Job Information Center Director Company Information
Since 06/16/2010
Job Information
Category Directors
Name: Crystal Warning
Name of Company/Employer VA Kids Center
Phone 608-217-4680
Department 4-C
Posted 07/30/2019
Job Status
Start Publishing 07/30/2019
Stop Publishing 09/27/2019
Location Description
$600 signing bonus! Summary The VA Kids Center (VAKC) is seeking a highly qualified full-time Center Director who is passionate about early childhood education, embodies collaborative leadership, is committed to programming excellence and dedicated to the cultivation of strong relationships among staff, families and community. In collaboration with the Board of Directors and program leadership, the Center Director oversees VAKC’s strategic development, budgeting, planning, organization, and management. The Center Director is involved in overall philosophy, policy, educational, and programmatic direction for the center, serves as a primary contact for children’s education, enrollment, care, and services, leads daily operations and ensures adherence to state and local licensing requirements. A complete list of qualifications and duties is outlined below. Facebook: LinkedIn: Website: About VA Kids Center The mission of the VA Kids Center is to provide high quality early care and education for children of VA Hospital employees, other federal employees and the community. Nestled in the Madison VA Hospital campus, adjacent to UW Hospital and UW Madison, VAKC provides high-quality programming that is child-centered and play-based for children ages six weeks to five years. Staff are guided in curriculum implementation and classroom environment by NAEYC accreditation standards and the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. VAKC offers a home-like setting with small class sizes and low staff-to-child ratios. This supportive and enriching environment fosters each child's individual social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Job Summary: The Center Director, in collaboration with Board leadership, is the individual responsible for all aspects of the Center administration and operation, including fiscal responsibilities, enrollment, personnel, and program management. The Center Director provides and coordinates the necessary support, resources, supervision and leadership to ensure the provision of nurturing care and education to young children in a group setting, in accordance with the goals and curriculum plans of the center, the philosophy and policies of the agency, and in compliance with NAEYC and State of Wisconsin regulations. The Center director motivates and inspires a culture of continuous improvement and excellence in all staff. The Center Director of VA Kids Center is a member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit agency and reports to the Board. Compensation: Starting salary dependent on experience, minimum of $45,500, with the potential for raises and bonuses. Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in Early Child Care, Education, or related field. • Qualified by the Registry in Wisconsin at Level 14 or higher. • Completion of one course in the Registry’s Administrator Credential; completion of the full Registry Credential preferred ( • Demonstrated child care center management/supervisory experience. At least 5 years of experience working with children in a teaching position or administering child care. • Knowledge of state licensing requirements; familiarity with NAEYC accreditation preferred. • Superior interpersonal skills and strong leadership skills; ability to train and develop staff to reach their highest potential • High degree of initiative and dedication; team player; commitment to high quality programming for children and a supportive work environment for staff. • Outstanding customer service skills, strong organizational skills, and • Proficient in spoken and written English. • Must have all CPR and First Aid certifications. • Must pass background check with no criminal violations or offenses substantially related to the care of children. • Ability to manage a fiscal operation, with knowledge of budgeting and bookkeeping procedures. • Excellent written and oral communication and problem-solving skills. • Ability to interact positively and constructively with staff, parents, students, the public, and community agencies. Work Environment and Physical Requirements: • Time is spent in the daycare facility divided between desk work, supervision of staff, and classroom support. • Must be able to take on classroom duties as needed and supervise field trips in the community. • Must be physically able to us a computer with basic proficiency. • Must be able to lift a minimum of 30 pounds, work both indoors and outdoors, comfortably maintain standing, sitting and kneeling positions that allow physical and visual contact with young children and engage in active play. • Occasional night or weekend work may be needed. Principle Duties & Responsibilities: I. Hiring and Supervision of Staff A. Actively recruit teaching staff utilizing a multipronged approach and leveraging the rich student and graduate resources within the Madison area. Responds to inquiries and applications in a timely manner. B. Facilitates the recruitment and coordinates the selection, hiring and orientation of all new staff to the center within agency-approved processes and polices. C. Provides supervision, effective leadership and support to all center staff. D. Sets short- and long-term goals for teaching staff and provides regular feedback for permanent and part-time staff on their performance; ability to dismiss staff when standards are not met. E. Supervises and leads teaching and administrative staff as they adhere to NAEYC standards. F. Conducts ongoing informal and formal performance evaluations of center staff. G. Ensures compliance with center personnel policies, Wisconsin licensing regulations and NAEYC accreditation standards. H. Provides ample planning, conferencing, and supervisory time for classroom teachers. I. Consults, supports and provides guidance to teaching staff in evaluating and revising children’s programming as required. J. Works with teaching staff to find ways to address any behavioral or learning problems; advises staff in developing individualized educational programming and provide for special needs when necessary. K. Regularly observes in classrooms, consult with teachers and provide resources for them to accomplish classroom goals. L. Ensures appropriate professional development opportunities are made available to center staff, within center and agency budget parameters and in accordance with