Bilingual Director of Early Education (Spanish/English)

Walnut Avenue Family & Women's Center - Santa Cruz, CA

Job Description:

Bilingual Director of Early Education (English/Spanish)


Primary Support Person

Executive Director


General Position Information

40 hours a week – exempt position

Salary: $22.00 –  $30.00 per hour- depends on experience

Benefits Package includes Dental, Vision, Medical, Alternative Healthcare, Life Insurance, and option of enrolling in a retirement plan. This benefits package is valued at $8,000 per year.

This position may be approved to work remotely under special circumstances only (approval from Executive Director required).


All applicants must possess a Director’s permit.

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for 3 professional references. Send your information to Denise Gonsalves (Director of Operations) at


Summary of primary job functions


Under the support of the Executive Director of Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center, the Director of Early Education is responsible for the overall management of the early education center (EEC) programs and is the primary support person to the Early Education Center Site Supervisor. The EEC Director will ensure that the program complies with State Licensing regulations, Title 22 & Tile 5 requirements and ensure that the programs adhere to all grant terms and conditions. The EEC Director is also the primary employee that is responsible for compliance with the CACFP food program, regulations and completing CACFP reports and billing.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Improve the well-being of individuals living in Santa Cruz County utilizing a strength-based, trauma-informed approach of education, skill building and support
  • Provide leadership in developing and implementing the Early Education Center (EEC) programs’ missions, goals, and projects in compliance with standards outlined by the funding sources and Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center
  • In partnership with the Leadership Team, provide leadership and inspiration to the overall staff of the agency, in particular the EEC staff
  • Ensure programs are run within budgetary alignment of the agency as well as fiscal accountability/compliance with all grants, local, state & federal regulations, and standards.
  • Work with the Site Supervisor to coordinate program components based on department and agency standards as well as strategic goals
  • Maintain a work environment that is centered on equity and that uses a strength-based and shared leadership model. Maintain a culture where staff input is encouraged and celebrated.

Program Management and Administration

  • Prepare documents, coordinate meetings and be the primary EEC employee involved in the CDE compliance review process (occurs approximately once every 3 years)
  • Provide support to the Site Supervisor in their role of supervising staff and daily operations at early education center
  • As the primary support person for the Site Supervisor you will;
    • Recruit, hire, on-board, develop, supervise, evaluate, coach/discipline the Site Supervisor
    • Provide support and professional development to the Site Supervisor
    • Provide regular job performance feedback, coaching and modeling to the Site Supervisor
    • Address personnel issues in a timely manner and encourage self-care of all EEC staff
    • Ensure staff and program participant concerns and/or grievances are addressed in a timely manner and well documented
    • Work with the Site Supervisor on completion of annual program evaluations including ECERS or ITERS environmental rating scale 
    • Maintain Parent Handbook and other required documents according to CDE contract standards
    • Classroom support as needed
  • Attend leadership team meetings, agency all-staff meetings as well as program staff meetings
  • Meet regularly with the Executive Director (ED) and/or Director of Operations to discuss key issues effecting the program
  • Ensure that the early education staff have the tools and skills to be successful in their role. This may include performing classroom observations, working with the Site Supervisor to arrange staff training and providing professional development support
  • Oversight of the health and safety of children and adults in the program (both participants and staff). Including ensuring all staff follow safety guidelines to reduce workplace injury and that they maintain a safe environment in accordance with licensing guidelines
  • Utilize data and program evaluations to improve programs as appropriate
  • Maintain professional competence through participation in Early Childhood Education conferences, trainings, and workshops
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with parents, volunteers, program staff and other staff at the center, including persons from different racial, cultural, and ethnic groups and from different backgrounds and lifestyles.
  • Maintain confidentiality about the children/families in our programs and employee support situations

Participant/Family relationships

  • Coordinate a minimum of 5 Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings per school year including hosting meetings, creating agenda, and documenting PAC according to CDE contract standards
  • Family Intake following CDE grant guidelines and best practices
  • Resource support for families as required by CDE grant (Human Services)
  • Work with Site Supervisor to keep families informed of and promote upcoming agency and EEC events


CACFP food program specific responsibilities


    • Ensure the EEC program provides quality, healthy meals for children
    • Supervise and train the cook and all staff members to meet the requirements of the CACFP food program
    • Present CACFP annual trainings
    • Oversee the completion of the required paperwork including the daily meal production work sheet
    • Participate in quarterly site visits and reports as required for the CACFP food program
    • Attend monthly CACFP required meetings
    • Complete the annual CACFP food program application


