Fort Smith Daycare Society
July 31, 2019
Fort Smith, Canada
Job Type
Northwest Territories


The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is chiefly responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and organizational objectives. The Executive Director is accountable for the implementation of all policies and programs related to child development and care, human resources, finance, equipment and facilities, family and community relations and governance of the child care centre. The Executive Director will also coordinate the provision of nurturing care and developmentally-appropriate education to meet the needs of children in a group setting within a safe and healthy environment, through supervision of group staff, students and volunteers and in co-operation with parents and other groups within the program.

Key Objectives

  • Manage and administer the Fort Smith Daycare in accordance with the core values and mandate of its Board of Directors
  • Coordinates high-quality child care in a group setting that meets the diverse needs and promotes optimum physical, social, emotional, cognitive and intellectual development of the children in care.
  • Assumes a supervisory and leadership role to the group for which the Executive Director is responsible.


  • Daycare administration including: budgets, licensing, enrollment, health and safety, collaboration with partners, file management, research
  • Communication responsibilities: Develop and maintain relationships with clients, coordinate process for new and prospective clients, respond to inquiries, present information in a clear way, liaise with property management, facilitate and participate in meetings, advertise, facilitate placement of ECE students, represent the daycare in the community
  • Human Resource Responsibilities: supervise, schedule employees, chair staff meetings, hire staff, ensure staff remain current and knowledgeable in field, provide leadership, perform personnel administrative functions
  • Direct childcare responsibilities: advises and consults staff in planning and implementing daily programs, meets health and safety needs, ensures children are supervised at all times, ensure nutritional needs are met through planning, establish an environment to foster positive behaviour


  • Early Childhood Education diploma or degree from a recognized college or university or other equivalent educational qualifications.
  • Minimum of three years experience in a group child care program
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certificate
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector
  • Demonstrated child care center management and/or supervisory experience.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the NWT Daycare Act and ECE licensing and inspection procedures/requirements.
  • Knowledge of child-development theories and practices; safe and appropriate activities for children; relevant legislation policies and procedures to ensure that children are supervised and safe at all times

Skills and Abilities

  • Leadership and human resource management skills including recruitment and selection, performance and attendance management, labour and employee relations, etc.
  • Computer proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, accounting software, presentation software. etc
  • Finance management skills including budgeting, cashflow management, A/R, A/P, etc.
  • Above-average verbal and written communications, interpersonal skills, ability to multitask, time management, and organizational abilities;
  • Proven ability to work closely with other team members
  • Sensitivity and respect for individual and cultural differences, and an understanding of the northern cultural environment
  • Adequate energy level and ability to meet the physical demands of the job

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