Director of Childcare Services

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Job region: 
Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 8, 2022 - 1:15pm
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The Director of Child Care Services is a senior leader whose main purpose is to provide oversight of five licensed child care centres across the GTA. The Director will lead a team of child care supervisors and provide strategic and operational guidance to ensure that all Salvation Army policies, Ministry regulations/legislation and municipal regulations are adhered to and that the child care centres are maintained to the highest standards in accordance with external and internal accreditation guidelines. The Director is directly responsible for the financial viability of the child care centres. This work serves the Mission of the Army to meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the community, expressed in spiritual ministry and social services that serve the vulnerable and under-served.

Key Accountabilities:

1. Leadership:

  • Provide strategic leadership to the child care management team (supervisors and assistant supervisors)
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with provincial and municipal partners/authorities, Corps Officers/Church Pastors, Church/CFS staff, Area Commanders
  • Ensure that The Salvation Army policies, standards and accreditation requirements are being met.
  • Facilitate strategic planning to ensure child care centres remain sustainable through the examination of financial health, systemic and mission risks and child care programming
  • Clearly identify roles and tasks within the governance structure including expectations around supervision, oversight, training requirements and engagement of the Supervisors and any new management positions created
  • Monitor staffing levels at all centres to ensure licensing requirements are met
  • Share resources and provide opportunities for continuous improvement and development of staff

2. Finance:

  • Maintain all administrative and financial Army systems, ensuring required reporting is completed within established deadlines
  • Develop and track centre budgets in collaboration with supervisors and in alignment with funder requirements
  • Allocate funding to centre budgets
  • Apply for funding, maintain organized records of funding expenses and prepare reconciliation documents as required by municipalities
  • Create and submit a balanced budget for the City of Toronto ensuring you receive the maximum subsidy rate
  • Work with the finance team to ensure all financial records are organized for the annual financial audit and submit the audited financial reports to the funders within the required timeline and format
  • Identify maintenance work required to maintain the child care facilities, apply for funding and ensure maintenance work is completed to The Salvation Army Property standards
  • Develop child care centre leases with DHQ and Corps Officers

3. Programming:

  • Review child care program plans ensuring all centres are delivering the 4 components of “How Does Learning Happen” as required by the Ministry of Education
  • Work with the chaplain to develop spiritual and religious care programming
  • Develop standardized curriculum for the delivery of spiritual and religious care for child care programming, ensuring that centres are given the tools and resources needed for successful implementation
  • Embed spiritual and religious care goals in child care programming in order to evaluate and monitor the delivery of mission

4. Operations:

  • Work with supervisors to ensure that the centres are well-organized, safe and clean, including playrooms, playgrounds, washrooms, kitchens, offices, equipment, etc.
  • Ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the children is a top priority, by maintaining knowledge of legislation, policies and procedures, continuous learning in child development and establishing best practices
  • Ensure the CCEYA is adhered to and followed in all centres at all times
  • Update and maintain child care policies and procedures, parent handbook and employee handbook
  • Ensure all serious occurrences are reported through official Ministry of Education and Salvation Army channels within prescribed deadlines and reporting mechanisms.
  • Manage child care employee relations in partnership with HR

Critical Relationship Management:

  • Reports directly to the Divisional Secretary for Social Services.
  • This position is a senior level leader with management accountability for 5 employees.
  • Client Centered Relationships: This position must develop relationships with direct reports, Corps Officers, and funders (Region of Peel, City of Toronto)
  • Internal relationships: Regular interaction with DSSS, child care supervisors, other DHQ and THQ programming staff.
  • External relationships: Liaison with external funders, Ministry of Education program advisors, parents, colleges, child care networking groups, advisory groups

Financial and Materials Management:

  • As a senior leader, this position has accountability for Divisional budget preparation and tracking, funding budgets, and ensuring proper reporting of same.
    • Work is generally performed in comfortable standard office conditions.
    • Occasional exposure to disagreeable conditions (e.g. distraught or angry clients)
    • Occasional evening or weekend work may be required; occasional offsite work may be required

The above responsibilities must be discharged in accordance with The Salvation Army’s Mission Statement, in a professional manner, exemplifying Christian standards of conduct.

Candidate Specifications:

Education Qualifications:

  • Qualified individuals must possess an Early Childhood Education (ECE) diploma or degree
  • Member in good standing in the College of Early Childhood Educators
  • Must be actively involved in ongoing Professional Development; Leadership, financial operations and Early Years research
  • Finance or Business Certifications/Diploma an asset


  • Valid Certification in First Aid and CPR
  • Valid Non Violent Crisis Intervention Certificate
  • Valid Class ‘G’ Driver’s License and clean Driver’s Abstract
  • Clear Vulnerable Sector Police Record Check

Experience and Skill Requirements:

  • Min. 10 previous child care supervisory experience (Christian child care preferred)
  • Solid financial and business management knowledge and experience
  • Expert knowledge of The Child Care and Early Years Act, The City of Toronto AQI and The Region of Peel Raising the Bar
  • Proven ability to work with and develop spreadsheets/formulas in Microsoft excel
  • Experience implementing relationship based, child lead, emergent curriculum for children from infants to 12 years old

Competencies and Attributes:

  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in multiple locations
  • Well-developed interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to work within a Christian perspective
  • Governed by TSA Child Care Policy and Procedure Manuals and the Official Operating Policies of The Salvation Army including the Confidentiality Statement, Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct

HOURS: 40 hours per week

In support of our commitment to a healthy and safe workplace and community, The Salvation Army (TSA) has a vaccination requirement for all employees in Canada. The successful candidate will be made an offer of employment on the condition of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, prior to their employment start date. The requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to provincial/territorial human rights legislation. If the candidate is unable to vaccinate for a reason protected by the Human Rights Code, a request for accommodation can be submitted and written proof satisfactory to TSA will be required.

How to apply:

Attention: Tannaz Fadaei

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