The Debbie Leraas Children’s Center of the Edmonds United Methodist Church offers a fully licensed Christian Preschool & Pre-K with full and half-day options as well as before and after school care for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade during the school year. In addition, Preschool and Youth Summer Camp Programs are provided during the summer.
Since 1980, Children’s Center has offered a vibrant learning community dedicated to providing a nurturing, secure environment with enriching and developmentally appropriate experiences for the diverse population we serve. It is a place where each child’s uniqueness is celebrated, with unconditional love and support, with strong emphasis placed on relationship-building, individual learning, child-centered curriculum, nature immersion, family engagement, play-based sensorial learning, and social and emotional development.
Position Summary. The Center Director provides excellent organizational and leadership skills, and competence in working with the diverse communities we serve. The DLCC Director is responsible for overseeing all program operations and leadership of the Center, in accordance with Department of Children, Youth, and Families licensing regulations and church policies. The Director reports to the Associate Pastor of EUMC, with oversight and support from the DLCC Advisory Board (Board). The DLCC Director:
- Supports and nurtures a learning-oriented culture that emphasizes quality experiences for children, collaborative relationships, continuous improvement, and high performance;
- Holds a passion for high-quality Early Learning and Social Justice;
- Is responsible for visionary leadership of this high-quality early education center, ensuring all children are supported in developing to their fullest potential;
- Is responsible for center program planning, communications, staff management, strong family relationships, marketing and enrollment, health, safety, and fiscal oversight.
- Stays abreast of and communicates the goals and actions of the DLCC with the church, parents, and community.
- Models a Christian faith that is inclusive of all people, and nurtures prayer and spirituality of children through weekly Chapel time and Center programming.
- Child Interactions and Outcomes. Oversee the childcare program to ensure that services are meeting the needs of each child, consistent with the DLCC’s philosophy, mission, and vision. We use the play-based learning philosophy. Manage the overall administration, planning, and support curriculum development of the Center.
- Staff Development and Management. Oversee and support all DLCC staff through hiring, training, mentoring, scheduling, and performance reviews.
- Administration. Maintain child care health, safety, and licensing requirements without lapse. Provide financial oversight to the Center. Work closely and collaboratively with the Board to develop, implement, and evaluate a strategic plan that includes both short- and long-term goals as well as budget development, tracking, and reporting. Work collaboratively with the Staff/Parish Relations (SPRC) and Finance Committees to secure approval of the annual operating budget, staff salary changes, and general human resource oversight.
- Parent and Family Relationships. Support parents in the process of inquiry and orientation. Facilitate ongoing support and education to families who utilize the DLCC. Ensure active engagement of families through culturally respectful communication including a newsletter distributed on a weekly basis. Foster a sense of community between teachers and families. Collaborates with parents and the Board.
- Community Outreach and Church Presence. Facilitate connections between the DLCC and the EUMC congregation, Edmonds neighbors, and organizations outside our building, growing the DLCC’s impact on the larger community. Attend and participate fully in weekly church staff meetings and monthly Advisory Committee meetings. Collaborate closely with the church administrator, bookkeeper, the chairs of SPRC and Finance to ensure smooth coordination between Center practices and church policies.
- A Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE).
- Four years of work experience in early childhood education.
- Two years of supervisory experience and budget development and oversight.
- Knowledge of Washington Administrative Code childcare center licensing requirements.
- Knowledge of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and best practices in ECE; DCYF licensing requirements; Quality Rating and Improvement Scale (QRIS) aka Early Achievers in Washington state.
- Computer literacy that includes a familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite of applications.
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS and ATTRIBUTES:
- Must demonstrate the understanding and ability to meet the cultural, emotional, mental, physical, and social needs of children enrolled at DLCC.
- Experience developing a positive organizational culture with above average skills in: Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Resolution, Flexibility, and Adaptability,
- Must have an understanding of cultural relevancy and anti-bias practices.
- Child-centered. Welcome, honor, and value children as the unique individuals they are. Thrive in the presence of their joy and moments of learning.
- Team oriented. DLCC staff are the lifeblood that embraces the kids with care and thoughtful instruction. Facilitate a culture which supports, inspires, and mentors staff to feel connected, appreciated, and encouraged to grow.
- Committed to inclusivity. Actively seek resources that celebrate and support our diverse families and neighbors. Embrace and foster an anti-bias culture in our school.
- Organized. Find balance among the many demands of this position. Move fluidly between administrative tasks and serving in class as needed. Respond to requests from staff, parents, the Board, and EUMC in a timely manner. Look for ways to delegate and advocate for what the DLCC needs.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
An equivalent combination of education and early childhood education work experience will meet the minimum requirements.
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2020 for priority review. Position will remain open until filled.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
This congregation is committed to being a radically loving and welcoming community of faith, centered in the good news of Jesus Christ, which is for all people. Therefore, in faithfulness to the gospel and our United Methodist heritage, and to the best of our ability, we promise to provide programs, ministries, and pastoral care to all who seek God in this place. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.