Hiring: Center Director

We are currently hiring for a Center Director – see below for the full job description. Please email your letter of interest and resume to Kelli Jo Hazen at khazen@firststepsnashville.org

Position:  Center Director

Mission:  The mission of First Steps, Inc. is to educate and care for children with special needs and medical conditions alongside their typically developing peers in inclusive environments and support their families.

Job Summary:  Develop and implement operational procedures to ensure a safe, healthy and nurturing learning environment for children.  Provide leadership and development to staff.  Ensure Center complies with licensure regulations.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Authorize purchase of instructional materials and teacher aids, classroom supplies, food and building supplies.
  • Establish and implement short and long-term goals, objectives, policies, and operational procedures for the Center.
  • Monitor and evaluate operational effectiveness and make changes required for improvements.
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate Center staff.
  • Serve as liaison between teachers, parents and the community for information, counseling, referrals and problem resolution.
  • Recommend and participate in the development of agency policies and procedures and serve on committees of the board as requested.
  • Perform various office functions including handling of correspondence with staff and clients.
  • Attend all staff meetings and training events as scheduled.
  • Serve as liaison on senior leadership team.
  • Supervise volunteers and perform related jobs as assigned.
  • Manage fifteen or more staff members.
  • Organize, prioritize and schedule work assignments.
  • Appraise work performance of staff.  Reward and discipline employees as needed. Address complaints and resolve problems of staff.
  • Maintain positive working relationships with peers and team members and assist others to accomplish agency goals.
  • Develop strong relationships with parents.

Program Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement operational procedures and practices to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for children.
  • Confer with parents regarding facility activities, policies and enrollment procedures.
  • Participate in IFSP and IEP meetings of children, or schedule teaching staff to participate whenever possible.
  • Ensure planning, preparation and presentation of quality lesson plans that cater to the needs of the full ability range within each class, and promote progress toward each child’s goals.
  • Ensure appropriate information and reporting are being completed, including:
    • Enrollment and tuition information
    • United Way required documentation
    • DHS required documentation
    • Progress reports on grants as requested
  • Collaborate with nurse to ensure staff are able to meet the medical needs of children in their care.
  • Perform teaching duties in absence of regular teacher, when program coordinator or substitute teacher are not available.
  • Manage educational program, including:
    • supervise curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for children.
    • monitor high quality standards as mandated by DHS, ITERS/ECERS, health department, environmentalist, and fire codes.
    • evaluate services being provided and make adjustments and revisions as appropriate to meet requirements and quality standards.

Compliance/Licensure Responsibilities:

  • Review and evaluate facility activities to ensure conformance to state and local regulatory agencies.
  • Ensure the Center has obtained appropriate paperwork required by licensing agencies before a child is enrolled in the center.
  • Ensure the Center has obtained appropriate paperwork required by licensing agencies before new staff is employed.
  • Maintain and store records in accordance with licensing policies and procedures.
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with First Steps policies applicable by law.
  • Maintain professional development hours of at least 42 hours annually.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands and fingers to handle and feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear, taste and smell.  The employee is constantly walking, standing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move 25 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.  The work environment is busy and physically and emotionally demanding.  The noise level is moderate to loud.

Required Skills and Knowledge

  • Analytical skills to collect and compile data.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Effective oral, written, and listening communication skills with staff and clients.
  • Knowledge of child development theory and practice.
  • Strong interpersonal and community relations skills with the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, special education or related field.
  • Management experience in an early childhood education, special education or related setting.

Accountability:  Director of Operations

Classification:  Salaried Position

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