The Children's School

Early Childhood Center Director

Reference ID : 52510
Location : South Burlington, VT
Category : Education/Training
Job Type : Full Time



The Center Director is responsible for ensuring the health, safety, and quality of education, for all children within the center's care. The Center Director is directly accountable for overall operational management in accordance with well-established guidelines, including curriculum development, staff and facilities management, legal and budgetary considerations, and long-range planning. The Center Director ensures that the needs of the students and the goals of the center are met appropriately.

Full-time position: Center Director/Teacher

Part-time position: Center Director


  • Establish quality vision for the center. Manage adherence to quality standards in accordance with the vision and with state and local requirements. Maintain quality effectiveness measurements.
  • Develop general educational curriculum; collaborate with staff to develop positive learning activities; manage adherence to state and local regulations.
  • Maintain student records in accordance with established enrollment procedures and guidelines.
  • Maintain communications with parents of current and prospective students through direct conversation, newsletters and parent handbook; implement community outreach activities to maintain and promote positive community relationships.
  • Coordinate snack/food purchases with families.
  • Maintain positive relationships with regulatory agencies; ensure legal and financial compliance.
  • Oversee all office functions including payroll, accounts payable and receivable, tuition billing and payment, human resources and personnel management (staff supervision) and purchasing.
  • Resolve conflicts (including corrective action when necessary) to ensure a positive experience for everyone.
  • Manage budget planning and review.
  • Establish illness and emergency procedures; ensure staff is trained appropriately.
  • Implement strategic plan and goals in keeping with mission of program.
  • Maintain personal professional development plan to ensure continuous quality improvement.
  • Maintain the TCS play based learning philosophy.
  • Work in partnership with the TCS Board members, the parent body and the TCS teaching staff.
  • Provide teaching role in the classroom.


  • Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience.
  • 5 years of direct professional experience in an early childhood setting.
  • High energy.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills; technology skills.
  • Ability to work well with others (staff, children, and parents) and to foster a team environment.
  • A strong understanding of child development.
  • Strong finance and budgeting skills.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Infant/child CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Must clear full background check.
  • Must pass health screening.
  • Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in early childhood education or related field of study with a minimum of 30 credits in ECE.

Nice To Haves

  • Vermont AOE Educators License with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, or Elementary Education.
  • Experience with a NAEYC Accredited Program including the reaccreditation process and filing annual reports.


  • Health Insurance benefits 
  • Paid professional development
  • 9 personal leave/sick days and 3 religious holidays
  • NAEYC membership
  • Summers off!

About Us

This small not-for-profit, parent/teacher cooperative pre-school serves children ages 3-5 as part of one multi age group of around 20 children. The Children's School (TCS) provides an opportunity to work with professional, experienced teachers who are committed to providing a rich learning experience to their students through a play based, emergent curriculum. TCS leadership and teaching professionals value the important role played by parents in the success of their children and the school. Serving the South Burlington area for 50 years, TCS has a well-earned reputation for excellence. 

The Children's School is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Salary : $35,000 to $50,000/Yr
Minimum Education : Bachelor's
Job Type : Full Time
Category : Education/Training
Minimum Experience : 2 Yrs
Location : South Burlington, VT

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