Child Development Center Director – St. Paul, MN

About Jeremiah Program

Jeremiah Program (JP) offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for ending the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. Two-generation – or 2Gen — programs uniquely focus on the whole family and achieve long-term, sustainable results. The approach has been proven to achieve significant educational, health and economic benefits for parents, children, and communities.

Jeremiah Program is expanding throughout the country to meet the growing demand for its model. The organization has campuses in Minneapolis, MN, St. Paul, MN, Rochester-SE, MN, Austin, TX, and Fargo, ND.

In Boston, MA and Brooklyn, NY, Jeremiah has introduced an innovative nonresidential model, working with leading organizations to serve mothers and children. Learn more at  Jeremiah Program.

Jeremiah Program was born from Minneapolis community leaders’ compassionate concern for the barriers facing the growing number of low-income single mothers in their community. Partnering with single mothers attending local community colleges, they identified safe and affordable housing, as well as education for both mom and child, as the most important tools for ending intergenerational poverty. Our downtown Minneapolis campus was built in 1998, followed by our St. Paul campus in 2007. With a 21-year history of inspiring post-secondary graduation rates and living-wage employment for single moms, and brighter futures for their children, JP continues to play a critical role in disrupting the impacts of poverty in all communities where we operate, bolstering equity so all families can build well-being and achieve economic prosperity.

Job Summary

Directs day-to-day operations of the Child Development Center, creating a relationship rich, data- centered and achievement-oriented center culture. Maintains the overall health, safety and growth of children enrolled and ensures that operations reflect the mission, values, vision, and purpose of the child development program. Ensures ratios and manages all licensing requirements to meet compliance standards. In partnership with national Campus Support Team (CST) leaders, leads a 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
  • Ensure timely and accurate billing to clients, counties and subsidy programs and proactively partner with CST finance and accounting team to manage collections

Student Achievement

  • Lead and oversee the center’s instructional and development program
  • Ensure that every student shows dramatic achievement gains and that the center meets the ambitious performance goals set by center leaders and VP of Student Programming
  • Analyze data with teachers regularly to maximize student performance
  • Ensures prescribed assessments are conducted and appropriate follow up conducted with parents
  • Cultivate positive relationships with parents, coaching CDC staff to ensure a culturally sensitive approach to all activities and acting as a liaison between parents and CDC staff as needed
  • Conduct bi-annual 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 Student 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 tracker for all center staff
  • Monitor implementation of approved curriculum ensuring teachers have the knowledge, skills and resources needed for successful execution
  • Partner with Student Programming 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/Qualifications

  • BA/BS (Master’s degree preferred) in education, human services, social work, or closely related field
  • Strong instructional, classroom management and culture building skills
  • Proven track record of leadership: meeting extremely high standards for student achievement and development through the leadership of adults
  • Dynamic team leader with a track record for building strong “adult culture”
  • Excited about the idea of working within a broader network
  • Professional maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude
  • Excellent culturally competent, clear, compelling, and responsive written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with diverse groups and build trusting relationships
  • 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
  • Passion for the Jeremiah Program mission and belief in the role that its early childhood educational model plays in fulfilling that mission
  • A development orientation and track record of seeking professional growth
  • Solutions-focused and resourceful approach to overcoming challenges and ensuring success
  • The ability to work collaboratively with peers and other key stakeholders in person and remotely across local and national teams
  • Willingness to aggressively seek and maintain administrative certification
  • Possesses all required certifications and credentials to perform role


Jeremiah Program is committed to the recruitment, selection, development, and promotion of employees based on individual merit. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

We offer competitive compensation including employer-paid health and dental, life and disability insurance and generous time off.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online.  Please upload a current resume and thoughtful cover letter articulating your interest and fit for the role, including compensation requirements.