Preschool Center Director

The ELC Director will administer, supervise, coordinate and monitor all educational programs and services for preschool students attending their specific site. 

Direct Supervisor:

The ELC Center Director reports to the ELNC Director of Programs.

Direct Staff Supervised :

Oversee and provide support to the Administrative Assistant, Lead Preschool Teachers, Associate Preschool Teachers, Floating Teachers, and Family Coaches.

Other Key Relationships:

The Center Director will also interact with and develop relationships with ELNC Staff, partners, parents, community partners, volunteers and other community early childhood program peers.

Essential Job Functions include but not limited to:

  • Provide leadership and direct supervision of the Preschool Program
  • Assist in coordinating and welcoming visitors and guests to the Center.
  • Prepare in a timely fashion, appropriate applications and provide assistance on reports for all state, federal, and privately funded projects related to Early Learning Center for the purpose of ensuring continued funding and complying with state and federal requirements
  • Evaluate all Early Learning Center personnel
  • Authorize budget expenditures; direct the implementation of the financial plan and process; facilitate budget planning; review budget; assist with preparation of budget reports
  • Serve as a liaison between the school, the home, and the community in building positive attitudes about learning for the purpose of ensuring communication between all service providers
  • Maintain own professional competence through participation in ELNC sponsored in-service activities for the purpose of ensuring the effectiveness of the programs
  • Assist other personnel as may be required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities
  • Ensure compliance with State, federal and all funding source guidelines (including MI State Preschool Program, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Community Care Licensing regulations, and those from other funding sources, such as grants)
  • Make recommendations regarding staffing needs for the preschool program and take leadership role in the recruitment efforts
  • Direct the preparation of statistical and narrative reports to ensure reporting requirements are met for State and other funding sources
  • Implement and monitor an accountability system in the preschool program to align instruction with the ELNC Implementation Manual
  • Plan and coordinate parent education and parent involvement
  • Work with other directors and site administrators for interdepartmental coordination of goals and programs
  • Function as a member of the ELNC Leadership Team
  • Adheres to all policies contained in ELNC’s Employee Handbook
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Director

Site specific duties:


Essential Competencies Required:

  • Commitment to ELNC Vision and Mission- The ability to understand, communicate and incorporate the ELNC Vision and Mission into behaviors and attitudes all ELNC staff are expected to exhibit while performing their job responsibilities.
  • Culturally Competent- The ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.
  • Flexibility/Resilience – The ability to adjust to and thrive in a complex and changing environment; handles setbacks and failures with professionalism and candor; effectively and appropriately responds in the face of adversity or conflict.
  • Ability to Multi-Task – The ability to handle multiple tasks and assignments; prioritizes more important tasks while maintaining a good handle on others; reports in a timely manner any barriers to task completion level ample opportunities for supervisor to adjust deadliness.
  • Results-Oriented Thinking and Behavior – A genuine concern for effectiveness. Possesses the desire to get the job done with excellence; mentally is focused on getting the best results for actions taken; does not settle of mediocrity.

Knowledge’s, Skills, And Abilities

  • Understanding of and passion for the mission of ELNC
  • Knowledge and experience managing public or non-profit program
  • Knowledge and experience in the organization, management, and administration of Early Childhood Education Programs
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct the functions of staff
  • Knowledge of complex helping systems, professions, and organizations and how they affect children and family welfare, and the multiple uses of such systems, professions, and organizations to deliver services
  • Knowledge of safety regulations, practices, and procedures
  • Skill in conducting interviews to establish the nature and extent of concerns/issues, provide professional assistance to families or staff, and determine appropriate referral services/opinions
  • Ability to work well with others in a team approach
  • Skill in the use of automation software and related equipment
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

Required Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Three years’ experience in management or supervision
  • Three years’ experience working in Early Childhood environment
  • Knowledge of computer web based programs, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Three years’ experience in planning, implementing and/or administering a public or non-profit program
  • Three years’ experience working in Early Childhood environment

Additional requirements of the position:

  • Position is identified as having regular contact with children in accordance with public law; therefore, a criminal background check must be completed
  • Program activities frequently take place in the center/site (permanent and mobile), family homes, and other community locations
  • Walking, standing, bending, and carrying of small and light objects

Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative is an At-Will Employer.


Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

  • management: 3 years

Required education:

  • Bachelor's


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