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Center Manager 

Category Education  


Provide a nurturing, stimulating and safe environment while adhering to Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards, DCF regulations and NAEYC/APPLE accreditation standards. Oversee teaching staff in order to ensure that a quality program is delivered to children and families.


  1. Monitor the EHS/HS site to ensure compliance with the Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards, Florida Department of Children and Families, and NAEYC/APPLE Accreditation standards.
  2. Provide leadership and supervision to the teaching staff by providing direct feedback in the areas of performance and professional development.
  3. Work with Family Advocate to ensure appropriate enrollment, recruitment, selection, eligibility, and attendance.
  4. Work with Family Advocate to ensure that in-kind is collected and properly calculated monthly.
  5. Enroll eligible 4-years olds into the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program and fill open slots as needed throughout the school year. Submit all required VPK paperwork and reports to the appropriate ECS staff as required.
  6. Work with Family Advocate to provide parent meetings, workshops, trainings, and other parent involvement activities.
  7. Establish a relationship of mutual trust and two-way communication with parents, providing support to staff in relationship building and parent take-home activities and ensuring that each family has a minimum of two parent conferences and two home visits per year.
  8. Coordinate, develop and provide infant/toddler and/or preschool training and technical assistance to teaching staff at the center.
  9. Provide support to the center in the absence of staff and follow proper procedures to enlist substitutes, adhering to the established budgetary limits.
  10. Work with the Education Manager, Early Learning Specialists and teaching staff to ensure classrooms of excellence.
  11. Model appropriate interactions with children individually and in groups.
  12. Model appropriate child guidance techniques that include redirection, positive reinforcement, anticipation of and elimination of potential problems, and verbalization of feelings.
  13. Lead and participate in the development of lesson plans and individual goals for each child utilizing curriculum and child assessments.
  14. Develop a warm, safe learning environment that is print-rich, orderly, and sanitary to provide for an optimal learning experience.
  15. Coordinate and schedule meal preparation, service and clean-up that comply with all regulations.
  16. Participate/provide in summer screenings and as children enroll throughout the year.
  17. Work with HS support staff to ensure children receive the health, mental health, and/or special needs services that they may be eligible for.
  18. Enter results into Child Plus for developmental, social-emotional, speech, hearing and vision screenings.
  19. Ensure that records in the classroom such as lesson plans, individual child goals, daily attendance, meal counts, child assessments, portfolios and education file are maintained.
  20. Ensure administrative tasks, such as monthly food forms, health and safety documentation, performance reviews, professional development plans, staff files, etc. are accurately maintained and submitted in a timely manner.
  21. Account for petty cash and follow procedures for replacement funds.
  22. Manage center budget to ensure adequate yearly funds for program supplies, office supplies, and other center expenditures.
  23. Maintain supplies needed to operate program and implement curriculum.
  24. Participate in and monitor the daily maintenance of the site. Follow procedures for reporting maintenance needs in a timely manner.
  25. Lead monthly staff meetings and participate in case management meetings at the center as scheduled.
  26. Provide staff development training including peer mediation, conflict resolution and team building.
  27. Attend required workshops and in-service trainings and stay current in the field of ECE by reading articles and books and by attending conferences, workshops and peer group meetings.
  28. All other duties as requested to maintain the success of the center and ECS.

(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other related marginal duties as required.)


ˇ This position reports to the Manager of Center Operations.

Position Requirements


  • Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, Management or related field preferred; Director’s Credential
  • 3-5 years experience in an early childhood setting
  • 1-3 years related management/supervisory experience


  • Knowledge of governmental, educational, and religious standards set forth by DCF, NAEYC/APPLE, Head Start and any other agency to which the agency commits
  • Commitment to strengthen families but with ultimate commitment to the well being of the child
  • Ability to build and maintain good human relations with staff and parents.
  • Ability to work with the public in a tactful and diplomatic manner
  • Ability to perform tasks with little direct supervision
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and emotional maturity
  • Knowledge of applicable safety and abuse-reporting procedures
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products at an intermediate to advanced level
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain confidential information

· Ability to plan and organize work as well as maintain records and prepare reports

· Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in fast-paced environment


  • Valid Drivers License
  • DCF 45 hour requirement
  • Director’s Credential; VPK endorsed for applicable centers
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Complete 40 hours of in-service training hours each fiscal year (July-June)


  • Works inside in a child care setting
  • Some travel required
  • Some night and/or weekend work possible


· Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction)

· Acceptable hearing (with or without correction)

· Ability to communicate both orally and in writing

(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability)

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Salary Range $39,000-43,000  
Travel Requirements Some local travel required, in addition to occasional overnight travel for training.  
Position Center Manager  
Close Date 4/21/2019  
Post Internal Days 0  
Created By Raelyn Durham  
Number of Openings 1  
Number Filled 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Hiring Manager(s)  
Req Number EDU-19-00031  
Open Date 3/25/2019  
Location Westside Duval Early Head Start  
About the Organization A recognized leader in early childhood education for nearly 60 years, ECS serves over 25,000 children and their families in 14 counties: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St John's, Alachua, Marion, Lake, Citrus, Gilchrist, Dixie, and Levy. We believe that educating a child not only improves their odds for success but also strengthens the entire community.

ECS will comply with Federal and State law in granting reasonable accommodations to employees who communicate to ECS that they are not vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Any individual seeking an exemption from this requirement must submit a completed request for accommodation form to the human resources department. Such requests will be subject to review and approval by the Company, and exemptions will be granted only if the Company can provide a reasonable accommodation in relation to the requested exemption. Note that approvals for reasonable accommodations are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis and availability of a reasonable accommodation is not guaranteed. This vaccination requirement is based, in part, on recently established government requirements. The requirement is also based on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in protecting against COVID-19, and our shared responsibility for the health and safety of members, clients, and community.

EOE Statement It is the policy of Episcopal Children’s Services to provide equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or national origin. It is our policy is to employ individuals solely based on qualifications, to recognize each person as an individual throughout the period of employment with our organization, and to provide fair and equal treatment for all employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or national origin.  

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