Diversified Community Services

Diversified Community Services

Assistant Center Director

Position Overview

The Assistant Center Director is responsible to assist in the overall operations of the assigned facility, and the administration and development of programs in order to reflect the goals and objectives of the agency. This position ensures the facility is a safe and fun place for children to learn. The Assistant Director is tasked with a wide variety of responsibilities; including managing and training staff, assisting in full compliance with all internal and external funding sources, interacting with parents, and marketing and financial duties. This position will also supervise the assigned family advocate in the enrollment process.

Key Responsibilities

Oversee the program compliance and safety of the Western Learning Center in the absence of the center director.
Assist in the development of program curriculum to promote the growth and development of the children.
Create weekly staff schedules of Early Childhood Education Center personnel.
Manage and ensure program compliance of the daily attendance for all programs.
Assist with the supervision and oversight of all center-based programs.
Ensure the execution of regularly scheduled parent meetings in order to address the needs of the families in collaboration with Family Advocate.
Maintain the center in conformity with federal, state, local regulations and any other licensing entity in order to maintain compliance.
Assist with recommendations of disciplinary actions up to and including dismissal.
Supervises and/or performs the record keeping and insures the safe keeping of such reports and records as:
Enrollment and attendance records
Food count records
Children’s records
Requisitions and inventories
Assist with recommendations of disciplinary actions up to and including dismissal.
Participate in supervisory and administrative staff meetings.
Help with recommending expenditure and estimate revenue for future budgets.
Supervise and/or performs the collection of fees and their safe deposit.
Order supplies and equipment as needed.
Supervise and/or perform enrollment when necessary.
Assist with maintaining physical environment that meet state and local codes and regulations; supervise cleaning and minor repairs; secure janitorial services.
Represent the ECE Center at outside meetings as requested by the Center Director.
Attend meetings that relate to ECE Center Programming and at least one conference or workshop a year.
Submit verbal or written reports as required.
Assist in the development of grant requests and proposals and help with center-based fundraisers.
Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at any time by the Center Director, either verbally or in writing.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position.

Problem solving—the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully

Oral communication—the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills and conducts meetings

Management skills—the individual includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; makes self-available to staff; provides regular performance feedback; and develops subordinates’ skills and encourages growth

Judgment—the individual displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sound and accurate judgment and makes timely decisions

Planning/organizing—the individual prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans

Computer Skills: MS Office including WORD, EXCEL, PowerPoint

Other related skills: The ability to communicate with all levels of the organization. This position also requires a solid, self-directed individual who can excel both independently and as a team player in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. Candidates must be able to complete tasks according to accepted levels of quality. Experience in a growing entrepreneurial company is preferred.

Minimum Education and Experience

An Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Human Services, or related field, equivalent combination of acceptable training, education, and experience; three + years of experience in an administrative and supervisory role with duties for children and or youth and the understanding of accreditation standards and practices.

Work Location

Dixon Learning Academy
2201 Moore Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and three (3) references to Patricia McClay at pmcclay@dcsphila.org or mail to 1529 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146.