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Early Childhood Center Director


Cobb Childcare & Preschool
Roseburg, Oregon USA

Start Date: April 1, 2020

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

A letter to our future Director:
This position isn’t for everyone. This position requires grit. And tenacity. Unwavering enthusiasm, and a commitment to a child-centered approach to education. While planning is an important skill, flexibility is key here. Our school is full of inquiry and wonder, as we continue to

Who We Are:
Cobb Childcare & Preschool employees are a dedicated team of individuals who understand the critical role they play in shaping the future of the children we care for. In September 2019, we took the leap from traditional daycare to a child-centered, emergent approach under the experienced guidance of our new Executive Director- we haven’t looked back! We pride ourselves in being partners with our families, champions of students, and most importantly, our primary role is to learn alongside our students. As lifelong learners, we immerse ourselves in learning- through ongoing professional development, exploration, and constant inquiry. We learn best by doing, and we think deeply about preparing meaningful environments for children. We authentically enjoy and respect each other and always support each other- we’ve worked hard to get here!

Who You Are:
You are fascinated by the philosophical approaches to child development, and you can’t wait to build on the magic that is happening daily in the center! You are a believer in social-emotional learning, embrace mindfulness and understand that emotional regulation comes before handwriting- all. day. long. You see this role as the important career it is, and know that your work will have a lasting impact on each child’s success. You develop are skilled at supporting your team while holding them accountable and setting high expectations; you know how to provide the tools and resources to support their great work.

You genuinely enjoy people, and are able to nurture relationships while also coaching your team to greatness. You have a respectful relationship with policies and procedure, but don’t believe in rules just for the sake of rules. When developing systems and processes, you think deeply about the “why” and always provide the “why” when rolling out a new process. The successful candidate has a firm grasp on an emergent approach to early education and can connect the dots for stakeholders. You are not afraid of a challenge, and the idea of taking a fledgling non-profit center into greatness excites you- a lot.

This role is not an entry level position, and the successful candidate will need to hit the ground running- our director will need to be comfortable with billing, policy, Oregon licensing requirements. The director will receive daily support and training during the transition, but it will be expected that you will be able to take full ownership of the school within 90 days, and be willing to make it your own. Essentially, we are looking for a visionary unicorn who wants to make a home (and a significant impact) on our small rural community. We are proud to be Douglas County’s only Reggio inspired center, and while our work has just begun, we intend on giving the children of Douglas County a rigorous and meaningful start. If you are looking for the beginning of the rest of your career working with children, this might be the perfect position for you!

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree plus one year experience as a center director, or Associate’s Degree and three years experience as a center director.
Verifiable experience in a center serving infants through Pre-K.

Salary & Benefits

Depends on Education/Experience $42-$55k
80% childcare discount
Medical stipend
Generous PTO

Application Procedures

Please visit our website to learn more and apply!

Program Description

Contact Info

Jessica Gaul, Executive Director

Your support will help us advance the quality of every child's one childhood.

Together, we are empowering exceptional education.