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Employment Opportunities

Are you interested in a career in the early childhood field? If you would like to make a difference in a young child’s life, Gold Creek Child Development Center is currently seeking to fill the following positions. There is room for growth in these positions, and we will help pay training and education costs. 

 

If you are interested in the positions below, please submit your resume, a completed Employee Application (linked), including three references by email to goldcreekcdc@gmail.com

 

Currently Seeking:

Infant, Toddler and Preschool/PreK Assistant Teachers

Executive Director
 

Wage & Benefits

  • Wage is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Starting at $21+/hr

  • Potential for annual bonuses

  • Paid Federal Holidays

  • Annual and Sick Leave Accrual

  • Health Insurance Assistance

  • Childcare Discount

  • Access to on-site fitness center

  • Paid Training and Developmental Opportunities

  • Gym Membership to the Federal Building Gym

Assistant Teacher 
All Classrooms 

Job Responsibilities
 

  • Arrive on time and greet children and parents upon arrival.

  • Contribute to a happy, clean and relaxed atmosphere while maintaining classroom routines.

  • Be familiar with and comply with NAEYC Accreditation Standards. Demonstrate an understanding of child development principles.

  • Be alert to the need to smooth transitions.

  • Supervise bathroom routine. Change children and/or support potty training as needed in a pleasant manner.

  • Use positive approach to discipline consistent with Center policy.

  • Assist in preparing and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum (social studies, science, math & logical thinking, nutrition & health, music and other arts) through the selection of theme topics, the use of interest centers and planned activities.

  • Support all Center policies. 

  • Maintain confidentiality.

  • Perform such other duties at the Center as assigned by Director, Assistant Director, or Lead Teacher.

 

Qualifications:
 

  • Have completed high school or GED

  • Meet the minimum requirements set by the State of Alaska for individuals providing care.

  • Have first aid and CPR certification, and Alaska Food Handler Permit; or complete upon hire.

  • Willingness to complete further training.

Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Directors 

Starting Salary: $70,000 - $85,000 DOE, Relocation incentives may be authorized.

Overview: 

Gold Creek Child Development Center (Gold Creek or the Center) seeks a dedicated Executive Director to lead its early childhood center in Juneau, Alaska. Gold Creek is fully accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is federally-sponsored, operating in the Juneau federal building. At Gold Creek, we believe all children deserve to be loved, respected, and appreciated. We value each child as an important and capable individual and strive to create developmentally appropriate environments that stimulate children's curiosity while allowing children to learn through self-chosen play.

 

Gold Creek offers a warm, friendly, and professional environment, with countless opportunities to make a positive impact on the lives of children. Gold Creek is a non-profit, independent child development center for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. At full enrollment, the Center serves approximately 60 children with a staff of 20 talented and passionate educators and administrators. Gold Creek is rooted in a strong community of administrators, teachers, families, and its Board of Directors.

Qualifications: 

The Executive Director must meet the following qualifications, experience, and qualities:

  • Meet or be willing to obtain NAEYC qualifications for a director/program administrator, including a bachelor’s degree in: (1) early childhood education, child development, elementary education, or early childhood special education; or (2) another major with at least 36 college credits in early childhood education, child development, elementary education, and/or early childhood special education; or (3) state public school certification to practice as a teacher for children from birth to eight years old. The Executive Director must also have or be willing to obtain 9 higher education credit hours in business and program administration.

  • Have or be willing to obtain general knowledge of NAEYC criteria for child care programs and be able to evaluate and implement NAEYC child development curriculum.

  • Meet or be willing to obtain all requirements under Alaska law. See 7 AAC § 57.300 (Qualifications of an Administrator).

  • Have an understanding of child development, the ability to care for children, and the skills to work effectively with children.

  • Have experience managing staff, including hiring, evaluating performance, and performance improvement.

  • Have strong communication skills and the ability to relate meaningfully and effectively with children, parents, and staff of diverse backgrounds, as well as with community agencies and other stakeholders.

  • Possess strong customer service skills.

  • Have or be willing to obtain competence in managing Gold Creek’s finances, including grants/subsidies, budgeting, etc.

  • Have a demonstrated ability to manage processes, including attention to timelines, due dates, task prioritization, and solving problems that arise unexpectedly.

