Executive Director Job Description

Job Purpose:
Working with the County First Steps Board, plans and manages activities related to the implementation of the Board’s Strategies to strengthen families, improve children’s health and well-being, improve the quality of child care and early education opportunities, and help transition rising kindergarteners into school.

Essential Duties:

A.  Under the overall direction of the County First Steps Board, designs and directs the implementation of the Board’s Strategies to improve the quality of services and programs for early childhood development/ education to ensure that children are ready to succeed in school.

B.  Provides leadership and develops policies and priorities to manage the daily operations of the County First Steps office to include the supervision of other staff/volunteers.

C.  Within the guidelines and financial resources provided by the South Carolina Office of First Steps, develops an annual budget for the approval of the County First Steps Board.

D.  Seeks additional financial support from public and private sources through grant writing and fund raising opportunities.

E.  Acts as the primary liaison and effective advocate with the Office of First Steps and the Regional Fiscal Manager to ensure compliance with fiscal and legislative requirements.

F.  Ensures and facilitates the prompt flow of information between the Office of First Steps, the Regional Fiscal Manager, and the County First Steps Board.

G.  Works closely with the County First Steps Board to develop the required reports and updates of local needs/resources assessments and evaluation plans to meet the annual requirements of the Office of First Steps.

H.  Executes and manages contracts with third parties within the guidelines of the Office of First Steps and in accordance with local procedures.

I.  Works closely with other related organizations within the County Partnership and with the general public to establish partnerships and seek their support for and awareness of First Steps and related activities.

Additional Requirements:

A.  Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or elementary education with a minimum of five years experience in developing and managing early childhood or human services programs; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
B.  Excellent organizational, oral, written, and communications skills including competence with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or equivalent programs and including social media.
C.  Knowledge of community and grassroots development.
​D.  A passion for children and their education and development.

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Welcome to McCormick County First Steps

​​We prepare children for school success​​

Our Vision
All children in McCormick County enter school healthy and ready to succeed.

Our Mission
To improve the healthy development and school readiness of preschool children and their families by fostering collaboration and supporting quality early childhood programs that meet the needs of our children and families.

Our Core Values
We work as a team
We act with integrity and honesty
We involve the community
We believe collaboration is vital
We hold ourselves accountable
We provide exceptional service
We champion and support diversity
We believe families are a child's first teacher
We support the whole child
We celebrate our successes