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Association Director of Early Education - YMCA of the North Shore

Job Details

YMCA of the North Shore Association - Beverly, MA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$82,000.00 - $95,000.00


Are you seeking a new opportunity that will allow you to use your knowledge and skills to lead others and support the community?  Are you looking for the next step in your early education career?  This may be the opportunity for you...

Association Director of Early Education is responsible for supporting high-quality and safe experiences for all children in our early learning programs. By working as an active participant with both association team members and local YMCA childcare leaders, the Director of Early Education uses best practices, skilled leadership, and relationship building to improve program quality, ensure regulatory compliance, support the recruitment and development of quality staff and expand the depth and scope of YNS child care operations throughout our service area. The YMCA of the North Shore has 8 Early Education Centers. 

On an average day you will provide oversight for the development, implementation, quality, and administration of all Early Education programs while improving the quality of teaching, engagement and learning across all sites by ensuring consistency in program quality and sharing of best practices. The director will assist with the development and implementation of programs and services to meet both the strategic plan and departmental goals of the Association. The Association Director of Early Education should understand assigned local childcare markets to support the development and licensing of new sites and opportunities for expansion throughout the Association and maintain positive and proactive communication with community stakeholders, state licensing, and regulatory agencies in both MA and NH. Also the director should be able to be a leader and trainer in early learning software including registration, screenings, assessments and family communication. The director will train, coach and support Early Education programs at all levels to ensure high quality learning, a high level of engagement with children and families and top quality child care.

The Association Director of Early Education will collaboratively develop, plan, strategize, and secure resources needed for growth and will also perform necessary audits, reporting, training, and support to ensure sites are in compliance with all regulations at all times.  To thrive in this role you will model relationship-building skills in all interactions with staff, volunteers, members, and the community, work with Human Resources to develop proactive recruiting and sourcing strategies to attract high-quality staff and work with directors to develop effective retention strategies.  The director will also assist with the development of ongoing staff training and implement programs and plans to meet both licensing requirements  to ensure that Y staff are provided with continuing education opportunities appropriate to their role.


In addition to quality work environment our YMCA offers competitive salaries, benefits and professional development opportunities including;

  • Paid training and development

  • Advancement and growth opportunities within our seven YMCA locations.

  • Free YMCA membership and employee discounts on programs.

  • Health and dental insurance for full time employees.

  • 3 weeks paid vacation in addition to generous paid sick and personal time for full time staff.

  • Retirement fund with 8% company contribution (once vested/no match required).

  • Employer funded life insurance.

  • Mileage reimbursement.



  • Bachelor's degree in education, human services, social services, or equivalent. Master's degree preferred but not required.

  • Five or more years of management experience in early childhood or out-of-school time programming, preferably in a YMCA or other nonprofit agency.

  • Meet the MA Department of Early Education and Care’s Director 2 qualifications.

  • Ability to influence operations through deep knowledge of school-age program licensing, best practices, and strong relationship-building skills

  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal

  • A desire and ability to relate effectively with and advocate for diverse groups of people.

  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborations with community organizations.

For further assistance you may contact the HR department at 978-564-3075.


The YMCA is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, protected genetic information, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran's status.