Executive Director
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Since 1975, Open Door Preschools has nurtured and inspired young children of diverse needs, income levels, and family backgrounds through an engaging educational environment. We believe every child deserves a high-quality, child-centered education in a culture-rich environment regardless of ability—or ability to pay.

When you enter a classroom at one of Open Door’s three campuses, you see children and teachers engaged, following their imaginations, and exploring the universe. You hear children “using their words.” You may notice children with obvious disabilities (Down syndrome, cerebral palsy) or less obvious ones (autism, speech delays) or none at all. You find children of different ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds engaged in early education activities accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), widely recognized as the gold standard in the field. You see our mission in action.

Recent research has underscored both the critical impact and powerful return on the investment of quality early childhood programs such as Open Door’s. A respected leader in Austin’s active early childhood community, Open Door works to elevate the vital importance of investment in quality early childhood efforts at the national, state, and local level for elected officials, foundations, and even social entrepreneurs. As we enjoy our fifth decade of service, we have exciting opportunities to explore how to scale our inclusive model, pilot innovative practices, and expand successful partnerships to serve more children. 

We now seek a leader who can build on this 44-year track record of generational impact, community leadership, and care, optimizing our model to introduce many more children and families to the Open Door Way.


The Executive Director will lead an organization of $2.9 million, with 70 teachers and support staff serving 210 children at our three campuses, in conjunction with a 16-member board of directors.

As the leader, manager, and steward of our mission, the Executive Director’s responsibilities include:

Operational excellence

  • Balance priorities of affordability, quality, and living wages for our diverse families of students and staff in a sustainable business model

  • Continuous improvement and agility to reshape, ground, and grow our work, capitalizing on the value, work, and opportunity of our multiple sites

  • Partner with Board of Directors to set, deliver, and steward our strategy, budget, and metrics consistent with our values and fiduciary responsibilities

Team leadership

  • Cultivate a safe and supportive setting for staff success, productivity, and satisfaction

  • Set, monitor, and shape standards and expectations for staff as a whole, and specifically for several direct reports.

  • Lead and direct the work of staff/contractors and activities approachably and inspirationally

Donor stewardship

  • Champion opportunities for investment in Open Door’s mission and activities

  • Create, maintain and foster relationships with donors within the community

  • Engage board members in meaningful fundraising activities

Community leadership

  • Articulate and model the Open Door Way

  • Strategically navigate long-term socio-economic trends in Central Texas

  • Engage nonprofit, corporate, and government groups in the Open Door approach and values to serve our changing community

  • Champion the importance of early childhood education and development through local coalitions and partnerships


Candidates for the Executive Director should demonstrate the following…

  • Lived experience and credibility leading teams through change

  • Culturally-sensitive leadership with a commitment to equity and inclusion

  • Strategic thinker with a pulse on the community

  • Agility, flexibility, and ability to adjust naturally to a changing environment

  • Business acumen with social worker values

  • Able to build, read, and leverage opportunities and relationships for our mission

  • Enthusiastic commitment to the mission of Open Door Preschools and the work of our early childhood development sector

  • Compelling, confident communicator—in writing, in person, and at the front of the room

  • Able to independently lead projects from beginning to end in a hands-on environment

  • Straightforward, self-motivated, and diplomatic leader who is able to share and receive information respectfully, openly, and with kindness

  • Optimistic, articulate, responsive leader who can engage our families, staff, partners, and community with authenticity and trust 

In addition, successful candidates must meet these skills and criteria…

  • Significant nonprofit leadership experience and expertise—including staff, board, and partner roles

  • Experience guiding a dynamic, multi-faceted team and working with multiple stakeholder groups simultaneously

  • Proven track record of driving organizational development, with P&L responsibilities for significant revenue lines


To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter demonstrating your fit for this role and your vision for Open Door Preschools via email to EDsearch@opendoorpreschool.org .

Open Door Preschools is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment.