Job Posting 70688

Director, Healthy Child Development
Child Development Institute
Toronto Metro area
closes in 5 days (Thu, 13 May)
full time  •  Salary is under review and is subject to skills, abilities and qualifications.


Child Development Institute (CDI) is a leading children’s mental health agency in the City of Toronto offering a range of services to approximately 3,500 children ages 0‐12, youth ages 13-18 and their families each year. Our mission is to promote and support the healthy development of children and to strengthen the families and communities in which they live. We provide four streams of service to families in need: early intervention, family violence, healthy child development and specialized mental health services for children and youth with learning disabilities.




Child Development Institute (CDI) is seeking a Director, Healthy Child Development to join our dynamic Healthy Child Development (ELC, EarlyON and Childcare consultation) team.  We are seeking a proven impact senior leader who combines a vision-oriented management style combined with an attention to action, detail, and execution. Candidates must have a strong grounding in early childhood development, family support, a mastery of relevant legislation and licensing requirements, strong fiscal management and a keen awareness of and passion for the childcare and early year’s field and emerging issues and opportunities.


Candidates will have highly developed and senior relationship and communication skills, which include not only verbal but also written presentation skills. Candidates must demonstrate a proven ability to manage complex and multi-source funding and budgeting and their reporting requirements. The successful candidate balances process with results, is independent and self-directed but also team-oriented. If you are comfortable with decision-making and with risk, is rarely satisfied with the status quo and is clearly creative and entrepreneurial, this position is right for you.



  • Ensures the programs provided keep up with emerging trends and best practices of early childhood development and learning.
  • Work collaboratively with program advisors/consultants from the Ministry of Education, Toronto Children’s Services and other support agencies as required.
  • Participate in professional networking activities.
  • Evaluates the quality of the program annually and makes the required changes.
  • Monitor policies and procedures for effectiveness and compliance.
  • Ensures regular amendments when required to Operational Manual, Licensing polices and procedures, Employment Policies, H&S protocols, etc.
  • Sound management practices, CUPE Collective Agreement.
  • Participates in organizations Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, ensuring the values expressed in CDI statement is embedded through the organization.
  1. Directly supervises assigned HCD managers in accordance with sound management practices, and CDI’s values.
    • Recruits, hires, coaches and manages assigned HCD management positions and evaluates performance of assigned staff in keeping with agency policy and service standards;
    • Sets clear, results-oriented goals, with realistic and measurable outcomes;
    • Ensures that the quality of work being delivered by the division is in keeping with CDI’s strategy and standards;
    • Facilitate conflict resolution and complaint procedure regarding employees and clients;
    • Engages consultants and suppliers for specific project work, and manages through contracted services.
  1. Participates in the management process and governance processes.
    • Keeps the CEO apprised of service delivery issues, opportunities and recommends significant changes in program design, in resource allocation or in prioritization;
    • Ensures that the CEO is kept up to date on all relevant changes in legislation and licensing requirements;
    • Participates in the agency’s Senior Leadership Team in establishing operational policies, standards and procedures and in the preparation of annual budget and service plan process;
    • Review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes as appropriate;
    • Monitors the volume of service delivered against target, anticipates emerging service patterns, issues and needs, and ensures that this material is reflected in the deliberations and actions of the division.
  1. Develops and maintains effective relationships with key stakeholders.
    • Ensures linkages to parents and program participants so that services are responsive and decision-making is accessible;
    • Assumes a clear community profile of visibility and leadership that well represents the organization – defines CDI’s particular attributes and interests and that also creates access paths for community voices and issues;
    • Ensures that programs and services under Healthy Child Development are aligned with community needs and that appropriate relationships are established and maintained which will advance the program’s effectiveness;
    • Creates an inclusive environment that welcomes families and provides opportunities for parents to participate in the program;
    • Deals with parent/client complaints/concerns escalations as required;
    • Provides leadership when dealing with difficult situations related to child behaviour and/or development
  1. Ensures effective financial management:
    • Formulates the annual operating budget according to municipal/regional/provincial funding guidelines;
    • Approves expenditures within procedural requirements and manages assigned financial resources;
    • Administers and monitors the budget, ensuring the programs operate within the budgetary parameters established.



  • Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
  • Member in good standing with the College of Early Childhood Educators.
  • Minimum 7 to 10 years’ experience working in senior Early Learning and  Child Care management position or in a relevant management position.
  • Experience in a non-profit, including knowledge of both the theoretical and practical sides of early childhood development.



  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of Provincial Licensing Requirements under the CCEYA licensing standards, Ministry of Education Pedagogy for the Early Years ‘How Does Learning Happen?’ Toronto Children’s Services, Assessment for Quality Improvement, Toronto Public Health requirements and other relevant legislations.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the College of Early Childhood Educators, Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and Continuous Professional Learning.
  • Proficient with of software applications (Microsoft office, Word, Outlook) online search, business tools, database administration for children’s records and fees.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code, Occupational Health and Safety, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Conducting Workplace Investigations related to harassment legislation and Employment Standards.
  • Proof of a satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check.



  • Ability to plan, develop, implement, and monitor a strong program.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in Human Resource Management, financial management, and risk management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, capable of creating respectful, nurturing, and empowering relationship in building a cohesive team.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies, hostile behaviour and maintain control in high stress situations.
  • Ability to think strategically, set priorities, and plans to achieve goals.
  • Ability to manage confidential information and situations in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrate sound judgement and excellent communication skills (written, verbal).
  • Analytical skills related to budgeting and financial management.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, foster a climate of shared respect, and collaboration in managing employees.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a respectful and aware manner with groups from diverse background and experiences.  



  • Governed by concurrent and dynamic deadlines, despite conflicting priorities and frequent interruptions.
  • Fast-paced environment with a focus on timely, accurate results.
  • Frequent handling of queries from various stakeholders.
  • Occasionally required to work flex hours to meet deadlines.
  • Occasional travel to various locations.


Thank you in advance for your interest. However, due to the volume of resumes received, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Diversity and Inclusion:  

Child Development Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value inclusivity & diversity in the workplace. We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity, including, but not limited to,

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and all other Indigenous peoples;
  • members of groups that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin;
  • persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities; and
  • persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

We recognize that many of these identities intersect and that therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex. We value the contributions that each person brings, and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all in our community.



Child Development Institute is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC). Child Development Institute will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment & selection process to applicants with disabilities.  During any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) you may require.   Any information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


All applicants are advised that offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a Vulnerable Sector Check.

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