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Assistant Director

CHS Harrisburg – Harrisburg, PA

CHS Harrisburg will be the second Center to open under the Catherine Hershey Schools organization, and is expected to open in 2024. The two-story, 48,692-square-foot building, located at the northeast corner of North 6th St. and Muench St., will include a Family Success Center, an Innovation Studio, and an experiential learning garden. The Center will accommodate 150 children from birth to age 5 and is expected to employ up to 80 employees and volunteers.

To prepare for the opening of CHS Harrisburg in 2024, teachers and staff will receive pre-opening professional development, coaching, training, and team building through the CHS Development Program. This is a unique opportunity for early childhood professionals to expand their knowledge, grow their careers, and launch a child-focused state-of-the-art early learning center.

Role Description:

The CHS Harrisburg Assistant Director will serve as the Center’s educational leader, responsible for overseeing the delivery of curriculum and maintenance of high-quality, safe, and nurturing classroom environments. The Assistant Director will lead and guide all members of the Center’s educational staff including curriculum and instruction coaches, lead teachers, assistant teachers, and classroom aides. This individual will report to the CHS Harrisburg Center Director, with whom the individual will work closely to shape the Center agenda, policies, and culture. The Assistant Director will be responsible for supporting day-to-day operations and management of CHS, Harrisburg, and will assume full oversight of Center operations in the Center Director’s absence. This individual will serve as a role model for administrators, teachers, and children at CHS Harrisburg, and will guide staff in fulfilling the Center's mission and vision.  Starting salary is in the range of $64,809 - $86,520 a year, based on expertise.


  • Assisting the Center Director in ensuring all Center staff deliver high quality, child-centered education to students
  • Manage and support facilitation of Professional Development Program
  • Supporting the teaching team in the effective application of curriculum and classroom safety procedures
  • Ensuring classrooms and additional learning environments are properly equipped and maintained
  • Developing and maintaining teaching staff schedules
  • In collaboration with other departments, managing future classroom projections and coordinating enrollment opportunities with the Admissions team
  • Managing the teaching staff - ensuring the execution and delivery of child developmental assessments
  • Supporting teachers and family engagement staff in providing timely, relevant, and engaging communication to families
  • Onboarding and ongoing training and development of teaching staff
  • Implementing policies and procedures to safeguard health and safety of families and staff in compliance with the State requirements (DHS/OCDEL) and NAEYC standards
  • Providing direct reports with timely and constructive feedback through ongoing performance evaluations
  • In collaboration with other departments, optimizing daily operations and workflow management, and looking to resolve inefficiencies alongside the Center Director
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with all staff and encouraging Center growth and performance
  • Cultivating collaborative working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including parents, staff, and community partners
  • Reporting to and working closely with the Center Director to achieve the mission and values of CHS
  • Acting as a liaison to the CHS Central Office on any operational and strategic issues as necessary


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Elementary Education, Special Education or Human Services  
  • 5 years’ experience working in an early childhood environment (birth to 5 years) in a similar role  
  • Harrisburg knowledge and experience gained through working or living in the community (preferred)  
  • Ability to effectively oversee a large department, multitask, and efficiently streamline operations  
  • Experience in people management and conflict resolution  
  • Responsible, enthusiastic, and cares about working in a mission-focused organization  
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to effectively work with low-income families  
  • Ability to proactively identify problems and implement solutions  
  • Willingness to be held accountable and receive feedback  
  • Comfortability with technology including MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and/or willingness to learn  
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including the ability to influence, lead, and educate large teams  
  • Commitment to the mission and values of CHS and demonstrated high degree of integrity as all CHS staff are role models for students  
  • U.S. work authorization and successful completion of pre-employment background checks and clearances
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Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning does not discriminate against applicants or employees, in hiring, promotion or any terms or conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion or religious creed, veteran status, disability or use of a guide or support animal because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals, or any other status protected under applicable federal or Pennsylvania law.

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