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Executive Director


CCSC is at a critical juncture in its history. Stanford University is investing in the program by building a new children’s center that will support an expanded capacity to serve more children of Stanford’s faculty, staff and students; with the addition of 6 more classrooms, and new grounds and facilities, there will be 30% more potential for enrollment.

CCSC is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to help CCSC build upon its historical legacy for quality of care and lead the Center through to a successful expansion and beyond. This role is a fantastic opportunity for a leader with a passion for early childhood education, group childcare, and appreciation for parent involvement that the cooperative model provides.


The ED is responsible for leading CCSC, understanding its culture, sustaining its reputation and maintaining its collaborative spirit while growing the Center to meet the needs of the future.

Major Areas of Accountability:

Leadership and Supervision: The ED will oversee the day to day operation of CCSC, ensuring that the Center meets the objectives for high quality care. S/he will work with the board to maintain governance standards and the program staff to direct classroom programming in accord with the goals and philosophy of CCSC.

S/he will promote and implement a developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum which meets the standard of continued accreditation by NAEYC, and support the teaching staff in creating a safe and challenging physical environment responsive to children’s individual and group needs.

In collaboration with the board and teaching staff, the ED will develop a strategy for building CCSC’s capacity to a sustainable level, while maintaining its culture, traditions and high standards.

Financial Management: In conjunction with the Business Manager, the ED will be responsible for developing and managing an annual budget and reporting regularly to the board on fiscal matters.

The ED will be responsible for working with the board and Stanford University administration to meet the myriad of challenges and opportunities that will come with the planned expansion of CCSC’s facilities.

Board Responsibilities & Community Relationships: The ED will serve as a voting member of the Board of Directors, reporting regularly to the board and the community on all matters of CCSC. S/he will act as the professional representative of CCSC at campus and community meetings.

The ED will work with the board, administrative staff, and teachers to promote good parent-CCSC relationships by ensuring a quality parent-participation experience for all members within the coop context.

The ED will work with administrative and teaching staff to foster a spirit of collaboration and open communication to the community at large.

The ED will partner with Stanford University’s WorkLife Office on various projects and can seek support for facility related issues, University impacts on the center, and other various University activities.

Professional Experience/Qualifications


  • Demonstrated commitment to group childcare
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as a senior administrator in a school setting
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a nonprofit budget of at least $1M

Knowledge and Education

  • Thorough knowledge and experience of different models of childcare and alliance with CCSC philosophy
  • BA or higher in Early Childhood Education or equivalent preferred.

Skills and Personal Characteristics

  • Openness and transparency, appreciation of the eco-system of the coop environment
  • Collaboration and team building skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively across diverse stakeholder groups
  • Genuinely enjoys being around children and a teaching environment, learning from the ground up
  •  Warmth yet firm when necessary


  • Preschool teaching experience
  • Exposure and appreciation for fundraising
  • Experience living and/or working in tightly knit community



A highly competitive compensation and benefits package will be made available to the qualified candidate.


Leadership Search Partners is conducting this search on an exclusive basis on behalf of Children’s Center of the Stanford Community. Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a letter outlining qualifications, and resume as PDF or Word documents to Search Coordinator Chelsea Burr at, with “CCSC-ED” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2018.

Inquiries may be made, in confidence, to Search Consultant Heather Merriam at


CCSC believes that equal opportunity for all employees is important for the continuing success of our organization. To the extent required by applicable law, CCSC will not unlawfully discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, family care status, sex, age, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran status, or upon any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Opportunity is provided to all employees based on employment related factors which include, but are not limited to, qualifications and job requirements.

LEADERSHIP SEARCH PARTNERS is a search firm focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the firm works with local, national, and international nonprofits to help them hire exceptional senior-level leaders.

Stanford, CA 94305 2017-12-12 View
Associate Teacher

Job Summary

Under the direct supervision of the Lead Teacher and the Site Supervisor, the Associate Teacher is responsible for the health and safety of children in the child care center, the implementation of a developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant curriculum, and the observation and assessment of children and the classroom environment. In addition, the Associate Teacher is responsible for developing strong relationships with parents and fully complying with Title 22, Title 5 and the Child Care Food Program requirements.

Responsibilities and Duties

Health and Safety

  • Maintain a clean, well-organized, attractive and safe indoor and outdoor environment designed to meet the developmental needs of children.
  • Abide by State licensing regulations governing health and safety in child care settings.
  • Communicate health and safety issue to the Site Supervisor in a timely manner.

Curriculum and Environment

  • Develop and implement a daily lesson plan based on observations and knowledge of individual children and groups of children. Employ industry best practices.
  • Follow the principles of HighScope Curriculum ensuring activities are appropriate for the developmental level of the children.
  • Promote exploration, creativity, problem solving and pro-social behavior in every child. Model a relationship-based approach to learning.
  • Maintain, update and submit annual inventory of classroom equipment.

Assessments and Observations

  • Complete child assessments using the Desired Results Developmental Profile. Prepare detailed supporting documentation and generate reports according to set guidelines and timelines.
  • Conduct parent conferences to share results of the assessment process and set individualized goals for each child.
  • Complete the classroom assessment using the Environment Rating Scale. Set goals for program improvement based on findings.

