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Executive Director, Penn Children's Center - Division of Business Services (BSD)

University of Pennsylvania
Left Bank-Penn Children's Center

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Job location: Left Bank-Penn Children's Center

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-10
Req: JR00034070
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Executive Director, Penn Children's Center - Division of Business Services (BSD)

Job Profile Title

Director B

Job Description Summary

Reporting to the Senior Director, BSD Human Resources and Penn Children's Center, the Penn Children's Center (PCC) Executive Director sets the vision and oversees the management and long-range planning for a child care center serving in excess of 160 children ages 3 months to 5 years. The Executive Director is expected to ensure Center readiness and capability which can deliver a program that is nurturing, developmentally appropriate, and meets all state and NAEYC mandated licensure guidelines. The Executive Director is to ensure the Center is staffed by highly qualified staff and provides an environment which is safe, hospitable, interactive, engaging, inclusive, and one which values diversity. The Exceutive Director will also act as a steward for BSD in all matters whether partnering internally or externally of the Center and Division. Never compromising on institutional values, the Executive Director will ensure the Center is operated in a fiscally-responsible and cost-effective manner and reflective of Penn's values and standing as a world class institution.

Job Description


Center Management: Oversees in excess of 44 staff members to include Teaching, Operations, PCC Senior Leadership, and Financial staff. In collaboration with the Senior Director, develop and maintain long range people plan, reconciling current staffing needs with forecasted demand for PCC services and growth. Sets goals and objectives, monitors performance and ensures robust development and in-service training occurs. Conducts productive annual performance reviews and partners with staff in ensuring actionable and robust development planning occurs. Conducts weekly general, and individual, staff meetings. Develops and monitors continuing education programs for staff members and seeks creative ways in which to continuously elevate the Teaching function and strives for functional excellence. Cultivates an environment that's inclusive in nature, engaging for staff, and one that is people centric with an eye towards fulfilling the Center's commitment to Parents and the Penn Community while ensuring standards and values are never compromised. Ensures the Center is always inspection ready for State and NAEYC licensure and accreditation inspections.

Long-Range Planning: Evaluates current programs and develops multi-year plans for center management, programming and finances. Analyzes trends, prepares reports and develops strategic plans and alternative business plans for PCC. In collaboration with Senior Director, assists with planning and managing capital projects as necessary. Seeks to identify ways to incorporate best practices and generally willing to explore new ideas and approaches beyond the "norm" and acts as a visionary in leading the PCC to be regarded as a preeminent Children's Center. Ensures policies and procedures are always current, accessible, understood, memorialized, and operationalized as needed.

Financial Management: With Senior Director develops annual budget and financial targets. Manages and monitors budget and meets or exceeds all financial goals. Evaluates and implements new programs and revenue generating ideas. Secure grant funding, donations, and in-kind support from the broader community.

Curriculum/Research: Ensures that the curriculum models the best principles of Early Childhood development, monitors performance of Education Director and implementation of curriculum by teachers. Ensures that the curriculum is on the leading edge of preschool education using all resources available at Penn. Facilitates interdisciplinary research and observation opportunities with University departments. Participates in continuing education programs, keeping abreast of the latest professional techniques in Early Childhood Education and Administration.

Communications: Acts as primary liaison with the Parent Advisory Board. Serves as the primary facing agent for the PCC as it pertains to parent interaction, oversee (and arbitrate as necessary) room rotation, parent complaints and other related matters. Maintains liaison with other University departments and organizations that may contribute or augment the activities and purpose of the Center. Maintains liaison with West Philadelphia Child Care Coalition and local child care organizations.

Marketing: Plans and implements creative marketing strategies to ensure maximum enrollment. Coordinates participation of program in community events and University functions. As needed, conducts surveys to determine changing child care needs in the community, research and develop ways to further expand program to meet those needs.


- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and three to five years senior administrative experience in a child care setting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Proven ability to organize, plan, budget and supervise.
- Ability to stay abreast of, develop, and implement state of the art and developmentally appropriate programs and curriculum.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrate strong sense of business acumen.

- Master's degree in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field.
- Experience in capital projects.

Other bachelors prepared candidates, holding a degree from an accredited college or university, will be considered only so long as it includes 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and has the minimum professional experience outlined above.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Business Services

Pay Range

$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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Across our 12 highly-regarded schools, more than 25,000 students, and more than 4,000 faculty members, we become one university: a wide-ranging, ever-changing community that draws its strength from a multitude of races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, historical traditions, ages, religions, disabilities, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

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