Portland State University's Helen Gordon Child Development Center (HGCDC) offers a full-day infant-toddler and preschool program. The Center is accredited by NAEYC and plays a strong role in the community as a model school and serves as an academic laboratory for university faculty and students; The Center provides the university community with a vibrant academic resource, welcoming faculty and students to learn about child development and early childhood education through observation and participation. Our campus partner school, the Children's Center offers PSU families a flexible short-hour program for children aged twelve months to seven years. The core values of the two campus centers are grounded in respect for human diversity and commitment to peace and social justice. Our programs find inspiration in the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and embrace the values shared through the work of these schools. Our teachers are encouraged to create thought-provoking, challenging and engaging constructivist curriculum with children in flexible and supportive environments. As a campus-based, high-quality full-day early childhood program, HGCDC strives to support the success and retention of student parents and contributes to a family-friendly, supportive workplace for faculty and staff with young children. HGCDC provides an exemplary full-day early childhood program for the campus community with priority enrollment for PSU students and faculty/staff, serving 200 children aged 4 months through 5 years. The Director provides overall administration and leadership for the Helen Gordon Child Development Center including finance, staff development, family and University community relations, and program policy. In addition, the Director oversees the short-hour campus childcare program, ASPSU Children's Center.
MA or MS degree in Early Childhood, Child Development, or related field.
Minimum of five years of experience in the early childhood education field including three years in a leadership role.
Demonstrated knowledge of approaches and theories in early childhood education, including RIE, Reggio Emilia approach, anti-bias education, and social-constructivism.
Enrolled in the State of Oregon Early Learning Division central background registry by start date.
Current certification in Infant/Child CPR and First Aid.
Be at least 21 years of age, per child care state licensing requirements.
Proficiency with computer technology and software systems such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Applications.
Successful completion of a criminal background check.
Three or more years of early childhood directing.
Ability to work comfortably and effectively in a diverse workplace setting.
Expertise and experience working with and promoting a diverse community of families, including children with an array of abilities, children whose families are culturally and linguistically diverse, children from diverse socioeconomic groups, and children with individual learning styles, strengths, and needs.
Experience with adult learning and leadership.
Professional experience in a higher education setting and/or lab school.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
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About Portland State University
Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe. PSU seeks talented individuals who understand our values and strategic goals and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating in an environment of mutual respect to achieve those values and goals. We are committed to leading through engagement and seek individuals who support this strategy. Engagement describes Portland State's collaborative approach to the exchange of knowledge and resources with local, regional, national, and global partners for mutual benefit of students, faculty, and the community. As a component of the Diversity Action Plan and the President's... Strategic Mission of achieving global excellence, Portland State University strives to become an institution that is recognized nationally and internationally for the accomplishments of its faculty, the reputation of its programs, and the preparation of it students as world citizens. For more information visit http://www.pdx.edu/about-portland-state