Associate Vice President, Early Learning

Posted: 06/23/2022

The YMCA of Austin is a dynamic, equitable force in the community that helps people of all backgrounds improve their total well-being and quality of life. Founded in 1953 and anchored in three Central Texas counties, the Y is a $40 million community enterprise that serves nearly 100,000 people annually through eight centers. We also operate 10 early learning centers and provide afterschool education and care at more than 75 licensed campuses in four school districts. Unlike any other organization in the region, the Austin Y has the unique ability to welcome, educate and elevate all, and is committed to creating innovative programs, places…and people.
We believe that bringing together people with different perspectives and experiences is fundamental to developing and implementing innovative programs and ideas. We invite and encourage anyone who wants to impact the community to apply. 
How you will contribute to our Purpose:
The Associate Vice President of Learning is a mission-driven, strategic, and operations-oriented thinker that will help the YMCA of Austin build and innovate early education programs. With the growth in the region, we are looking to double the number of centers within the next five to seven years. You will successfully lead a team with 3 direct reports and have responsibility for two signature program areas (Early Learning Centers and Early Learning Readiness). We currently operate 10 early learning centers (preschools) in the Greater Austin area, serving three counties. You will manage a budget of over $10M.
As the Associate Vice President of Early Learning, your responsibilities will be broad and strategic, as well as tactical. You will thoughtfully set and drive an early learning strategy with a focus on growth, innovation, technology, culture, and people leadership. You will guide the organization in enhancing our model, incorporating the best approaches in early education in partnership with universities and thought leaders. You will develop and execute strategies that will build and strengthen all early learning centers including the model itself (pedagogy, curriculum), professional development of teachers, employee performance achievement, and program evaluation.
You will also support the enterprise’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of Youth Development, you will partner closely with other senior leaders throughout the enterprise to achieve outcomes.
Salary: $106,000 - $126,000 commensurate with experience
Rewards we offer you:
  • Full benefits package including Dental, Vision & Health Insurance 
  • Up to 48 days of PTO over vacation, holidays, personal, and sick leave 
  • Free Household Membership to facilities operated by the YMCA of Austin (worth $1,000 annually)  
  • 12% Employer-Funded Retirement Plan upon meeting eligibility
  • Learning and development workshops and trainings  
  • Career advancement opportunities      
What are the details?
Strategic Leadership (40%)       
  • Along with the Senior Vice President of Youth Development, the COO and CEO, set a vision for YMCA Early Learning to focus on being the Greater Austin’s best-in-class provider in early learning, committed to the highest outcomes for our children and families
  • Through thoughtful leadership, advances the YMCA Early Learning strategy with a focus on driving programmatic quality, consistency, growth, and innovation
  • Leads YMCA early learning business development opportunities and explores strategic partnerships and collaborations and innovative early learning models
  • Responsible for establishing and fostering strong internal and external relationships that advance YMCA early learning programs
  • Accountable for identifying emerging partnerships as well as fostering existing early learning partnerships to ensure excellent delivery of services to our families and communities
  • Serves as a thought-partner and leader on Early Learning at local, regional and national levels
  • Assists in developing and fostering a culture of innovation across the organization
  • Represents YMCA and Early Learning in industry-group conferences, professional associations, and other agencies
Program Development and Management (30%)
  • Provides strategic oversight for all third parties supporting the delivery of all Early Learning Programs (i.e. MOUs, consulting contracts, and third-party agreements)
  • Oversees educational curriculum, content development, and implementation of all Early Learning related programming; ensures the necessary resources are in place to guide and support system-wide program implementation
  • Identifies and oversees the evaluation of new approaches to advancing Early Learning priorities, with special attention to developing shared best practices and approaches that can be applied regionally and nationally
  • Supports Advancement (Major Gifts) Officers with expertise and cultivation to gain financial support for centers in areas that need sponsorship and other philanthropic support
  • Works with grant managers to provide expertise in the writing of grants, implementing evaluation metrics, and committing to continuous program improvement based on ongoing research outcomes
  • Implements strategic fiscal management in partnership with the Vice President of Finance and the Senior Vice President of Youth Development
  • In alignment with the Vice President of Finance, responsible for managing integrated budgets to ensure best practices, compliance, and execution of all Early Learning models.
Performance Achievement & Results (30%)
  • Accountable for leading a communicative, inclusive, and transparent internal staff culture across YMCA Early Learning where best practices, high outcomes, and shared accountability are the norms
  • Builds trusting, strong and collaborative relationships with teams members within youth development and across the enterprise
  • Responsible for attracting and retaining Early Learning team members with a focus on high performance, expectations, accountability, and inclusion
  • Provides early education team members feedback, coaching, mentoring, and employee development opportunities
  • Holds team accountable for achieving at high levels to meet strategic goals and objectives
  • Models inclusive leadership behaviors and embraces all dimensions of diversity – building strong teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to our mission
  • Responsible for hiring, coaching, and managing all direct reports and ensuring alignment with association people practices for all positions within their organizational structure
  • Along with the Senior Vice President of Youth Development develops OKRs and strategies related to performance achievement and DEI to meet organizational strategic imperatives
  • Implements a goal-based leadership approach (OKR methodology) and ensures the department is actively working towards supporting organizational level objectives and key results
  • Conducts Cycle Check-ins and the Annual Check-In with direct reports to ensure progress with OKRs, provide ongoing coaching and feedback, and discuss development opportunities
  • Provides program, classroom, and center staffing support as needed.
What you bring to the Purpose:
You possess an entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to lead strategically but also perform hands-on work in a “roll up your sleeves” culture. You have the opportunity to bring your entrepreneurial spirit to develop, implement, and promote early learning programs. You are a dynamic and inclusive leader with extensive early learning knowledge and expertise.
Education & Experience: You have a bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in early learning education or equivalent field with a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible and successful leadership experience in early education. You have led the management of multiple early learning (preschool) centers and have a record of growing programs and centers.
You’re a Cause-Driven Leader – You are effective at:
  • Advancing our mission and cause – providing visionary leadership to ensure resources are mobilized to adapt to new challenges and needs in the community
  • Building relationships – connecting people to the Y’s cause by developing inclusive relationships, partnerships, and collaborations to co-create solutions to pressing social needs
  • Leading operations – ensuring relevance, effectiveness, and sustainability of the organization so we can continue to fulfill our promise to the community
  • Developing and inspiring people – supporting the holistic development of self and others so everyone can embrace the Y’s cause, sustain our culture, and inspire others to action
You’re a self-starter – You are able to work independently and be a self-starter as well as a strong team player with a commitment to collaboration within and outside the Youth Development Group
You lead by influence – You are able to have an impact on the behavior, attitudes, and choices of others
You possess a high EQ - You have a high degree of emotional intelligence and the ability to quickly access and compose oneself in stressful or tense situations
You Drive an Engaged Team to Results – You help your staff prioritize work to meet ambitious goals.
You can foresee and mitigate challenges - You create a climate where your team is motivated to do their best work and help the Y achieve its objectives. You can consistently lead a team to results, even under tough circumstances
You Ensure Accountability – You hold yourself and others accountable to meet commitments
You Cultivate Innovation – You are adept at creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful
You’re an Exceptional Communicator – You’re an expert at developing and delivering multi-mode communications with a wide variety of types of audiences that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different constituents
You're Organized & Productive – You are a master at planning your day and not letting distractions come in between meeting your goals
You Possess Organizational Savvy – You know how to maneuver comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related organizational dynamics
The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.
The YMCA of Austin provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. YMCA of Austin complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.