Executive Director - Child Education Center

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $82,000.00
Maximum: $100,000.00
Details: Commensurate with experience.



Application Deadline:



2100 Browning Street
United States


The Executive Director (ED) sets the culture and expectations within the framework of a Reggio-inspired learning community with hands-on, sensory-rich activities reflecting a multidisciplinary approach to constructivist education. The ED works with a parent-elected Board of Directors to formulate policy and programs and carries out hiring, onboarding, mentorship and professional development, off-boarding, and managing personnel issues for teachers. The ED serves as the primary point of escalation for parent concerns and disciplinary issues.


The ED also communicates with parents regarding their child's progress, developmental or behavioral concerns, or class placements, as necessary. The ED is responsible for the appropriate management of center finances, as well as ensuring timely processing of essential paperwork (e.g. for the state licensing process, grants, child wait lists, etc.)  CEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that currently serves 70 to 90 children ages 6 weeks to 6 years with a staff of 24. Additionally, the school enlists the support and involvement of our families who contribute their time and energy to making CEC a dynamic learning community through monthly parent participation.



Provides direct supervision to teachers and other staff to assure accountability and stewardship of center resources (operational, financial, and human) in alignment with center goals and values. Analyzes and resolves problems, interprets policies (e.g., financial management, discipline, conflict resolution, etc.). Exercises judgment within defined procedures and policies to determine appropriate action, including in situations that require addressing parental concerns or mediating conflict.


Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of Child Education Center site. Receives assignments from the Board of Directors in the form of objectives with goals and the process by which to meet goals. Provides direction to employees according to established policies and management guidance. Administers policies that directly affect subordinate employees. Recommends changes to center policies and practices. Board of Directors reviews work to measure meeting of objectives.


Key Responsibilities


Leadership and Supervision

  • Manages and directs the day-to-day operations of Child Education Center.
  • Promotes a nurturing and engaging program and atmosphere that reflects respect and compassion for all children, families, and staff, through proper management and communication.

Program and Curriculum Development

  • Leads and directs the design and implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning environment while incorporating best practices, and current research.
  • Partners with teaching staff on learning about current curriculum beliefs and practices, creating classroom environments, classroom expectations and accountability, and developmentally appropriate learning goals, guidelines, and assessments.
  • Provides opportunities for parent and staff input.

 Staff Supervision and Development

  • Provides mentorship and career development support for teachers, volunteers, and staff.
  • Assumes responsibility for hiring of new employees, transfers, terminations, performance management and budget recommendations.
  • Assumes responsibility for staffing, budgets, costs, productivity and human resource-related activities pertaining to teachers and staff.
  • Provides on-site training and development opportunities for staff development and program compliance.

 Relationships with Parents and Families

  • Designs and implements appropriate parent involvement opportunities for families, including tours, town hall meetings, newsletters, and special events. 

 Board Responsibilities & Community Relationships

  • Regularly reports to the board and the community on all matters of CEC.
  • Acts as the professional representative of CEC at community meetings and public events.
  • Partner to provide effective marketing and outreach to continually introduce the school to the community and attract new families/encourage enrollment in our school and programs, including creating opportunities for CEC staff and volunteers to be out in the community.
  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, updates and articulates a strategic vision for CEC, and develops a plan to achieve that vision.


  • Ensures data collection and record keeping is conducted in accordance with local, state and federal requirements.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors annual program budgets In conjunction with financial staff and the Board Finance Committee through effective financial management and planning, including grants and fundraising efforts to enhance the program and facilities.
  • Develops program fee structures that are consistent with the program value, educational market, and competitor school offerings.
  • Serves as a resource for identifying agencies and organizations providing funding for child care services and maintains familiarity with their processes for accessing funds
  • Executes a wide variety of fundraising strategies (grants, special events, individual donors, etc.).
  • Maintains program compliance with California licensing, Title 22 and knowledge of child abuse and reporting laws to ensure the health and safety of all children. 

 Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated strong supervisory, management, mentorship, and interpersonal skills.
  • Solid working knowledge of early childhood education, as well as related policy and regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Five plus years of teaching and/or supervisory experience, with a proven track record of success, innovation, and growth.
  • Experience in a management or supervisory role
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a nonprofit budget
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership, effective guidance, and stability for program continuity.
  • Experience working with a volunteer board of directors.
  • Ability to direct the delivery of accurate financial reports, and to manage IRS and legal compliance issues.
  • Physically able to walk, kneel, crawl, bend, sit on the floor, and carry/lift up to 35 pounds. The work environment for this position includes an office, classrooms and outdoor playground. The position may involve sitting at a desk or moving about the classrooms for prolonged periods and will include light lifting.   

 Education and Training

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred in Early Childhood Education or related field.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience of different models of childcare and alliance with CEC philosophy. Understanding and familiarity with the Reggio Emilia approach.
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.


  • Kaiser Employee Medical Benefit, fully paid
  • Dental Coverage for Employee, Fully Paid
  • Retirement 401k account with up to 4% matching

Level of Language Proficiency

  • English

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Please send cover letter, resume, and completed supplemental questionnaire to hiring@childeducationcenter.org Indicate “Executive Director of Child Education Center” in the subject of the e-mail.

Supplemental Questionnaire:

Please complete your answers in a word or pdf document that includes your name at the top of the page.

 1.     Describe in detail how you meet many of the qualifications for the position. Include the name of your employer(s) where you gained this experience, and your title(s), duties.

2.     Describe a situation in which you had to bring people with disparate points of view together, to build a consensus around an important action that would move your organization forward in accomplishing one of its key goals or objectives. Please describe the challenge around which consensus had to be built, the strategies or methods you used to build consensus, and the outcome. 

3.     Describe your experience supervising and managing staff. Include the number and type of staff (e.g. clerical, professional) supervised and managed, and details about your role and related responsibilities (i.e. hiring, training and development, and performance management).

4.     Describe your experience in developing and managing a program budget. Please include information about the size and amounts of the budgets for which you were responsible.

5.     Provide examples of your experience working with young children in a playwork environment. Please include strategies and techniques you have used to reach a range of learning styles.