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Preschool Director (Trinity United Methodist Church)

Preschool Director (Trinity United Methodist Church)

Are you looking for a position where your contributions are truly valued, and your work is part of a larger mission? At Trinity United Methodist Church, we strive to provide a “second home” feeling for our members and staff team; where being big-hearted, Christ-minded, Spirit-led, and bound by love are our core values. With a beautiful 63-acre campus in northwest Gainesville as well as a missional campus in northeast Gainesville, Trinity is home to an engaged and active congregation of over 2,500 members, numerous community justice initiatives and missions, vibrant children and youth ministries, and our exceptional Stepping Stones Preschool. We are searching for an experienced Director of Stepping Stones with a passion for growing disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

This vital position will lead the way in living in to and helping to fulfill Trinity’s recently adopted vision: to be a courageous witness for Christ by welcoming all people, growing loving relationships, nurturing deeper faithfulness, and doing all the good we can in our community and beyond. Additionally, this position will not only maintain the amazing progress and reputation of our highly respected preschool, they will also actively seek and experiment with new and imaginative methods to continue to offer this amazing service to the Gainesville community.


Position Overview:

The Director of the Trinity United Methodist Church Preschool (Stepping Stones) helps make disciples of Jesus Christ by nurturing children and their families to connect deeply with God and all God’s children. This position is responsible for leading and overseeing the Stepping Stones teachers and staff to adequately develop a preschool in which children are prepared in all areas of child development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

● Recognize, invite, lead, educate, equip and coordinate lay persons who are called to help the congregation in children and family ministries, specifically with the Stepping Stones Preschool, to fulfill our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world

● Supervise, schedule, mentor, lead and work alongside the members of the Stepping Stones Preschool team including overseeing annual staff continuing education requirements as mandated by Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

● Collaborate with the communications team to create effective methods for increasing awareness and encouraging participation in Stepping Stones Preschool (i.e. Trinity’s website, social media, signage, newsletters, and speaking engagements)

● Collaborate with Director of Facilities to schedule locations for Stepping Stones Preschool classes, activities, and events

● Compile data and report team progress and updates to Co-Senior Pastor

● Set goals and deadlines for Stepping Stones Preschool team

● Prepare, recommend, and oversee annual Stepping Stones Preschool budget once approved

● Recommend changes to policies or procedures to improve Stepping Stones Preschool

● Responsible for administering the day-to-day operation of the preschool in accordance with the policies and procedures adopted by Trinity United Methodist Church and Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

● Oversee selection of all curricula used and supplies needed for Stepping Stones, ensuring age appropriateness and theological fit with Trinity United Methodist Church

● Ensure all registration, enrollment, attendance, and safety mandates are being followed by parents, teachers and leaders

● Maintain all student records in accordance with DCF mandates

● Responsible for monthly newsletter creation and distribution

● Coordinate parental involvement throughout the school year

● Create and update parent handbook for Stepping Stones Preschool

● Collaborate with Director of Children and Family Ministries and staff parish to interview and hire new employees, conduct annual evaluations, and make recommendations on staffing issues within children and family ministries

● Exhibit dedication and investment in the mission, vision and core values of Trinity United Methodist Church

● Assist and perform other duties as assigned

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $47,000.00 - $55,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance


  • 8-hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • No nights
  • No weekends

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Gainesville, FL 32653: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Childcare or teaching: 3 years (Required)
  • supervising: 3 years (Preferred)


  • FL Legislature mandated Directors Credentials (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

Contact: Barbara Korner

Location: Trinity United Methodist Church

Address: 4000 NW 53rd Ave GAINESVILLE FL 32653

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