AREA AND FUNCTION: Under the supervision of the Dean of Student Affairs or designee, the Director – Child Development Center is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of and for managing the day-to-day operations of the center.
CHARACTERISTICS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oversee the development and implementation of a child care curriculum consistent with the center’s philosophy, the Newark Public School’s Early Childhood Collaborative, and the accepted standards of excellence in the field of child care.
Manage the center in accordance with licensing regulations ensuring compliance with licensing, health and safety requirements.
Monitor classroom functions and environment. Provide feedback and recommendations to classroom personnel.
Create and maintain a physical, social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual environment that promotes and encourages the growth and development of pre-school children.
Establish and maintain communication with parents. Counsel and refer parents with concerns regarding developmental and/or behavioral issues. Coordinate the Parents Advisory Board.
Prepare, monitor and administer the center’s operating and capital budgets. Seek additional sources of funding for the center working collaboratively with community groups, agencies and other funding sources.
Select, train and supervise the center’s staff. Provides orientation and in-service training opportunities to keep staff abreast of emerging issues in the field of child care.
Maintain relationships with teacher training facilities, other child care providers and related organizations keeping the college in the forefront of the child care community.
Develop and maintain close working relationships with the college’s academic programs, providing training opportunities for students.
Maintain strict confidentiality and security of staff and student records.
Prepare routine, special and ancillary reports as required.
Perform other related duties as required.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND GIVEN:
Oral and written instructions are received from the Dean of Student Affairs or designee. The Director – Child Development Center may supervise administrative staff, professional staff, support staff or student workers.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
Master’s degree in related area or equivalent educational and work experience.
Appropriate certification such as a Pre-School through 3rd Grade Certificate, Certificate of Eligibility, Teacher of Nursery School Certificate, or Elementary School Certificate.
Prior administrative experience in an educational, child care facility.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in grants development.
Direct experience working with pre-school children.
High energy and demonstrated ability to lead and motivate staff.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
ADDITIONAL DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related area.
Five or more years of administrative experience in an educational, child care facility.
Experience managing Abbott programs.
Teaching experience in higher education, preferably at the community college level.
Demonstrated knowledge in college administration, policies and procedures, preferably at the community college level.
Essex County College is an open-door public access community college that is committed to providing quality educational programs and life-long learning opportunities at a very affordable cost. The College is open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities. We take pride in the richness of our diversity and our nurturing atmosphere, which encourages students who might not otherwise aspire to higher education to enroll and excel.