  • Possess a deep and proven commitment to the success of all children and a strong belief in the potential of every child.

  • Be at least 21 years of age.

  • Pass State of Alaska and Federal background checks. (Gold Creek will provide the person selected for this position with support seeking these background checks. Hiring will be dependent upon the results of those background checks.)

 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Gold Creek’s Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and manages Gold Creek’s daily operations, along with the Assistant Director. To continue Gold Creek’s success and improve the education and services it provides students and families, the Executive Director will:

Operate an efficient, organized, and high-quality child development center. The Executive Director will supervise Gold Creek’s child care program, with an emphasis on overseeing the planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities, with the assistance and support of the Assistant Director. They will oversee and ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of Gold Creek. They will also manage enrollment and class transitions. In addition, the Executive Director will strive to enhance the daily curriculum in each classroom, and will provide guidance and support for classrooms to improve teachers’ ability to focus on children and minimize and quickly address disruptions.

Manage a dedicated and caring staff. The Executive Director will recruit, hire, evaluate, and retain a team of high quality, diverse staff, striving to keep turnover low and morale high. They will create an environment that enables teachers to perform their best work, and provide mentoring and effective support to help teachers improve their skills as needed. They will maintain and foster a collegial and supportive environment that values diversity.

Communicate and work effectively with the Gold Creek community. The Executive Director will provide regular, meaningful, and effective written and oral communication to the Gold Creek community, including Gold Creek families, children, and staff. They will also communicate effectively with families seeking to enroll their children in Gold Creek.

Communicate and work effectively with the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will communicate regularly and effectively with the Board of Directors and support the Board’s strategic planning activities. In turn, the Board will provide the Executive Director with a clear strategic plan and other support as needed.

Supervise Gold Creek’s business and financial affairs. The Executive Director will effectively and prudently manage Gold Creek’s budget and work within available resources, with the assistance of external bookkeeping and accounting services. They will assist in the preparation of an annual budget and execute the budget, working with the Board of Directors to ensure the financial sustainability and health of Gold Creek, including pursuing and managing grants and subsidies for Gold Creek. The Board of Directors will support the Executive Director with these responsibilities.

Communicate and work effectively with representatives of the General Services Administration (GSA). The Executive Director will work with GSA to ensure Gold Creek’s space in the Juneau federal building is well-maintained and appropriate for children.

Maintain accreditation and general compliance. The Executive Director will ensure Gold Creek is compliant with all State of Alaska rules and regulations, including health and safety standards, and maintain Gold Creek’s NAEYC accreditation. They will review and promptly address  recommendations and issues that regulators and NAEYC accreditation representatives make.

 

Salary and Benefits: 

  • Gold Creek aims to provide a competitive salary and benefits package. Qualifying early childhood education administrators in Juneau may earn up to $5,900 yearly in addition to salaried wages from the HEARTS award. Additionally, Gold Creek offers up to a 5% performance-based annual salary increase. Other benefits include health care benefits, paid annual and sick leave, paid Federal holidays (outside of the accrual of paid time off), a 50% child care benefit for dependents who are enrolled in Gold Creek, and on-site fitness center membership. A relocation incentive may also be authorized.

  • Gold Creek is known for excellence in early childhood education and is a truly dynamic and exciting work environment. We strive to maintain a friendly work environment that supports work/life balance. This position is supported by a dedicated and skilled Board of Directors, an Assistant Director, program coordinator, bookkeeping and accounting professionals, and a loyal and devoted teaching staff. Training and professional development opportunities, especially for those seeking to fulfill the above mentioned requirements, will be provided. The Center is in the heart of downtown Juneau, within walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, and hiking trails. The Center is excited to support the professional growth and development of the passionate, caring, and skilled individual selected.

 

Application Instructions: 

To apply, please email a resumé and cover letter to goldcreekcdcboard@gmail.com, with the subject line of the email “Application for Executive Director.” The cover letter should address why you are interested in this position and Gold Creek, why you believe you are qualified and a good fit for this position, and, if you are currently located outside of Juneau, explain your willingness and ability to relocate to Juneau and when you would be available to start this position. Gold Creek Child Development Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Position is open until filled

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