Associate Director

Denver, Colorado, USA
Mar 07, 2017
University of
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Fisher Early Learning Center is one of the most distinctive early childhood learning centers in Colorado. As a part of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver, we are uniquely positioned to provide a warm and loving environment that is specifically designed to deliver cutting-edge and evidence based programming for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. We are an inclusive setting and value diversity. We are seeking a Director to join our team of supportive educators.

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Fisher Early Learning Center will collaborate with Director and staff to develop a programmatic model of curriculum, inclusive methodology, progress monitoring and developmental best practices in an effort to advance the quality of all programming. The Associate Director will adapt and implement Fisher Inclusion Team (FIT) vision and policies to provide high quality inclusive programming and practice. The Associate Director will work with Director to make center wide decisions and to supervise staff. The Associate Director will oversee many day-to-day functions of the program and coordinate numerous aspects of staff, family, University and the community involvement in the best interests of the children enrolled in Fisher and the overall program.

Essential Functions

  • Provide a consistent and stable management presence and coordinated leadership for the school.
  • Develop and establish policies and procedures accordingly.
  • Direct effective communication efforts with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Participate as a member of the Morgridge College of Education (MCE).
  • Maintain relations with the University, professionals in the community and visiting educators, and facilitate communication between teachers and parents as needed.
  • Support administrative team on special projects, including curriculum development, accreditation and program development.
  • Supervise the Fisher Inclusion Team (FIT) staff of five therapists and a graduate student from MCE.
  • Coordinate and oversee all FIT functions, services for children (with internal and external therapists) and communications between classrooms and families.
  • Contribute to the professional development of staff as well as identify and plan for staff development needs.
  • Hire and supervise teachers, and conduct specific performance reviews.
  • Design and direct implementation of professional development plans for teachers.
  • Manage PioneerTime (Kronos) timekeeping system for over 40 staff and 30 students.
  • Maintain complex weekly schedule for all Center staff and all programming needs.
  • Recruit, hire, train and supervise all student employees, substitute staff and volunteers.
  • Supervise the monthly Night Owls Respite Program, including recruitment, hiring and training of graduate student and teacher coordinator positions.
  • Lend leadership assistance to teachers in developing problem solving strategies for use with students and parents.
  • Collaborate with faculty from Morgridge College of Education and the Director to provide research and training opportunities to graduate students in various programs and supervise graduate students work at Fisher, specifically in conjunction with FIT.
  • In collaboration with the Director, foster family involvement and participation by orienting new families, ensuring frequent and positive communication, and supporting functions and fundraising efforts of Fishers Parent Advisory Council (PAC.)
  • In consultation with the Director and the Enrollment Coordinator, update and revise policies, procedures and written materials and ensure that all enrollment policies and procedures are carried out in a timely and professional manner.
    Provide support in cases of disciplinary action.
  • Respond to the needs of the moment of students, teachers, parents and community.
  • Perform additional administrative duties as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Early Childhood, Child Development and Family Studies, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education or related field.
  • Experience working in early childhood education.
  • Director qualified.
  • Experience working in a NAEYC accredited program.
  • 1-2 years of experience in a leadership position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in Education.
  • 5+ years of experience working in early childhood education.
  • 5+ years of experience in educational administration.
  • CPR and First Aid Certification.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday with variable hours.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. If you have questions regarding this position please contact: Rebecca Tankersley at

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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