Budget, Finance & Fundraising


  • Grant management including;
    • Implement and fulfill appropriate requirements of all funding sources
    • Preparation of grant applications to various local, state, foundation, and federal agencies
    • Create systems to adhere to grant requirements
    • Grant reporting and data management
    • Maintain grant files and other grant required documentation
    • Staying up to date on evidence-based practices in early education
    • Collect, organize, and maintain accurate program data to meet reporting requirements and deadlines. Including maintaining accurate daily attendance records and completion the CDE reports.
    • Training early education staff on grant requirements that pertain to their role
    • Work with the ED to identify and pursue new sources of revenue (i.e., public, and private grants, community contributions, individual donors, etc.)
    • Meet with public officials and other community members as required to enhance center funding
    • Participate in fundraising activities by writing letters, presenting, and stimulating the activities of staff and others in direct fundraising activities
    • Monitor legislation having a fiscal impact on Walnut Avenue operations and in the Early Childhood Education realm
    • Maintain program budgets and monitor program expenditures accordingly
    • Complete regular statistical and attendance reports for administration and the State Food Reimbursement program and other grants


Community Relations


  • Supervise EEC program public relations activities, client/participant relations, and inter-agency relations and functions
  • Collaborate with community partners; ensuring quality management of service provisions
  • Maintain close contact and cooperative working relationships with the Early Childhood Education community in Santa Cruz County
  • Serve on appropriate agency and community committees
  • Provide outreach and education to community-based organizations regarding early education program services and agency services
  • Positively and professionally represent the agency in the community
  • Generate professional correspondence and flyers according to agency branding guidelines


Job Specific Knowledge, Skill & Abilities


Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center complies with ADA including providing reasonable accommodations.


  • Regular use of hands, wrists, and finger movements; ability to perform repetitive motion (keyboard), writing (notetaking). Ability to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment
  • Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time; twisting, bending, pushing, pulling, holding, and lifting up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to hear normal speech, hear and talk to exchange information in person and telephone
  • Ability to think and work effectively under pressure; Ability to effectively serve participants; decision making, maintain a concentrated level of attention to information communicate in person and by telephone throughout a typical workday; ability to understand and retain instructions from supervisor in person, by email or by telephone; attention to detail.
  • High level of independence and critical thinking
  • Bilingual/Bi-literate (English/Spanish) – bilingual pay differential provided
  • Must possess valid CPR certification and Pediatric First Aid training certificate
  • Able to pass licensing required background check
  • Utilize computer programs to effectively respond to job requirements
  • Knowledge of technology used in the field of early education and the ability to learn and remain comfortably with using new technology as it becomes available to enhance early education
  • Attend Staff and/or Parent /Teacher meetings, and Parent Nights. Note: There may be staff trainings and staff meetings in the evening or on weekends.  Attendance at required meetings is mandatory, a condition of employment and are paid.
  • Knowledge of methods, philosophy, and techniques of early childhood education
  • Experience with report preparation and record keeping
  • Ability to support the work of all EEC staff, volunteers, and substitutes
  • Excellent time management and organization skills to work effectively and to provide responsible leadership
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with other staff, parents and representatives of community organizations and agencies  
  • Meet Title 5 Requirements for a Director;
    •  BA or higher (does not have to be in ECE) in including 24 units of ECE courses including the core courses; child growth and development, child, family, and community; and program/curriculum plus 6 units of administration and 2 units in adult supervision. 350 days of experience of 3+ hours per day with in four years. Or a BA or higher with 12 units of ECE plus 3 units of supervised field study in an ECE setting. An additional 4 units of infant/toddler development is required due to our Infant /Toddler program.
  • Must be Health Screened : Proof of full immunization and proof of negative TB tested  
  • Possess Child Development Program Director’s Permit
  • Experience managing CDE grants (CSPP, CCTR and CACFP) preferred


  • A permit issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing authorizing supervision of a childcare and development program operating in multiple sites. This can be either of the following permits:
    • Child Development Program Director Permit
    • Children's Center Supervision Permit




  • A current credential issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing authorizing teaching service in elementary school or a single subject credential in home economics, and six units in administration/supervision of early childhood education/child development (ECE/CD) (not required to any person who was employed as a program director prior to 1/1/93 in a child care and development program receiving funding by the Early Learning and Care Division [ELCD]) and 12 units of ECE/CD or at least two years’ experience in an ECE/CD program.


