Childcare Centre Director

Posted on March 29, 2024. Primary Region: Moose Jaw, SK

We are seeking a Director to lead our MCS team in providing exceptional care and education for young children. The Director will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and administration of the MCS Centre, nurturing a joyful, safe learning environment for children, inspiring and guiding the work of staff, and ensuring compliance with all regulations and legislated standards. Currently, our center has 20 spaces designated for toddlers, preschoolers and school aged children and we are in the process of expanding our learning space to include an additional 10 spaces.

Who You Are

You are a person who is passionate about community, enjoys spending time with children, is interested in early childhood learning, and ready to participate in growing change by joining a team. You are a person of high integrity based on mutual caring and respect, and are excited about growth and evolution through conscious connection and mindful attention. You care deeply about our young minds and tender hearts, and light-up at the idea of helping to better their lives through love, learning and fun. You want to commit to a career focused on fostering growth in our children through positive and child-led solutions to learning. You want to spend your days driving the solution, and love working in a team environment. You are willing to enroll in an early childhood education (ECE) program, are currently enrolled in one, or have completed your ECE.

What You Bring

Leadership. You are a collaborative leader with high emotional intelligence who takes initiative and works to empower your team. You prioritize personal and professional development, take accountability, and stay adaptable with an open-mind. You respect and care for others and encourage strategic thinking and team development. You have a deep passion for your work and like to stay up-to-date on current trends and knowledge. You're a visionary who sees your goals through and wants to make positive change.

Strong communication: You have strong verbal and written communication skills and can clearly relay messages to staff, parents and community members. You practice active and engaged listening so others feel heard and understood. Your goal is to fully understand and connect with your audience to ensure every voice has spoken.

Practical skills: You understand how to operate a business, and have financial management skills. You can motivate and evaluate staff. You can manage conflict, negotiate, and influence without authority. You can gain trust and display empathy and patience. You are both proactive and responsive and like to take initiative.

Technical skills. You are proficient with email and Google Workspace, including Docs and Sheets. You are comfortable with mobile devices and apps and have used (or can get up to speed) on the Lillio (formerly HiMama) Child Care App and financial software.

Interpersonal skills. You have flexible communication skills, exceptional listening skills and mental attentiveness, and you can focus on the needs of individuals or groups to probe, analyze, synthesize, and create authentic connections and engagement. You prioritize treating everyone equally and have respect and appreciation for individuals and families with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Training & Experience. You have a certification in Early Childhood Education Level 1, are working toward completing one, or are interested and willing to enroll, with the goal of Level 3 completion. You have experience in an early learning/childcare setting, including experience supporting or directly leading staff, programs, and communications. You have a proven ability to provide and sustain a positive learning environment that supports the highest program quality and inclusion for children, staff, and families. You understand and can maintain the confidentiality and security of client-related and agency information.

As our new Director at Mossbank Childcare Services you will be responsible for ensuring and providing a safe and developmentally appropriate daycare program in collaboration with Centre staff, adhering to Early Childhood Education standards and all relevant legislation, policies and procedures. You will collaborate with other members of the team and oversee programming. In partnership with staff, you will provide nurturing care to all children at MCS.

Lead the Centre. Create and nurture a positive, safe, healthy, supportive environment for children, staff, and families. You will ensure program quality through conscientiously effective leadership and collaboration with the MCS staff and volunteer team. You will respond effectively to parent concerns and complaints, and assist with conflict resolution between the staff, children, parents and The MCS Board of Directors as required. You will also prepare and share a monthly newsletter with families at the beginning of each month.

Program Management. Oversee and assist with the development of custom-tailored, developmentally age-appropriate programs that guide day-to-day activities at the MCS Centre and ensure the individualized needs of each child in attendance are met. These programs will be founded on positive teaching methods, and encompass appropriate and conscientious behavior management techniques centered around patience, love and respect. You will assist staff to seek and research alternative behavioral management strategies when required, utilizing conscious connection and positive attention as the primary building sources.

