Accepting Applicants for Executive Director

Pine Forest Children’s Center


Title: Executive Director

Reports to: Pine Forest, Inc. Board of Directors


Pine Forest Children’s Center, established in 1989 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2010, is one the largest early child care education centers in Burlington, serving about 75 children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. Pine Forest provides an enriched program that is supportive of the growing child, and acts in partnership with the family. The curriculum reflects the best practice in early childhood development. It is emergent and play-based, allowing children to guide their own learning. Pine Forest provides developmentally appropriate activities, often nature based, that are both teacher guided and open ended.

The Executive Director (E.D.) serves as the chief executive officer of the Center, providing strategic and operational direction for the Center with an eye to its future. The E.D. ensures that children attending Pine Forest receive high-quality care and education. Additionally, the E.D.oversees Center staffing as well as financial planning and management. .The E.D. represents Pine Forest in the community and has a broad knowledge of community needs regarding early care and education issues.

The Board seeks a dynamic, strategic, hardworking and pragmatic leader to oversee a staff of 18 on a day-to-day basis, to think creatively about how to improve operations, represent Pine Forest in the community and work collaboratively with the Board of Directors to ensure Pine Forest’s long-term sustainability. A successful Executive Director will have superior interpersonal skills, a high degree of initiative and dedication, commitment to high quality programming for children, be a team player, and foster a supportive work environment for staff.

Duties & Responsibilities:

In collaboration with the Board of Directors and the Assistant Director, the Executive Director ensures and facilitates the smooth functioning of all aspects of Pine Forest in order to best serve children and families including, but not limited to:

Center Operations

• Develops, coordinates and enhances program with Assistant Director and lead teachers or classrooms, including planning for support staff assignments, facility improvements and other shared resources, within budget;

• Works closely with administrative staff to ensure the efficient administrative operation of Pine Forest and proper division of duties;

• Ensures licensing requirements are met at all times; and

• Ensures regular communication, as required and applicable, with third parties, including landlord, custodial service, maintenance services, etc.

Staff Management and Development

• Facilitates the recruitment and coordinates the selection, hiring and orientation of all new staff, within licensing approved processes and polices;

• Develops strategies to minimize staff vacancies;

• Provides supervision, leadership and support to all staff; maintains a positive and collaborative culture;

• Conducts ongoing informal and annual formal performance evaluations of staff;

• Consults, supports and provides guidance to teaching staff in evaluating and revising children’s programming as required; and

• Ensures appropriate professional development opportunities are made available to center staff, within center budget parameters and in accordance with identified training needs of staff at the center; seeks own professional development appropriate to being an Executive Director.

Family Engagement

• Markets the center to prospective client-parents;

• Oversees and manages all elements of enrolment, including coordination with Child Care Resource as needed, and ensures the smooth integration of new client-children into Pine Forest; and

• Develops and maintains positive relationships and regular communication with parent-
clients; facilitates or directly provides mediation and resolution to parent-program conflicts which may arise.

Financial Management

• Develops budget annually, including tuition rate schedule, for approval by the Board and monitors and makes adjustments based on fiscal results throughout the year;

• Ensures full and accurate collection of all revenue due to the Center;

• Ensures timely and efficient payment of bills; and

• Explores and pursues new and/or alternative sources of income, including, but not limited to, grants, philanthropic fundraising, program diversification, etc.

Leadership and Strategic Planning

• Collaborates with the Board of Directors, as needed, to ensure the center is operating to its fullest potential including strategic planning for the long-term health of the organization;

• Plans and attends monthly meetings of the Board of Directors; reports on key operations metrics and Center developments and identifies areas for Board assistance;

• Represents the center by participation in partnerships and associations in the child care community;

• Oversees certification and/or recertification of Pine Forest through the State’s STARS program and other local, state, federal or private certification programs; and

• Performs other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Board of Directors.



• Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field, with 3-5 years of program management experience. Master’s Degree in Education, Nonprofit or Educational Leadership preferred.


• Five years experience in early childhood or family program/human service setting; three years experience in a leadership position; and

• Experience in leadership of educational, family services, or other related programs required. Experienced leading an early care and learning programs highly preferred.

