Dallas Zoo Preschool Manager

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Dallas, TX
United States

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  1. Regulatory:
  • Work with Director of Education to create the operational and procedural documents, and to submit state licensing paperwork, for a proposed nature-based preschool at the Dallas Zoo.
  • Maintain records and ensure compliance with all child care licensing regulations and requirements of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
  1. Supervisory:
  • Supervise and manage full-time and part-time preschool instructors including hiring, documenting and evaluating performance, coordinating schedules, assigning responsibilities, and monitoring work hours. Ensure high quality programming and customer service through establishment of performance measures, goals, objectives and priorities. Ensure that all members of the preschool team are informed about departmental goals, activities and programs to ensure that they can appropriately provide information to customers.
  • Coordinate 24 hours of annual professional development for preschool instructors.
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of preschoolers. Work with preschool instructors to ensure classrooms are safe, developmentally appropriate and attractive.
  1. Program Development:
  • Coordinate development and implementation of annual preschool curriculum focused on fostering a connection with nature and animals. Instruct preschool classes as needed.
  • Serve as liaison between Education Department and other departments to coordinate zoo tours, keeper interactions, and other logistics, for preschool. Coordinate and facilitate the use of program animals for preschool. Handle designated program animals as needed for preschool classes.
  • Plan and oversee execution of all preschool special events and programs.
  1. Parental Communication and Involvement:
  • Support the relationship and communication between instructors and preschoolers; and between instructors and parents. Address child behavior issues.
  • Provide excellent customer service to program participants and families; build positive relationships within the Education team and with other zoo work groups. Interact with public and co-workers in a positive manner.
  • Provide information and tours for prospective enrollees and maintain enrollment status.
  • Familiarize parents with school policies and provide new parents with orientation.
  1. Resource Management:
  • In collaboration with education administration team, order preschool supplies and materials. Coordinate organization and inventory maintenance of preschool supplies and equipment. Effectively and efficiently use program resources.
  • Oversee preschool budget and monitor monthly expense/revenue against approved budget.
  • Assist Education Administration Supervisor in developing marketing and promotional materials (flyers, brochures, etc…) that highlight the preschool program to the community and help to ensure program success.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
  • 1+ years experience as director of state licensed child-care facility.
  • 3 years experience in nature-based education, prefer background in nature-based preschool or similar experience.
  • Hold a valid Child Care Center Director's Certificate from the State of Texas or has the qualifications to obtain certificate within 30 days of hire.
  • Proven leader, skilled in strategic planning, creating and maintaining an ambitious, collaborative, goal-oriented and fun working environment.
  • Able to hire, train, develop and retain highly qualified and motivated team members.
  • Skillful in building strong relationships with team members, children and parents.
  • Proven track record of good business management including increasing and maintaining enrollment, budgeting, reporting, oversight and planning.
  • Must be flexible and willing to assist with a variety of teaching and administrative duties.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time and walk long distances.
  • Must be able to work outside.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull bend, climb stairs and ladders and carry up to 50lbs.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license to operate Zoo vehicles and reliable transportation


Successful candidates must complete a pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era.





Additional Information

The Dallas Zoo Education Department is a vital part of the Conservation & Education Division, along with the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo and the Volunteer Services Department.  The Dallas Zoo’s mission is “Engaging People & Saving Animals.”  In support of this mission, the intended outcomes established by the Education Department are that participants in our programs will understand their connection with nature, adopt behaviors on behalf of the environment, and be inspired to care for wildlife and wild places.  Additionally, the Dallas Zoo Education Department has established program standards which apply to each program developed and delivered by the department.  These standards are: learners are actively involved; programs utilize our living animal collection; they create an environment that fosters positive connections with nature; they are science-based and they are conservation-oriented. A goal of the division is to create pathways among our programs in order to develop and sustain relationships with our participants so that they are engaged and empowered to act on behalf of wildlife conservation.

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