Operational Involvement. Engage with positivity and excitement in the daily activities hosted at the Centre. You will demonstrate appropriate communication skills with children, and observe and record relevant information regarding progress and per the Centre’s practices. You will also share in the responsibility of maintaining program equipment to ensure it is in good condition and assist with toy/equipment disinfecting and general daily cleaning procedures as needed. You’ll share in the duties and responsibility of maintaining the play and nap areas to maintain an organized, clean and clutter free space. You will order supplies with board approval for equipment in all Centre areas and ensure the safe operation and timely repairs of equipment, furnishings, etc. You will also initiate and apply for grants that will benefit the daycare in a timely manner.

Strategic Communications. Develop effective strategies to engage families and community partners and communicate program expectations, activities and child progress with parents. You will take a diverse and flexible approach to working with families, creating communications, hosting events, providing feedback, and connecting to other resources as required. You will also maintain regular and open communication with board members, parents and staff as needed.

Employee Management. Provide robust, reflective, and responsive leadership. You will support continuous professional development opportunities for educators. You will inspire and provide support to ensure high performance from your staff. You will hire, train, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff within the mandate of the Saskatchewan Labour Board. You will coordinate staff scheduling and coverage as appropriate for service delivery. You are responsible for managing MCS employee payroll and for organizing and chairing routine staff meetings.

Operational Management. You will manage the operational budget and ensure the safety of the MCS Centre. You will contribute to policies and procedure development, updates, and staff adherence. You will communicate with MCS’s external partners and participate in professional network meetings, conferences, etc. You will monitor enrollment to ensure the site is at capacity and communicate with MCS’s Early Learning & Child Care Consultant regarding subsidies, waiting lists, and statistics. You will complete serious occurrence reports as required. You will coordinate with stakeholders and work with external professionals, including tradesmen and other organizations as required.

Ensure compliance. With the support of our Early Learning & Child Care Consultant of Early Years Branch, Child Care Operations from the Ministry of Education, you will stay up to date with, implement, and adhere to all regulations and legislated standards, and ensure the program is operating and complying with The Child Care Act guidelines and regulations at all times.

Other responsibilities:
Report to the Mossbank Childcare Services Inc. Board of Directors, including providing a monthly report and attending board meetings as required.
You will, and ensure employees also, participate in ongoing professional development and attend/maintain all mandatory training.
Promote and ensure a safe and healthy working environment and report any existing or potential hazards within the workplace.
Actively participate in the planning and preparation of nutritious snacks and lunches in accordance with Canada’s Food Guide.
Maintain current, accurate and confidential files on staff and children.
Responsible for staff scheduling, maintaining supplies and accurate record keeping.
Report instances of neglect and abuse as required as a Mandatory Reporter.

Level 1 Early Childhood Education Certificate/willing to enroll and work towards Level 3, or working towards an equivalent (or ECE Director Exemption).
Safe Food Handling (or willing to complete prior to starting)
Current First Aid & CPR certificates (recognized in the Province of Saskatchewan)
Criminal record check
Vulnerable sector check. All applicants are advised that offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a Vulnerable Sector Check.
Credential verifications and references are required.

Preferred Skills:
Strong leadership
Very organized
High integrity based on honesty, mutual understanding and respect
Experience with payroll, budgeting and reconciliations
Technologically proficient
Strong interpersonal communication
High emotional intelligence
Practice conscious connection
Self awareness
Growth mindset
Understand positive learning techniques
Strive for excellence

Join us.
Participate in fostering positive transformations through growth and learning to build lasting change.

At MCS, we prioritize the mental well-being and work-life balance of our teams. We acknowledge the reality of the often emotionally demanding job, and embrace the satisfaction and pride this important work cultivates. We strive to create a collaborative, nurturing, diverse and inclusive space where creativity can flourish.

If you are interested in being part of our vision to build a community that will provide lifelong impacts on the growth and well-being of children, youth and their families, join us!

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If you're excited about this role but your experience aligns differently with every requirement, we encourage you to apply.


Mossbank, SK

Job types: Full-time, Hourly

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Mossbank Childcare Services Inc