Executive Director - Now Hiring!

Executive Director – Now Hiring!

Position Announcement
Executive Director
Altadena Children’s Center

Altadena, CA
Starting Summer 2020

About Altadena Children’s Center (ACC)

ACC is a nonprofit child care and preschool center committed to strengthening families by providing the highest quality care and education for children; serving families of varied economic levels and cultural backgrounds in an atmosphere that celebrates diversity.

Serving over 60 children from two months through pre-kindergarten, ACC is highly regarded among families, educators and community leaders for exemplary care. Nestled just north of Pasadena in the quiet community of Altadena, ACC has been providing high quality child care and early childhood education since 1982. The ACC experience combines a home-like atmosphere with an experienced team of professionals and a curriculum designed to meet the individual needs of each child and family. At the heart of ACC is the philosophy that each child is unique and develops with varying social, emotional, physical, and cognitive strengths and needs. Our experienced, professional staff brings this philosophy alive for the children through carefully planned activities and learning environments that foster optimal development, as well as a strong partnership with each family.

For more information, please visit www.accc-kids.org.

The Opportunity

With the retirement of founding Executive Director, Toni Boucher expected in August 2020, Altadena Children’s Center is seeking an experienced, energetic and caring Executive Director to lead its flourishing nonprofit child care and preschool program. With its dedicated staff and Board of Directors, and strong family and community partnerships, ACC is well-positioned for continued sustainability and success.


The Executive Director is responsible for fulfilling the center’s mission of providing quality care to a diverse community and for the overall successful operation and performance of ACC. This includes managing and building on the center’s established program, as well as oversight of all operations including community engagement and business management.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for an annual budget of approximately $1 million and a total staff of 13 full-time and 2 part-time employees.

Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

Program Management

• Develop and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum for children aged eight weeks through pre-kindergarten to promote the social, physical, cognitive and emotional development of students within the guidelines and philosophy of ACC and in alignment with high quality early care and education standards.
• Ensure a safe and healthy environment for children and families.
• Oversee the daily operation of the programs.
• Supervise staff on a daily basis, including mentoring, collaborating, team-building, evaluating, hiring, disciplining, discharging and documenting actions taken.
• Develop and provide professional development opportunities for staff.
• Develop and communicate policies to key stakeholders.
• Oversee admissions, orient new families and maintain relationships with key adults.
• Plan for and support family participation in and guide family-led events, including the annual fundraising campaign.
• Organize and attend staff-led school functions, such as Back to School Night, Winter Program, Open House, etc.
• Seek and pursue program development opportunities.

Community Engagement

• In collaboration with the Board of Directors, work with community partners, families and others to both maintain the profile of ACC and ensure that it provides the best service possible.
• Act as the primary face of the center for prospective families, donors and grantors.
• Seek new sources of financial and other support from individual and institutional donors and partners in the community, as well as maintain relationships with existing supporters.
• Participate in relevant community networks and collaboratives.
• Advance the reputation of the center through marketing and targeted outreach.

Business Management

• Attend Board meetings and assist the work of the Board as requested and appropriate.
• Participate in strategic planning.
• Oversee financial management of the center, including supervision of part-time bookkeeper.
• Oversee upkeep and improvement of grounds.
• Ensure compliance with applicable licensing standards and government regulations and maintain 501(c)3 status.
• Maintain center accreditation and licensing.
• Manage center contracts.

Traits and Characteristics Desired

An inspiring leader with vision and enthusiasm, the Executive Director will maintain a positive attitude and display emotional maturity and respect when interfacing with children, staff, parents, community members and other key stakeholders. The ideal candidate will approach the work with a friendly demeanor, curiosity, humility and compassion. Above all, the Executive Director must be deeply passionate about ACC’s mission and motivated by the opportunity to serve a diverse population of children and families through excellent early care and learning.

Career Path and Skills Leading to This Position

• History of successful leadership experience in a high quality early childhood education setting.
• Experience with the operation of a nonprofit organization preferred.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
• Excellent organizational, problem-solving and time-management skills.
• Comfort with email, Microsoft Word and Excel.


A Bachelor’s degree in early childhood development or a related field is required; an advanced degree is preferred.

The Executive Director must meet the requirements of Program Director as defined by Community Care Licensing and the most recent State of California Child Development Permit Matrix.

Must have a valid California driver’s license and show evidence of automobile insurance.

Physical Requirements

• As the Executive Director engages with and supervises young children and is responsible for their physical safety, the ability to move quickly and constantly; stand, walk, sit, use hands, reach, push, pull, climb stairs and balance; and see, talk, hear, taste and smell is required.
• Must be able to work in an environment with high noise levels from children.
• The Executive Director frequently moves equipment, supplies and items up to 50 pounds across campus for various classrooms and event needs. Must also be able to carry a child up to 50 pounds across campus or between rooms if needed.
• Must be screened for tuberculosis and be free from communicable TB before beginning to work.
• Documentation of immunization status related to current state legislation is required.


Annual salary range is $62,000 to $67,000. This is a full-time exempt position and will include some nights and weekend work.

In addition to a rewarding career where you help shape children’s futures, Altadena Children’s Center provides paid vacation and sick time as well as health, dental and vision insurance.

To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter as attachments to:

Executive Director Search Committee, Altadena Children’s Center


No phone calls please.

Altadena Children’s Center is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.