First UMC Denton: Director of Children's Day Out

Date Posted: 9/22/2021


First UMC Denton, Denton, TX

Job Description

The Director of the Children’s Day Out Program (CDO) is responsible for maintaining the daily operation of the facility, a warm and friendly environment and a quality Christian-based, child-centered program.

The Director is to meet and maintain the minimum State Licensing Requirements of DFPS for the State of Texas. The Director is to lead and support the staff through teamwork and mutual respect to achieve individual and classroom goals while keeping the focus of the program on the children at all times.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain and modify the Preschool program philosophy, goals and objectives as needed.
  • Enforce and implement policies for the CDO program as required by DFPS.
  • Responsible for maintaining minimum state licensing requirements of the DFPS and continually find ways to improve the CDO Program.
  • Maintain records for children and personnel in compliance with DFPS including accurate records for each child in each classroom.
  • Attend and facilitate all required continuing education requirements as required by the DFPS. This includes training for the Assistant Director and all CDO teachers.
  • Develop and administer budgets related to all CDO's programs, activities and staffing.
  • Collect and document fees and tuitions and maintain financial records in Excel, while working with the Church Bookkeeper and the Director of Administration and Operations.
  • Provide tuition receipts for families and take measures to collect past due tuitions.
  • Represent the CDO program to new and prospective parents and their children, including tours when appropriate.
  • Provide annual reviews for all CDO staff and documentation of reviews signed by both the Director and staff.  
  • Schedule work hours for teachers and co-teachers.
  • Interview, hire and provide orientation and training for all new staff members.
  • Work with the Assistant Director in arranging substitute staff when needed and keep records of the same in compliance with all licensing requirements.
  • Meet regularly with the Director of Children’s Ministry and others involved in the educational program of the church for young children to ensure a smooth, cooperative relationship. Determine emergency measures when a child is injured, as well as a risk management plan.
  • Maintain medical release information and ensure all prescribed medications are up-to-date and shared with classroom teachers where appropriate.
  • Oversee the selection, ordering and organizing of curriculum, supplies and resources for the CDO classrooms. This responsibility includes adapting curriculum for any children with special needs, and utilizing curriculum input from the CDO teachers to better empower them and foster a team approach.
  • Conduct back-to-school teacher in-service training and parent informational meetings as a part of the back-to-school initiative.            
  • Organize and facilitate bi-weekly staff meetings and quarterly team building events.  Curriculum goals and guidelines are to be distributed to all teachers a least one week before any curriculum change.
  • Plan and facilitate chapel and library times for CDO students.
  • Be available for individual direction and conferencing with the Assistant Director, teachers and co-teachers.
  • Communicate daily with staff any parent/child information that affects class participation.
  • Consistently work to support FUMC Denton’s church mission into the goals of the CDO program.
  • Must be a visible presence to all children, parents and staff.

Qualifications

  • A caring Christian leader with significant experience working with children and a knowledge of children's physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual development (preferably with a degree in elementary education or early childhood development including special education).
  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to plan, develop, coordinate, manage and implement a childcare / pre-K program including, but not limited to, budgeting processes.
  • Ability to relate well and develop strong relationships with children and their families.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and quality of programming and care for children.
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and effectiveness in interacting with a diversity of people.  
  • Demonstrable ability to recruit, train, support, and motivate teachers and volunteers.
  • Ability to build a broad base of support for programming including building partnerships with others.
  • Must have a sense of humor, positive and reflective attitude, and a demonstrated desire for excellence.
  • Must have excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills, relationship and conflict management skills, be highly flexible and have the ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Proficiency in multiple methods of media communication including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite and social media platforms in order to communicate effectively with parents and CDO staff.  
  • Must have a working knowledge of Facebook and website management in order to keep the CDO sites up to date.
  • Must have a strong interest in and a developmentally appropriate understanding of young children with a philosophy that is compatible with the goals of the preschool.
  • Must have a working knowledge of Christian-based developmentally appropriate practices, anti-bias programming, emergent literacy, Denton ISD kindergarten standards and expectations.
  • Must have a strong Christian faith and desire to foster synergies between the church congregation and the preschool.

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Bachelor’s Degree with DFPS approved Early Childhood coursework. 
  • Minimum of three years as a Director or Assistant Director of a childcare / pre-K program.
  • First Aid and CPR certification is required.

*This position subject to successful background and fingerprint checks. 

How to Apply

Email resume, cover letter, three references and salary requirements to Carol Rogers, Chair of Staff Parish Relations Committee, at
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 940-231-8109


 

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