Job Openings

Executive Director

After 9+ years with Cornerstone Center, Jerry Ehrlich is departing to become the next Chief Executive Officer at Paraquad, another United Way agency. As a result:

Cornerstone Center for Early Learning

  • The first accredited early learning center in the city of St. Louis…
  • Serving ages 6 weeks to kindergarten entry of all economic backgrounds…
  • A member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis…
  • Located in St. Louis’ historic Shaw Neighborhood…
  • Recipient of child care and non-profit awards and accolades…

Is now accepting applications for the full-time position of Executive Director

Under the oversight of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is the lead staff person and, as a result, assumes primary responsibility for the fiscal, operational, and programmatic oversight, integrity, and success of the agency.  Consequently, Cornerstone Center seeks an individual with:

  • a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, Non-profit Management, Business Administration, or a related field;
  • proven leadership skills, and the ability to lead an administrative team which consists of a Center Director, Director of Development, Development Specialist, Program Manager, Head Start & Family Outreach Coordinator, Business Manager, Office Manager, Office & Administrative Assistant, Facilities Manager;
  • proven fundraising/fundraising-related experience and skills (The Executive Director will work closely with the Director of Development.);
  • excellent managerial, organizational, interpersonal, and communication (oral and written) skills;
  • excellent relationship-building experience and skills;
  • experience in working with and managing Boards/committees;
  • strong computer literacy as well as working knowledge in and practical experience with social media;
  • an understanding of basic accounting principles;
  • experience in establishing and monitoring budgets;
  • contacts in the St. Louis community who can assist in raising needed revenue and awareness;
  • an obvious love for children, and an obvious desire to provide all children with the pre-kindergarten foundation that all children need and deserve;
  • PLEASE NOTE: While experience and education in early childhood (including familiarity with early childhood licensing and accreditation) is preferred, it is not an absolute requirement.

Other information is as follows:

Board of Directors:  The Executive Director is the main liaison to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for informing the Board of relevant events, concerns, needs and opportunities, and for making recommendations about future directions for the agency.  The Executive Director is expected to:

  • attend all Board meetings;
  • serve as an ex officio member of committees of the Board, without voting privileges, as directed by the Board;
  • provide reports and data, as requested;
  • assist in the development, implementation, and periodic review of the Strategic Plan;
  • inform the Board of developments and trends related to the agency’s financial status and operation which might affect agency efficiency, efficacy, and/or viability;
  • make recommendations to the Board relative to agency operations, including financial needs, program development, partnerships, and/or all other matters, as requested by the Board;
  • participate in discussions and make recommendations concerning immediate and long-range financial development;
  • support Board initiatives.

Interactions with staff:  In concert with the Center Director and/or other administrative staff, the Executive Director is to be an advocate for staff, and interacts with employees to ensure appropriate operation of the Center by conveying program philosophy, policies, procedures, standards, and expectations. The Executive Director, alone, and/or in concert with the Center Director and/or other administrative staff, is also expected to:

  • interview, employ, orient, assign, supervise, evaluate, and dismiss staff, and in accordance with the personnel policies and practices of the Center;
  • provide an appropriate model in all interactions, developing relationships of mutual trust and respect
  • make clear and appropriate delegation of authority and responsibilities;
  • provide opportunities for staff participation in the formulation of relevant policies and procedures
  • provide opportunities for continuing professional development and training;
  • represent staff and Center perspectives to families, facilitating dialogue; follow through on staff concerns regarding students and/or family members;
  • maintain staff records , rules of funders, requirements of auditors, and regulations of various other authorities who interact with the agency.

Interactions with Families: In concert with the Center Director and/or other administrative staff, the Executive Director is responsible for conveying program philosophy, policies, and procedures to parents, guardians, and other significant adults in the students’ lives.  Additionally, the Executive Director acts as an advocate for the family.  The Executive Director is expected to:

  • communicate with families through a variety of means, including, but not limited to, memos, telephone calls; conferences, group meetings, and informal daily contact;
  • represent family and Center perspectives to staff, facilitating dialogue; follow through on grievances which a family may express;
  • intervene when family practices appear to present a danger to a child’s welfare.

Interactions with the Community:  In concert with the Director of Development, the Executive Director is responsible for representing Cornerstone Center to the community.  The Executive Director is expected to serve as a speaker for organizations seeking information regarding our mission, clients, philosophy, curriculum, and/or needs.

Other:  Other responsibilities of the Executive Director, some in concert with the Center Director and/or other administrative staff, include:

  • provide information to funding and regulatory agencies, as required;
  • comply with government regulations regarding health, safety, etc.;
  • maintain Center standards to meet or exceed Missouri Licensing Rules;
  • maintain the Center’s status as an Accredited agency;
  • comply with regulations governing child abuse and neglect, reporting suspected violations, and cooperating with investigations;
  • oversee management of the physical plant, ensuring good stewardship of the facility;
  • conceptualize new initiatives related to improvement/expansion of building, grounds, and equipment;
  • seek funding for major repairs, replacement, and/or expansion of existing equipment and facilities.

Until February 1, please email cover letter and resume to

Full-Time and Part-Time Early Childhood Teacher

Cornerstone Center for Early Learning, a licensed and accredited early learning and pre-kindergarten center serving ages 6 weeks to 5 years, in south St. Louis city (Shaw neighborhood) has immediate openings for full and part-time teachers. A United Way agency that offers Head Start services to qualified families, Cornerstone Center is located near Highway 44 and Grand Boulevard and is easily accessible to public transportation routes.

We are looking for teachers to join our team of educators (some of whom have been at Cornerstone for more than 15, 20, and 30 years) that want to provide quality, comprehensive, and affordable childcare and preschool education in a nurturing, creative environment for St. Louis-area families of all economic backgrounds


  • Candidates must have a minimum of nine college credit hours in early childhood education, child development, or child/family related courses. An Associate’s degree is preferred.
  • Candidates must also be energetic, patient, and creative; be passionate about learning and children; have the ability to multi-task; and have the ability to communicate and work well with others as part of a team.

Cornerstone Center offers excellent benefits including:

  • Competitive salary based on education and experience;
  • Comprehensive medical and dental insurance;
  • Retirement and life insurance;
  • Short-term and long-term disability;
  • Paid vacation and sick time;
  • Guaranteed hours regardless of a day’s enrollment;
  • Professional development and training paid for by the center;
  • Breakfast, lunch and snack served family-style at mealtime with students.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to Toni Jackson, Center Director, at or in person at 3901 Russell Blvd, Saint Louis, MO  63110.