Area Manager - Early Childhood Education

Job Title: Area Manager - Early Childhood Education
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Industry: Education
Salary: AU$120000 - AU$130000 per annum + + Super + Benefits
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: ELCAREAMWS_1711329332
Contact Name: Education team
Contact Email:
Job Published: Mar 25, 2024

Job Description

Area Manager

Job Title: Early Childhood Education - Area Manager

Salary field: $120000 + Super +10k car allowance and up to $120 per month towards phone bill

Job Summary:

  • Full Time, Permanent Position
  • Interview tips and preparation provided
  • Resume and Key Selection Criteria assistance

Area Manager - Early Childhood Centres


As per industry standards


  • Work with an organisation who is relentless in securing quality opportunities
  • No joining fees
  • Resume and Key Selection Criteria assistance
  • Interview tips and preparation provided
  • Professional development by two Principal mentors on a consistent basis.

About the Role:

We are recruiting for a Portfolio Manager/Area Manager to work across 10+ Early Childhood sites across the Western and Northern Suburbs of Melbourne.

We are working with a well-known Early Childhood Specialist Company who are seeking a dynamic Area Manager who will provide leadership to Centre Managers to deliver targets and enhance high-performing teams through the development and implementation of high-quality action plans.

Key duties:

  • Lead centre managers in all facets of their roles within their centres
  • Drive the development and implementation of high-quality action plans for each centre
  • Sustainable performance improvement across centres and with a focus on taking insights to scale
  • Strong connection and collaboration between centres across the portfolios and state
  • Right person in the right role doing the right thing at the right time in all key centre leadership teams and centre support roles
  • Capability building of centre leadership team members and centre support roles
  • The development of strong talent pipelines within centres and the state to support career succession plans and develop strong talent pathways
  • Contribution to the broader network by producing tools and insights that enable all centres to improve performance
  • The Area Manager is accountable to the General Manager for People, Practice and Performance outcomes across the state

Skills & Experience:

  • Must have 3 years management experience in a multi-site business (as an Area Manager for example)
  • Significant prior work experience in a business improvement / business efficiency role including solution design, implementation planning along with training and toolkit development
  • Strong experience in performance improvement with a demonstrated track record of multi-site performance uplift in short periods of time
  • Displays high Business acumen knowledge and skill
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to coach for success and personal growth
  • Tertiary or university degree in Early Learning (desirable)
  • Business Administration qualification or alike (desirable)
  • Strong knowledge of the National Quality Framework and state regulatory requirements (desirable)
  • Experience with Acquisitions (desirable)

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Strong experience in childcare industry
  • Strong understand of Commercial and Business Acumen
  • Strong understanding of the business drivers
  • Be analytical and methodical in your approach to problems
  • Excellent Communication and Interpersonal skills both written and verbal
  • Strong time management and delegation skills
  • Thorough understanding and proven experience and knowledge of all business systems
  • Demonstrated project-management experience
  • An ability to work within and understand financial parameters; Be results driven
  • Excellent communication, influencing and interpersonal skills to develop strong internal and external relationships.
  • Ability to analyse and resolve varied and complex problems which may require the involvement of multiple parties

Why work with Tradewind?

Tradewind Australia is a specialist, education recruitment agency and is the preferred supplier of Educators for many schools and Early Learning Centres across the greater Melbourne / Victoria region. We have a strong reputation of providing high calibre teachers with fantastic contract opportunities and helping to pursue a rewarding career. Our aim is to cultivate an excellent ongoing relationship with you throughout your growing career.

How to apply:?

To apply, follow the link provided or apply on our website?
Alternatively, email your resume to
For any queries regarding the position or application process, contact the Early Learning Team on 03 9110 0090

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