Early Childhood Director

This is an exciting oppportunity to support the growth of young people overseeing multiple early childhood programs in our community.


Cole Center Family YMCA


Kendallville, IN 46755-0233

Job Description

The Early Childhood Director is responsible for the administration of all Early Childhood Department programs and activities at multiple sites, including the supervision and training of staff, program safety, and management of the annual budget.


1. High school graduate or equivalent; Bachelor’s degree preferred.

2. Previous experience working with children preferably in an early childhood setting.

3. Strong written/ verbal communication skills and human relations skills required.

4. YMCA Team Leader or Multi-Team Leader certification preferred.

5. Ability to direct programs through supervision of staff.

6. Ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships throughout the community.

7. At least 18 years of age

8. CPR, First Aid, AED certifications and Child Abuse Prevention training within 30 days of hire date.

9. Previous experience with diverse populations preferred.

Essential Functions

1. Oversee and direct the development, promotion, implementation, and evaluation of the curriculum, services, and activities of all Early Childhood Programs.

2. Supervise and mentor all early childhood staff members, including hiring, training, and evaluation.

3. Develop, implement, and maintain procedures, policies, and activities that ensure the safety of participants and staff and the cleanliness of the early childhood program and office areas.

4. At all times, model, reinforce, and abide by the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility and the Cole YMCA Code of Conduct.

5. Develop and manage the annual budget for all early childhood programs.

6. Teach all levels of curriculum as needed.

7. Maintain open and frequent communication with parents and staff. Be available to meet with parents and staff as requested.

8. Maintain accurate, confidential, and updated records for all students.

9. Coordinate all special events including student registration, field trips, parent orientation, parent/teacher conferences, end of year ceremonies and all other preschool related functions or events.

10. Assures compliance with federal, state and local regulations as they relate to program areas. Ensures that the YMCA program standards are met and safety protocols followed.

11. Operates as part of the leadership team and accepts assignments as part of the team.

12. Asses unmet needs throughout the community for early childhood programming and initiate plans for growth as appropriate.

13. Measure program effectiveness and quality against established standards.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

Mission Advancement: reinforces the Ys values within the organization and the community. Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the YMCAs 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 collaboration based on trust and credibility to advance YMCA mission and goals. Communicates for influence 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 of the community in the development of program 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.

How to Apply

Apply by Email


Apply by Mail to:

Casey Weimer
700 Garden St
Kendallville 46755-0233

Resumes Accepted Until

June 21, 2021

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