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Become A Site Director

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Working As A Site Director

  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $55,630

    Average Salary

What Does A Site Director Do

A Site Director is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of an afterschool program. They ensure that programs operate safely and according to the quality standards established by the organization.

How To Become A Site Director

A college degree and experience in early childhood education is typically required to become a preschool and childcare center director. Some states or employers require preschool and childcare center directors to have a nationally recognized credential, such as the Child Development Associate (CDA).

Education

Most states require preschool and childcare center directors to have at least an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. These degree programs teach students about child development, provide strategies for teaching young children, and discuss how to observe and document children’s progress. Employers may prefer candidates who have a degree, or at least some postsecondary coursework, in early childhood education.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most states require preschool and childcare center directors to have experience in early childhood education. The amount of experience required varies by state.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many states require childcare centers, including those in private homes, to be licensed. To qualify for licensure, staff must pass a background check, have a complete record of immunizations, and meet a minimum training requirement. Some states require staff to have certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.

Some states and employers require preschool and childcare center directors to have a nationally recognized credential. Most often, states require the CDA credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Obtaining the CDA credential requires coursework, experience in the field, and being observed while working with children. The credential is valid for 3 years and requires renewal.

Some states recognize the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) designation offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Some of the requirements for obtaining the CCP are that the candidate must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have experience in the field, take courses in early childhood education, and pass an exam. The CCP accreditation requires renewal every 2 years through the CCP maintenance process.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Preschool and childcare center directors manage childcare centers and need to be able to operate the business effectively.

Communication skills. Preschool and childcare center directors need to inform parents and staff about the progress of the children. They need good writing and speaking skills to convey this information successfully.

Interpersonal skills. Preschool and childcare center directors must be able to develop good relationships with parents, children, and staff.

Leadership skills. Preschool and childcare center directors supervise staff, so they need good leadership skills to inspire staff to work diligently. They also must enforce rules and regulations.

Organizational skills. Directors need to maintain clear records about children and staff. In addition, they must be able to multitask when several people or situations require their attention.

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Real Site Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Medical Site Director Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Milton, MA Feb 01, 2014 $250,000
Medical Site Director Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Milton, MA Feb 01, 2011 $195,000
Project Site Director Sofidel America Corp. Haines City, FL Sep 15, 2016 $187,888
Hospitalist Physician/Site Director Hosp. Med. Physicians of Prince George's CTY, P.C. Laurel, MD Dec 01, 2009 $187,830
Site Director Sitel Operating Corporation Starkville, MS Dec 19, 2014 $117,000 -
$120,000
Site Director TRG Customer Solutions, Inc. Hampton, VA Jan 06, 2015 $115,918
Site Director TRG Customer Solutions, Inc. Hampton, VA Oct 01, 2012 $109,075 -
$110,000
Site Director of Continuing Education Research Foundation of Cuny New York, NY Apr 30, 2012 $75,900
Site Director of Continuing Education Research Foundation of Cuny New York, NY Jul 31, 2009 $75,075
Rome Campus Site Director/Italian Instructor Walsh University North Canton, OH Jan 07, 2016 $63,517
Rome Site Director/Italian Instructor Walsh University North Canton, OH Jul 01, 2013 $61,412
Educational/Site Director Union Settlement Association New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $55,000
After-School Site Director Manhattan Youth Community Center New York, NY Jan 07, 2012 $50,151
After-School Site Director Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources Inc. New York, NY Jan 07, 2012 $50,151

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Top Skills for A Site Director

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Top Site Director Skills

  1. Child Care
  2. Curriculum
  3. Direct Supervision
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted Child Care Director in organizing and overseeing YMCA After School Day Care/Camp and Summer Camp.
  • Designed an after school curriculum for Elementary aged students.
  • Direct supervision of a core team of 4 employees and indirect supervision of an additional 38 employees.
  • Create monthly newsletters, maintain clean safe environment, keep records and attendance.
  • Created weekly lesson plans, set up lesson materials, bulletin board displays, and demonstrations.

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