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Early Learning Center - Center Director

Memphis, TN, USA Req #80
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


Under the general direction of the Executive Director of Early Learning or Vice President for Youth Development, this position ensures the successful operation of assigned sites to include program quality, program promotion, budget monitoring, personnel supervision and community relations.   


  1. Bachelor’s degree in a directly related field or an equivalent combination of directly related experience, training, and/or education.

  2. Five or more years of YMCA child care experience preferred. Comparable experience in other organizations may be considered. 

  3. Meets minimum qualifications for child care director as outlined in the Tennessee and/or Mississippi Department of Health standards for childcare.

  4. Knowledge of child care licensing requirements for Tennessee and/or Mississippi Department of Health for childcare and YMCA standards.

  5. Must maintain a current motor vehicle license and acceptable driving record that meets YMCA standards.


    1. Lead and take responsibility for the successful operation of the Early Learning Center.  

    2. Coach and supervise lead teachers, teachers, and assistant teachers in areas including, but not limited to:

      • planning and implementation of the program.

      • providing a high quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum aligned to the state of Tennessee early childhood education standards.

      • maintain student portfolios and development plans to include developmental milestones and kindergarten transition plans.

      • maintaining stimulating and orderly program spaces.

      • purchasing appropriate supplies, equipment, and materials, following YMCA purchasing guidelines and procedures.

      • maintaining program enrollment at appropriate levels.

      • conducting program tours and periodic open house/registration events.

      • maintaining accurate and complete records.

      • planning and conducting a comprehensive family engagement plan (i.e. Parent Advisory Group, picnics, holidays, and parent/child activities).

    3. Provide subject matter expertise in the field of early learning to guide the ongoing growth and development of this product line for the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South.

    4. Under the supervision of the Director of Early Learning, Sr. Operations Director or Vice President takes an active role in program planning, program promotion and publicity.

    5. Develops and maintains relationships with state child care licensing agency, school administration, community partners and parent groups.

    6. Responds to all agency, parent and community inquiries and complaints in a timely manner, seeking guidance from supervisor(s) and peer Child Care Directors as needed.

    7. Evaluate sites in areas including, but not limited to, proper implementation of curriculum and lesson planning, program quality control, and recruitment and retention of program participants.

    8. Ensure the physical facility meets all safety and cleanliness standards, working in conjunction with an assigned property director and janitorial support companies and employees. 

    9. Assure compliance with state and local regulations.

    10. Assist the Director of Early Learning, Sr. Operations Director or Vice President in the development and monitoring the annual budget for assigned sites.

    11. Ensures that program standards are met and safety procedures are followed at all sites.

    12. Model superior communication and leadership to their team.

    13. Provides leadership and support to the annual fundraising campaign at assigned centers, as well as supporting overall campaign goals for Centralized Child Care.  

    14. May additionally support school-age sites and seasonal camp programs.

    15. Attends and participates in assigned staff meetings and special events to provide a collaborative and cohesive approach to the YMCA’s vision and mission.

    16. Assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned by and agreed to with the Director of Early Learning, Sr. Operations Director or Vice President to meet the changing needs of the program and/or branch.


Mission Advancement: Reinforces the Y’s values within the organization and the community.  Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the Y’s efforts for all stakeholders.  

Collaboration: Builds and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the Y.  Serves as a community leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance the Y’s mission and goals.  Communicates for influence to attain buy-in and support of goals.  Provides tools and resources for the development of others.

Operational Effectiveness: Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions.  Involves staff at all levels in the development of programs and activities.  Ensures execution of plans. Institutes sound accounting procedures and financial controls.  Assigns clear accountability and ensures continuous improvement.

Personal Growth: Fosters a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches.  Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology. 

Behavioral Characteristics:  Welcoming, Nurturing, Determined, Hopeful, and Genuine.


  • Climbing, sitting, standing, pushing, walking, kneeling, and stooping 

  • Some Exposure to the outdoor elements

  • Exposure to electrical/mechanical mechanisms 

  • Exposure to some chemical elements

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

For Youth Development For Healthy Living For Social Responsibility

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $36,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $40,000.00
  • Memphis, TN, USA