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. 

Starting wage $21+ based on qualifications/experience

 

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

 

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

Lead Teacher

Job Responsibilities:

 

  • Mark attendance tracking sheets daily  and check that parents are signing children in and out of the Center.

  • Take attendance and emergency sheets during fire drills and other emergencies.

  • Supervise administering of medicine as needed following applicable Center policies.

  • Keep records of plans for each individual child and group as a whole.

  • Supervise other staff members in classroom in order to guide toward positive learning environment.

  • Establish and maintain a regular cleaning schedule. 

  • Guide staff in implentation of lesson plans.

  • Keep Director and/or Assistant Director up to date on needed supplies, repairs, or situations that arise in the classroom.

  • Be familiar with and comply with NAEYC Accredidation 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.

  • Support all center policies. 

  • Maintain confidentiality.

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

 

Qualifications

  • Hold a Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Child Development Associate (CDA), or a minimum of one year experience working in an organized early childhood program and participating in CDA study to be completed within one year of obtaining lead position.

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

  • Have a valid first aid and CPR certification, or complete upon hire.

  • Have a valid Alaska Food Handler Permit, or complete upon hire.

Assistant Teacher

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 Accredidation 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

Location: Juneau, Alaska 

Reports to: Board of Directors 

Starting Salary: $65,000 - $80,000 DOE

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 to five years. At full enrollment, the Center serves approximately 60 children with a staff of 20 talented and passionate educators and administrators. The quality of Gold Creek is rooted in a strong community, one that promotes communication across administrators, teachers, families, and the Board of Directors. For more information about Gold Creek, please visit: https://www.goldcreekchilddevelopment.com

 

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 having 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. In addition, the Executive Director must have or be willing to obtain 9 higher education credit hours in business and program administration. 

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

● 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.

● Experience managing staff, including past responsibility for hiring new staff, and reviewing and improving the performance of current staff. 

● Have an understanding of child development, the ability to care for children, and the skills to work effectively with children, family members, staff, and community agencies.

● Possess a deep and proven commitment to the success of all children and a strong belief in

the potential of every child. 

● Be capable of managing Gold Creek’s finances, including grant management.

● Have a demonstrated ability to manage processes, including attention to timelines, due dates, tasks to be completed, and solving problems that arise unexpectedly.

● Be able to relate meaningfully and effectively with children, parents, and staff of diverse backgrounds. 

● Possess strong communication and customer service skills. 

● Be at least 21 years of age.

 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Gold Creek’s Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and manages the daily operations, along with the Assistant Director, of Gold Creek. To continue Gold Creek’s success and improve the education and services it provides its children 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 the ability of teachers to focus on the 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. Support in these endeavors will be provided by the Board of Directors. 

  • 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 assists the Executive Director by providing 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 annual budgets and executing such budgets and work with the Board of Directors to ensure the financial sustainability and health of Gold Creek, including pursuing and managing grants and other stipends for Gold Creek. The Board of Directors ensures clarity and support for the Executive Director with these responsibilities. 

  • Communicate and work effectively with representative(s) 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. Additionally, the Board of Directors liaises with GSA and assists where necessary. 

  • Maintain accreditation and general compliance. The Executive Director will ensure Gold Creek is compliant with all rules and regulations, including health and safety standards, and maintain Gold Creek’s NAEYC accreditation. They will review and address promptly recommendations and issues raised by accreditation representatives. 

 

Salary and Benefits: 

  • Gold Creek aims to provide a competitive salary and benefits package. Qualifying administrators 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 salary increase. Other benefits include health care benefits, paid annual and sick leave, paid holiday leave (outside of the accrual of paid time off), a childcare discount, and on-site fitness center membership. 

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

 

Application Instructions: 

To apply, email a cover letter and resumé to goldcreekcdcboard@gmail.com. Please put in the subject line of the email “Application for Executive Director.” Gold Creek Child Development Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Position is open until filled. 

