Jan 11, 2021

Program Director

  • Small Steps Nurturing Center
  • Houston, TX, USA
Full-time Consulting Product and Program Management

Job Description

Program Director 

Department: Program-Academic Job Status: Full-Time FLSA Status: Exempt Reports To: Program Director Travel Required: Between campuses and Home visits 

Positions Supervised: Teachers, Kitchen Supervisor, Facilities, Program Administration, and  Program Leadership Team 

Work Schedule: Year round, except the month of July 

M-F 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. On designated closing day(s), departure time is 5:30 p.m. or when the last  child leaves. (As an exempt employee, one can reasonably expect to work more than the core hours  stated). 


To provide an exemplary early childhood program to instill and foster the social, emotional, physical,  intellectual, and spiritual growth of economically at-risk children and their families. 


Oversee and lead the academic program, cultivate strong relationships with teachers, staff, families  and board members, and manage daily school operations and policies; Supervise approximately 40  staff members; Serve as part of the Leadership Team 


Reasonable Accommodations Statement 

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable  accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Essential Functions Statement(s) 

Planning, Development, and Program Oversight 

  • Assist in the strategic planning of annual and long-term goals with the Leadership Team and  Board of Directors 
  • Direct and oversee the duties and responsibilities of the Program Leadership Team • Lead 35-40 staff members across both campuses including supervision of teachers and other  program staff to ensure successful implementation of Small Steps’ program in the classroom  and school wide 
  • Create, implement and assess a high-quality education program aligned with state licensing  and accreditation standards in collaboration with others. 
  • Serve as a spiritual leader infusing the teachings of Jesus in curriculum, prayer and  devotionals 
  • Build relationships with teachers, staff, and families to partner in meeting the needs of the  children 
  • Strategically recruit, develop, celebrate and retain the best staff and teachers for Small Steps’  children resulting in a positive, productive school culture and strong morale
  • Collaborate with Executive Director and peers to develop a performance management plan and  systems to ensure learning is fully maximized and streamlined across both Small Steps’  campuses 
  • Serve as the Director in Charge for licensing purposes on specific days overseeing the program  during school 

Training and Collaborative Partnerships 

  • Facilitate, maintain, and evaluate professional development for staff 
  • Implement constructive feedback to teaching staff 
  • Cultivate strong relationships with community partners, including volunteers 


Competency Statement(s)  

  • Working Under Pressure - Ability to complete assigned tasks under stressful situations. • Patience - Ability to act calmly under stress and strain, and of not being hasty or impetuous. • Honesty / Integrity - Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace. • Friendly - Ability to exhibit a cheerful demeanor toward others. 
  • Ethical - Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards. • Energetic - Ability to work at a sustained pace and produce quality work. 
  • Diversity Oriented - Ability to work effectively with people regardless of their age, gender,  race, ethnicity, religion, or job type. 
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.  • Communication, Written - Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.  • Coaching and Development - Ability to provide guidance and feedback to help others  strengthen specific knowledge/skill areas. 
  • Team Builder - Ability to convince a group of people to work toward a goal. • Creative - Ability to think in such a way as to produce a new concept or idea. 



Bachelor's Degree (four year college or technical school) Required, Field of Study: Child Development,  Early Childhood, or Education EC-12 

Master's Degree Preferred 


5 plus years of experience of full-time professional experience in an education setting Experience in direct supervision of teachers and working with low-income or Title 1 schools preferred 

Computer Skills: 

Microsoft Office 

Certifications & Licenses: 

Candidate should have a current Texas Drivers’ License and be able to drive a 14 passenger van (no  special license required). 


N (Not Applicable) Activity is not applicable to this position.  

O (Occasionally) Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 - 2.5+ hrs/day)  F (Frequently) Position requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5 - 5.5+ hrs/day)  C (Constantly) Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day) 

Physical Demands Lift/Carry  

Stand O Walk F Sit F Reach Outward O 

Reach Above Shoulder O Speak F 


10 lbs or less O 11-20 lbs O 21-50 lbs O 


12 lbs or less O 13-25 lbs O 

The work environment characteristics describes here are representative of those an employee  encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be  made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the  work environment is usually moderate. 

The company has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included.  It is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee's ability to perform the position described. It  is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional  functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent  a contract of employment, and the company reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the  employee to perform, as the company may deem appropriate. 

Interested parties should send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

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