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The Children's Center at PHUMC
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Executive Director

The Children’s Center at Park Hill United Methodist Church

FLSA Status: Exempt, Salaried, Full-Time

Location: 5209 Montview Blvd., Denver, CO 80207

Park Hill United Methodist Church is seeking the next Executive Director for the Children’s Center at PHUMC. The Executive Director is responsible for the success of all aspects of the Children's Center, including programming, personnel, finance, and compliance (via the Department of Human Services Licensing Standards).

About the Children’s Center at Park Hill United Methodist Church:

The Children’s Center is a treasured community institution that strives to provide high-quality services to local families in need of preschool and childcare options. The Center offers full-day, year-round programming for children ages 3-5. We also offer a half-day morning program and an afterschool program. The mission of The Children's Center is to enrich children's lives through play-based learning. Our community of young children enjoy a high-quality and developmentally appropriate learning environment where they thrive socially, emotionally, and intellectually.

The Center was established in 1979 by the Park Hill United Methodist Church (PHUMC) to fill a growing need in the area for preschool and childcare options. We are a nonprofit organization with a non-denominational, developmentally appropriate curriculum and philosophy. Children of all religious and cultural backgrounds are welcome at the Children’s Center.

For more than 40 years, the Children’s Center has served families in our community by providing options that support the rich tradition of diversity and the values of our neighborhood. The Children’s Center is operated by PHUMC as part of its outreach and community service, and it helps the Church carry out its mission. As an inclusive community of faith, PHUMC is an open and affirming congregation, embracing diversity, service, unconditional acceptance, and the care and support of all people. While applicants of all religious and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply, the Executive Director must embrace and embody the mission and values of PHUMC, including diversity, acceptance, and social justice.

We encourage applicants to view this short video to better understand the Children’s Center’s mission and approach:

Areas of Responsibility

Primary Responsibilities*:


  • Lead the development of child-centered programs that are responsive to the changing needs of children, parents, and the community.
  • Serve as the primary educational resource for teachers in developing unique learning opportunities in classrooms.
  • Create a friendly, responsive, and welcoming atmosphere in the Center.
  • Provide leadership through meaningful engagement of parents in their children's education.
  • Collaborate with teaching staff to identify needs, recommend program changes to the Board, and implement approved changes.


  • Recruit, train, and supervise the Children's Center staff in collaboration with the Board's Personnel Committee.
  • Provide appropriate professional development opportunities for teaching staff in addition to the required training, per licensing standards.
  • Supervise and provide direction for administrative staff to ensure accurate, transparent records and transactions that meet licensing requirements and the needs of the Board.
  • Maintain adequate staffing and resources to ensure quality standards.


  • Meet and/or exceed all local, state, and federal licensing and accreditation standards.
  • Oversee the preparation of the annual budget for presentation to the Board for approval.
  • With support from administrative staff, present monthly operational and financial reports to the Board and recommend allocation or expense adjustments.
  • Ensure the cleanliness and safety of the Children's Center facilities meet licensing, safety, and health requirements.
  • Administer records and record-keeping procedures to ensure that all are up-to-date and impeccably organized, including children’s medical and attendance records, staff personnel files, and appropriate documentation.
  • Administer the nutrition program, including purchasing and quality standards.

Relationship Management

  • Develop strong, positive relationships with current Children's Center parents and children.
  • Relate in a proactive and positive way to potential new families and establish viable waiting lists for all programs.
  • Work cooperatively with the volunteer Board of Directors in the overall oversight of the Children's Center.
  • Develop effective working relationships with the licensing agencies, including Human Services.
  • As a valuable member of the PHUMC staff, manage the relationship between the Children's Center and the Church. Communicate Children’s Center updates to the church community through print or digital platforms, and relay church programs and opportunities to Children’s Center families.
  • Serve as the face of the Children’s Center, and represent the Center and PHUMC in a positive, welcoming manner to build and foster healthy community relationships.


  • The Director supervises approximately 20 staff, including teachers, aides, administrative staff, and the chef.
  • The Director provides formal, written performance reviews at regularly scheduled intervals for guidance, feedback, and appropriate decisions regarding new opportunities, remediation, and any change in remuneration.

*This is not an exhaustive or comprehensive listing of job functions. This role may perform other duties as assigned.

  • • Alignment with the values and mission of PHUMC and the Children’s Center
  • • A minimum of 5 years experience in a daycare, preschool, or elementary school setting
  • • Love of working with high-energy children and a passion for creating programs that are nurturing, stimulating, and provide opportunities for growth and learning through play-based philosophy
  • • Highly qualified, seasoned professional manager and leader
  • • Excellent written and verbal communicator
  • • Experience hiring, developing, and supervising staff
  • • Operations management experience, including the use of technology
  • • Professional demeanor and the ability to lead through example
  • • Ability to work efficiently and effectively in both team and individual environments
  • • Excellent professional judgement, with the ability to ask for guidance and support as needed
  • • Must have excellent time management, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • • Creative problem-solver with the ability to think outside the box
  • • Ability to motivate a team toward a common goal
  • • Colorado Division of Child Care, Large Center Director's Qualification Verification (or the ability to independently secure verification)
  • • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • • All Children’s Center staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

This role has a range of $70,000-$77,500 annually, depending upon experience.


The Children’s Center offers a 403b retirement plan, and staff are eligible after one year of employment.

The Executive Director will receive generous benefits, including 100% coverage of medical insurance through Kaiser-Permanente after 60 days of employment.

Staff receive 2 weeks of PTO per year, and this amount increases with the tenure of the employee. Unused PTO rolls over from year to year up to a maximum of 3 weeks. Staff also receive personal time and sick leave. Paid holidays include Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, 3 days surrounding Christmas, New Year’s Day, MLK Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. The Center is also closed the week between Christmas and New Years, plus the week of July 4th.

Children’s Center employees are eligible for a 50% reduction in tuition for their own children, subject to Board approval.

How To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Please write: “Children’s Center: Executive Director” in the subject line of your message. PHUMC is conducting this search in collaboration with Public Good Talent, and you should expect to hear back within 3 business days with information on next steps in the application process.

PHUMC embraces diversity and unconditional acceptance. People of all backgrounds and beliefs are encouraged to apply.

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