Director of the Childrens Center

Feb 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of the Childrens Center

Humboldt State University

(Job #17-16) Student Services Professional IV, Director of the Children's Center, $4,796 - $6,841/month.
Apointments are normally made at the beginning of the salary range. This is a full-time, benefited, 12-month pay plan position with a one-year probationary period in the Children's Center.

Position Summary: The Children's Center Director is responsible for the lead oversight of the instructional and support staff as well as the registration and management of families. The position functions with direct supervision and oversight of the Director of Housing and Residence Life.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for the overall planning, implementation and evaluation of the Children's Center program for children and families.
  • Identify the roles and relationships of federal, state and local regulatory agencies in the administration of the center and ensure compliance with all applicable licensing and funding regulations.
  • Manage (actively review and renew) all grant funding sources for the center.
  • Register families each semester, scheduling child care hours. At the time of the registration provide information on eligibility, priorities for service, Center policies, Center services, etc.
  • Schedule and prepare for parent, child and staff orientations/trainings each semester.
  • Establish and oversee cooperative working relationships between staff members and between staff and parents.
  • Translate the philosophy and goals of the Children's Center program into expectations for children, parents and staff members and continuously monitor progress towards meeting those goals.
  • Develop and supervise the procedures for implementing a parent participation program which includes an open door policy that encourages parents to visit often.
  • Develop and manage a Parent's Advisory Group for the Center, serve as an ex-Officio member and convene the first meeting in September of each year.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Advisory Group and the Center staff, Board and Parents.
  • Provide comprehensive oversight for the curriculum used by each of the classrooms.
  • Develop and supervise the procedures for implementing parent education activities and assure that these activities are based on the parent's current and stated needs.
  • Ensure that the nutritional program meets the nutritional needs of the children according to USDA guidelines. Ensure that weekly menus are prepared and oversee meal preparation and service, as well as assuring
    that appropriate record keeping is maintained.
  • Develop and supervise the safety program for the Children's Center which addresses the safety issues in the environment, children's curriculum and parent education, and includes the involvement of appropriate agencies such as UPD, Fire, Health Department, etc.
  • Ensure the program's continuous NAEYC accreditation.
  • Continually evaluate all areas of the Children's Center program; Research and implement programmatic changes to better serve parents, children and the University.
  • Communicate regularly with your supervisor.
  • Remain current on theory and practice in Child Development and on federal, state and local regulations that effect the operation of the Children's Center.
  • Work with the Director of Housing and Residence Life and Facilities Management to ensure that the facilities are safe properly maintained.
  • Responsible to serve in the role as lead in the recruitment and training and day to day exempt of the Children's Center staff.
  • Determine staffing needs based on enrollment levels and required student / teacher ratios.
  • Implement procedures for the recruitment and selection of new personnel.
  • Communicate job expectations and responsibilities and establish formal procedures and techniques to supervise staff on a daily basis.
  • Organize and implement a substitute system: establish and distribute a list of approved substitutes to staff, revised each semester.
  • Track staff vacation, sick leave requests.
  • Assist with employee performance evaluation procedures with the MPP Administrator and each staff member.
  • Schedule, supervise and evaluate field placements, lab students, interns, observers and researchers from various.
  • University departments utilizing the Children's Center program to enhance student learning.
  • Ensure staff credentials/certifications are appropriate and up-to-date.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, plus upper division or graduate coursework in counseling techniques, interviewing and conflict resolution where such are job- related.
  • California Children's Center Permit, Director Level
  • Current pediatric CPR and First Aid certification
  • Five years' experience in administration of a Child Development program or similar program
  • Five years' experience as a teacher of children 0 to 6 years

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Thorough knowledge of Title 22 and Title 5 of the California Administrative Code for Child Care Programs.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations governing the operation of Child Care Centers.
  • Knowledge and experience with California Department of Education funding, reporting, DRDP Child Assessment Program, etc.
  • Knowledge of NAEYC Accreditation standards and procedures.
  • Effective writing and verbal communication skills including the ability to facilitate group discussions, problem solving and group decision making.
  • Experience working with diverse populations and an understanding of and commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.
  • Use of computers, telephones, cameras, copiers, fax, scanner and automobile.
  • Ability to move medium sized boxes weighing approximately 25 pounds and packages utilizing a hand truck.
  • Must be able to walk up and down stairs.

    This position oversees the Children's Center at two locations, on campus and on 10th street in Arcata. The ad- ministrative duties will be primarily housed in the Administrative Office of the Center, Jensen House #94. The Director is expected to regularly be present in both sites and in all classroom locations. The Jensen House has steps and a narrow hallway. The classroom houses have steps, ramps and some narrow hallways. The play- grounds are covered with fibar, sand, rubber matting, wood and grass.

    Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in Child Development or related field with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education (must include 3 units in infant/toddler development).

    Application Procedure: Please note that our application process has changed! We now require application materials to be submitted electronically. If assistance is needed, the Human Resources & Academic Personnel Services office (located in Siemens Hall room 212) has a computer station available and our front office team would be happy to assist you. Qualified applicants should submit electronically the following materials:

  • Letter of Interest;
  • HSU Employment Application at
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae;
  • Contact information for at least three professional references

    Submission of the application materials should be sent as an email attachment to: Please include your last name and the job # (17-16) in the subject line of the email.

    Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will be Friday, March 10, 2017.

    HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

    Human Resources
    Siemens Hall - Room 211
    Arcata, CA 95521-8299
    (707) 826-3626
    Fax: (707) 826-3625

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education - or activities only part of which are qualifying- -will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.

    Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. The successful candidate for a position at HSU is required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department or their local law enforcement agency. The results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of the fingerprinting is borne by the university.

    Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

    Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race,religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

    The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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