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As a leader in early childhood education, South Highland Child Development Center (Birmingham, AL) is currently seeking an Executive Director to provide a fun and innovative atmosphere that supports the education and safety of the children in its care.

The Executive Director will be an enthusiastic leader with the correct mix of knowledge and skills to manage the center’s financial and budgetary guidelines as well as hire, train, and supervise teachers and other staff.

The Executive Director will operate SHCDC according to state licensing standards and assist teachers with the weekly development and execution of the curriculum and program activities.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

The Executive Director will perform a wide range of duties including but not limited to:

Program Management:

  • Ensures that South Highland Child Development Center operates by all regulations set forth by the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources and the National Accreditation Commission for Early Childcare.  This requires a thorough understanding of all such regulations and their requirements.
  • Submit applications and annual reports as required by licensing agencies.
  • Approve all maintenance, repairs, and replacements to the CDC facility, equipment, and playground.
  • Ensures overall environment is appropriate and safe for the well-being of the children.
  • Reviews and assists with daily schedules of staff and facilities.
  • Work closely with South Highland Presbyterian Church staff to ensure accountability with facility scheduling, maintenance, and security.
  • Work closely with the South Highland Children Ministry Team, Children’s Ministry Director, and Nursery Coordinator to foster a positive relationship and teamwork regarding classroom arrangement, equipment, family events, and shared employees.  Attend Children’s Ministry Team meetings monthly.
  • Act as the public face of South Highland Child Development Center with parents, regulators, and other outside entities by immediately addressing concerns and keeping the Board of Directors informed as to any issues which require Board notification.
  • Communicates with and oversees the Parent Teacher Association.  Attends monthly meetings and assists with all PTA events and fundraisers.
  • Presents monthly and yearly reports to the Board of Directors including but not limited to, statistical information, children’s activities, facility management, and personnel concerns.
  • Ensure positive customer relations through the effectiveness of the program and meet with parents/ families as needed to accommodate individual questions or needs.
  • Approve and assists in coordinating monthly and annual field trips.  Make sure details are clearly communicated to parents, website is updated, safety guidelines are followed, and transportation is scheduled. 
  • Stay abreast of current trends, research, and development that may impact the center. Plan and implement parent seminars two times per year.
  • Establishes and maintains operational systems, processes, and policies that support the organization’s mission and growth.
  • Communicates and works closely with staff to oversee facility issues, personnel concerns, and customer relations.

Curriculum Development:

  • Review, edit, and provide recommendations to weekly lesson plans for each classroom.
  • Meet with and assists teacher regularly with assessments, curriculum, classroom arrangement, and activities.
  • Conduct annual teacher evaluations. This includes classroom observations, documentation of teacher assessments, and working collaboratively to establish a professional development plan.
  • Approve and assists in purchasing classroom supplies to support curriculum development.

Human Resources:

  • Conduct interviews and reference checks for potential prospective employees.
  • Supervise and review employee requirements in reference to teacher files.
  • Approve teacher training request forms.
  • Assist in researching and providing teacher trainings.
  • Coordinate and provide employee recognition and acknowledgment at least once quarterly.
  • Monitor and react to personnel issues which impact (1) regulations set forth by the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources and the National Accreditation Commission for Early Childcare and/or (2) the perceived ability of employees to care for children.
  • Responsible for termination of all CDC employees.
  • Plan and conduct monthly staff meetings.
  • Researches and provides teacher resource material.
  • Create and distribute bi-weekly newsletters to all employees to ensure adequate communication.

Communication/ Marketing/ Publicity:

  • Ensure that parents are informed of all events and activities throughout the center.  Communication includes but is not limited to: Seasonal newsletter, event fliers, blog updates, emails, etc.
  • Play a significant role in creating professional marketing literature and a website for the center. Manage the basic set up of the website and facilitate necessary updates.
  • Assists in scheduling and conducting tours for prospective families. 
  • Participate in parent conferences and work to accommodate family concerns as needed.

Fiscal Management:

  • Code and file financial material according to established records management procedures
  • Process accounts payable ensuring timeliness and accuracy of information
  • Review and assists with accounts receivable as needed.
  • Prepare deposits for fundraisers, mission projects, or as needed.
  • Assist with financial reports as required
  • Review and distribute month-end financial reports.
  • Review and assist with annual budget projections and updates.
  • Participate and provide necessary documentation for annual tax preparation.
  • Manage day to day processing of family accounts, accounts receivable, and monthly statements using QuickBooks.
  • Develop and monitor electronic employee payroll tracking.  This includes establishing an employee database and submitting payroll hours bi-weekly to Associated Data
  • Reviews bi-weekly tuition bank drafts and submits changes as needed.
  • Monitor and document correspondence regarding past due accounts.
  • Strives to maintain adequate enrollment in order to meet projected income.
  • Manage contracts with existing vendors to meet budget guidelines and ensure effectiveness.

Education & Experience

  • Preferred: Master’s degree in educational administration or leadership, early childhood education, business, non-profit management, communications, or other appropriate fields when associated with classroom teaching and non-profit management experience is required.
  • Five years of middle to senior level non-profit management experience required.   Experience in early childhood education a plus.
  • Must be a team builder, highly organized and possess excellent customer service/ communication skills.
  • Accepted: Bachelor’s degree with seven years of comparable experience may be substituted for the advanced degree.
  • Candidate must possess excellent interpersonal relations skills, strong managerial skills, and a record of achievement.
  • Computer proficient including Word, Excel and ability to learn other programs quickly.
  • Experience with NAEYC desired.

Finalists will be subjected to a comprehensive background check and Covid vaccination verification.

Expression of Interest

The Executive Search process is managed by Tate & Associates, LLC.   To apply, submit your cover letter, salary expectations, and resume via email to jobs@tateassociatesllc.com with “Executive Director – South Highland Child Development Center” in the subject line.  

This position is open until filled.  Only candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be notified of next steps in the process.   South Highland Child Development Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 



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