General Position Description
The Center Director is responsible for ensuring the health, safety, and quality of education, for all children within the center’s care. The Center Director is directly accountable for overall operational management by well-established guidelines, including curriculum development, staff and facilities management, legal and budgetary considerations, and long-term planning. The Center Director ensures that the needs of the students and the goals of the center are met appropriately.
This position reports to Executive Director.
- Manage adherence to Louisiana Early Learning Center Licensing Regulations and local regulations.
- For Type III Early Learning Centers: Ensure all performance and academic standards required for LDOE Academic Approval are met.
- Maintain student records by established enrollment procedures and Bulletin 137 requirements.
- Establish an ambitious vision for the children attending the center. Manage adherence to quality standby with the vision and state and local requirements. Maintain quality effectiveness measurements.
- Develop p general education curriculum with high-quality materials; collaborate with staff to develop positive learning activities.
- Implement community outreach to maintain and promote positive community relationships.
- Fully staff a teaching team that will provide high-quality learning and social and emotional support.
- Resolve conflicts to ensure a positive experience for everyone.
Leadership and Administration
- Maintain positive relationships with regulatory agencies; ensure legal and financial compliance.
- Approve menus and food purchases.
- Oversee all office functions including payroll, accounts payable and receivable, tuition billing and payment, human resources and personnel management (staff supervision), and purchasing.
- Manage budget planning and review.
- Establish illness and emergency procedures.
- Implement strategic plan and goals in the keeping with the mission of program.
- Maintain personal and professional development plans to ensure continuous quality improvement.
Learning Outcomes for Children
- Oversee all child assessment functions including developmental screenings and ongoing child assessment.
- Maintain communications with parents of current and prospective students through direct conversation, newsletters, and parent handbooks.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience per Bulletin 137.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must clear Louisiana Child Care Criminal Background Check.
- Upon hire, must participate in Pathways Administrator Track Career Ladder.
- Must have documentation of at least one of the following:
- an early childhood ancillary certificate and one year of experience in teaching or care in a licensed early learning center or comparable setting, subject to approval by the department;
- a national administrator credential and one year of experience in teaching or care in a licensed early learning center, or comparable setting, plus 6 credit hours or 90 clock hours of training in child care, child development, early childhood, or management/administration, subject to approval by the department; or
- three years of experience as a director or staff in a licensed early learning center, or comparable setting, subject to approval by the department plus 6 credit hours or 90 clock hours of training in child care, child development, early childhood, or management/administration approved by the department.
- Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience with 5 years of experience in an early childhood setting.
- A strong understanding of child development.
- Excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills including the ability to work well with others (staff, children, and parents) and to foster a team environment.
- Strong oral and written communication skills and technology skills.
- Strong finance and budgeting skills.
Requirements include the ability to take frequent walks, use hands and fingers, handle objects, tools, or controls, and talk to/hear voices at many levels.
Must be able to sit, stand, run, climb, kneel, bend, or squat and lift, push, and pull up to 50 lbs.
Type III early learning center directors are eligible for Louisiana School Readiness Tax Credits (SRTC) based on the quality of the program, longevity in the center, and membership in an early childhood professional organization.