Child Development Center (CDC) Director | St. Paul

Child Development Center (CDC) Director | St. Paul

About Jeremiah Program

Jeremiah Program (JP) is a nonprofit organization helping single mothers invest in themselves so they can thrive and take steps towards economic mobility by helping them access higher education, affordable childcare, housing, skills training and career development. JP envisions a world where poverty is no longer feminized; where race is not divorced from gender; where career and financial opportunities are not gentrified; and where women who experience poverty not only hold a seat at the table but hold the mic and curate the agenda.

Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for disrupting poverty, two generations at a time. At JP, we believe that no mother should have to make the untenable choice between investing in herself or supporting her children. Our holistic approach invites single mothers into the leadership tent and encourages families to bring all of their identities to bear in achieving their goals in pursuit of economic mobility.

Founded in 1993, this year JP is supporting over 1,000 moms and kids across nine residential and non-residential campuses: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Fargo, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester. Learn more about JP and our work here.

Position Summary

The Child Development Center (CDC) Director is charged with guiding the day-to-day operations of the Child Development Center, creating a relationship rich, data- centered and child development-oriented culture. They maintain the overall health, safety and growth of children enrolled and ensure that operations reflect the mission, values, vision, and purpose of the child development program. The CDC Director ensures ratios and manages all licensing requirements to meet compliance standards. In partnership with national Campus Support Team (CST) leaders, they lead and coach a team of educators.

Key Responsibilities

CDC Operations
  • Ensure all CDC operations runs smoothly and efficiently and meet all licensing and health and safety requirements.
  • Prepare staff schedules and coordinates communication plan in the event of teacher absences. May serve as substitute when needed.
  • Encourage and track strong attendance from teachers that prioritizes consistency and quality of programming for all children.
  • Develop and manage annual program budget with Executive Director, including balancing operating revenues with staffing ratios, and overall expense management and stewardship of all resources.
  • Collect, record, analyze and report all necessary statistical program data and ensure teachers manage timely, accurate and confidential entry of data in assigned systems.
  • Leverage available volunteer and partnership resources that support CDC operational needs when applicable.
  • Ensure timely and accurate billing to clients, counties and subsidy programs and proactively partner with CST finance and accounting team to manage collections.
Child Development & Early Childhood Education
  • Lead and oversee the center’s instructional and development program.
  • Ensure that every child shows dramatic progress and that the center meets the ambitious performance goals set by center leaders and VP of Second-Generation Programming.
  • Analyze data with teachers regularly to maximize child development and progress.
  • Ensures required and recommended assessments are conducted and appropriate follow-up communication with families on students’ current development and progress.
  • Cultivate positive relationships with families, coaching CDC staff to ensure a responsive approach to all activities and acting as a liaison between parents and CDC staff as needed.
  • Conduct required screening of CDC participants using the ASQ tool and working in conjunction with teaching staff and parents to develop, implement, and review growth plans.
Team Management
  • Recruit, onboard and supervise CDC staff, ensuring Second-Generation programming goals and licensing requirements are met.
  • Formally supervise, observe, and evaluate all center staff.
  • Coach and develop all center staff via weekly coaching meetings and classroom observations.
  • Track feedback, data, and progress in central  tracker for all center staff.
  • Monitor implementation of approved curriculum ensuring teachers have the knowledge, skills and resources needed for successful execution.
  • Partner with Second-Generation leadership to ensure the continuous development of team’s knowledge and competencies.
  • Facilitate teaching team meetings to build collaboration and ensure quality service delivery and compliance with the rules and regulations of various applicable laws and regulatory bodies.
Program Leadership
  • Model JP core values and foster a professional environment that nurtures a positive and inclusive culture across staff and program participants.
  • Collaborates with campus and national CST leaders to provide strategic leadership and develop and implement policies and procedures that further the goals of CDC operations and ensure seamless services for program families.
  • Communicate outcomes and input from participants, staff and volunteers to inform program decisions at the local and national level.
  • Engage in regular communication with Jeremiah moms and campus leaders to ensure program effectiveness.
  • Educates internal and external stakeholders about CDC programs and needs.
  • Develop and maintain productive relationships with program partners and community resources.
  • Keep informed of emerging policy issues and environmental, governmental and community trends with the potential to affect the CDC.

Professional Experience & Education

  • BA/BS (Master’s degree preferred) in education, human services, social work, or closely related field required
  • 3+ years’ experience managing others preferably in an educational setting
  • 2+ years’ experience coaching others toward achieving goals preferably in an educational setting
  • Possess or be willing to obtain the required CDC director certification and credentials to perform role

Skills & Characteristics:

  • Passion for the Jeremiah Program mission and belief in the role that its early childhood educational model plays in fulfilling that mission
  • Strong instructional, classroom management and culture building skills
  • Proven track record of results with supporting child development towards age-appropriate benchmarks (socially, emotionally, academically)
  • Dynamic team leader with a track record for building strong “adult culture”
  • Successfully motivates and enlists others in key initiatives
  • Professional maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude
  • Clear, compelling, and responsive written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to interact effectively across lines of difference and build trusting relationships
  • Building, managing, and navigating relationships with key stakeholders; parents, teachers & children.
  • A continuous growth mindset with a hunger for seeking professional growth
  • Knowledge of community resources and ability to leverage those resources for the benefit of the CDC
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and data entry skills and an ability to learn new technologies that enable effectiveness in the role


Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $85,000 to $91,000 commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. Additionally, we offer medical, dental, vision, and supplemental benefits as well as retirement plans and a generous vacation package. 

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