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Executive Director

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Wild Lilac Child Development Community | Portland, OR

Wild Lilac Child Development Community

Published 7 days ago

September 1, 2020
July 31, 2020
$46,000 - $50,000

About Our Program

Wild Lilac Child Development Community is a non-profit center offering high quality early childhood care and education to over one hundred families in the Foster Powell neighborhood of southeast Portland. 

Now entering our fourteenth year of operation, our school is inspired by the infant-toddler centers and preschool programs of Reggio Emilia. Our philosophy is rooted in social constructivism: we learn about and make meaning of our world by acting and reflecting together. We create our curriculum in response to our children’s ideas, passions, and questions. We believe that play is the true work of early childhood, as it is through play — storytelling, building, imagining, and inventing — that a child can develop their self-confidence, language, creativity and problem-solving skills. At Wild Lilac we celebrate diversity and seek to know and honor the whole child; our work with children and families is guided by the principles of inclusive, anti-bias education. We also have a beloved food program, an amazing school garden, and a wonderful 1.5 acre campus to support outdoor play and exploration. To learn more about our program we encourage you to visit our website,

Position Description

The Executive Director provides leadership and overall administration for Wild Lilac CDC including finance, development, human resources, family and community relations, and program policy. The Executive Director is supervised by the Board of Directors and provides oversight of all business operations including supervision to approximately 25 teachers and staff, collaborating with a team (Education Director, Infant-Toddler Education Coordinator) who provides pedagogical administration for the program. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

● Maintain all fiscal responsibility for Wild Lilac CDC including budget development and tuition structure, budget tracking, bookkeeping, and quarterly and annual reporting within the guidelines set by the Board of Directors. 

● Hire and supervise program staff, implement evaluation procedures for teachers and staff members.

● Manage and promote collaborative relations with families and the community. 

● Spearhead and champion Wild Lilac’s work toward diversity, equity and inclusion, advancing these initiatives in conjunction with the organization’s Equity Committee.

● Communicate effectively and regularly, fairly address concerns and complaints, coordinate center-wide events, solicit feedback from families. 

● Develop family engagement and education opportunities. 

● Provide leadership and vision with respect to the program’s mission and values, and oversee work related to program licensing and accreditation. 

● Assess staff and program needs; create and communicate annual program goals and intentions. 

● By request and through outreach efforts, support members of the early childhood professional community by offering program tours, opportunities for collaboration and professional development. 

● Develop and sustain ongoing collaborative partnerships in the broader community. 

● Participate in professional associations and represent the program within the nonprofit sector and the early childhood education community. 

● Oversee development and implementation of the annual fundraising plan. 

● Build and sustain relationships with prospective and active donors. 

● Seek out and initiate grant funding and partnership opportunities.

● Collaborate with the Board of Directors, participating in quarterly meetings as well as monthly committee meetings. 

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

Recognizing that experience comes from many sources, this list is not intended to exclude candidates, but outline a sample of equivalent desired experience. Applicants should have a robust collection of professional skills, possibly gained by:

●  MA or MS degree in Business or Nonprofit Management/Leadership, Public Administration, Educational Leadership or related field. 

● Five years of experience in the early childhood education field including three years in a leadership role (preferably as the Director of a certified center).

● Demonstrated financial management and bookkeeping experience. 

● Proficiency with computer technology and software systems such as Quickbooks, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Suite.

● Demonstrated knowledge of approaches and theories in early childhood education, including RIE, the Reggio Emilia approach, anti-bias education, and social-constructivism.

● Knowledge and experience with human resource functions including conflict resolution and benefit management.

● Ability to communicate and work comfortably and effectively in a diverse workplace setting. 

● Expertise and experience working with and promoting a diverse community of families, including children with an array of abilities, children whose families are culturally and linguistically diverse, children from diverse socioeconomic groups, and children with individual learning styles, strengths, and needs. 

● Experience with adult learning and leadership. 

● Excellent written and oral communication skills. 

● Enrolled in the State of Oregon Early Learning Division central background registry by start date, and maintain all current certifications required by licensure.

● Per child care state licensing requirements, the Executive Director must be at least 21 years of age.


As a full-time, year-round position, starting pay for the Executive Director is $46,000-50,000 annually, depending on experience and qualifications. Due to COVID-19, Wild Lilac is currently operating at lower capacity under Emergency Child Care guidelines; this position may experience an FTE reduction at the discretion of the Board of Directors until full-scale operations resume.

In addition to pay, all full-time staff members at Wild Lilac are eligible for a monthly health insurance stipend, group dental/vision/life insurance coverage, a 401K retirement savings plan with an employer match, paid time off (approximately eleven days of flexible PTO per year), enrollment priority and reduced tuition for their children, and an annual professional development stipend to support your continued learning. Our yearly calendar also includes approximately 30 days of paid holidays and vacation time.

Equity Statement

At Wild Lilac we are committed to creating and fostering racial and cultural diversity at every level of the organization including but not limited to staff, students, and leadership. Candidates of historically marginalized and underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please submit a resume or CV and cover letter detailing your interest in the position to

About Our Program

Wild Lilac Child Development Community is a non-profit center offering high quality early childhood care and education to over one hundred families in the Foster Powell neighborhood of southeast Portland. 


Details at a glance

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How to Apply

Please submit a resume or CV and cover letter detailing your interest in the position to

Please submit a resume or CV and cover letter detailing your interest in the position to


3829 Southeast 74th Avenue, Portland, OR 97206

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