St. Paul’s Early Learning Center is seeking the next Director to lead our ELC Team! At the end of this May, our current Director, Kim Newingham, will move on from this position to her next adventure with her family in Virginia. We are SO thankful for her almost 17 years of service to the ELC, being in the Director role since 2014, and for all the ways she has provided blessing and care for children and families of the ELC as she led the staff.

Are you a leader who has a love for God’s children? Are you DCFS Director certified with experience in leading a Center? We’d love for you to consider answering the call to serve in ministry as our next Director of St. Paul’s Early Learning Center! We invite you to apply by visiting our posting on – APPLY HERE.

Click here to print a copy of the Position Description. Check out all of the details of the position listed below with more available at INDEED.COM. This is a full-time, paid position.

You are encouraged to apply by submitting your cover letter, resume, and references via INDEED.COM by APRIL 4TH.

St. Paul’s Early Learning Center (ELC) is a ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (SPL). It shares the 47-acre SPL campus in Decatur, Illinois and is located inside the SPL facility at 1 Bachrach Court. The ELC historically houses day time early learning and care classrooms, preschool, and school age programs year round. Connect with the ELC online at ELCDECATUR.ORG or on Facebook at FACEBOOK.COM/ELCDECATUR

Questions? Contact Pastor Bill Grueninger at or 217-423-6955.


Position Overview
Under the guidance of the Associate Pastor Youth & Family Ministry and the St. Paul’s Early Learning Center (ELC) Board, the Director has primary responsibility for shaping the care, preschool, and school-age programs of the ELC, while providing leadership and accountability to the staff of the ELC, maintaining a quality center with a strong Christian atmosphere. This person will serve and support this ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and partner with other staff, in compliance with DCFS (Department of Child and Family Services) requirements and in concert with the values, mission, and vision of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Early Learning Center.

The Director will:
Meet the expectations and requirements pertaining to the position as outlined by DCFS in the Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers Handbook and additional requirements such as:

– DCFS Director Certification (required)

– Complete and pass the required Background Check

– A Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Child Development, or Early Childhood Education (preferred)

– Five years of experience in working with children

– Synodically trained by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (preferred)

Serve as a Spiritual role model to children, families, and staff

Demonstrate punctuality, reliability, dependability, and flexibility

Demonstrate leadership, time management, team management, planning, and organizational skills
Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and a willingness to share his or her faith with adults and children

An active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or willing to become a member (preferred)

In accord with the values of St. Paul’s Early Learning Center, the Director will:

Maintain all expectations and requirements pertaining to the position and the Center as outlined by DCFS in the Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers Handbook.

Provide a strong Christian atmosphere for employees and enrolled families; lead the staff in developing and maintaining positive relationships and respectful communication with parents/guardians; practice confidentiality as related to ELC families and staff.

Ensure an enduring connection between the ELC and the Church (SPL); coordinate Chapel schedule.
Cultivate a safe environment to enhance the developmental growth, education, and healthful relationships of children within the Center and their families.

Maintain oversight of healthy enrollment; keep classroom/program wait lists current (regular follow-up)

Oversee the implementation of family-centered events (i.e., Family Thanksgiving, Christmas, Graduation, Open House, etc.).

Ensure adequate staffing for the Center, including oversight of hiring and dismissal of employees; oversee compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations concerning employment practices.

Oversee maintenance of financial, employee, and enrolled children records.
Enforce and maintain updated policies and procedures of the Center for employees and families enrolled.

Oversee the administration of CCRS program.

Supervise and aid employees by providing necessary resources, in-service training opportunities, regular staff meetings, staff observations and evaluations, curriculum guidelines, and other needed support.

Plan and maintain the annual budget for the Center, together with the Associate Pastor, Senior Pastor, and the ELC Board; write for grants of benefit to the programs and improve quality of the Center.

Contribute to the visibility and marketing of the ELC and its services/programs to the congregation and the public, in partnership with the SPL Communications Team.