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St. Luke's Community House

Childcare Center Director

St. Luke's Community House


Job Summary

Position Summary

Reporting to the Chief Programs Officer, the Childcare Center Director is responsible for directing, managing, and improving the quality of St. Luke’s Childcare Program. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core values of St. Luke’s Community House. We believe that the work environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together. Applicants whose work incorporates an inclusive perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and equity are particularly encouraged to apply.

Job Responsibilities


  • Maintains at all times high-quality childcare standards based on developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Oversees daily operations of the Child Development Program.
  • Develops short and long-range plans for the Child Development Program.
  • Reviews and develops policies to ensure an effective, efficient program.
  • Maintains up-to-date proficiency in curriculum, DHS regulations, ITER-S, and ECER-S.
  • Responsible for ensuring consistent compliance with all DHS licensing, QRIS, NAEYC, and Read to Succeed standards.
  • Arranges supplemental internal enrichment activities and external learning opportunities for children.
  • Responsible for ensuring Child Development Program has all items needed to perform successfully, including ensuring equipment is working properly and that the Preschool is clean and orderly.
  • Oversees student enrollment process.
  • Oversees complete student files.
  • Assures strong financial management of the programs, makes budget recommendations, and approves purchases.  Develops and maintains professional, productive relationships with parents, students, and staff.
  • Designs and leads Intake and Orientation for new students and parents. Leads parent meetings.
  • Oversees coordination of holidays and special events relating to the Child Development Program.
  • Deals sensitively and fairly with persons from diverse backgrounds.


  • Supervises the staff and operations of the Child Development Program.
  • Recruits, hires, conduct performance reviews, and terminates employees when necessary.
  • Oversees creation and approval of staff schedules that meet child/teacher ratio standards.
  • Encourages the development of work-centered teams and helps to create a positive working environment.
  • Conducts monthly staff meetings and ensures high-quality, meaningful training opportunities are provided for all preschool educational professionals.
  • Leads staff in developing and implementing educational programming for children. Oversees and monitors implementation.
  • Coaches staff in the most effective methods to accomplish the goals of programs.
  • Completes annual Employee Development and Training plans and assures implementation.
  • Fosters a Customer Service culture.

Community Development and Marketing

  • Develops positive relationships with the immediate and broader community.  Takes the initiative for outreach efforts.  Represents agency programs to community groups.
  • Works with the development team to secure donations of goods, services, and talents to enhance the programs.
  • Works with peers to assist in managing volunteer placement in the Child Development Program, communicate marketing needs, and assist in marketing efforts as necessary.
  • Work closely with social and health service providers as needed.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of a marketing plan for the Child Development Program.
  • Participates in area professional organizations and professional development activities.
  • Assist in fundraising, marketing, grant writing, and volunteer services.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field. Experience of five years or more in a Director role may be substituted for a college degree if DHS licensing supervision requirements are still able to be met.
  • Two years experience working in a licensed, quality childcare facility, accredited preferred.
  • A basic understanding of child development, classroom structure, and curriculum implementation is required.
  • Administrative and/or business experience.
  • Experience managing a staff of 25-35 employees.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Skill Competencies 

  • Ability to seek out new ways of doing things.
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to consistent change.
  • Possess excellent time management skills, be a team player, be well organized, have the ability to prioritize numerous responsibilities for timely task completion, be self-directed, be highly motivated, be energetic, be enthusiastic, and be dependable.
  • Possess a “take charge” personality with the ability to get along with varied clientele and staff.
  • Adaptability to changing demands, deadlines, and priorities.
  • A desire to serve St. Luke’s clients, meeting their needs and St. Luke’s mission.

 Physical Requirements

  •  While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to communicate with peers/the general public.
  • Job performance will require the ability to move throughout the building as well as sit or remain stationary for extended periods of time.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to talk or hear, sit, stand, walk, reach, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, taste or smell.
  • Ability to move 40 pounds.

Other Requirements

The position requires the incumbent to have a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance, and a clean driving record for the last three years. The candidate must be able to pass a drug test, have a clear background check, and meet the Department of Human Services Requirements for the State of Tennessee.

Additional Information


We offer very competitive benefits, including paid time off, medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as a 401(k) retirement plan.  Employees are also eligible for discounted onsite childcare.

How to Apply

To join our team, please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@stlch.org, and please include salary expectations.

No phone calls, please

St. Luke’s Community House is an equal opportunity employer.


  • Date Posted: August 20, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: $58,000 to $70,000 per year