Job Description

Child Development Institute (CDI) is a leading provider of mental health and early learning services for children, youth and families in Toronto.  In 2019-2020, CDI served over 4,600 children, youth and their families, including over 2,500 children through our healthy child development programs. 


We are proud to be accredited through the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, a third-party review based on accepted organizational practices that promote ongoing quality improvement and responsive, effective community services.


Built on a legacy of more than 100 years of helping children and families, we have an established track record of success in children’s mental health and family violence. We are thought leaders, innovative, collaborative, dedicated and compassionate.


Position: Director, Healthy Child Development

Location:  Greater Toronto Area


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 years field and emerging issues and



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, rarely satisfied with the status

quo and clearly creative and entrepreneurial, this position is right for you.


CDI is seeking to meet candidates who have the following experience:

  • Minimum 7 to 10 years of experience working in senior Early Learning and Child Care management positions or in other relevant management positions
  • Experience working in a non-profit
  • Application of early childhood development expertise in applied early learning / child care settings


Education / Professional Designation:

  • Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field (for example, Bachelor of Education)
  • Member in good standing with the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators



  • Ability to think strategically, set priorities and plans to achieve goals
  • Ability to plan, develop, implement, and monitor a strong program
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in Human Resource Management – a strong coach
  • Solid financial management and risk management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills; capable of creating respectful, nurturing, empowering relationships and building a cohesive team
  • Ability to respond to emergencies, challenging behaviours and maintain control in high stress situations
  • Ability to manage confidential information and situations in a professional manner
  • Demonstrated 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



  • 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
  • Demonstrated understanding of the College of Early Childhood Educators, Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and Continuous Professional Learning
  • Proficient with software applications (Microsoft Office, Word, Outlook), online search, business tools, database administration for children’s records and fees
  • Knowledge 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


Salary Range:  $110,000-$120,000


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.


To Apply


Submit your application through our website by September 10, 2021.


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Select the role and ‘Apply’ to upload your cover letter and resume in two separate documents. 

Issues with applying? Please email


For more information about the position, please contact Janice Wooster at  or 416.388.4049. We thank all applicants for applying, however, only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


If someone you know may be interested in this position, please feel free to forward this information – we’d be pleased to connect with them. 

Job Posting Details

Job Type


Market Segment

Non-profit Organization

Company Type

Recruiting Firm

Languages Required


Education Required

University degree

Minimum Experience Required

7 to 10 Years

Salary (annually)

from $110,000 to $120,000