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  • Child Care Development Director- Tompkins County (Ithaca Office)

    Posted: 10/24/2023

    POSITION TITLE: Child Care Development Director
    STATUS: Full time (35 hours), exempt
    RESPONSIBLE TO: Chief Executive Officer

    The Child Development Council is committed to fostering a welcoming and vibrant workplace as an Equal Opportunity Employer. We seek a diverse applicant pool to join our team-oriented organization and all qualified applicants will receive consideration.

    The Child Care Development Director will have primary responsibility for management of the Community Child Care Supply Growth Initiative which focuses on increasing the supply of high quality child care in Tompkins County by offering individualized support and business coaching to new and expanding child care providers, and developing strong relationships with the local business community and policymakers. This is a leadership position within the agency and the Child Care Development Director serves as a member of the Management Team. The Child Development Council has offices in Ithaca, NY and Cortland, NY. This position requires on-site work in the Ithaca Office. Regular travel in Tompkins County is required, as is occasional travel in Cortland County, New York State, and beyond.

    The ideal candidate will demonstrate:
    ? Proficient understanding of child care systems and related economic and community impacts
    ? Ability to engage with individuals, the business community, and policy makers clearly and effectively through various means of communication
    ? Distinct ability to prioritize and complete tasks independently
    ? Proficient data collection, analysis, and reporting skills
    ? Creativity in assessing and addressing challenges
    ? Thoughtful and intentional leadership
    ? Knowledge of community planning

    BA/BS plus 4 years of progressively responsible experience in a related field or AA/AS plus 6 years
    of progressively responsible experience in a related field, or an equivalent combination, is preferred.
    Graduate studies may be substituted for up to 2 years of experience. Life experience is recognized
    and valued.


    1. Administration, Planning, and Evaluation
    a. Successfully implement the Community Child Care Supply Growth Initiative according to contract expectations;
    b. Plan for the growth and development of the Community Child Care Supply Growth Initiative;
    c. Identify and secure funding, including grant writing and budget presentations;
    d. Monitor revenue and expenses in conjunction with the CEO and the CFO;
    e. Oversee disbursement of funds for child care programs according to contract guidelines;
    f. Gather and analyze statistical and performance data to ensure ongoing evaluation of the program’s effectiveness, prepare reports and summaries;
    g. Represent the interests of Tompkins and Cortland Counties with local, state, and federal policy makers;
    h. Participate in Child Care Resource and Referral network activities and planning;
    i. Perform agency-wide personnel and administrative duties as assigned by the CEO; serve as a backup in the absence of the CEO or other managers.

    2. Supervision and Staff Relationships
    a. Oversee the activities of project staff. Provide training, support, supervisory review, and back-up to staff;
    b. Conduct regular check ins with staff and assist with professional development;
    c. Work as a member of the Management Team; coordinate closely with the Child Care Resource and Referral program;
    d. Participate in and lead regular staff meetings, attend occasional Board meetings, in-service, and other team meetings as needed;
    e. Represent the Child Development Council and the Community Child Care Supply Growth Initiative in the community through collaboration with local and state partners.

    3. Services Coordination
    a. Participate in the recruitment of new child care providers by coordinating regular group and individual orientation sessions;
    b. Provide direct services to prospective and existing child care providers to increase the supply of child care and maintain existing supply including individualized business support, coaching, technical assistance, and connection with available resources;
    c. Monitor and maintain data, in conjunction with the Child Care Resource and Referral team, on the availability of child care;
    d. Communicate regularly with the business community, policy makers, funders, and other community partners to advance the Community Child Care Supply Growth Initiative and advocate for child care and provider needs;
    e. Coordinate and supply regular reports to the funder and the Community Child Care Supply Growth Initiative oversight committee;
    f. Coordinate with the Child Care Resource and Referral team for the delivery of training, technical assistance, and regulatory requirements;
    g. Support ad-hoc committees of the Board of Directors, in coordination with other agency managers, as assigned.

    a. Attend scheduled meetings of the Council staff, and occasional board meetings as directed. Attend other professional group meetings as required;
    b. Maintain reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license;
    c. Maintain confidentiality;
    d. Perform other reasonably related tasks, both at the Council and in the community, as assigned.

    Starting Salary Range: $49,000 – $55,000, based on education, credentials, and/or experience.

    Benefits: $8,500/annually in flexible cafeteria benefits that can be used to subsidize health and/or dental care, child care costs, annuities, or taken in cash.

    Generous annual Paid Time Off (PTO), Floating Days, and paid holidays.

    Email a resume and cover letter to margaret@childdevelopmentcouncil.org

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