Current job openings at Epworth United Methodist Church:

Epworth UMC Preschool Director

Epworth UMC Preschool / Epworth UMC

Durham, North Carolina

The Preschool Director at Epworth UMC Preschool will direct the daily operations of the preschool, including but not limited to developing, organizing and implementing plans and policies reflecting the church’s desires to reach out to the community by providing a developmentally appropriate and nurturing learning environment for children.

The Preschool Director should be well organized, a good communicator, and work well in a team environment. The Preschool Director will supervise 25+ staff members.


Responsibilities of Employment (As relates to Epworth UMC)

  • Promote and support the Preschool Mission statement and the relationship between Epworth UMC and the Preschool
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of Preschool and recommend annual goals
  • Adhere to policy regarding the Shared-Space agreement, especially as pertains to upkeep and maintenance of facilities and grounds
  • Develop and submit report of the Preschool to annual Charge Conference
  • Attend Epworth UMC staff meetings and Preschool Board meetings as requested; contribute reports, finances, issues, and needs accordingly
  • Attend all Preschool Board meetings to inform members of all relative information, including but not limited to budget, enrollment, programming, events, and projects
  • Attend weekly Epworth UMC staff meetings and work with church staff and contracted employees to provide necessary or requested information
  • Work with Epworth UMC Lead or Associate Pastor to plan Gathering Times and special events of discipleship for children and their families; continue to find new ways for Preschool to interact with Epworth UMC


Responsibilities of Employment (As relates to Personnel)

  • Acquisition and termination of teachers, assistants, and substitutes; subject to review by Preschool Board
  • Evaluate all Preschool staff annually
  • Support, supervise, and encourage staff daily; communicate regularly in regards to programming and attendees
  • Record, organize, reference, and review personnel files to ensure all pertinent and personal information is current for staff members
  • Plan, organize, and lead Preschool staff meetings on a regular basis; display Preschool goals, mission, and philosophy as necessary
  • Review, provide, and support continuing educational opportunities for all staff members including but not limited to Safe Sanctuary, First Aid, and CPR training
  • Conduct regular in-class observations and provide constructive feedback
  • Execute monthly payroll


Responsibilities of Employment (As relates to Operations)

  • Establish annual budget recommendation and submit to Epworth UMC Financial Manager and Preschool Board
  • Monitor expenditures and work with financial manager to assure sound accounting practices
  • Plan class offerings and fees, oversee the enrollment process, assign children to classes
  • Ensure office is occupied at all times, consistently monitor facilities for threats, maintain regular presence around all classrooms and hallways, be present at arrival and dismissal times
  • Develop emergency and disaster preparedness plans for outside threats, abnormal weather events, and/or fires; practice implementation to promote safety and trust
  • Develop the Preschool calendar and schedules for school-wide activities, prepare and update parent/guardian handbooks
  • Maintain student records


Responsibilities of Employment (As relates to Communications)

  • Maintain regular correspondence and encourage open communications with parents/guardians; organize parent orientation meeting prior to school year starting
  • Facilitate and attend parent/teacher conferences as necessary
  • Review and research appropriate community resources available to Preschool families and make recommendations as requested
  • Communicate regularly with staff


Responsibilities of Employment (As relates to Facilities)

  • Maintain safe and clean Preschool spaces, including buildings and grounds, as required by Shared-Space Agreement with Epworth UMC and Trustees Committee
  • Annually review Shared-Space Agreement with the financial director and EUMC Lead Pastor or their designee
  • Establish that all offices, equipment, classrooms, and workrooms are in good working order prior to use; report any issues to Epworth UMC Office Manager or Senior Pastor


All qualified candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Development (or related field) and 3-5 years of applicable experience.

Resumes can be sent to Thad Gurley, Epworth UMC SPPRC Preschool Director Search Committee Chair.