Center Director

Company Description

Telamon is an eleven-state, non-profit corporation headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina serving communities for 55 years. Telamon’s mission is to provide educational services that lead to better jobs, better lives, and better communities. Telamon provides programs and services in three areas, Early Childhood and Family Support, Workforce Career Services, and Housing & Financial Empowerment.

Job Description

Provides leadership through the oversight of day-to-day operations of the Head Start Center(s)including maintenance of administrative records, enrollment and waiting lists, licensing and maintenance of a facility. Recruits, trains and supervises personnel.

1.Maintains records to ensure the Head Start Program is compliance with regulations, licensing requirements and safety standards.

2.Protects the safety of children by ensuring the implementation of active supervision techniques to ensure no child is left alone or unsupervised at any time.

3.Work in coordination with multi-disciplinary team to ensure the needs of children, families and staff are met. Facilitates coordination of program operations within center.

4.Manage allotted budgets, secure materials and supplies, and authorize purchases. Reviews and analyzes budget information. Investigates variances and suggests program changes if needed.

5.In coordination with Education Specialists, ensure staff scheduling complies with program requirements and Fair Labor Standards Act.

6.Develop partnerships with community service providers to enhance local delivery of comprehensive services to children and families.

7.Provides information and education to the community about the program. This can be done in-person, by telephone or a group presentation format.

8.Monitors all areas of program services within assigned location(s). Provides guidance and technical advice to assigned staff.

9.Interact with parents and staff to discuss educational activities, child progress, program policies and students’ behavioral or learning challenges via home visits and in-center meetings. Participate in case management meetings and solution creation.

10.Organizes and provides training to staff, parents and volunteers. Develop and document progress on professional development plan for self and assigned staff. Facilitates and engages in professional development activities to increase qualifications in accordance with Corporation’s Core Values.

11.Creates and submits required reports. Composes and proofreads correspondence and reports.

12.Creates ways to engage parents in the education of their children including encouraging classroom involvement and home activities.

13.Supervises the transportation activities. May serve as back-up bus driver where required.

14.Coordinates all facility issues including inspections, maintenance and cleaning.

15.Ensures the mobilization and documentation of matching/in-kind funds.

16.Plans and participates in meetings including but not limited to, staff and parent meetings and safety meetings.

17.Submits information for USDA Food reimbursement program.

18.May fill in for Center staff to maintain the proper ratio.

19.Perform all other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

This position directly supervises others. This may include participation in the recruitment/selection process for new hires, employee training, onboarding, conducting performance coaching/evaluation, compensation administration, delegation of duties and conflict resolution. Promotes an environment of teamwork and cooperation and is accessible to employees.


Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Science, Social Work, Human Services, Family Services, Counseling, Administration or a related field*is required.
  • Must be able to get certification for CPR and First Aid after hire and recertify as required.
  • Where the Center Director is designated as Program Director for childcare licensing purposes, individual must meet requirements for the state of employment.
  • Two years of management experience, to include supervision.
  • Education management experience is preferable.
  • Must have own transportation, a valid driver’s license, and vehicle insurance.
  • Degree in a related field is defined as an associate, baccalaureate, or advanced degree in a field other than child development, early childhood education, social science, social work, human services, family services, counseling or administration that either includes or is supplemented by eighteen (18) college credits in any of these fields.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Microsoft Office products and on-line client management systems
  • Bilingual ability is preferred.

Additional Information

  • This job is a mixture of desk work and standing for long periods of time.
  • Driving/sitting for prolong periods of time.
  • Occasional exposure to adverse weather conditions.
  • Occasional exposure to blood, other bodily fluids, cleaning chemicals and dirt.
  • Sitting, walking, stooping, squatting, lifting (up to 30 lbs), carrying, pushing and climbing.
  • Keyboarding and data entry, use of telephone.
  • Occasionally conduct home visits to customer residences, exposure to potentially unsafe environments, climb stairs.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.