POSITION SUMMARY: The Early Learning Operations Director will be a strategic thought partner with La Vida’s leadership team and will be responsible for the overall management and operations of the Early Learning Center. This position will directly supervise ELC program manager and kitchen supervisor. This position will ensure compliance of all programs, work with consultants and monitors from all licensing programs that affect ELC and Food Program and be responsible for quality assurance and budgetary expectations of the center. This individual will be responsible for maintaining a positive and nurturing environment for children, families, and staff.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES / ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
1. Recruit, mentor, and develop strong team of administrative staff.
2. Cultivate a collaborative and quality driven organizational culture.
3. Foster a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, and excellence in service delivery.
4. Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations governing early childhood education.
5. Stay informed about changes in licensing requirements and implement necessary adjustments.
6. Create and implement strategic plans for the early learning center and food program.
7. Develop and manage the department’s budget, ensuring financial sustainability and resource optimization.
8. Identify funding opportunities, partners and grants to support program expansion and quality services.
9. Monitor expenses and find cost-effective solutions.
10. Build and nurture strategic partnerships with educational institutions, community organizations and funding agencies.
11. Establish and maintain high standards of program quality and accreditation.
12. Implement continuous quality improvement processes to enhance educational outcomes.
13. Conduct community presentations and participate in community and statewide meetings.
14. Implement and enforce safety protocols.
15. Ensure a healthy and secure environment for children and staff.
16. Respond to emergencies and incidents appropriately.
17. Provides supervision and guidance to ELC Program Manager and Kitchen Supervisor.
18. Works with program manager and develop methods to improve classroom operations.
19 .Supports program manager and kitchen supervisor with ensuring coverage for classrooms and food program and steps in for coverage as needed.
20. Works with families regularly and serves as a parent liaison for classroom issues.
21. Works with kitchen supervisor and other programs that utilize food program services.
22. Represents the ELC in community outreach efforts on both a local and statewide level.
23. Attends and participates in food training program and submits reports and documents to ensure continued compliance of food program.
24. Must complete minimum of 24 hours of relevant training per year.
25. Responsible for compliance with Early Childhood Education & Care Department (ECECD) regulations, FOCUS guidelines and federal requirements. Assist and monitor all licensing requirements and recommend plan of action to ensure requirements are met.
26. Maintains current CPR, First Aid and other trainings/certifications as required
27. Responsible for follow up/corrective action needed as a result of Quality Assurance team reviews
28. Completes and evaluates reports, decisions, and results of department in relation to established goals (Focus on Excellence).
29. Complete program reports to the Board of Directors.
30. Maintains confidentiality in accordance with HIPAA, LVF policy, state and federal law.
OTHER JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Participates in professional development activities and opportunities.
• Serves as strategic planning partner with La Vida Directors and Board of Directors.
• Implement continuous quality improvement processes to enhance program operations and practices.
• Identifies and implements training and resources that offer continuous professional development for staff and educators.
• Responds to licensing and auditing requirements in a timely manner
• Schedules and facilitates department meetings on a monthly basis.
• Perform all other duties as assigned by Executive Director.
Directly supervises Early Learning Center Program Manager and Kitchen Supervisor.
• Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Business Administration or related field.
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience in management role of an Early Learning Center, Early Childhood Services Program, Human Services Program or related field. (Preferred)
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience in management role in fields related to early childhood, education, education, human services or nonprofit management.
• Minimum of three years’ experience working with children 0-6 years of age or direct experience working with families in program related services.
• Completion of 45 hour and FOCUS trainings, (will be provided upon hire)
Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Ensures the health and safety of all children by adhering to all federal, state and agency regulations.
• Proficiency with Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and other productivity software.
• Strong leadership experience in organizational management, preferably in early childhood.
• Proven success in strategic planning, financial management and team leadership.
• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
• Abides by federal, state and agency confidentiality regulations.
• Ability to objectively assess and respond to emergency and day-to-day situations.
• Demonstrates strong organizational skills, including time management.
• Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills.
• Understanding of general HR practices
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, clients, families, and others.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
• Manual dexterity needed for computer and phone work
• The physical environment requires the employee to work inside the classroom, in temperature-controlled conditions and outside as determined by the classroom schedule.
• Must be able to manipulate and operate office supplies and equipment. Occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds
• May require need for flexible schedules, including occasional evening and weekend work
• An automobile at his/her disposal; a valid, non-suspended NM driver’s license and a current automobile liability policy and continuous coverage
• Must pass a pre-employment background check
• No substantiation or criminal conviction of child abuse or neglect
• Travel within the state and out-of-state may be required
This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by an employee assigned to the role. It does not imply that these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the job. The employee may be required to perform other duties as requested by the Supervisor/Director. All requirements are subject to change over time.