Leaders help keep things running smoothly.

Education & Testing

Center Director/Center Director II

  • Bachelor's degree in a job-related area OR associate's degree in early childhood education or related field and four years of experience in an early childhood setting
  • Job-related experience within a specialized field with increasing levels of responsibility
  • CPR/first-aid card within 60 days of hire
  • Food handler's permit within 30 days of hire
  • Valid driver's license and insurance coverage as required by law
  • STARS Certification within 6 months of hire for full-day, full-year programs
  • Criminal justice fingerprint clearance

Center Operations Supervisor/Center Operations Lead

  • High school diploma or equivalent (for Center Operations Supervisor, associate's degree in a related field is preferred)
  • Either enrolled in or willing to enroll in a program leading to a CDA or an associate's degree in early childhood education
  • Job-related experience
  • CPR/first-aid card within 60 days of hire
  • Food handler's permit within 30 days of hire
  • Valid driver's license and insurance coverage as required by law
  • Criminal justice fingerprint clearance

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Necessary Knowledge

  • Understand child development and age-appropriate activities
  • Perform basic math
  • Read a variety of manuals
  • Speak English and write with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Write documents following prescribed formats
  • Adhere to safety practices and procedures

Desirable Knowledge

  • Speak more than one language
  • Understand comprehensive early childhood program

Basic Skills

  • Attend to detail
  • Adapt
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records
  • Use pertinent software applications
  • Operate standard office equipment

Social Skills

  • Work on a team
  • Show compassion and empathy
  • Interact appropriately with children and families

Verbal Skills

  • Communicate orally and in writing
  • Listen to and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • Take initiative to solve problems
  • Prioritize workload
  • Work independently, following established guidelines

Physical Requirements

  • 60% sitting, 20% walking, 20% standing
  • Lifting/carrying/pushing/kneeling
  • Stoop/crouch/crawl
  • Reach/handle
  • The job is generally performed in a hazard-free environment

Desired Characteristics

  • Dependable
  • Self-regulating
  • Stress-tolerant
  • Patient
  • Willing to learn
  • Honest
  • Cooperative
  • Flexible
  • Experience working with birth to 5-year-old children

Similar Jobs

  • Preschool teacher
  • Paraeducator
  • Childcare provider
  • Home visitor


  • Center Director: $20.33 per hour
  • Center Director II: $23.47 per hour
  • Center Operations Lead: $13.36 per hour
  • Center Operations Supervisor: $14.75 per hour
  • Area Coordinator Education and Disabilities: $23.58 per hour


  • State retirement benefits
  • Health insurance (for staff who work 30 or more hours per week)
  • Dental insurance (for staff who work 20 or more hours per week)
  • First Choice Employee Assistance Programs
  • Paid leave (for those who work 210 days per year or more)
  • Financial assistance for continued education

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