Director of Child Care and Youth Programs

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Director of Child Care and Youth Programs

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New Posting - 5/25/2021

The Director of Child Care and Youth Programs reports to the COO and is responsible for operational and programmatic success. This position guides the innovations and maintains a continuum of impactful programming with a focus on social emotional skill development for ages 3-18. This role ensures unified team management, team leadership development, strategic program innovation and growth, and quality program delivery. This Director of Child Care and Youth Programs partners with other internal stakeholders to support continuous quality improvement, evaluation, and the successful delivery of outcome driven programs.

The Goodman Community Center (GCC) offers a variety of impactful programming with youth voice intentionally embedded for all ages. Core department Programs include: Early Childhood Education (age 3 and 4K), out of school time for Elementary, Middle, High School, and TEENworks (Teen Education and employment). Experience in Licensed Child Care and community partnerships are priorities for this position.

Application will be received until position is filled. Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and completed GCC employment application to be considered for the position. Questions may be directed to

Job Description

Direct Reports: Assistant Directors in Children’s and Youth Programs, Administrative Assistant

Reports to: Chief Operations Officer



  • Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the team’s effectiveness and consistent quality, innovation, and growth across program areas.
  • Represent the center and the programs engaging community leaders, building relationships, and investments with key stakeholders (children/youth, community, funders, schools, parents and donors.)
  • Serve on the Directing team implementing strategic direction, policies and center operations as guided by the Board of Director’s.
  • Conduct semester principal and MMSD stakeholder meetings to develop consistency and a common agenda.

Team Management and Development:

  • Meet regularly with the department teams and maintain clear and consistent communication
  • Work with the HR Director to recruit, hire, and oversee training and orientation of all staff members.
  • Work with Assistant Director to develop SMART goals which align with the organizations mission and strategic plan, logic model/department objectives and employee professional development.
  • Work with the COO and HR Director for implementation of the professional development program to address employee skill gaps and leadership development.
  • Work with staff to develop objective program performance measurements around education/instruction, community engagement, life skill development and health and wellness education. (Cuna Grant, in partnership with the Director of Grants)
  • Partner with the Program and Mission Impact Team and Director of Grants to create and maintain updated logic models and evaluation plans and measurements for each program.
  • Maintain close relationships with key stakeholders (schools, MMSD administration, funders, Institutions for higher education) to develop partnerships around common goals.

Program Operational Management:

  • Develop a system for establishing and monitoring consistent, objective program performance standards of accountability and compliance.
  • Work with the Director of Grants to research funding opportunities that align with the Center’s mission and program goals.
  • Supervise the Assistant Director in Children’s Programs to ensure that all aspects of licensing and accreditation and other contractual obligations are met.
  • Create and maintain a cutting edge, innovative and growth mindset culture, in licensed childcare.
  • Work with the Finance Director to prioritize program budget needs and to monitor budgets and compliance management. Oversee program budget and ensure appropriate and allowable expenditures.
  • Identify and help implement change to remove barriers in program practices and policies that may create inequity or exclusion.
  • Manage Assistant Directors development of calendars of key events, program schedules, and tasks.
  • Work with Assistant Directors to develop a center-wide coordinated approach to providing integrated family programming.
  • Work with the Managers to develop and integrate Goodman values across programs.
  • Works with the Program and Mission Impact Team to assess community needs and coordinate resources to enhance and increase new and existing programs.
  • Accountable for team preparation of all service reports and records for outcome driven grants and government contracts in collaboration with the Grants and Program Evaluation Department.

General administration:

  • Meet all payroll deadlines with timely approvals of time off requests and timecards. Approve department timecards in absence of Managers and Assistant Director.
  • Staff liaison for the BOD Program Committee, works with the Program committee chair to set agendas and communicate the outcome of committee meetings at the BOD meeting.
  • Attends board meetings and provide reports to keep board informed of progress around strategic program development.


  • BA in related field.
  • At least 5-10 years of experience in a team management role.
  • Minimum of 3 years grant writing experience.
  • Ability to interpret complex federal, state and private funding regulations and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of conscious discipline, Positive Youth Development, youth engagement, and alternative educational approaches.
  • Demonstrated success developing and evaluating program models, and selecting and successfully operationalizing innovative programs.
  • Proficient in using technology as a management reporting tool.
  • Strong project management skills managing complex, multi-faceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth.
  • Strength in managing, developing, coaching, and retaining individuals and teams, empowering them to engage in self-assessment and continual quality improvement.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details.

Special Position Requirements

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for the Goodman Community Center’s mission.
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of management.
  • Ability to translate strategic goals into achievable steps.


  • Knowledge of State Childcare Licensing and City of Madison Accreditation guidelines, Young Star.
  • Multi-lingual.