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Executive Director | Inner suburbs

Unique opportunity to lead the team at one of the best Community-based services in Melbourne!

The Organisation   

Hawthorn Early Years (HEY) is a not-for-profit community-based organisation providing families with long day care and kindergarten programs. They offer a child-centred learning environment based on learning through play, strong family relationships and the core values of respectful relationships. Guided by the philosophy of "Learning for Life", HEY has a reputation for being a sector leading long day care service, and consistently exceeds the National Quality Standard in National Quality Framework assessments.

The team at HEY recognise the importance of providing a rich nurturing environment that empowers children to become confident, involved and independent learners. The service recognises the importance of meaningful partnerships with families, which are paramount in creating an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and promotes a sense of belonging for all.
The opportunity:

The Executive Director will provide strategic leadership and inspire the staff to deliver excellent early years programs and services which are consistent with the priorities and values of HEY and which ensure that the organisation remains financially sustainable and meets all its compliance obligations.

The Executive Director is the senior leadership role supporting the staff to grow their professional skills and provide a progressive, supportive and professional working environment. This person will be responsible for ensuring the effective operation of HEY and delivering HEY’s Strategic Plan through engagement with stakeholders. Partnering with the Board, you will take HEY into the future where our children and families develop to their full potential and develop their love of learning.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in managing early childhood education services, leading change and renewal as well as previous experience with financial systems and managing budgets. 

The Candidate

You will be Diploma or Bachelor qualified Early Years professional with 3+ years’ experience in multi-site management or a centre director with a minimum of five years’ experience who possesses strong business acumen and experience managing large services.

You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as extensive knowledge of the EYLF and NQS.  In addition, you will have a proven track record in the management of budgets, rosters and policies. 

We are looking for a natural leader with strong work ethic. A candidate who values Education, well-being, respect and integrity. 
If this sounds like you, please  click apply or alternatively for a confidential discussion please call Jessica Abrill on (03) 92492411

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