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Preschool Director

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PlayArts, an arts and enrichment center in Philadelphia, is seeking an experienced and inspiring Center Director for our play-based, arts immersion preschool, PlayArts Creative. This is a full time, 12 month position. 

Role Description

The Preschool Director will be responsible for daily operations, curriculum implementation and development, staff management, parent communication, and budgeting. The role requires strong leadership skills and the ability to create a nurturing and stimulating environment for young children.

Reports to: Director of Operations


  • Experience with The Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies
  • Experience maintaining state compliance and preparing for annual OCDEL licensing inspection
  • Manage invoices in Quickbooks
  • Experience in child development and early childhood education
  • Knowledge of kindergarten readiness and early childhood education standards
  • Strong budgeting and financial management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to lead and manage a team
  • Familiarity with connecting families to Early Intervention resources
  • Experience facilitating professional development
  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field
  • Experience relating to the Arts

Job duties include, but are not limited to: 

  • Supervise, support and provide resources for a team of talented and dedicated Early Childhood teachers and arts instructors
  • Establish healthy, positive relationships with students and families through regular and consistent communication, parent meetings and family fun events
  • Collaborate and meet regularly with administrative team
  • Assist in developing and maintaining an annual program budget
  • Process applications and handle admission and enrollment paperwork, deposits and tuition payments for incoming students
  • Provide monthly info sessions for prospective families
  • Handle all necessary paperwork and related tasks to ensure compliance with OCDEL and PA State licensing requirements
  • Plan and implement high quality professional development (PD) for staff
  • Lead the center in achieving NAEYC and Keystone STARS accreditation within two to three years
  • Collaborate with administrative team to establish goals and develop programs and practices that align with PlayArts' Diversity and Inclusion plan
  • Teach and offer assistance in classrooms as needed
  • Assist staff in maintaining a clean and orderly facility
  • Maintain a joyful work environment and positive culture with staff


This is a full-time position with an annual salary range of $58,000 - $61,000 based on education and experience

Two (2) weeks of Paid Time Off (PTO) plus some additional paid holidays and school breaks (determined by the annual school calendar)

Paid training and professional development

50% company paid Medical, Vision and Dental plan

Our Mission:

 To cultivate community and inspire creativity.

Our Niche:

Socially conscious education through arts immersion, play-based learning.

Our Vision: 

To be a change-making educational leader and impactful community resource, revolutionizing learning, parenting, and employment in and beyond Philadelphia. We want to be the happiest place for children to learn, and the happiest place for employees to work.

Our Core Values:

  • Community
  • Innovation
  • Play
  • Whole child
  • Joy & Wonder
  • Empowerment

Our Team Characteristics:

We are Positive: Approach work, clients and team members with a positive attitude

We are Direct: Strive for open and honest communication with your teammates

We are Entrepreneurial: Use time and financial resources as if they were your own

We are Problem-Solvers: Work toward finding solutions 

We are Detail-Oriented: Care about the details

We are Ambassadors: Represent PlayArts mission and values with every person you encounter.

Diversity Mission Statement: PlayArts strives to provide a safe and inclusive space and develop thoughtful, socially conscious programming that celebrates diversity, embodies anti-racism and empowers our littlest citizens to be advocates and allies. We believe that this work must start from birth and the arts are a powerful tool in inspiring the next generation of global changemakers.

Education Level: 
Minimum BA or BS in Early Childhood Education or related field required
To Apply

Please email resume and three references to Jessica Harron, Director of Operations at