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Director of Day Care

Website Yellowstone Club

Purpose:  The purpose of the Big Sky/Gateway Child Care Director is to assess childcare needs of Cross Harbor employees and design, build, and operate programs in both the Big Sky and Gallatin Gateway communities to meet this essential need of employee families.


Major Responsibilities

·       Establish and implement a plan for childcare programs (birth to four years) to meet the unique needs of children and families working for Cross Harbor umbrella companies (Yellowstone Club, Spanish Peaks, Moonlight Basin, Lone Mountain Land Company, Montage).

·       Work collaboratively with community partners to achieve the goal of increasing the opportunity for children to access high quality early learning opportunities that support families in the Big Sky workforce.

·       Create and implement quality early learning childcare programs and facilities that encompasses the whole child cognitively (academic programs), socially, and emotionally.

·       Develop and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, including families, community providers, partners, school administrators, leaders, and others in both communities in which programs are located.

·       Provide leadership for the development of the department’s budget, and work with partner funding sources to ensure the budget is comprised of diversified sustainable revenue sources (private, fees, philanthropy, state).

·       Lead community childcare staff team through direct recruitment, hiring and supervising of all employees withn this department.

·       Direct the preparation of statistical and narrative reports to ensure reporting requirements are met for state and federal agencies and funding partners.

Essential Job Functions:

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, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Program & Facility Development:


·       Continually assess needs of the evolving Cross Harbor partner companies’ workforce and develop a vision and plan for an employer-based multi-site child care program that can grow over time as needed.

·       Oversee the design of childcare facilities in the communities of Big Sky and Gallatin Gateway to support overall program goals and ensure meets all state licensing requirements.

·       Develop a high-quality early learning childcare program in accordance with state and local requirements for children 0-4 years of age.

·       Develop and lead a staffing structure that supports the goals of the early learning childcare program.


Child Care Center Operations:

·       Develop general educational and developmental curricula; collaborate with staff to develop positive social, emotional, and learning activities to ensure school readiness upon graduation from our program.

·       Recruit, hire and supervise all Early Learning Center (ELC) staff members, including providing new employee orientations and regular feedback and evaluations.

·       Manage adherence to state and local child care center licensure regulations.

·       Maintain children’s records in accordance with established enrollment procedures and guidelines.

·       Maintain communications with parents of current and prospective children through direct conversation, written communication and a parent handbook.


Community Partnerships:

·       Maintain positive relationships with regulatory agencies; ensure legal and financial compliance.

·       Implement community outreach activities to maintain and promote positive community relationships.

·       Work directly with school districts to ensure coordinated transition for children from program to Pre-K.




Manage budget planning and review.
Establish illness and emergency procedures; ensure staff are trained appropriately.
Ensure students’ and children’s cultural backgrounds are appropriately recognized and cultural activities are integrated into developmental and education program and training.
Lead regular professional development opportunities for staff.
Maintain a personal professional development plan to ensure continuous quality improvement.
Participate collaboratively as a member of the Yellowstone Club leadership team, including attending bi-weekly meetings and maintaining open and positive communication.
Other Duties and Responsibilities

·       Perform all duties and responsibilities in a timely and efficient manner in accordance with established Club policies,  procedures, and standards of service to achieve the overall objectives of this position.

·       Meet departmental productivity, organization, punctuality/attendance and consistency standards.

Maintain a positive and respectful attitude.
Treat Members, guests, vendors, customers, parents, children, and co-workers with professionalism and respect at all times.
Maintain privacy of our Members at all time.
Maintain a clean and neat appearance at all times.
Communicate regularly and effectively with all employees, supervisors, managers and directors.
Perform work in a safe and high quality manner.
Project a favorable image of Yellowstone Club to the community at all times.
Other duties as assigned
·       Must be able to work flexible work hours/schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays.  Long hours may be required due to business demands.

·       Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties, work hours and/or responsibilities for this job at any time.




This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of this position and should not serve as an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all the possible duties, tasks and responsibilities being performed by people assigned to this classification.   All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


Experience/Education Required

·       BA (required), in education, early learning or other state qualified field

·       5- 10 years’ leadership experience in an early learning childcare program

·       Clearance of state background check

·       A strong understanding of child development

·       Strong finance and budgeting skills

·       Experience licensing a childcare center that meets all state requirements

·       Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills

·       Be a self-start and goal driven


Experience/Education Preferred

MA degree in related field


Certificates & Licenses

Valid State Driver’s License

Pediatric First Aid & CPR (or obtain within first 3 months of hire)

Qualify for a Child Care Director Certification through State of Montana per Rule: 37.95.624


Computer Skills

Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office and Teams products


Language Ability

Able to speak clearly and effectively with Members, guests, co-workers, vendors, parents, and other Yellowstone Club departments.  Able to write clearly and legibly.


Math Ability

Able to perform basic math calculations.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve basic problems and/or know when it is necessary to get a manager to assist in problem solving.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described 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. Work for this position is usually performed in a climate-controlled environment.  However, the employee may be required to work outside in extreme heat, cold, rain, wind, snow or inclement weather as the demands of the position so dictate.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk and work with hands and arms and safely lift a child up to 50 pounds. The employee is frequently required to talk and/or hear. The employee is constantly required to use their vision to perform an activity such as but not limited to: preparing and analyzing data and figures, viewing a computer terminal, extensive reading and determining the accuracy, neatness, attention to detail, and thoroughness of the work assigned. The employee is constantly required to sit, sometimes for several hours at a time, and use their hands and fingers to operate a computer.


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