Employment - Executive Director

Executive Director

Taigh Curaim Day Care Society


Positions:  1

Locations: Base can be at any of the sites with regular site visits to the other locations  - Baddeck, Bay St. Lawrence or Ingonish


Taigh Cùraim – means to be entrusted in the care of.

Taigh Cùraim is looking for an Executive Director (ED) to enthusiastically lead our teams in the mission and philosophy of the society.  The ideal ED has 5+ years experience, much of that managing the staff and operations of a childcare centre. A bonus would be if that experience was in a Montessori, Forest School or Waldorf environment.  The ED will coach and mentor the staff to build programs that focus on outdoors and the natural world.   The ED will ensure our sites have limited non-commercialized plastics, no electronics and use natural materials as much as possible.

Mission Statements

To build a social purpose organization that builds partnerships and creates a multi-use community space for people of all ages. To help care for the physical, social and educational needs of our community. To provide a safe, nurturing and caring space for all children in Baddeck and surrounding areas. To provide employment for the local community that sets a high standard for a supportive workplace environment.

Child Care Philosophy

We believe if children are provided with good nutrition, a safe space, tools and experiences to spark imagination and creativity, they will naturally take on learning through all their senses and imagination.

Job Description

The Executive Director, in collaboration with the Board of Directors, is responsible for all aspects of the childcare centres and operations; including finances, human resources, pedagogy, curriculum, and engagement with community and other stakeholders. This is a new role and scope, thus offering the opportunity for the ED to provide critical input to the board and practice leadership in the development of pedagogy and curriculum specific to nature-based learning. The ED will also work with the board to establish and sustain operational structures and systems, and build and nurture a strong community of staff, children and parents.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage daily operations in accordance with established procedures and policies, and seek direction from the Board to set new policies and procedures as the need arises.
  • Daily operational management includes:
    • overseeing budget and finances, including payroll and childcare funding
    • managing staff and volunteers, including scheduling, performance reviews and ongoing professional development
    • engaging with families and members of the community
    • Providing monthly reports to the board on all aspects of operations, including finances, staffing, enrollment, pedagogy and curriculum, and engagement within the community

Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Educational Practice:

With support and feedback from the Board, develop pedagogical approach, curriculum, and learning resources based on the NS Department of Early Childhood Education frameworks to support a nature-based learning program.

Support ongoing in-service professional development which includes opportunities for educators to learn, receive feedback, discuss challenges and opportunities, and be coached in the improvement of practice.

Support educators and staff to plan and carry out activities that respect children’s ways of being in nature, building strong knowledge and relationships with the early childhood education community and family members.

Support educators to conceptualize, develop, plan, implement, and evaluate approaches to strengthen “community” and understanding among children, staff, parents, and community members.

Engage in ongoing learning, reflection, and adaptation of both explicit and implicit approaches practices (including pedagogy and curriculum) and facilitate/coach educators and staff to do the same.


  • Capacity and willingness to learn, reflect, and adapt own practice; and support/coach others to do the same
  • Commitment to servant leadership
  • Ability to work effectively with a multidisciplinary and diverse team and coordinate effectively with different stakeholders
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Experience working with children and families of diverse backgrounds
  • Experience in a nature play-based early childhood development and care setting
  • Experience as a Director/Supervisor of an early childhood development and care program, or other community-based program or centre working with children and families
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors or Non-Profit Society
  • Experience managing financial applications such as bookkeeping software and payroll
  • Experience managing an employee benefits program


  • 5 or more years of expereince managing staff
  • 5 or more years expereince managing a childcare program
  • ECE Level 3 or eqiuvalent education. More info
  • Expreince in Montessori or Forest Schools as asset
How To Apply

Taigh Curaim Day Care Society will be accepting applications for this position via email. Please follow the instructions below carefully. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

Please send your resume and cover letter. 

Email Address: taighcuraimjobs@gmail.com Apply here

Intended Audience

This employment opportunity is open for: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents who are able to work for any employer in Canada (study permit, open work permit holders).

Only applicants who are authorized to work in Canada will be considered.

Location Information
Victoria County
Nova Scotia
Opportunity Information
Taigh Curaim Day Care Society
NOC Code
Experience Required
Available Openings
Pay Type
To be Determined
Pay Period
To be Determined
Remuneration Per Pay Period
Estimated Weekly Hours
Start Date
August 1st 2024
End Date
Posted on
May 1st 2024
July 1st 2024