Children's Program Director-Early Childhood

Evergreen Park & Recreation District (EPRD)
Job Description
Position:          Children’s Program Director – Early Childhood
Department:    Recreation
Reports To:     Early Childhood Specialist
Oversees:        Staff relating to children’s programs
Location:         Various locations throughout the District
Status:             Part-Time (30 – 35 Hours per Week)
Pay:                 $15.00-$18.50/hourly
 
 
 
NATURE OF WORK
 
Under the direction of the Early Childhood Specialist  Children and Recreation Supervisor-Children’s Programs, the Children's Program Director is responsible for planning, developing and administering the District Before and After School, and camp activities.  Additionally, this position is responsible for maintaining a safe, effective, and enjoyable child care program.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
 
  • Develops strong relationships with patron families through effective communications and daily interactions; promotes EPRD programs in a positive and helpful manner.
  • Ensures compliance with state licensing requirements.
  • Oversees the planning, implementation and daily operations of the program.
  • Provides on-going support to program leaders and patron families.
  • Establishes positive working relationships with EPRD staff.
  • Schedules staff to work so that the required ratio is met, and certified drivers are available as needed.
  • Updates calendars and guidelines for appropriate program.
  • Prepares monthly registration sheets and daily rosters, and update children's health and medical forms.
  • Administer medications to participants as necessary.
  • Screens new parents and children into the program.
  • Assists with and schedules special events.
  • Coordinates activities at the Lake House, in the pool, and in other facility rooms.
  • Acts as a counselor when necessary.
  • Drives (operating District vehicles) for the programs as necessary.
  • Finds substitutes for counselors when needed.
  • Arranges for monthly emergency drills for child care.
  • Possesses and applies a comprehensive and concise knowledge of Evergreen Park & Recreation District's (EPRD) policies and procedures.
  • Acts and serves as a liaison between parents and applicable members of assigned staff.
  • Must possess a highly defined focus toward both internal and external guest service.
 
MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISORY DUTIES
 
  • Schedule, attend, and assist in facilitations of meetings and trainings.
  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with staff as necessary.
  • Implement all licensing policies and procedures.
  • Hire, train, develop, discipline, and dismiss (if necessary).
  • Daily supervision of all assigned employees.
  • Implement all EPRD policies and procedures in a timely manner.
 
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
 
  • Prepare long range, viable plans for assigned area of functional responsibility and needs assessment for the functional areas of responsibility.
  • Implement Risk Management plans, allowing for a safe environment for employees and participants.
  • Evaluates programs to effectively meet community needs and to ensure maximum utilization of staff, resources, and equipment.
  • Update and oversee calendars as related to various groups.
  • Remain in contact with participants' parents in order to promote positive community relationships.
  • Serve as counselor during the program - as needed.
  • Substitute as counselor and/or driver in the event of employee absence as related to the functional areas of responsibility.
  • Provide essential preparatory training to staff for state licensing regulations.
 
SKILLS
 
  • Fundamental management, administration, budgeting, purchasing, personnel, and financial skills necessary to effectively manage applicable programs.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Organization and leadership skills.
  • Customer service skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be willing to interact on a regular basis with the community and parents of program participants.
  • Must possess conflict resolution skill as applied to issues regarding and relating to children and youth.
  • Must be highly motivated, organized, and creative.
 
KNOWLEDGE
 
  • Knowledge of the needs and abilities of children and youth.
  • Familiarity with Macintosh terminal and MS Office Suite
  • Thorough knowledge of modern principles, methods, practices, and equipment relating to the functional areas of responsibility.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and standards relating to the functional areas of responsibility.
  • Thorough knowledge of budgeting practices, methods, and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of park amenities, including pool and lake house.
  • Thorough knowledge of issues relating to and pertaining to children and youth.
 
ABILITIES
  • Ability to plan, direct, supervise, and evaluate programs, assess overall district effectiveness in exercising its mission.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of audiences, including the district as a whole.
  • Ability to input, obtain output, analyze, and interpret data using computers and any applicable software.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise reports, studies, and statistics.
  • Ability to establish and follow priorities.
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, coordinate, assign, and evaluate the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, civic organizations, community agencies, parents, and the general public.
 
REQUIRED TRAINING, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
 
  • Must possess an Early Childhood Director Letter from the State.
  • Large Center Director Qualified
  • Must possess verifiable education or training in work with school-aged children in such areas as recreation, education, scouting, or 4-H; and must have completed at least one of the following qualifications:
    • A four (4) year bachelor's degree from an accredited university in the field of Recreation, Education with a specialty in Art, Elementary or Early Childhood education, or a subject in the Human Service field.
    • Two (2) years or college training and six (6) months of satisfactory and verifiable full-time or equivalent part-time, paid or volunteer, experience, since attaining the age of 18, in the care and supervision of 4 or more children.
    • Three (3) years of satisfactory and verifiable full-time or equivalent part-time, paid or volunteer, experience, since attaining the age of 18, in the care and supervision of 4 or more children.
  • Current CPR and AED Training.
  • Must complete six semester hours, nine quarter hours in course work from a regionally accredited college or university, or forty clock hours of training in course work applicable to school-aged children within the first nine months of employment.
  • First Aid certification.
  • Universal Precaution certification.
  • Medical Administration certification.
  • Commercial Driver’s License (COL) is preferred.
  • Complete state licensing requirements and annual training.
  • Medical records which verify employee is free from emotional, mental or physical illness and free from evidence of personal conduct detrimental to the health, safety or well-being of children and youth, self or the District.
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