requested and that advance the organizations' mission and strategic plan goals.


MA in Early Childhood Businness Administration or Curriculum & development (It Curriculum & Development must have @least 3 yrs. Experience in business management.) Minimum acceptable qualification is BA in a related field with a P3 or N-8 Certification and 5 yrs of practical experience in fiscal management and supervision of an early childhood setting. Demonstrate competence in strong organizational skills, conflict resolution, communication, risk, management and programming. Working knowledge of computer skills and knowledge of current computer office programs. Meets the requirements of N.J State laws and YMCA Protective Factors for working with Children. I.e. CARI, CHRI Fingerprinting clearance as required in respective manuals. Able to work under supervision. Enthusiastic, courteous and friendly with chidren, parents and staff. Committed to the mission and purpose of the YMCA. Good health and cleared Manitou test confirmed by a physical examination. Have sufficient physical, mental and emotional health to preform all of his or her responsibilities which includes lifting and bending. YMCA Organizational Team Leader Certification within 24 months of hire and obtain recertification as required. Possess a valid NJ Driver's License and meet the requirements of the YMCA of Paterson's Insurance Company's criteria.

Essential Functions


Maintain a professional personal image and conduct oneself in a manner that is supportive od teamwork. Maintain professional development hours annually as specified by the State Office of Licensing, NJ DOE and Y-USA. Maintain appropriate CPR, First Aid, AED & Oxygen Certifications, or obtain within 3 mou=nths of hire. Must demonstrate and provide proof of your continued connection with the community served by the YMCA of Paterson. Must understand and maintain the confidentiality of staff & students' records and knowledge of family information. This includes maintaining a high ethical sense ofm confidentiality of all business factors as it relates to the YMCA of Paterson. Participate in Healthy Kids Day.

Program Management

Coordinate the hiring and training of all subordinate staff within their orientation period. Ensure that staff maintain appropriate credentials as guided by licensing annually. Promote the professional growth & development of staff as YMCA casue driven leaders and a comprehensive understanding of impact in the field of early childhood. Keep direct reports updated on relevant information regarding YMCA operations, initiates and news. Facilitate staff schedules. Develop and maintain the operation of an effective budget by ensuring the appropriate use and recording of all funding sources. Develop a plan with the goal of recruiting & maintaining full enrollment. Attend all Abbott District Early Childhood meetings and work closely with the Paterson School District staff. Attend all YMCA department director meetings as well as develop and maintain positve relationships with area organizations servind the early childhood community. Represent the YMCA and maintain helpful relationships with community and YMCA organizations and groups. Develop and carryout workshops/meetings for the groth and awareness of parents within the Early Childhood community. Provide opportunities for parent involvement in programming and fundraising. Addittionally will actively participate in YMCA corporate fundraising initiatives including but not limited to the YMCA Annual Campaign. Maintains risk management disciplines with children during all activities according to the YMCA Child Abuse Prevention Policy, Code of Conduct and protective factors. Participates in the creation & execution of the strategic plan. Ensure the program maintains a healthy and safe environment, which includes the facility areas serving enrolled children, facilitation of nutritous meals, and strictly adhering to guidelines provided by DOH concerning the Policies for sick Children. Would participate in marking efforts of the YMCA to promote early childhood and other marketing initiatives as requested.

Must take action to:

Keep the Chief Senior Director of Youth Development & CEO appraised of matters requiring his/her attention. Including but not limited to the following:

a. Risk management

b. Finance

c. All matters beyond immediate control.

Job descriptions and specifications are note intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the job. They are intended to be accurate reflection of the principle rerquirements.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

Social Intelligence (SI)

Interpersonal Skills

Emotional Skills/ Intelligence (EI)



Required Certifications

Communicate, teach, and model the YMCA of Paterson Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, & Responsibility .

Communicate, teach, and modle the YMCA Focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living, & Social Responsibility.

Follow and adhere to the YMCA of Paterson Policies and Procedures.

How to Apply

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Resumes Accepted Until

Dec. 31, 2020

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