Child Care Director
1625 N. 39th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85009 (Golden Gate Site)
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Child Care Director is responsible for overseeing the operations of the state licensed and DES contracted after-school and summer programing. Part of the day will be business management and planning of the childcare facility, the other part of the day will be working directly with the children, providing care and supervision to low-income, primarily Hispanic children ages 6-12, part day after-school and all day during the summer program.
Develop a curriculum and program: Create learning plans or programs to meet state and federal requirements and parent’s expectations.
Oversee staff: Hire and train staff, making sure that all background and fingerprint checks have been conducted and all required trainings are completed at hire and on-going.
Manage facilities: The Child Care Director must make sure that the facility is safe and well-stocked. That includes checking that safety equipment is available and working, removing hazards and ensuring the facility is always clean and orderly.
Budgeting: The Child Care Director manages the facility’s finances, which includes creating and working within a budget. Many of the families Wesley serves are low-income and ineligible for DES child care. For these families, tuition scholarships may be available, to those who may qualify, to assist with tuition. The Child Care Director will manage these scholarships and account for funding to assure scholarships are available, as well as work to find new funding sources for scholarships or opportunities to generate additional revenue.
Market the facility: There is much competition between child care facilities, so the Child Care Director must have a marketing plan to promote awareness of the facility and its services.
Meetings with parents and teachers: The Child Care Director will meet with parents and teachers to keep parents up-to-date on their child’s development and progress, including discussing ways to address any learning or behavioral issues.
DES: DES requires proper billing and accounting for co-pays and payments from parents. The Child Care Director will manage the monthly billing for DES and account for co-pays collected.
State licensing: The Child Care Director will be responsible for maintaining state child care facility licensing. This includes regular monitoring visits.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Business management: Oversees all aspects of a childcare facility from setting up the security system to creating the budget. Must be detail-orientated and organized, to maintain federal and state daycare laws and requirements.
First aid: Must have a good knowledge of child safety requirements and be up-to-date on first aid protocol.
Excellent communication skills: As the face of the child care facility, the Child Care Director must be an excellent communicator, able to confidently take prospective parents on a tour, write newsletters and run staff meetings.
Good crisis management: Must have strong crisis management abilities, being able to remain cool and composed in a crisis.
Leadership skills: Keep the children and any staff motivated. Is an exceptional role model to all.
Classroom experience: Must be able to manage a group of children, understand childhood development, establish classroom structure, and lesson plan – combining fun with passive learning.
Spanish: Although the children all speak English, many of their parents and community members only speak Spanish or are most comfortable speaking Spanish. Ability to speak, read and write Spanish is highly desirable.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
A facility director is 21 years of age or older and provides the licensee with documentation of one of the following:
a. At least 24 months of child care experience, a high school or high school equivalency diploma, and:
i. Six credit hours or more in early childhood, child development, or a closely-related field from an accredited college or university; or
ii. At least 60 actual hours of instruction, provided in conferences, seminars, lectures, or workshops in early childhood, child development, or a closely-related field, and an additional 12 hours of instruction, provided in conferences, seminars, lectures, or workshops in the area of program administration, planning, development, or management;
b. At least 18 months of child care experience and:
i. An N.A.C., C.D.A., or C.C.P. credential; or
ii. At least 24 credit hours from an accredited college or university, including at least six credit hours in early childhood, child development, or a closely-related field;
c. At least six months of child care experience and an associate degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood, child development, or a closely-related field; or
d. At least three months of child care experience and a bachelor degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood, child development, or a closely-related field;
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