The Center Manager manages the overall operation of the Center including development, implementation, supervision, staffing, equipping and evaluation of the program. Maintains a positive work atmosphere that promotes a cohesive relationship with families, co-workers and management staff. Oversee teaching staff to ensure that they provide a nurturing, stimulating, safe quality learning environment while adhering to Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards, DCF regulations and NAEYC/APPLE accreditation.
Essential duties and responsibilities
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Monitors the EHS/HS site to ensure compliance with the Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards, Florida Department of Children & Families, and NAEYC/APPLE Accreditation standards. Provide leadership and supervision to the teaching staff by providing direct feedback in the areas of performance and professional development. Work cooperatively with the Family Advocate to ensure that in-kind is collected and properly calculated monthly. Enroll eligible 4-years-olds into the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program and fill open slots as needed throughout the school year. Submit all required VPK paperwork and reports to the appropriate ECS staff as required. Work with Family Advocate to plan parent committee meetings, workshops, trainings, and other parent involvement activities to help generate Non-Federal Match. Establish a relationship of mutual trust and two-way communication with parents, providing support to staff in relationship building and parent take-home activities and ensuring that each family has a minimum of two parent-teacher conferences and two home-visits per year. Coordinate, develop and provide infant/toddler and/or preschool training and technical assistance as needed to teaching staff. Leads and facilitates regular staff meetings with teaching and center staff (according to Center Manager workplan) to review policies, procedures and their implementation that include team building activities, conflict resolution and peer mediation. These meetings should include Family Advocates to ensure that there is regular communication amongst all center staff. Provide support to the center in the absence of staff and follow proper procedures to enlist substitutes, adhering to the established budgetary limits. Work with the Education Manager, Education Specialist and teaching staff to ensure quality classroom environments with regard for student perspective. Model appropriate child guidance techniques that include redirection, positive reinforcement, anticipation of and elimination of potential problems, and verbalization of feelings as needed for teachers to help support challenging behaviors in the classroom. Coordinate and schedule meal preparation, service and clean-up that comply with all regulations. Create daily schedules that include all HS & APPLE requirements that promote a balance of quiet, child-initiated, teacher directed and age-appropriate activities using Creative Curriculum as a guide. Participates in summer screenings and as children enroll throughout the year. Work with health support staff to ensure children receive the health, mental health, and/or special needs services that they may be eligible for. Enter and print all health screening information as discussed in procedures. Participates in and supports community activities. Initiates and maintains collaborative relationships with the local schools and community partners. Ensure that records in the classroom such as lesson plans, individual child goals, daily attendance, meal counts, child assessments, portfolios and education files are maintained. Account for petty cash and follow procedures to replace funds as they are used. Ensure administrative tasks, such as monthly nutrition paper work, health and safety documentation, monthly reimbursements, performance reviews, professional development plans, staff files, etc. are accurately maintained and submitted in a timely manner. Maintains supplies needed to operate the center and implement curriculum. Manage the center budget to ensure adequate yearly funds for program supplies, office supplies and other expenditures. Monitors staff time and attendance records and addresses and documents attendance concerns following the attendance policy guidelines. Develops a plan for achieving in-kind contributions at the center level Participate in and monitor the daily maintenance of the site. Follow procedures for reporting maintenance needs in a timely manner. Attend required workshops and in-service trainings and stay current in the field of ECE by reading articles and books and by attending conferences, workshops and peer group meetings. All other duties as requested to maintain the success of the center and ECS. (These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other related marginal duties as required.) ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP: This position reports to the Manager of Center Operations.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of governmental, educational, and religious standards set forth by DCF, NAEYC/APPLE, Head Start and any other agency to which the agency commits Commitment to strengthen families but with ultimate commitment to the well being of the child Ability to build and maintain good human relations with staff and parents. Ability to work with the public in a tactful and diplomatic manner Ability to perform tasks with little direct supervision Ability to exercise good judgment and emotional maturity Knowledge of applicable safety and abuse-reporting procedures Knowledge of Microsoft Office products at an intermediate to advanced level Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing Ability to maintain confidential information Ability to plan and organize work as well as maintain records and prepare reports Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in fast-paced environment CERTIFICATIONS: Complete TB screening & physical before having direct contact with children. Renew every 2 years. Commence within ninety (90) days and complete within 12 months of employment the DCF required 45-hour training. Complete on-line Food Handlers course Serving Safe Food in Childcare within 90 days of employment. Must have current First Aid and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training. Complete a minimum of 40 hours of in-service training annually, July 1- June 30. Renewal of Director’s Credential six months prior to expiration date to ensure compliance ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Works inside in a child care setting Some travel required Some night and/or weekend work possible ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS: Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction) Acceptable hearing (with or without correction) Ability to communicate both orally and in writing Ability to lift up to 50 pounds. (Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability)
Education and Experience
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, Management or related field preferred with related child care management experience Director’s Credential; VPK endorsed for applicable centers