Jubilee Jumpstart is a special early childhood education center. Come join us and make a lifetime impact children and families.
TITLE: Executive Director
CLASSIFICATION: Full Time; Salaried, Exempt
SALARY RANGE: $110,000
REPORTS TO: Board of Directors
JOB SUMMARY: The Executive Director of Jubilee JumpStart is responsible for ensuring that the organization upholds the mission, vision, and values of the Center and serves as the primary advocate for the organization in the community. The Executive Director is accountable for the financial sustainability of the organization, including directly managing all charitable fundraising activities, developing and managing the annual budget, and partnering with the Deputy Director to ensure consistent enrollment. Additionally, the Executive Director is responsible for developing and sustaining meaningful community relationships that advance the reputation and growth of the Center. The Executive Director manages the Deputy Director, a Development Associate, the Family and Community Engagement Manager, a Grant Writer (contracted, part-time), and a Finance vendor.
An outstanding employee in this role will:
● Enjoy and be skilled in both big-picture visioning and day-to-day operations, and managing a wide variety of tasks
● Bring a spirit of service, partnership, and commitment to the role that supports staff and allows for focus on highest-priority external and internal responsibilities
● Embody and model the values of Jubilee JumpStart, and excel at engaging with a culturally diverse staff, children and families
● Have a strong track record of supervisory experience, including staff development, delegation and project management skills, and experience building and maintaining a healthy team culture
● Be at ease navigating and resolving tactical, strategic, and interpersonal challenges when they arise; be comfortable maintaining confidentiality of sensitive matters; and remain responsive and flexible to evolving organizational needs
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and growth of an Early Childcare Center serving children ages 0 to 5.
● Leadership and Management:
○ Provide visionary leadership to the center through the development, communication, and ongoing management of short- and long-term goals in collaboration with the staff and board
○ Establish a positive, inclusive, and collaborative team-based working environment.
○ Recruit, train, supervise key personnel. Provide performance management and professional development opportunities to direct reports and oversee the performance management of other managers to ensure staff are receiving consistent, high quality learning experiences aligned with JJS policies and values.
○ Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure the smooth operation of the center in alignment with the organization’s values including a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
○ Foster strong relationships with parents, families, and the community.
○ Cultivate an organizational climate that attracts, supports, and retains a talented, diverse staff to embrace and deliver on JJS’s mission and values, including intentional anti-racism work.
● Communication and Advocacy
○ Build strong relationships with all stakeholders – including parents, partners, donors, board members, community members, and local policy makers – that enhance the reputation of the Center;
○ Raise the profile of JJS in DC and garner support from stakeholders new to JJS;
○ Communicate effectively with external stakeholders to keep them engaged in the work of the Center.
● Fundraising and Financial Compliance
○ Raise 30-40% of annual budget through primarily foundation and individual fundraising with support from board and other staff.
○ Develop annual fundraising campaign focused on individual and corporate donors and implement with support from a Development Associate and the Board.
○ Solicit foundation funding to support and expand JJS’ services to families and the community with support from the Development Associate and a contract Grant Writer.
○ Manage the center's budget, including financial planning, expense control, and revenue generation.
○ Regularly communicate and partner with external Accounting vendor to ensure financial processes and expenses are aligned with budget and revenue.
○ Develop annual operating budget for Board review and approval
○ Ensure consistent enrollment that leads to earned revenue aligned to budget projections with support from Deputy Director and Operations staff.
● Program Quality and Safety (with support from Deputy Director)
○ Oversee the implementation of age-appropriate, developmentally enriching curriculum.
○ Monitor the program quality and make adjustments as needed.
○ Regularly review policies, processes, and procedures to ensure consistent implementation and identify updates needed to provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for children.
○ Contribute to development of teacher interview questions, participate on interview panels for new teachers, review advertising for all teaching roles, and participate in developing and implementing training to onboard new teaching staff.
● Regulatory Compliance (with support from the Deputy Director and Operations staff):
○ Ensure that the Center maintains accurate records, documentation, and reporting as required by local, state, and federal authorities.
○ Develop and implement plan for reporting functions, including staff training and timely review of data.
○ Serve as back-up to the Deputy Director for Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) childcare licensing. This includes ensuring that the partnership with OSSE is strong and that all licensing for 0-3 and Pre-K, the Child and Adult Food Program, and the Quality Improvement Network are satisfied in a timely manner.
○ Support monitoring activities to assure compliance with licensing and other requirements, in conjunction with Operations staff.
● Parent and Community Engagement (through oversight of the Family & Community Engagement Manager)
○ Ensure that there is open and effective communication with parents and families.
○ Collaborate with community organizations to enhance the center's programs and expand resources available to families.
● Staff Professional Development:
○ Ensure that all education staff meet DC’s minimum requirements
○ Encourage ongoing professional development for administrative staff members and oversee the implementation of professional development for teaching staff, as managed by the Deputy Director.
○ Stay informed about current early childhood education trends, research, and best practices.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS:
● Bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree is preferred. Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.
● Must meet OSSE’s regulatory requirements for education and experience.
● 10+ years of direct professional experience in an early childhood setting and 5-7 years of management and supervisory experience.
● Familiarity with relevant licensing regulations and compliance requirements.
● Must clear full background check and Child Protection Registry Check and be deemed suitable for employment by OSSE.
● Must provide documentation of annual health screening, bi-annual TB testing, and Covid vaccinations.
● Must participate in and pass random drug testing.
● Must maintain current First Aid & CPR certification.
● Completes 21 clock hours of training annually, including all health and safety training requirements.
DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS:
● Bilingual (Spanish/English) abilities, verbal and written (preferred, not required)
● Ability to physically interact with children, including bending, kneeling, sitting on the floor, lifting up to 40 pounds, climbing stairs, walking for up to one mile, and standing for periods of up to 2 hours.
● Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if needed.
● Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer and office equipment, including but not limited to the telephone and copier.
● Ability to enter and exit a vehicle without assistance.
Ability to withstand exposure to adverse weather conditions.
To apply - send your cover letter and resume to ExDirectorSearch@JubileeJumpstart.org