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The Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area Director - Children's Learning Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts


The Director position is responsible for providing administration and management support, including the enforcement of standards, monitoring performance benchmarks, licensing requirements and compliance for the program. 


Primary responsibilities include: program development, implementation, improvement, personnel management, and evaluation of staff, coordination of staff training, consultation and negotiating parent and staff differences when necessary. 



Seek new opportunities for The Children’s Learning Center to expand its social mission through new initiatives and development of strategic collaborations. 

Represent The Salvation Army through effective participation in local and state child and after school care networks. 

Interact in a way that is informed of developments that affect the Center. 

Represent the Center by participating in organizations that enhance the Center’s goals. 

Present the Center publicly via the media, public appearance and brochures. 

Research and Evaluation 

Research and maintain knowledge of leading edge program trends. 

Research and define current child development and program related outcomes for Infant/Toddler, Preschool and After School program. 

Develop and conduct program assessments annually. 


Perform periodic cost analyses in coordination with designated CLC Liaison in the Finance Department 

Responsible for preparing the annual proposed Children’s Learning Center budget for presentation to the Assistant Social Services Director so as to achieve submission deadlines 

Regular communication with the Social Service and Finance Departments as related to census and required data 

Program and Resource Development 

Act as a visionary leader and motivate, coordinate and support the staff in the development and accomplishment of annual goals and objectives. 

Submit an annual plan outlining overall goals and objectives, including strategies for generating resources and revenue for administrative review through the Social Services Department prior to implementation. 

Responsible for incorporating best practice research to enhance program design and delivery, including enhancing parent participation and the effective utilization of technology to enhance educational programming. 

Secure public and private funding through the identification of funding sources and effective proposal writing. 

With guidance from the Assistant Social Services Director, confer with appropriate Department Heads at Divisional Headquarters on administrative details as related to finance, property, fundraising, personnel, and program matters. Insure the quality of the physical environment is consistently at a level that meets or exceeds governmental and/or agency standards. 

Regularly inspect the premises, makes recommendations to the Assistant Social Services Director regarding needed rehabilitation. 

Secure bids for work to be completed, submit bids to the Assistant Social Service Director for review and to secure administrative approval to proceed 

Personnel Management 

Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, orientation, training and evaluation of all management and teaching staff personnel according to organizational policies and procedures 

Continually give attention to fostering the professionalism and development of child and after school staff. This shall include ongoing assessment of staff development needs. 

Establish, implement and monitor a record-keeping system for all aspects of the Centers operations, i.e., attendance and progress of children, personnel evaluations and records, health and safety inspection and finances. 

Conduct monthly staff meetings per selected dates as submitted to EEC. Maintain documentation for all meetings. 


General Management Duties 

Foster a nurturing atmosphere. Assure that a method of positive discipline is used at all times. Ensure that child ratios are met at all times in all classrooms. 

Complete and submit all State, local and Salvation Army reports to designated personnel. 

Comply with national, state and local regulations and requirements (Early Education and Care (EEC), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Salvation Army (SA). 

Become familiar and understand all EEC and NAEYC regulations and ensure that the Center is in compliance with all requirements at all times. Process necessary EEC and NAEYC documents /updates when necessary and ensure that monthly billing and statistical documents are completed and processed following proper organizational protocols. 

Responsible to submit monthly statistical reports to the Divisional Statistician. 

Maintain compliance with Department of Education for CACFP funding for meals. Prepare for annual inspections and meet with inspector during review. 

Keep track of all private pay slots, including vouchers and parent fees. Create payment schedules when necessary and follow-up with parents in non-compliance. 

Work with teachers to handle disciplinary action for children and parents. Draft any letters of termination and hold an appeal meeting for involved parents in consultation with the Assistant Social Services director. 

Perform other related duties as assigned. 


Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education, Human Services or a related field 

Background in administration/management and/or experience in supervisory and administrative positions in a social services or health-related agency 

Certified by the Department of Early Education and Care as Director II qualified 

Possess a high standard of personal integrity 

Excellent management, organizational and communication skills are required 

Ability to remain patient and able to multi-task efficiently 

The Salvation Army is hiring and offers truly excellent benefit package to eligible employees including: 

Generous paid time off every year that includes: holidays, up to 3 personal days, vacation time and sick time. 

Employer funded Pension Plan (company contributions begin after 1 year of employment) 

Comprehensive health care coverage with low cost employee premiums, co-pays and deductibles 

Eligibility for supplemental insurance plans including Short Term Disability, AFLAC and Voluntary Term Life 

Flexible Spending Accounts 

Eligibility for the Federal Government’s Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program 

Most importantly – a job with a good purpose! 

The salary range for this position is $49,000 to $52,000 per year.

Job ID2018-4709

CategoryChild Care

TypeRegular Full-Time

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