Director - Downtown Childrens Center
Position: Director
Subject Area: (none)
Job Title: Executive Director
Job Location: Downtown Children's Center
Beginning: Immediately
Deadline: Feb 24, 2017**
District: Downtown Childrens Center
St. Louis, MO 63103
Telephone: 314-621-1131
Job Description:
Downtown Children’s Center – a nationally accredited leader in providing superior child care and effective, inspiring educational programs – seeks a new Executive Director.
The successful candidate will have the ability to:
  • Maintain a high quality, safe, and nurturing environment for children
  • Engage and support families as partners in the development of their children
  • Positively and proactively represent DCC to the St. Louis community, especially to the downtown area: to residents, employees, human resources directors & community leaders
  • Lead and inspire a team of highly educated, motivated & dedicated professionals
  • Achieve strategic goals that support the organization’s mission and vision
  • Be on the forefront of early childhood care and education trends
  • Manage all aspects of a nonprofit’s administration: support the Board of Directors, maintain licensure & accreditation, provide budgeting and financial management, evaluate outcomes, ensure safety, etc.
  • Provide management support and oversight of the Nestle Purina Child Development Center
To provide excellent child care and effective, inspiring educational programs tailored to meet the needs of diverse children and their families in a nurturing and secure environment convenient to the workplace
Relevant Stats
  • Accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Curriculum:  Play-Based Learning and Project Construct
  • Capacity: 100 children, ages 6 weeks – 6 years
  • # staff: 33
  • 2017 budget:  $1.4 million 
  • DCC has a management agreement to provide supervision and oversight of the Nestle Purina Child Development Center, which is also NAEYC accredited, serves 65 children, and has a budget of $1 million
Unique Characteristics
  • Strong family community
  • Dedicated teachers with advanced early childhood credentials and long average tenure at DCC
  • Positive, upbeat culture that is focused on children & families
  • Ratios that are below required levels: i.e., 3:1 infant ratio
  • State-of-the-art facility
  • Established as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 1978
  • Among the first in the nation to represent an alliance of businesses, childcare professionals and working parents in a unique cooperative effort to provide quality care near the workplace
It is preferred that candidates have a master’s degree and experience in early childhood care and education, preferably in an accredited early childhood center.
The selected candidate will possess:
  • A track record that demonstrates leadership and achievement in a childcare or nonprofit setting
  • Passion for creating an environment in which children are developmentally and emotionally nurtured and caregivers are supported and encouraged
  • Belief that downtown St. Louis is strengthened by the existence of a high quality child care option that reflects the diversity of our resident and business community
Application Process
Application materials submitted by February 24, 2017 will be given priority.  Interested individuals should submit three documents for consideration:
  • Résumé
  • Contact information for three references
  • Cover letter (1 page), which summarizes your qualifications and interest
Please email materials to  In order to ensure delivery, the file size of the email must not exceed 5MB.  

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