Early Childhood Education (ECE) Manager

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Early Childhood Education (ECE) Manager

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Organization Description

The Goodman Community Center (GCC) is here for our whole community. People from all walks of life and all ages come for programs and services that make their lives — and our community — stronger. We strengthen lives and secure futures within a community where everyone is valued and has the resources they need to be successful. We are hiring an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Manager position. The ECE manager, under the oversight of the Assistant Director of Childcare Programs, will ensure all program initiatives, goals, and outcomes are met during the year. The program must maintain City Accreditation standards and be in compliance with all MMSD four-year-old kindergarten requirements.

Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and completed GCC employment application to be considered for the position. Questions may be directed to gcchr@goodmancenter.org.

Job Description


  • Provide high level support to the Early Childhood Education (ECE) teaching team (4k teachers, floats, substitute teachers, interns, and volunteers) and oversee daily operations to ensure high quality program is maintained and supported with structures that allows teaching staff to be 100% engaged with children and their activities during program time.
  • Responsible for CQI and monitoring of program curriculums to ensure weekly offerings are age-appropriate, culturally responsive, and are intentionally planned; implemented and create partnerships that effectively support staff working with students who have experienced trauma.
  • Focus on observations and interactions with children and staff to develop an effective strategies and Conscious Discipline techniques through use of positive language, behavioral modeling and management in small group or individually as applicable to preschool school age children.
  • Prioritize support to teaching staff and collaborate with staff on plan activities, organize logistics for off-site fieldtrips for early childhood and enrichments for childcare programs. Perform additional duties as needed to effectively communicate to parents, guardians and other stakeholders to ensure all parties stay informed.
  • Manage conflict resolution within EAS team. Communicate and report any program, staff, volunteer, or family concerns to the Assistant Director as soon as issues arises and assist with follow-up meetings to ensure all parents, guardians and other stakeholders are kept informed. Escalate conflicts and issues to AD as applicable.
    Plan, organize and execute Fall & Summer (enrollment, orientation & parent-teacher conferences) programs with administrative team and work with the Assistant Director to assess and measure progress toward goals and outcomes and complete other tasks as required.
  • Ensure program late and no call fees paperwork is completed and provided to the Assistant Director. Support the Assistant Director with grant application requirements process and follow-up as necessary.
  • Lead internal partnership with families and participants. Work with GCC coordinators and managers in planning and hosting GCC-wide family engagement programming and outreach to families to promote skill building, source mentorship with positive outlooks through the Goodman 6 values while adhering to MMSD’s engagement requirements.


  • Collaborate with the Assistant Director and HR Director to identify support needs for staff and opportunities for professional development through continuing education and behavior management. Provide timely feedback for SMART goals, attend monthly 1:1, weekly and GCC quarterly staff meetings as needed.
  • Work with department staff and administrative team to plan and execute staff appreciation, recognition and holiday events and complete additional tasks as needed.
  • Manage and support the Assistant Director with hiring and onboarding new staff, volunteers and interns in ECE program; communicate and train staff to ensure program success.
  • Coordinate substitute teachers call-ins and scheduled time-off. Participate in the Manger on Duty rotation for opening and closing of children’s programming weekly as applicable.
  • Ensure all program expenses and receipts are properly coded in Concur and reported or given to Finance by the 5th of every month.
  • Provide program highlight articles for Eastside News and social media updates.
  • Support GCC’s data collection using various reporting tools including City Span.
  • Assist with facilitating weekly Elementary staff meetings, quarterly childcare all staff meetings and professional development opportunities.


  • At least a CDA Credential or preferably an associate degree in Early Childhood/Child Development or equivalent, or a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood/Child Development, or a degree in a related field with course work specifically related to early childhood education.
  • At least 5 years working in an early childhood education setting or with preschool age children with program planning, environment design, and with supervisory responsibilities.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working with economically, racially and ethnically diverse populations.
  • Ability to work as a team and maintain a positive work environment, support staff and enforce Center/program rules consistently.
  • Proficiency using office software including Outlook, MS Word, Adobe, Power Point, and Excel.

Special Position Requirements:

  • Knowledge of State Licensing Rules and Regulations and City of Madison Accreditation Guidelines, and CACFP guidelines.
  • Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record and willingness to drive a 15 passenger van with children as passengers.


  • Early Childhood Leadership Credential.
  • Knowledge of Madison resources, program resources and a diverse range of activities.
  • Knowledge of WI Common Core State Standards and Creative Curriculum.