Certifications/Other Requirements:

• Education and experience that meets the program director requirements for a center over 60 children per Vermont State childcare licensing regulations, or ability and willingness to meet those requirements by September 1, 2018;

• Certified in CPR/First Aid (must maintain that certification);

• Must participate in 15 hours of training every year;

• Must participate in Food Program Training every year; and

• Must undergo a criminal background check and fingerprinting.

How to apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to In your cover letter, please address how you currently meet or plan to meet the program director requirements for a center with over 60 children as laid out by the Vermont State childcare licensing regulations.

The licensing regulations can be found on the Vermont Department of Children and Families, Child Development Division website.

Applications are due no later than Friday, June 14th.


Hiring Food Program Manager/Chef (Part-Time)

Do you love to cook? Do you love to share the joys of fresh food and nutritious options with children and families? Then Pine Forest Children’s Center (PFCC) has a job for you! We are seeking a Food Program Manager/Chef to join our early education community.

PFCC is an early education program serving 75 children ages 6 weeks through 6 years old in an integrated setting in the south end of Burlington. The position is Monday through Friday for 25 hours per week. The shift is from approximately 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM each day.  The chef creates monthly menus as well as orders and purchases food items and supplies. The Food Program Manager/Chef is responsible for picking up and delivering food from Costco weekly on Monday mornings. Other responsibilities include: preparing breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack for approximately 75 children, kitchen clean up while following proper sanitation guidelines. Additional aspects of the position include creating educational opportunities for our staff/families and working with community partners.  The chef works in conjunction with the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) while working in partnership with Child Care Resource as our sponsor.

The ideal candidate will be flexible, creative and will be ServeSafe certified (or able to become) and be familiar or willing to learn about CACFP. Applicant must also pass a background check. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and 3 written reference letters to Christina Goodwin, Assistant Director, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2F, Burlington, VT  05401

Phone # (802) 651-9455 EOE.

Executive Director Evaluation

Dear Fellow Pine Forest Parents,

One of the jobs of Pine Forest’s Board of Directors is to supervise our Executive Director, Amy Ligay.  To do this, we periodically carry out evaluations of how Amy is doing.

We are starting an evaluation and are seeking input from those who regularly interact and work with Amy (Pine Forest’s amazing staff and you, the parents).  The opinions of both of these groups are very important to us, so please take a few minutes to complete a confidential online questionnaire.

To reach the questionnaire, please click here.

Your answers will be anonymous.  The system we are using to gather your answers does not ask you for nor reveal to us any personal information about you.  So, your answers will remain anonymous.

Please provide your feedback to us before February 17, 2017.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me, or any of the other members of Pine Forest’s Board.

Thanks you for your time.


William E. Flender, Chair

Pine Forest, Inc. Board of Directors

Take me out to the ball game!

PFCC is selling tickets to a Lake Monsters game on Saturday, June 25th.  The Lake Monsters are playing the Staten Island Yankees. The game starts at 6:05pm.
Tickets are $7 each. PFCC receives $2.50 from each ticket sold.

Tickets are available now and they are being sold ON-LINE ONLY. Please note that PFCC  only receives proceeds for tickets purchased for the Saturday, June 25th game.

Tickets can be purchased for $7 each (in reserved seating) by going to this link:

Here is a link for Centennial Field with Directions and Parking Information:

Please help out PFCC by purchasing a ticket and come join the fun at the Lake Monsters game on Saturday, June 25!

Flower Power Fundraiser

Pine Forest Children’s Center is participating in a Flower Power Fundraiser. We will be using the funds for enhanced learning materials and community explorations. Flower Power offers top-quality flower bulbs for our friends and family members to purchase. All orders ship directly to our customers’ homes and come with a 100% money-back guarantee. And the best part, we get to keep 50% of every dollar sold! Start now by sharing this link:

Delayed Opening/ Possible Early Closure

Pine Forest Children’s Center will have a delayed 90 minute opening this morning. We will be opening at 9 am.  Depending on the severity and composition of the storm we may close early today at 4 pm to allow for safe travel home. A decision about early closure will occur by 1 pm. VTrans recommends that if you do not need to travel or work today, please consider avoiding driving. Conditions can vary throughout the area.

Our goal today is to keep everyone safe so please keep an eye on the weather throughout the day.