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Executive Director


Start Date: October 1, 2020

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Children’s Pre-School Center (CPSC) is a registered 501(c)3 not for profit organization that has served the greater Palo Alto community for almost 40 years. It is licensed to care for 156 children aged 0 – 6, with approximately 40 – 45 full time staff. CPSC is a vibrant place providing high quality care to young children, inspiring them to explore, discover, wonder, play and learn through a Constructivist approach to early learning. We follow respectful caregiving in our infant program adopting the work of Magda Gerber and the RIE philosophy which segues to a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach in our preschool inspired classrooms using the work of Loris Malaguzzi. Our thoughtfully designed intentional spaces and materials together with our core focus on building relationships encourage young children to challenge themselves, make good choices, and become citizens of the world. We welcome all who welcome each other. Relationships, shared inquiry, collaboration, and play form the core of our work with children and families.

The Executive Director is accountable to the Children’s Pre-School Board of Directors for the overall executive/administrative leadership of CPSC. The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CPSC. The position requires the ability to effectively manage, develop, direct and lead the CPSC staff and programs for young children. The Executive Director must have strong supervisory leadership and communication skills coupled with a warm and nurturing disposition.

Basic Duties and Responsibilities

Plan, organize, direct, manage and supervise programs for young children while facilitating positive relationships between staff, parents, and children

Work collaboratively with teaching teams, staff, and Board leadership to foster and maintain a strong community for children, parents, and staff

Lead the school in collaboration with CPSC’s Board of Directors


Manage day to day operations of the school, including staff scheduling

Ensure compliance with all state licensing regulations and reporting requirements

Act as point of contact for all state licensing and public health communications

Plan and implement health and safety programs including emergency procedures, facility and equipment safety.

Manage all aspects of enrollment of children including forecasting and filling spaces, with a keen eye on fiscal responsibilities to the center

Responsible for operations, adhering to an annual Budget, and purchasing of appropriate equipment required for the CPSC campus

Program Development

Develop and support a curriculum which encompasses developmentally appropriate practices, embraces the philosophies of the center, and speaks to the individual within the group settings while upholding NAEYC standards and outcomes

Work to promote deeper understanding of our Mission, Beliefs and Core Values

Promote long term plans in conjunction with the Board to meet the growing needs and challenges of the center, students, and teachers

Staff Supervision and Leadership

Maintain a qualified teaching and administrative staff through recruiting, interviewing, and hiring

Regularly evaluate staff performance and provide coaching, performance management, and career development

Establish strong relationships with teaching teams, support deeper understanding of learning, documentation, and reflective practices

Prevent, manage and mitigate conflict between staff or families

Plan and evaluate staff activities and intentional learning

Train and supervise staff by holding regular All Staff Meetings, Program and Team meetings

Plan, organize, coordinate trainings for all staff to include: Teacher Permits, continuing professional growth requirements, Mandated Reporter trainings, Harassment, EMSA First Aid and CPR


Uphold NAEYC Accreditation standards including maintaining and documenting developmental assessments

Maintain health and developmental standards

Facilitate communication between children and their peers, teachers, and parents

Research resources and promote strategies for engaging children to support their social and emotional development


Be active in the field of early education, for example subscribing to journals and participating in seminars

Maintain and enhance the CPSC webpage and other forms of communication like Brightwheel

Write and distribute weekly communications (e.g., newsletter) for families to provide insight into the activities of the center


Develop and maintain a strong rapport with the broader community, promoting and maintaining the center’s positive community image

Foster opportunities for families to build relationships through for gatherings, special events, and celebrating the lives of children

Participate in the Palo Alto Advisory Committee on Early Care and Education (PAAC-ECE), for which CPSC is one of the founding members

Parent Relations

Orient families to the center; plan and conduct parent meetings

Initiate parent involvement and support staff in planning opportunities for parent involvement (e.g., room parent, classroom gatherings)

Offer support for parents of children with special needs and refer them to support agencies

Serve as a parent resource on child development

Board Relations

Attend all Board meetings and ensure the Board is fully informed on the operations of the center and any issues that may arise

Work with the Board to develop strategic plans and budget, oversee implementation of plans

Qualifications & Skills

Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education plus 5 years experience in the field (preferred)

Bachelor’s Degree plus 10 years experience or equivalent

Experience in business administration in a not for profit environment

Well-rounded education in Early Childhood including 3 semester units in infant/toddler development and supervision

Director Permit, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Clearance from Department of Justice and State Licensing to direct a large childcare facility

Proficient with basic computer tasks (e.g., MS Office, Google Suite, email, etc.)

Work Environment

Combination of office work (including computer-based tasks, telephone calls, etc.) and more active work. The position will occasionally require the ability to lift children, office products, or supplies of up to 30 lbs.

Salary and Benefits

A highly competitive compensation and benefits package will be made available to the qualified candidate.

Statement of Inclusion

The Children’s Preschool Center welcomes all who welcome each other. Relationships, shared inquiry, collaboration, and play form the core of our work with children and families.

We affirm, celebrate, and honor:

The identity, dignity, and growing perspective of every child. Each child is seen, heard, valued, and engaged, regardless of religious or cultural background, race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity or expression, or languages.
The experiences, knowledge, language, and dignity of every family, regardless of family structure, religious or cultural background, race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or languages.
A diverse teaching staff that is reflective, self-aware, and learns continuously in response to the children and families we serve. We are an equal-opportunity employer.
Inclusive programs, curricula, and materials that
Honor our community’s diversity.
Build a community of learners in which children, families, and staff learn with and from each other.
Empower children to explore their identities, interests, and potential without biases or stereotypes, so they can discover their own value, competence, and capabilities.
Application Procedures and Deadlines

Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a letter outlining qualifications, and resume as PDF or Word documents to the Executive Director Search Committee at Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2020. Inquiries may be made, in confidence, to the Executive Director Search Committee at EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CPSC believes that equal opportunity for all employees is important for the continuing success of our organization. To the extent required by applicable law, CPSC will not unlawfully discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, family care status, sex, age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran status, or upon any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Opportunity is provided to all employees based on employment related factors which include, but are not limited to, qualifications and job requirements.

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