Assistant Director

Location: Juneau, Alaska 

Reports to: Executive Director 

Starting Wage: $25 - $30/hour DOE 

 

Overview: 

Gold Creek Child Development Center (Gold Creek or the Center) seeks a dedicated Assistant Director to join the leadership team at 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 to five years. At full enrollment, the Center serves approximately 60 children with a staff of 20 talented and passionate educators and administrators. The quality of Gold Creek is rooted in a strong community, one that promotes communication across administrators, teachers, families, and the Board of Directors. For more information about Gold Creek, please visit: https://www.goldcreekchilddevelopment.com

 

Qualifications: 

The Assistant Director must meet the following qualifications, experience, and qualities: ● Hold a current child development associate (CDA) credential from the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition; or a Montessori certificate issued by a program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Commission for Teacher Education; or have at least 12 semester hours of college credit in early childhood development, child development, child psychology, or the equivalent. ● Meet or be willing to obtain all requirements under Alaska law. See 7 A.A.C. § 57.300 (Qualifications of an Administrator). 

● Have current, or be willing to obtain within 6 weeks, First Aid and CPR certifications. 

● Experience managing staff or working in close collaboration with a team. ● Have an understanding of child development, the ability to care for children, and the skills to work effectively with children, family members, staff, and community agencies. 

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

● Be able to relate meaningfully and effectively with children, parents, and staff of

diverse backgrounds. 

● Possess strong communication and customer service skills. 

● Have a demonstrated ability to manage processes, including attention to timelines, due dates, tasks to be completed, and solving problems that arise unexpectedly. 

● 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. 

● Be willing to obtain NAEYC qualifications for a director/program administrator, including having 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. 

● Be at least 21 years of age. 

 

Applicants will be required to apply for and must be able to pass a State of Alaska background check as well as a Federal background check. Support in this process will be provided by the Executive Director. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Gold Creek’s Assistant Director reports to the Executive Director and manages the daily operations, along with the Executive Director, of Gold Creek. To continue Gold Creek’s success and improve the education and services it provides its children and families, the Assistant

 

Director will: 

Support teachers in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum and creating a positive and nurturing classroom. The Assistant Director will support teachers in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities. They will provide guidance and will aid teachers in the classroom so they may focus on the children and minimize and quickly address disruptions. They will work as a team with the staff to ensure classrooms are tidy and filled with engaging and appropriate learning materials. As needed, they will assist the Executive Director in assessing organization-wide training needs and will carry out training through monthly staff meetings and/or through other in-service training events. 

Communicate and work effectively with the Gold Creek community. The Assistant Director will help families feel welcome and involved at the Center and assist with answering parent questions and concerns. They will share ideas and resources for child development with staff and families. They will develop strong relationships with families, acting as partners in the children’s growth. Support in these endeavors will be provided by the Executive Director.

Support the Executive Director in maintaining accreditation and general compliance. The Assistant Director will support the Executive Director to ensure Gold Creek is compliant with all rules and regulations, including health and safety standards, and maintenance of Gold Creek’s NAEYC accreditation. They will track and request updates from families and staff as needed in maintaining up-to-date and accurate records. 

Compensation and Benefits: 

Gold Creek aims to provide a competitive compensation and benefits package. Qualifying administrators may earn up to $5,900 yearly in addition to hourly wages from the HEARTS award. Additionally, Gold Creek offers up to a 5% performance-based compensation increase. Other benefits include health care benefits, paid annual and sick leave, paid holiday leave (outside of the accrual of paid time off), a childcare discount, and on-site fitness center membership. 

You will enjoy a workplace in the heart of downtown Juneau, within walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, and nature trails. We strive to maintain a friendly work environment and support work/life balance. This position is supported by a dedicated and skilled Executive Director, Board of Directors, bookkeeping and accounting professionals, and a loyal and devoted staff of teachers. Gold Creek is known for excellence in early childhood education and is a truly dynamic and exciting work environment. Further training and professional development opportunities, especially for those seeking to fulfill the above mentioned requirements, will be provided. The Center is excited to support the growth and development of a passionate, caring, and skilled professional selected for this position. 

 

 

Application Instructions: 

To apply, email a cover letter and resumé to goldcreekcdc@gmail.com, addressing why you are interested in this position and our Center, why you believe yourself to be a good fit, and if you are located outside of Juneau at present, your willingness and ability to relocate and potential start date. Please put in the subject line of the email “Application for Assistant Director.” Gold Creek Child Development Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Position is open until filled.