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York Day Nursery, York County's first and longest operating child care center, is one of Pennsylvania's premier early learning centers. The Nursery, a longtime United Way of York County agency, has achieved the highest national and state recognition including:
- Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Designated a 4 STAR status- the highest performance level under PA's Keystone Stars Quality Initiative
The facility, located in downtown York, serves approximately 100 children, from six weeks old through age five. A low child-to-teacher ratio is maintained with 30 direct care educators. Over 80% of YDN students come from low-income, working families- a risk factor for school failure.
The Nursery's mission is to deliver the highest quality of early care and education possible- a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment vital for the healthy development of each student. The environment and child-driven curriculum are designed to develop the total child- emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. We believe in the power of Great Beginnings for Bright Futures!
The Board of Directors is seeking a candidate with the necessary skills and experience to build and strengthen YDN’s organizational infrastructure and capacity while maintaining the highest levels of national and state recognition.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, administration and management of the York Day Nursery, including Early Childhood Education programs, fund development, and business administration. Areas of responsibility include planning, evaluation, policy development, administration, Board and organizational development, human resources, fiscal management and community relations. This position is accountable to the Board of Directors.
Establish strategic direction and priorities – engage Board and staff in an ongoing cycle of strategic planning, implementation and assessment.
Exercise responsible financial stewardship – engage the leadership team and the Board of Directors in development of the annual budget and on-going, informed oversight of YDN’s financial position.
Spearhead efforts to build and institutionalize YDN’s fund development function: oversee development of a long-term fundraising plan.
Oversee the search for, the hiring of, and the initial assignment of all personnel.
Directly supervise the staff leadership team, and foster an environment in which team members have a commitment to each other, to a high level of collective achievement, and to a common vision of York Day Nursery.
Assume ultimate responsibility for the continuing achievement of NAEYC accreditation and Keystone STAR 4 rating.
Ensure compliance with operational policies; federal, state, local statues and regulations; and contractual provisions and requirements.
Foster a positive, transparent and empowering organizational culture that promotes mutual respect, collaboration and professional development.
Establish a community presence, build productive relationships, and serve as YDN’s advocate-in-chief.
Identify, nurture and pursue strategic alliances in which the parties share common interests and mission and in which the alliance demonstrates the potential to advance each party’s interest.
Develop, maintain and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex officio of each committee.

Qualifications:
The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to York Day Nursery’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, management, and relationship building experience.
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
Three to five years’ nonprofit management experience required.
Ability to obtain required background checks and provide references.
Functional Skills:
Critical thinking and organizational development skills
Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
Budgeting, financial management, and the application of sound fiscal practices
Ability to cultivate a high quality learning and caring environment for children and families
Capacity to work effectively with families, teachers, volunteers and community members
Strong listening and problem-solving skills
Demonstrated sensitivity and responsiveness to the needs of a diverse population
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Detail-oriented with consistent follow-through
Flexibility and openness in a changing work environment
Honest and ethical decision-maker
Dependable team player with a strong work ethic
Technical Skills:
Understanding of how technology can be used to streamline administrative operations, enhance learning experiences, and support effective communications
Proficiency in computer technology and system/software applications including Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
Working knowledge of database management systems

Please submit cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three professional references to:

York Day Nursery Search Committee
yorkdaynurseryhr@gmail.com

• Location: York

• Post ID: 35038100 york
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