YMCA of Greater Boston Early Education Director in Waltham, Massachusetts

Job Description

This position is primarily responsible for administering the management, policies, procedures, and curriculum of the Infant, Toddler and Preschool classrooms, under the supervision of the Child Development Leadership team. Responsibilities include ensuring a developmentally appropriate program that ensures the healthy progression of socio-emotional, cognitive, and motor skills for children and compliance with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations and NAEYC. The Early Education Director ensures the connection of program activities to Y core focus areas of Healthy Living, Youth Development, and Social Responsibility. This position reports to the Child Development Leadership team.

  • Ensure implementation of a developmentally appropriate and multicultural curriculum fostering a progression of skills and social development in all children

  • Meet EEC regulations; full engagement in the MA Quality Rating and Improvement System with intentions of advancing levels; achieve/maintain accreditation status with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); maintenance of the Professional Qualifications Registry

  • Engage program in YMCA of Greater Boston Initiatives for Child Development, including curriculum, assessments, and kindergarten readiness

  • Ensure implementation of policies, procedures, parent meetings, staff development and a learning-based, child-centered curriculum; staff development, supervision and accountability

  • Develop a weekly schedule for presence in designated classrooms to observe program, interactions, audit paperwork, address issues, and support lead teacher

  • Develop a comprehensive daily program schedule with monthly themes that engage children and are inclusive of all

  • Coordinate parent conferences, communications, and monthly meetings.

  • Ensure the safety and protection of every child through structured activity, protocol, and diligent hiring practices

  • Develop and maintain a parent advisory committee (to help facilitate goals, programming priorities, and parent engagement)

  • Keep records essential for control, evaluation and reports to supervisor, committees, Board of Directors and licensing agencies

  • Engage in active listening with families in order to build relationships, understand individual’s goals and interests, and take the initiative to assist in the achievement of those goals

  • Evaluate the performance of early education Child Development personnel at the site, and review these evaluations annually with the Child Development Team Leader

  • Prepare and submit in a timely fashion all reports required by Branch Executive and Greater Boston Y

  • Prepare the annual budget for the department in consultation with the Child Development Team; administer the budget; taking appropriate action to ensure fiscal soundness

  • Assist in the preparation of proposals to receive additional funding through various grants that support the growth of early education

  • Maintain a professional image and manner consistent with the YMCA mission and goals

  • Attend designated staff functions, including annual All-Staff Conference and Quarterly Leadership Meetings

  • Remain current in required and voluntary training in order to promote growth of mind, spirit and character values for all, and deliver that training to staff

  • Additional responsibilities as deemed necessary by supervisor and program needs

Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Early Childhood Education or related field

  • 5 -7 years professional teaching experience supervising staff and developing curriculum

  • Must meet EEC qualifications per state regulations for Director II and be 21 years of age

  • Demonstrated understanding of the developmental progression of skills and program development