Center Director/Assistant Director

Celebree Learning Centers Bowie, MD

Job Responsibilities
As a Director or Assistant Directorwith Celebree, you will create effective staff schedules and alternate with the Management Partner to open the center by 6:30 am and close at 6:30 pm. You will ensure that curricula are followed appropriately and that new programs, policies and procedures are adapted successfully. You will consistently ensure that the center is clean, organized and meets visual execution standards and recommend repairs as needed. You will greet family members by name, exude a professional and positive image, promote teamwork and enthusiasm and foster a staff-wide commitment to our mission to protect, educate and nurture. It is vital that you network within your community to recruit new families, follow up with prospects and manage the new child enrollment process. You will also support staff orientation and continuous development, plan and facilitate monthly meetings and training sessions and consistently implement Celebree performance management tools and processes.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Supporting and leading new company initiatives
  • Maintaining accurate and complete employee and child files and records
  • Providing staff with regular and specific feedback through classroom observations, one-on-one meetings and performance reviews
  • Planning and supervising field trips and programs
  • Completing all paperwork and record keeping on a timely basis
  • Managing billing and accounting for the center
  • Ensuring that your center financials are up-to-date, accurate and organized
  • Demonstrating accountability and initiative in identifying opportunities and goals for the center
  • Achieving enrollment goals and remaining within budgetary targets
  • Collaborating with realtors and real estate companies to market Celebree as an education and childcare provider of choice to new families in your community
  • Ensuring that our corporate office is quickly made aware of any incidents or accidents in your center
  • Handling vendor relationships and contracts
  • Sending monthly email blasts to keep families informed about center activities and initiatives
  • Ensuring that staff presents a professional image and adheres to our dress code
  • Transporting children in the Celebree van as needed
  • Seeking out professional development opportunities and remaining current on new practices in the childcare and education industry

As a Leader with Celebree, you must have exceptional verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, especially with parents, as well as patience, flexibility and effective leadership and staff management skills. Building positive rapport with current & potential families and establishing a strong sense of "team" with the center staff is integral to the on-going success of the center, from both a business and community perspective. The best type of leader for this position will be a strong coach who can effectively mentor & model desired behaviors while maintaining a strong culture of accountability with the entire team. Our ideal Director is a highly organized problem-solver who is detail-oriented when it comes to budgets, naturally strikes a balance between business and education and knows when to highlight the humor in a situation and when to be serious. You must be able to constantly renegotiate priorities to meet the needs of the moment you are in, outline professional boundaries for your educational staff and project the attitude that you want them to display. When it comes to kids, accidents happen and unexpected issues are bound to arise, so you must be able to have difficult conversations with parents and staff as well as remain calm and unruffled in hectic or tense situations. Great time management skills are vital to this role as is the vision to see the big picture without losing sight of the details. You must also be able to follow detailed safety requirements and regulations, always maintain confidentiality and remain conscious of the business bottom line without seeing children as numbers.

Additional requirements for the position include:

  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related discipline required.
  • 90 hours in Preschool Child Development and Curriculum Planning
  • 40-45 hours administrative training with 9 hours of training on communicating with staff, parents and the general public
  • 3 hours of childcare regulation training provided by OCC
  • 45 hours of Infant and Toddler Training
  • 45 hours of training each on Child Development, birth through school age, and Curriculum for School Age Care
  • Minimum 2 years teaching experience in a licensed childcare center required; service-oriented work experience a plus
  • Minimum 2 years management experience required; childcare center management preferred but we will consider staff management experience in a different field
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of child behavioral and developmental stages
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of MSDE-OCC licensing requirements and other regulations as well as understanding of why these structures exist
  • Financial and budgeting proficiency and ability to interpret a P & L report
  • Excellent leadership, training, coaching and team-building abilities
  • Valid CPR and First Aid certifications
  • Basic computer literacy required; proficiency with Microsoft Office and/or ProCare a plus
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to pass a background check and drug screen
  • Excellent work attendance
  • Talent for leading and elevating a team via coaching, mentoring and clear,consistent communication

We understand that our staff works hard and we appreciate their skills and commitment to excellence. We foster an open and communicative company culture and we greatly value employee input on company policy, education strategy and more. We have experienced continuous growth since we opened our doors and opportunities for professional growth and career advancement are numerous. We greatly prefer to promote from within and have excellent staff retention rates because our goal to protect, nurture and educate extends to everyone in the Celebree family. From your initial orientation to quarterly and annual educational seminars and helpful classroom observations to our unique Individual Growth Plans, we engage in constant training and development activities. A motivated and dedicated Infant and Toddler Teacher can move to the role of District Director, Celebree corporate trainer and beyond. We do our very best to help our staff realize their goals within their abilities and our capacity.

Additional benefits include:

  • Options for health, life, vision & dental insurance plans
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Childcare Benefits package
  • Continuous opportunities to earn your annual Continuing Education Units
  • Assistance with receiving the Childcare Career and Professional Development fund state grant
  • Staff recognition and awards program

Company Overview
Our promise to our parents and children is to protect, educate and nurture in every aspect of a child's daily experience. Established in 1994, we are the largest privately owned childcare operation with 25 centers throughout Maryland. The goal of our programs is to provide children with a safe and nurturing learning environment that will benefit parents, children and communities. We don't believe in franchising our business model and we take the trust parents place in us extremely seriously. We understand both the concerns of parents and the needs of young children and we are characterized by the talent and dedication of our teachers. Our teachers possess and demonstrate an exceptional level of commitment in the classroom each and every day to prepare children for educational success, from infancy to school age, ensuring that they are ready for kindergarten and beyond.