identified training needs of staff at the center. M. Maintains and updates staff benefits and insurance information. II. Administration / Center Operation A. Oversees and manages all elements of center enrollment and ensures the smooth integration of new families into the center. B. Maintains licensing, accreditation, certification, and CACFP records and ensures requirements are met at all times; ensures that the facility and staff adhere to all state and local regulations. C. In collaboration with the teaching team, facilitates the placement, orientation and evaluation of students on placements at the center. D. Maintains confidential, accurate and up-to-date files on employees, children and activities. E. Manages the work schedules of teaching and other staff to maintain state and NAEYC mandated staff-to-child ratios. F. Provides classroom coverage and support as circumstances require and during staff absences. G. Organizes monthly schedules for field trips, special events, and holidays. H. Maintains a safe and sanitary physical space and take immediate action to correct deficiencies. I. Ensures regular liaison and communication, as required and applicable, with third parties, including landlord (VA Hospital), custodial service, maintenance services, (school administration, school board as applicable to position), etc. J. Embraces a philosophy of continuous improvement and inspires excellence in staff. K. Maintains operation of the center within the approved budget, in consultation with the Board of Directors. L. Orders and purchases teaching materials including toys, videos, books, educational aids, cleaning supplies, food, and first aid supplies. M. Is an active, contributing member of the Board of Directors, providing input on policy and other matters affecting the agency. N. Prepares and presents monthly updates to the Board on the following: 1) Monthly balance sheets, adjusting based upon Board recommendations. 2) Issues regarding action or information on the center operations, including new policies and procedures and interpretation standards of education and care. 3) Information on political and regulatory developments in the child care community. O. Maintains transparency and open communications with the Board regarding center operations. P. Performs other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Board. Q. Develops parent and staff membership for the Board and its committees. R. Communicates key messages on decisions to center staff, parents and the Board on an ongoing basis. S. Represents the agency by participating on committees in the child care community and attends Madison-area child care center director caucus meetings as a representative of VAKC. III. Fiscal A. Manages the operating costs for the center to ensure sound fiscal management. B. Works collaboratively with the Board of Directors to plan and manage an annual budget, determine tuition rates and fees, staff raises, benefits and insurance, payment of bills, and account reconciliation. C. Ensures timely fee collection and adherence to the budget. D. Oversees all fiscal reporting and record-keeping systems. E. Prepares county, employer tuition, and DWD assistance vouchers. F. Performs all payroll functions. G. Maintains accurate employee payroll, benefit, and flex-plan records. IV. Parent Management / Liaison A. Develops and maintains positive relationships and trust through regular communication with parent-clients; facilitates or directly provides mediation and resolution to parent-program conflicts that arise. B. Meets with teachers and parents to keep parents up-to-date on their child’s progress and development. C. Ensures and facilitates the smooth functioning of all aspects of the child care center in order to best serve children and families, and to maintain the center’s positive reputation. V. Enrollment and Marketing A. Works with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a marketing plan to promote enrollment and community interest in the center. B. Markets the center to prospective client-parents, within agency standards. C. Meets with prospective parents to explain program goals, the benefits of a small family-like center, outline enrollment procedures, and conduct tours of the center. D. Updates the VAKC Facebook page (daily), LinkedIn page (monthly) and website (monthly). E. Maintains regular communication with peers at other childcare centers, schools, local school districts and community support agencies. Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities A. Must have strong leadership skills to lead a capable and energetic team of teachers and other support staff, and to inspire respect from young children. B. Must possess exceptional interpersonal skills with both children and adults and be able to create and promote a positive culture and environment. C. Must be organized, have a strong business sense, and administrative and time management skills. D. Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communications skills in order to communicate with parents, staff, and children. E. Must have familiarity with theories and practices of behavioral therapy, child development and parent-child relationships. F. Must be knowledgeable about the latest trends and techniques in education and child-rearing, including discipline, encouragement and communication. G. Must adhere to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. H. Must be flexible and able to react appropriately to changing circumstances, including being able to assume management of a classroom when the circumstance requires. I. Must have strong crisis management abilities and be able to maintain a cool composure in times of crisis. J. Must possess excellent customer service skills and teach staff the principles of customer service. K. Must be professional and provide a public face for the childcare facility. Benefits: VAKC offers full benefits including: • Competitive pay • 12 paid holidays • Paid time off • Health and Dental Insurance • 403B • Short term disability • AFLAC • Flex savings account There is a one-year probationary period for this position. The Center Director is supervised by the Board of Directors, and shall abide by personnel policies and the Administrative Contract. VAKC offers Application Instructions: To apply, please send your resume to by September 2, 2019. Accepting applications on-going. In your cover letter, please include a description of your educational philosophy and your leadership style. VAKC is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive employment consideration without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.