Relationships and Interactions

  • Treat children with the upmost respect and appreciation, ensuring all children feel supported, encouraged, and nurtured.
  • Make daily contact with parents to inform them of their child’s progress and to model for children positive adult interactions.
  • Maintain a warm and welcoming classroom environment conducive for optimal learning and growing.
  • Actively participate in meetings, workshops, special events and outreach efforts.

Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills


  • Associate Teacher Permit required.
  • 18 units in Early Childhood Education / Child Development.
  • 1 year paid work experience in an ECE/CD environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience with DRDPs, HighScope Curriculum, and Environment Rating Scales.
  • Pediatric CPR/First Aid Training Certificate
  • Health Clearance; including TB screen and required vaccinations
  • Strong oral and written communication.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to communicate in English. (Bi-lingual Spanish preferred)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion.
  • Exceptional customer service skills.
  • High degree of professionalism and accountability.
  • Excellent attendance and punctuality.
  • Valid California Driver’s License and transportation.

Physical Requirements:

Must possess mobility to work in a classroom and play yard settings and to use standard office equipment including a computer, stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions, strength to lift and carry children weighing up to 40 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.

Job Type: Full-time

Long Beach, CA 90806 2017-11-16 View
Director of Cate School Early Learning Center

Position Description

Director of Cate School Early Learning Center


The Early Learning Center (ELC) Director is responsible for ensuring the health, safety, and quality of education, for all children within the center’s care. The ELC Director is directly accountable for overall operational management in accordance with well-established guidelines, including curriculum development, staff and facilities management, financial management, legal compliance, and long range planning. The director will  oversee curricular and staff development for up to 28 children age 6 weeks to 5 years.  The position requires a professional who can work effectively with current staff to oversee an engaging curriculum that incorporates age-appropriate activities designed to balance developmentally appropriate objectives with the centers traditional play-based model.


Key Responsibilities:

Curriculum designer & expert teacher

  • Continue to enhance and grow the vision for quality for the center.
  • Demonstrate the best techniques and understanding of child development in working with children at the ELC.
  •  Develop general educational curricula and collaborate with staff to develop positive learning activities.
  • Maintain quality effectiveness measurements.


Mentor to staff

  • Mentor staff with regular verbal feedback, quarterly written feedback, and yearly summary written feedback.
  • Hire and supervise all ELC staff members, including providing new employee orientations and regular feedback and evaluations.


Liaison with Cate administration and ELC Parents

  • Maintain communications with parents of current students through direct conversation, newsletters, and the parent handbook.
  • Maintain open lines of communication between Cate administration, Cate Liaison, and ELC Parent Liaison.
  • Resolve conflicts including corrective action when necessary to ensure a positive experience for everyone.


Operations Manager

  • Manage adherence to state and local regulations.
  • Maintain student records in accordance with established enrollment procedures and guidelines as well as for Cate’s conditional use permit.
  • Oversee tuition billing and payment, staff supervision, and purchasing.
  • Manage budget planning and review.


Position requirements:

  • The ideal candidate will be inspiring, dependable, caring, collaborative, and motivated. 
  • Evidence of completion of ECE units for all levels of early childhood education and site director capability.
  • Minimum of 3 years of curriculum development and staff oversight experience. Familiarity with RIE teaching philosophy preferred.
  • Working knowledge of California licensing rules and regulations.
  • Director level experience preferred.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to foster a team environment and work well with others.


Send resume, and a brief educational philosophy to Hallie Greene at

Carpinteria, CA 93013 2017-11-03 View
Preschool Teacher

Position Description:

Wonderland is located in Cupertino, California, on a rare 1.5-acre site offering an English/Chinese bilingual, play-based preschool program. We are looking for dedicated Preschool Teacher who loves working with children and families.

We are seeking an experienced preschool teacher with strong skills in curriculum, effective communication, collaboration with co-teachers, and engaging circle times.   This teacher would be leading the school’s 4 & 5 year old class.   We offer a supportive, family like environment with great opportunities for professional development, training, and involvement in the school’s growth.  We have a diverse staff of Mandarin and non-Mandarin speaking teachers.


  • Provide a safe, nurturing environment for children.
  • Lead developmentally appropriate, play-based activities.
  • Lead circle times and activities to children in a fun, engaging way.
  • Provide interactive, creative activities for children.

Education & Qualifications:

  • 12 Early Childhood Education units (including core units) preferred.  Official transcript(s) are required.
  • Previous work experience in a preschool setting, working with children ages 2-5, preferably play-based.
  • Pre-K experience working with 4s/5s age group a plus. 
  • Bilingual in Mandarin/English a plus, but not required.
  • Fingerprint, TB clearance, physical exam, and relevant immunizations necessary.

Core Competencies:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Punctual, dependable, flexible, and enthusiastic.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children, parents, and staff.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work well on a team.
  • Respect the diversity and backgrounds of parents, children, staff, and community.
  • Ability to plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum with hands-on activities.
Cupertino, CA 95014 2017-10-19 View
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