About the opportunity: Druid Hills Child Development Center is seeking candidates for an exciting opportunity as Director of our Center. Our Director will set and execute our vision for the center - taking us to the next stage after a strategic, five-year investment in quality improvements. The Director will foster an inclusive and diverse community, engaging a variety of stakeholders across our parents, teachers, staff, and donors. The Director will not only maintain our current level of excellent quality (including ratings and accreditations) but will continue to grow our program and facilities, and improve the experience for our children, families, and staff. This role offers an opportunity in the long term to create a path for expanded community impact to serve additional staff and families. The Director will report directly to the Board of Directors, is a highly autonomous role, ideal for a motivated, results-oriented self-starter with strong management and communication skills.
About the center: Druid Hills Child Development Center (DHCDC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, NAEYC-accredited early childhood education center located in Midtown Atlanta. We are committed to meeting the needs of professional, intown families with a program that delivers quality at the highest, 3-star rating available from the Georgia Quality Rated child care program. DHCDC employs 40 full-time teachers plus additional staff that support 125 students from birth to age 8. Our mission is to support the development of children socially, emotionally, and cognitively. We partner with families to create a foundation for a child’s future success. Founded in 1969, DHCDC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of both parents and non-parents.
Set vision, including setting 3-year and annual goals/budget with Center leadership and Board of Directors, communicating goals annually to staff and families, and communicating progress at regular intervals throughout the year.
Ensure excellent early childhood education quality, including design and implementation for infant/toddler/preschool programs, aftercare/camps, and GA Pre-K programs, ensuring high-quality lesson planning and curriculum implementation, and ensuring collection of anecdotal development data on each child.
Develop and manage staff, including recruiting/hiring high-quality staff, planning/leading professional development, staff, and team meetings, ensuring classroom observations/feedback, managing annual evaluation process, and working to improve staff retention.
Ensure excellent communication, including updating Center website, ensuring regular staff communication, ensuring timely, respectful classroom communication to families, ensuring parent-teacher conferences that include detailed information about each child, and leading center-wide communication to families.
Build community, including ensuring center-wide and classroom-level community building events, seeking out and responding to feedback from current and exiting families/staff, and creating nurturing, respectful, and encouraging culture in all aspects of the program.
Maintain clean, safe, child-ready Center, including vendor procurement/management for daily operations and long-term projects, and ensuring classrooms have adequate supplies to support rich experiences for children.
Represent center externally, including maintaining positive relationship with landlord, engaging in early childhood professional networks, and seeking out ways to improve the center (such as grants and professional development).
Act as financial steward of the Center, including maintaining active waiting lists to ensure full enrollment at all levels of the program, supporting board and parent council fundraising goals/events, partnering with Center leadership, Board Treasurer, and external accountant to manage expenditures to planned budget, and reporting any budget variances to Board of Directors.
Minimum 3 years previous education management experience
Early childhood development knowledge, including preference for minimum of 3 years early childhood teaching experience
Community building skills including developing trusting relationships, building positive, inclusive school culture, and clear, effective communication
Family and child support skills including listening, problem solving, empathy, and compassion
Management skills including coaching, evaluation, leadership development, and mentoring
Human resource skills including conflict resolution, recruiting, hiring, training, counseling, and termination
Business management skills including facilities management, accountability to a budget, and grant application/management
Strategic planning including vision and goal setting, board development and collaboration, and marketing and fundraising
Physical requirements (e.g. lifting, getting on child’s eye level, etc.) required to work with young children
Druid Hills Child Development Center not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor
About Druid Hills Child Development Center
Druid Hills Child Development Center has been serving the midtown Atlanta community since 1969 with a mission of supporting working families. We provide full day full time care for children 6 weeks-5 years of age.