  • An Administrative Services Credential authorizing administration or supervision in public schools in California that includes a preschool authorization.
  • Meet Title 22 requirements of a Director;
    • High school graduation or GED and 15 semester units at an accredited college in specified early childhood education classes. Three of the required units shall be in administration or staff relations and 12 units shall include courses that cover the area of child growth and development; child, family, and community; and program/ curriculum and four years of teaching experience in a licensed center or comparable group childcare program or Two years of experience are required if the director has an AA degree with a major in child development




A Child Development Site Supervisor Permit or Child Development Program Director permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The director shall complete 15 hours of health and safety training. If you are working in an Infant /Toddler program an additional 4 units of infant/toddler development is requires 

Agency Specific Knowledge, Skill & Abilities


  • English proficiency required (verbal & written)
  • All offers of employment at Walnut Avenue are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check/fingerprinting.
  • If this position requires driving on behalf of the agency, a DMV background check will also be required. Presentation of current driver’s license and proof of insurance is required upon hire and throughout employment if driving on behalf of the organization.
  • Competent computer skills including basic Microsoft Office knowledge
  • Ability to professionally represent the agency through appropriate demeanor and attire
  • Capable of working collaboratively and independently
  • Maintain a high level of self-awareness and healthy boundaries with participants
  • Desire to self-reflect and evaluate personal beliefs, biases, values, attitudes, and actions
  • Maintain and practice a comprehensive self-care routine
  • Maintain flexibility regarding job roles and duties
  • Ability to apply the strength-based model to support volunteers and co-workers
  • Ability to manage volunteers including creating a welcoming environment, setting clear expectations, having healthy boundaries, and addressing performance issues
  • Capacity to assess, prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast paced and ever-changing environment with minimal supervision
  • Ability to efficiently evaluate and problem solve complex issues
  • Fluent and articulate writing abilities
  • Commitment to maintain a mutually respectful & supportive work environment that values and empowers team members to collectively accomplish program goals


It is the policy of Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center to provide equal employment, volunteer opportunities and services (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices),national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 years and over), sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status, protected medical leaves (requesting or approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act), domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, and any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

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Job Details

Category: Management

Type: FT

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Salary: 22.00 - 30.00

Posted On: May 27th, 2021

Agency Details


Our Mission

Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center provides support and services so that women, children, and families have the opportunities and skills to thrive.

About Our Work

Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center (Walnut Avenue) is a 501 (c) 3 public benefit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for women, children, and families in Santa Cruz County for over 85 years and is a strength-based family center. Walnut Avenue seeks to improve the economic, physical, and emotional well-being of the individuals and families we serve. Our service providing programs include Early Education Center, Services for Children & Youth, Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Family Support Services, and Community Engagement. Many of the families participating in Walnut Avenue programs are from under-served populations due to poverty, early pregnancy, homelessness, and/or domestic violence.

It is the policy of Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center to provide equal employment, volunteer opportunities and services (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices),national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 years and over), sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status, protected medical leaves (requesting or approved for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or the California Family Rights Act), domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, and any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Our Values

Empowerment: Walnut Avenue uses an individualized approach to supporting staff, volunteers, and program participants in developing and using their unique strengths to maximize their potential. We believe that each person is the expert in determining their own needs, and we are guides and allies in their efforts to achieve their goals.

Equity: Walnut Avenue serves all those who qualify for our services to the best of our ability and knowledge, without judgment but with the intentional awareness that institutional racism, misogyny, and other forms of implicit bias are pervasive in our culture. Walnut Avenue seeks to ensure that all individuals have equal opportunities to learn, grow, and access the resources they need to thrive.

Integrity: Walnut Avenue regularly evaluates our services and actively collects data to inform program development. We are committed to using our funding wisely while providing services in line with current best practices in our various areas of expertise.

Safety: Walnut Avenue believes that all individuals deserve to live free from violence, aggression, and oppression. Our understanding of how past trauma affects individuals and families guides our service provision as well as human resources management.

Prevention & Education: Promoting life-long learning is the most fundamental resource we can provide. Walnut Avenue understands that the education and care children receive in their first five years will shape their future health and well-being, which ultimately affects the health and well-being of our community as a whole. Education is also our greatest asset in the prevention of interpersonal violence.

Early Education 

Through warm, positive relationships with the child’s Caregiver/Teacher, a child develops a sense of trust in the world around them and a feeling of confidence.  Such interactions are critical to the development of a child’s self-esteem and self-worth. The trusted adult becomes the secure base from which the child begins to explore the environment.

We provide an environment that supports families and embraces diversity. This is accomplished by the use of an anti-bias curriculum, hiring staff that reflects the race and culture of our families and involving parents in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs.

We provide subsidized childcare through a grant from the California Department of Education, Child Development Division. Our services are offered to the community as well as eligible low-income families who are either working or enrolled in training programs, High School or College.  We also provide childcare services for children through Child Protective Services (CPS) and who are experiencing homelessness. Limited spaces are available at our centers for full fee paying families.