Lionheart is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children. Our staff selection is based not only on qualifications, but also on a passion for teaching and an abiding love for children.
The Academy Director will be responsible for managing all aspects of academy operations and meeting the state licensing requirements as outlined in the Minimum Standards for Child Care Centers. The Academy Director will promote and instill corporate values, vision and goals. The Academy Director will foster and maintain positive relationships with academy staff, key host church staff, parents, students, vendors and the local community while providing strategic leadership and oversight of the academy.
The Academy Director will report directly to the VP of Operations and have direct reports from Community Director, Assistant Director, Lead Teachers and all other academy support staff.
Promote and maintain the vision, mission and core values of Lionheart Children's Academy.
Exercise both professional and spiritual leadership and focus to ensure that the goals and vision for the academy maintain priority.
Ensure that the culture of the academy is dynamic, inspiring and fun.
Cultivate and develop strong relationships with church partners to maintain their satisfaction and ensure their goals are achieved.
Contribute to reports on progress and meet with Regional Director to assess effectiveness.
Maintain regular communications with key church contacts with academy updates and spiritual highlights.
Assist in marketing efforts to cultivate additional church partners.
Develop and strengthen partnerships with teachers, educational specialists, school/district administrators, churches and parent/teacher organizations.
Produce effective marketing plans and other direct marketing strategies to achieve and maintain enrollment goals.
Consistently grow the academy through on-going marketing and promotion of the academy.
Work closely with the Regional Director and National Office on production of collateral, social media strategies, web content, etc. for promotion and operation of the academy.
Staffing & Leadership Development
Recruit, hire, and train exceptional academy staff.
Provide leadership to academy leadership and academy staff- including spiritual nurturing, coaching, mentoring, encouragement, educational and professional development - to ensure that they are passionate and joy-filled as they lead others.
Be available to Academy leadership, staff, parents and church leaders for resourcing and/or problem-solving.
Evaluate and document Academy staff job performance, development plans and compensation recommendations. Collaborate with NO and regional on all HR issues.
Actively participate in key professional organizations so as to enrich personal and professional development.
Insure that all staff have the LCA New Employee Orientation and state required training.
Travel,as requested, to trainings, staff development events, new academy openings, etc. for support and ongoing training and development.
Implement and oversee all operating standards, processes and systems necessary to effectively operate academy to achieve stated outcomes.
Ensure compliance with all licensing requirements and federal and state laws related to academy operations.
Conduct annual tuition rate survey in order to adjust tuition rates, based on child care trends in the area.
Work with NO to leverage opportunities to receive competitive quotes from new vendors for products and services.
Enforce tuition requirements and resolve problems for non-payment, when necessary.
Ensure that information in the faculty, polices, and handbook remains relevant and up to date.
Visit classrooms on a daily basis to ensure adherence to corporate and academy goals, standards and objectives.
Maintain daily/weekly/monthly checklists for licensing standards compliance.
Space & Equipment
Planning for and equipping outdoor areas.
Planning for and equipping indoor areas.
Arranging for custodial care, maintenance, and repairs.
Do playground, bus, and facility inspections to make sure everything is safe and clean.
Interviewing parents of prospective students.
Use the CRM and Oncare daily to meet enrollment and retention goals.
Oversee other administrators use of CRM to ensure accuracy.
Orientation of newly enrolled students.
Familiarizing the parents of newly enrolled students with school policies.
Being alert to enrollment needs at all times
Update your monthly marketing calendar with both internal and external opportunities.
Maintaining an advertising and public relations program to promote enrollments.
Maintaining an active system of parent-school relationships.
Planning and administering a parent-education program.
Planning and administering a parent-participation program.
Maintaining an open line of communication between parents and staff.
Establishing and maintaining parents’ resource library.
Planning and implementing a health program for the school.
Contacting recognized agencies that are able to help children with special needs.
Maintaining a referral system for children who have special needs.
Planning and implementing a safety program for the school.
Must have licensing, Health and Fire regulations in good standing .
Keeping informed of the school’s legal responsibilities and liabilities.
Scheduling, conducting and recording fire and storm drills.
Assuring that teachers plan activities to teach the children safety on an ongoing basis.
Maintaining all vehicles and providing annual training for staff to insure transportation safety.
Welcoming visitors to the school and arranging for the visits to be pleasant and worthwhile.
Being available to community groups for public events that pertain to early childhood and to family life as a whole.
Maintaining a liaison with representatives of various branches of local, state, and federal government for the purpose of supporting legislation concerned with education.
Planning, Budget & Forecasting
Work closely with the Academy Director to follow the Academy's annual financial plan including key outcomes and corresponding budget.
Manage weekly/monthly billing using the academy's management software.
Collect, post, and deposit tuition payments daily.
Collect outstanding tuition and implement academy policies regarding such.
Provide weekly tuition aging report to Academy Director.
Provide timely and accurate weekly and monthly records and reports - to include bank deposits, billing reports, contact logs and call backs, etc. to Academy Director as requested.
Adhere to budgetary guidelines - specifically accounts receivable, labor expenditures and food purchases.
Background, Experience, and Education
Bachelors Degree preferred. 1-3 years experience as Academy Director for a licensed child care facility.
Academic experience with infant, toddler, pre-school and/or elementary teaching.
Key expertise will include state licensing , marketing, recruitment and staff supervision, operations management and customer service.
Experience with Microsoft office products, with proficiency in Outlook, Excel and/or other database management or CRM systems.
Spiritual maturity - committed and passionate follower of Jesus Christ
Burning desire to reach children and parents
People builder - proven ability to build teams, grow leaders, and create culture
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Excellent customer-service skills and the ability to create effective partnerships with churches, families and staff
Well-versed in child care accreditation and licensing standards
Strong collaboration and teamwork
Additional Salary Information: Bonus structure
About Lionheart Children's Academy
Lionheart Children's Academy- the new standard for excellence in early learning. Our passion is to support hard-working parents with quality, affordable care and education for their children. Our purposeful and holistic approach to early care and education ensures that your child has a strong and healthy foundation for learning and for life.