Early Learning Director

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Gallatin Valley YMCA, Inc


Bozeman, MT 59718

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.Under supervision of the CEO and/or the Operations Director, the Early Learning Director is responsible for the administration of all operations relating to YMCA Child Care Center ( Hawk’s Nest) and Early Learning Programs. The Director oversees the management of programs, volunteer and staff development, creates and manages Early Learning budgets and collaborates with community agencies in meeting the needs of YMCA members and program participants. The Director must have the ability to thrive in a busy environment, communicate effectively with parents, staff and volunteers while delivering high-quality, affordable programs to enhance learning opportunities for children.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Early Childhood Education or related field plus one year experience working in licensed child care center for 3 years (preferably supervisory) preferably STARS to Quality Program. (Candidates must meet all the requirements as a licensed director in the state of Montana.)
  • Must pass a Criminal Background Check.
  • Must hold a current Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid Certification or acquire within 30 days of hire date.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, use sound judgment and prioritize appropriately.
  • Strong proficiency in word processing (Microsoft Word), research and budgeting (Excel).
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to explain information to diverse groups, staff and all levels of volunteers.
  • Versatility, flexibility and a willingness to work enthusiastically with changing priorities.
  • Ability to analyze problems and solve them using good judgment and resourcefulness.
  • Demonstrated skills in planning, time management, flexibility, organization and independent work proficiency.
  • Proven supervisory skills in hiring, training, managing and evaluating staff.
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborations with community organizations.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community with a track record of building authentic, constructive relationships with others.
  • Must be proactive, self-directed and highly motivated.
  • Must participate in mandatory state child care training per licensing requirements.

Essential Functions

  • Assures compliance with state and local childcare licensing agency regulations and YMCA best practice guidelines. Ensures that YMCA program standards are met and safety procedures are followed.
  • Directs and supervises program activities to meet the needs of the community and fulfill YMCA objectives.
  • Ensures developmentally appropriate curriculum, including YMCA values and HEPA standards is implemented in all programs.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, develops, schedules and directs staff and volunteers. Reviews and evaluates staff performance.Encourages professional development of all staff.
  • Establishes new program activities and expands programming in the community in accordance with strategic and operating plans.
  • Develops and monitors program budget to meet fiscal objectives.Meets revenue and expense goals as outlined in annual budget.
  • Ensures outstanding customer service and effective conflict resolution.
  • Conducts and supervises the completion of progress reports and evaluation of children and ensures reporting to parents/guardians
  • Prepares statistical, analytical, and narrative reports regarding programs as needed.
  • Ensures cleanliness and monitors maintenance of facility and/or program spaces and provides input to the CEO, Operations Director or Board of Directors on changes or updates needed.
  • Records all accident/incident reports and participant statistics etc., as required, and reacts, immediately to participant comments/concerns.
  • Ensures that programs and services are cause-driven, evaluated regularly and utilizes feedback to improve programs and services.
  • Represents and promotes the Y in the local community.
  • Works closely with staff to establish strategies for program improvement, promotion and expansion of the Y’s programs and service for ages 0-5 years.
  • Demonstrates ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in a collaborative environment.
  • Leads YMCA Early Learning Committee meetings.
  • Willingness to further professional development, including attending YMCA trainings and ensures that staff stretches to achieve YMCA leadership levels.
  • Attends all trainings and meetings as required and responds to staff requests, even if scheduled outside normal working or regular scheduled hours.
  • Assists in YMCA fund raising activities and special events.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

Mission Advancement:Reinforces the YMCA values within the organization and the community. Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the YMCA efforts for all stakeholders. Implements effective systems to develop volunteers at program, fundraising, and policy leadership levels. Secures resources and support for all philanthropic endeavors.

Collaboration:Develops strategies to ensure staff and volunteers reflect the community. Builds and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the YMCA. Serves as a community leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance YMCA mission and goals. Communicates forinfluence to attain buy-in and support of goals. Provides tools and resources for the development of others.

Operational Effectiveness:Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions. Involves members and community in the development of programs and activities. Ensures execution of plans. Institutes sound accounting procedures, investment policies and financial controls. Assigns clear accountability and ensures continuous improvement.

Personal Growth:Fosters a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches. Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. Anticipates challenges that can sidetrack or derail growth and personal learning. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.

Required Certifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Early Childhood Education or related field plus one year experience working in licensed child care center for 3 years (preferably supervisory) preferably STARS to Quality Program. (Candidates must meet all the requirements as a licensed director in the state of Montana.)


$38,000.00 - $42,000.00

How to Apply

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Resumes Accepted Until

Oct. 30, 2020

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