School Age Services Operations Manager

Columbia, MD, USA Req #573
Thursday, April 4, 2024

Columbia Association, headquartered in Howard County, Maryland, is known for engaging our diverse community, cultivating a unique sense of place, and enhancing the quality of life in Columbia, Maryland, all thanks to the efforts of our remarkable team members. If you share in our passion for teamwork and our vision, we want you to fast-forward your career with us at Columbia Association. WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY? CA offers a positive and fun work environment; competitive pay; and a generous benefits package, including health, dental, and vision coverage; 401(k) retirement saving plan with CA contributing 6% of the team member’s salary and more if eligible.

School Age Services Manager  


Columbia Association’s School Age Services programs strive to provide affordable and enriching opportunities for school-age youth during their non-school hours in order to meet the school-age childcare needs of the community. We operate before and after schoolchildren 20 elementary schools in Howard CountyOur programs are designed in accordance with the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National After-School Association (NAA). Students are offered a variety of activities that may include art, science, music, dramatic play and various physical activities and games. Developmental levels of children are taken into account while planning these activities, with developmentally appropriate practices utilized as needed. Our programs are structured in a manner that facilitates opportunities for individual and group participation, striking a balance between self-selected and staff directed activities with both quiet and active periods.  


Position Description 


The SAS Operations Manager is responsible for:


  • Implementing the philosophy, policies, procedures, and operations, exercising responsible professional judgment and technical skill 
  • Working closely with the Maryland Department of Education to ensure licensing compliance of all sites as well as working with the school principals to ensure a seamless transition for participants.   
  • The development and implementation of quality standards, evaluation, revision of forms and policies and all other activities, which add to the overall quality of the program.   
  • Staff supervision including direct supervision of the SAS directors in their development, coordination and oversight of the before and after school care programs as well as the development of pre-service and in-service training, and staff meetings.   
  • Budgetary responsibilities include creating, planning, monitoring and managing division’s operating budget of approx.$2.5million.
  • This is a challenging position, involving considerable responsibility, complexity and variety. This includes responding to parent concerns and reports of accidents, taking appropriate responsive action where necessary. 




  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in education, recreation, child psychology, child development, education or related field.  Advanced degree preferred. 
  • Must be or be able to attain MSDE School Age Director qualification. 
  • Minimum of five years multi- site experience in supervisory or administrative capacity in the area of community recreation or childcare.  
  • Professional skill in planning, organizing, and supervising a wide variety of childcare programs. 
  • Thorough knowledge of MSDE regulation, NAEYC and NAA standards and the Americans with Disability Act. 
  • Experience managing operating budgets of at least $1,000,000. 


This position comes with a full benefits package, including health, dental, vision, short term disability, leave time, 401K and more. 


Columbia Association is an equal employment opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to the following legally protected characteristics: race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military/veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. EOE/ADA. We encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization. Over and above non-discrimination, CA’s mission includes engaging our diverse community and meeting the evolving needs of a dynamic and inclusive community. That’s why we welcome folks of diverse or marginalized backgrounds and abilities to apply to become part of the CA team.

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