The Catherine Morrill Day Nursery (CMDN) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to lead its dynamic program into its next chapter.

CMDN is a licensed and nationally accredited early learning center with a rich history that spans over 100 years. CMDN’s mission is to promote the young child’s total development within a safe and nurturing environment, and to support families and community. CMDN believes that all children are entitled to an accessible, affordable, high quality early care and education program. CMDN embraces both the uniqueness of each child and the provision of equitable learning opportunities and strives to work together with the family and community to enhance the young child’s total development.

The ED will promote the financial stability and growth of CMDN by engaging in and providing leadership to the school community in the areas of recruitment of new students, donor development and recognition, fundraising events and activities, publicity, and nonprofit administration. The ED will also assist the Board of Directors to fulfill its role in raising financial resources to sustain and enhance the Nursery.

CMDN has 6 classrooms within its historic building, located in downtown Portland. CMDN serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers including a Public Pre-k partnership classroom with Portland Public Schools. CMDN is licensed by the State of Maine for up to 85 children and has 22 full-time staff, qualifying for the highest level on Maine’s Quality Rating & Improvement System.

Key Responsibilities: To ensure that policy and practice align with the mission of Catherine Morrill Day Nursery, affirming service excellence.

  • Support the implementation of CMDN’s mission by working to continuously improve CMDN’s services to children, families, staff and the community.

  • Develop and monitor policies following NAEYC accreditation standards and State of Maine licensing requirements.

  • Monitor the maintenance of the facility for safety and compliance.

  • Positively represent the organization, mission goals, philosophies and policies to parents, staff and the community.

  • Evaluate classrooms, curriculum and environment, ensuring respect for the uniqueness of each child, inclusion and honoring of different learning styles.

  • Manage and implement program evaluation.

  • Ensure developmentally appropriate care and education for typically and atypically developing children.

  • Ensure the provision of interactive learning activities that meet all areas of each child’s development, individualizing and accommodating as necessary to ensure success.

Financial Sustainability and Planning: Ensure that CMDN is in excellent fiscal order and that systems of accountability are in place.

  • Write and manage all local, state and federal grants including outcome reporting.

  • Develop annual budget and monitor monthly financial statements and balance sheet.

  • Oversee building operations and purchase of educational, food, administration and consumable supplies.

  • Manage insurance renewals.

  • Implement labor management systems that meet legal and ethical requirements.

  • Support the annual financial audit process.

Community Building: CMDN adheres to NAEYC’s Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment as the professional guidance for the field of early care and education.

  • Ensure that regular classroom observations are performed as well as timely performance evaluations.

  • Support reflective supervision.

  • Promote retention and team building through regular communication, staff and administrative meetings.

  • Conduct tours for perspective families.

  • Supervision of direct reports including Program Coordinator, Office Administrator, Kitchen Manager and Contract Bookkeeper.

  • Administration of contracts including the United Way of Greater Portland, City of Portland Community Development Block Grants, Department of Human Services Child Care Subsidy Program and contract with Department of Education contract for Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements: Must meet or exceed the NAEYC administrative requirements.

  • A Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred.

  • Minimum of five years experience in child care administration required.

  • A minimum of five years of early childhood teaching experience in a NAEYC-accredited program preferred.

  • Minimum of five years financial and supervisory experience. Additional experience preferred.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with parents, children, staff, funders, media and community at large.

  • Experience working with a Board of Directors in a non-profit environment.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to think creatively to grow and develop the program.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Salary and benefits:

Salary range is $60,000 - $80,000 plus benefits, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include generous paid time off, child care discount, health insurance, short-term disability, life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan. Pre-tax voluntary dental and supplementary insurance available.

Expected start date: On or before August 9, 2021. Application deadline: July 16, 2021 or until the right person is found.

Please send a CV/Resume and Cover Letter with 3 Letters of Reference to: catherinemorrill.director@gmail.com. Please note that only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted and that interviews may begin before the deadline. The interview process will include an initial telephone screening, Zoom interview, follow up interview including an oral presentation or video and a writing sample (i.e. grant application or testimony).

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