Early Years Director / Educational Leader

At the Y, we believe in the power of inspired young people. A community not-for-profit organisation with 17 million participations annually across Australia. 8,000 staff and volunteers serve at more than 150 locations every day. We partner with government and private capital to deliver programs and services that include community recreation, adventure and stadium sports, camping, learn to swim, children's programs, early learning, youth services, retirement living, disability services and social enterprises.

About the Centre

​Kororoit Creek YMCA Early Learning Centre is a community based long daycare centre that strives to provide the highest quality of care to each child enrolled.

The service is co-located with King Swim (swim school) and the Before School and After School care program for Kororoit Creek Primary School, which is also operated by the YMCA Victoria

Sustainable practices and respect for our environments are a high priority within our centre, being integrated into each daily program by having a natural environment both indoor and outdoor including various animals.

Key Elements of the Role

Your role would primarily be as an educational leader, and to secondly assist the centre manager to lead and support the educators, children and families in a lovely community centre.

The core focus of this role is to support the children and families through strong educational leadership to the other educators in the service.

The newly appointed Educational Leader will be provided with ongoing professional development training specifically designed for Educational Leaders. This will also be facilitated with 8 hours of non - contact time per week to specifically carry out the Educational Leader Role.

Selection Criteria

Capabilities and Behaviours

  • Demonstrates YMCA Victoria values, Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility
  • Promotes and accepts personal accountability to better influence
  • Provides continuous feedback and clarity of messages within the team
  • Performs in a way that inspires and motivates the team to do their best
  • Supports a culture of continuous learning and development across the team
  • Team Development: Showcase strong leadership abilities while supporting the local team of Educators with
  • an emphasis on collaboration, communication, empowerment and engagement.
  • Business Development: Ability to plan, develop and meet short and long-term goals to strengthen the operations of the Centre and drive strategic planning (desirable).

Knowledge and Experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding in the implementation and ongoing management of the National Quality Framework and current Early Childhood pedagogies.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Ability to positively network and collaborate with internal and external community stakeholders to drive community engagement and customer experience.

Personal Attributes

  • Inter-personal skills: Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and well-developed emotional intelligence
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, including the ability to delegate, prioritise and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Qualifications

Mandatory Pre-Requisite Qualification

  • Tertiary qualification in ECEC
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in the ECEC sector
  • First Aid Level 2
  • Anaphylaxis and Asthma qualifications

YMCA, including Boards of Directors, is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in accordance with our Safeguarding Children and Young People framework. YMCA requires that all applicants undergo satisfactory screening prior to commencement, including but not limited to:

  • a national criminal history check
  • an international criminal history check where applicants have worked overseas
  • holding or obtaining a Working with Children Clearance/ equivalent in accordance with state/ territory laws
  • ACF Safeguarding Children and Young People Certificate (completion online prior to commencement)
  • Two reference checks.

Any successfully appointed applicant will be required to adhere to the Safeguarding Children and Young People framework, which includes a thorough safeguarding children and young people induction and committing to upholding the safety and wellbeing of children and young people throughout their engagement with YMCA.

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