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Saint Mary’s Nursery School (SMNS) is a nonprofit early childhood learning center that has been a community hub for over 50 years. SMNS is currently seeking a new Executive Director to shepherd the organization into its next era. A strong commitment to our mission is critical. This mission is 

“Saint Mary’s Nursery School is dedicated to the development of young children and to the cultivation of meaningful relationships with our community.”

Job Summary

The new Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors and a diverse staff to ensure that the organization maintains its high quality Keystone Stars 4 status and continues to be in alignment to the changing landscape of the field of Early Childhood Education. Our new leader will continue the work of our strategic plan, and will help the organization refine and amend it in the ongoing COVID 19 reality. Our strategic priorities guide the decisions and approaches we engage with as an organization and will guide the new leader as well. They include seven key points: ensuring fiscal stability, aligning our brand and mission, staying involved in the early childhood field nationally and locally, supporting economic diversity, improving the learning environment and program, supporting and empowering staff, and supporting our diverse families and staff.  We are looking for a candidate that cares deeply about children, values diverse perspectives, and understands how to align research in the field of ECE to successful programmatic operations and organizational  mission. The Executive Director position will have general responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Deep understanding of programmatic necessities of a high quality early childhood learning center and capacity to stay abreast of related research
  • In depth understanding of the PA Keys Keystone Stars Quality system, or of a comparable program in another state
  • Leadership and management of diverse staff 
  • Fiscal management including setting annual budgets, managing private pay contracts, creating financial reports, and annual nonprofit tax filings
  • Fundraising and Grant writing experience 
  • Creating and running fundraising campaigns and cultivating individual donors
  • Understanding of HR laws and best practices for a non-profit
  • Capacity to manage crisis and experience leading during the pandemic
  • Experience with and understanding of PHLpreK, CCW, and related projects 
  • Strong writing skills 
  • Capacity to organize and carry out staff training plans, professional development offerings, and coaching 
  • Capacity to inspire people and to diplomatically navigate challenges 
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors and leading relevant committees
  • Strong capacity to craft marketing strategies that bolster enrollment and communicate an organization mission
  • Understanding and experience leading the operational realities of a childcare center
  • Capacity to navigate community relationships and relationships with community partners who share space
  • Proven capacity to create innovative solutions to challenges and to envision new capacities for the future 
  • Knowledge of T.E.A.C.H and of the PA higher education opportunities for staff.

Immediate Tasks:

  • Integration of our new PHLPreK spots
  • Shepherding the organization back to full enrollment and expanded hours as the COVID 19 health crisis stabilizes
  • A strong management team currently helps to lead the operations, business, and program, and this new Executive Director will need to be committed to working collaboratively with this team and the community at large
  • Reinstate the Parent Cooperative Program as COVID-related restrictions allow

We will prioritize applicants with a minimum of 5 years of experience leading a nonprofit educational organization. A PA Director’s credential is preferred.  A Master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred. Applicants should fall on the Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood education pathway level of Level C- plus or above.  We are looking for a candidate that cares deeply about children, values diverse perspectives, and understands how to align research in the field of ECE to successful programmatic operations and organizational  mission. 

Note: Though the organization is housed in a church, we are not connected with the church and our program is not religious. We are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

Salary & Benefits expectation: 75- 82K depending on education and experience. Health and dental insurance. Paid vacation and mental health days, paid holidays (including the last week of the year), reduced tuition for children enrolled at SMNS, 

Requirements for Applying: Please submit a resume, cover letter that includes why you are interested,  how you relate to our mission and strategic priorities, and what level you are in Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood education pathway; two references, and 2 samples of writing (can be a grant, an article, a paper).