Fight against poverty

Center Director

Job Title:             Center Director             

Classification:      Exempt

Department:           Division of Children and Families

Supervisor:            Education Manager


To plan, implement and coordinate at the center level, a comprehensive child development program. Direct center staff, educational needs of children and families are being achieved

Minimal Qualifications:

  • Education: A BA/BS or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education, or Twenty four credit hours of Early Childhood Education with a         degree in a closely related field. Possessthe Early Childhood Administration III and participate in other training activities relevant to the job.

Experience: Experience working with economically disadvantaged children and families. One year of supervisory experience required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Good organizational, managerial skills, problem-solving skills
  • Outstanding decision making skills, and ability
  • The ability to provide exceptional customer service
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Must have current annual physical including Tuberculin test or chest x-ray and current criminal background letter

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and implement the total child development programming for the center.
  • Assess area of training needs of all center staff and assist Education Coordinators in implementing appropriate training.
  • Evaluate the center staff and develop improvement plans for teaching staff, in collaboration with the education staff.
  • Prepare and maintain written compliance reports and monthly statistical reports on center activities.
  • Learn and adhere to the Head Start Performance Standards, North Carolina licensing requirements and the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and staff records requirements to ensure center compliance.
  •  Learn and adhere to State and Federal Observation Instruments (ITERS, ECERS, CLASS).
  • Monitor all CACFP reports
  • Monitor and supervise NC Pre-K classrooms and participate in NC Pre-K State monitoring process when applicable Assist in coordinating the delivery of support services, which include: health, nutrition, disabilities services and child care requirements.
  • Assess classroom needs; assist in selection of materials and equipment.
  • Monitor and/or review the following educational required paperwork: lesson plans, anecdotal booklets, developmental assessments, parent teacher conferences, home visits, developmental goal plans, accident/incident reports, and any other required paperwork.
  • Work with and train Center Lead Teachers and/or Assistant Center Supervisors to ensure continuous programming when away from the center.
  • Assume responsibility for the timely opening and closing of the center.
  • Maintain career development plan and maintain and update all certifications, credentials, other training as required,
  • Ensure that substitutes are obtained for the center, as needed.
  • Supervise and assign placement and activities for individuals, group volunteers and Work First volunteers.
  • Monitor classroom environments, quality controls and activities and provide feedback to education staff.
  • Plan and conduct regular center weekly staff meetings.
  • Train staff and provide effective communication on program issues.
  • Ensure that new staff and substitutes receive initial orientation.
  • Monitor staff records for current medical, CPR and First Aid certifications and CDA credentials.
  • Monitor and report center budget and expenditures and inventories of equipment and materials.
  • Requisition supplies, materials and maintenance of facility.
  • Assist in planning and implementing monthly parent committee meetings.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with agency staff to ensure program requirements are being met.
  • Work with all staff, parents, volunteers and substitute teachers to implement the child development program objectives, goals and concepts.
  • Support WAGES mission, programs, objectives, goals and concepts to the community
  • Assist teachers in completing career development plans
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by C&F Education Manager.

Performance Dimensions:

  • Maintain program and fiscal integrity
  • Develops positive working relationships with team members and staff
  • Demonstrates productivity and efficiency
  • Interacts with vendors and staff in a professional, friendly and hospitable manner

Physical, Mental and/or Visual Demands

Physical Requirements: Low physical effort required to sit or stand using keyboard and monitor. Ability to communicate verbally both in person, via telephone or internet. Limited requirement for bending, stooping, lifting or walking. Maximum unassisted lift is 35 lbs. Mental and visual concentration required for preparing and analyzing data using a computer.

Equipment Used: Computer, telephone, scanner, copy machine, printer, fax and other general office equipment


This position is an exempt position.

The first 90 days of employment are considered an introductory, or orientation period for employees. During this time an employee may resign with or without cause. Likewise, an employee may be released with or without cause during the 90-day period considered the Introductory Period.

Employment is “at will” both during and after the orientation period.

This position description describes the general nature and level of work performed by the individual assigned to this position and should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It does not state or imply these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the position.  The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties.  All requirements are subject to change and to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.

The position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

Compensation: $38,000-$45,000 (entry)

601 Royall Ave.
Goldsboro, NC 27534