On behalf of the Red Clover Board of Directors, we are thrilled that you are considering applying for this position. The founding Director of Red Clover Children's Center will have a profound and lasting impact on the Middlebury community. This person will have a hand in creating a legacy in our town: opening a child care center that cares deeply about the safety, well-being, and happiness of the littlest ones in our community. We are searching for the right person to take this job, and we look forward to hearing from you. To apply, email hiring@recloverchildren.org with a Cover Letter and Resume. 

position description

The Red Clover Children’s Center (RCCC) is looking for a founding Director to be responsible for ensuring the health, safety, and quality of education for all children within the center’s care (24 each day). The RCCC Director will hire, onboard and supervise six classroom teachers. The Director will lead on the final phases of receiving full state licensure for the RCCC, and for achieving ratings accreditation for the RCCC.

The RCCC Director will be directly accountable for overall operational management in accordance with established guidelines, including enrollment, curriculum development, staff and facilities management, communications and outreach plans, legal and budgetary considerations, and long-range planning. The RCCC Director will ensure that the needs of the students and the goals of the center are met and sustained and will be a person ready to help build, establish and grow a new center for care and education in Addison County.

The RCCC Director will report to the center’s Board of Directors, who are prepared to provide direct support and assistance to the Director. The RCCC Director will also work closely with The Congregational Church of Middlebury, UCC (MiddUCC) staff and lay leadership to ensure smooth coordination of the program within the church building and a strong, positive working relationship between both entities.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and document a quality vision for the center. Manage adherence to quality standards in accordance with the vision and with state and local requirements. Maintain quality effectiveness measurements.

  • Develop general educational curriculum; collaborate with staff to develop positive learning activities; Lead on final phases of receiving full state licensure and achieving state accreditation through STARS rating system.

  • Hire, onboard and supervise up to six (6) classroom lead and assistant teachers.

  • Develop and implement an enrollment plan and process, and a communications strategy for reaching prospective parents/caregivers.

  • Maintain student records in accordance with established enrollment procedures and guidelines.

  • Develop communications standards and maintain communications with parents/caregivers of current and prospective students through direct conversation, newsletters and parent/caregiver handbook; implement community outreach activities to maintain and promote positive community relationships.

  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with regulatory agencies; ensure legal and financial compliance.

  • Work with bookkeeper to facilitate financial transactions including payroll, accounts payable and receivable, tuition billing and payment, as well as oversee human resources and personnel management (staff supervision) and purchasing.

  • Resolve conflicts, including corrective action when necessary, to ensure a positive experience for students, faculty, and families.  

  • Manage budget planning and review.

  • Establish illness and emergency procedures; ensure staff is trained appropriately.

  • Implement a strategic plan and goals in keeping with the mission of the program.

  • Maintain a personal professional development plan to ensure continuous quality improvement.

  • Work with the RCCC board to develop annual and long-range fundraising plans. 

  • Attend periodic MiddUCC staff meetings to ensure coordination with church and RCCC.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience.

  • 5 years of direct professional experience in an early childhood setting. 

  • High energy and skilled at problem-solving.

  • Strong oral and written communications skills; technology skills. 

  • Ability to work well with others (staff, children, and caregivers) and to foster a team environment. 

  • A strong understanding of child development.

  • Finance and budgeting skills.

  • Excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

  • Infant/child CPR and First Aid certification.

  • Must clear a full background check. 

  • Must pass a health screening, if requested. 

Educational and Professional Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in early childhood education (ECE) or related field of study with a minimum of 30 credits in ECE.

  • Qualification as a teacher associate, and have completed either: 

    • A Vermont Early Childhood and After School Program Director Step One Certificate; or

    • Successful completion of a three college credit course in program
      management for early care and education or for school age care and education, or in staff supervision related to early care and education of children; and a three college credit course in curriculum. 

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to work with small children, including sitting on the floor, walking up and down stairs, and lifting up to 35lbs.

Employment Type

  • Full-time

Wage Range

  • Starting salary of $55,000, range commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits include access to an employee account with funds available to offset healthcare costs or subsidize child care costs. 
  • Allotment of 20 days off per year for vacation (10), sick leave (7) and personal flex days (3), in addition to all federal holidays.
  • Priority child care spot available for children and a 30% tuition discount.