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Early Childhood Learning Lab (ECLL) Assistant Director & Instructor, Tenure Track

Grand Rapids Community College
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Early Childhood Learning Lab (ECLL) Assistant Director & Instructor, Tenure Track

Date: June 23, 2022

Position Title: Early Childhood Learning Lab (ECLL) Assistant Director & Instructor, Tenure Track

Department: Preschool Lab

Job ID: 1359

Work Hours/Schedule: 40 hours/ week, 42 weeks/ year

Compensation: Consistent with Faculty Association contract

Reports to: Director of Early Childhood Learning Lab

Posting Close Date: July 26, 2022


GRCC is seeking a faculty member who possesses an interest in working with diverse student populations from a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability. The successful candidate will engage in and develop innovative teaching strategies; effectively assess student learning outcomes demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development; and provide service to our students, the college, and our community at large.

Faculty members are responsible to GRCC and to each other for the successful completion of departmental work, as well as work associated with the School of Liberal Arts and GRCC as a whole. In addition to the major position responsibilities, it is expected that faculty demonstrate outstanding communications skills, collaborate effectively, use personal initiative to overcome obstacles and work efficiently to meet deadlines. In an environment where innovation is valued, each faculty member will take responsibility to perform their work in a manner consistent with both the letter and the spirit of GRCC values.

The role of the ECLL Assistant Director and Instructor involves both the direct instruction of children and college students in the ECLL classrooms, as well as administrative responsibilities as outlined below.

Essential Job Functions
    Work cooperatively with all members of the Child Development/Education team to meet the goals of the program. Attend regular infant/toddler and preschool faculty meetings. Participate in college-wide committees as assigned. Responsible for knowing and implementing required procedures of grant programs. Collaborate with classrooms to maintain essential classroom coverage ratios, having flexibility to assist classrooms as needed. Establish supportive relationships with families. Work collaboratively with other ECLL staff to plan and implement smooth transitions for children who are moving into new classrooms. Regular attendance during normal scheduled hours is required. Being present is essential for effectively meeting the functions of this position. Take the initiative for your own professional growth. Commitment to the well-being of each and every child attending preschool. Strong commitment to innovation and current best practices in the child development field. Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a pleasant and professional manner. Hosting visitors in the ECLL including tours and professional development opportunities. Follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children Code of Ethical Conduct in decision making. Maintain effectiveness and professionalism under stressful circumstances. Project a professional image. Ability to collaborate, mentor and coach classroom team members. Maintain all necessary licensing requirements to work in preschool settings, such as, current physical, TB test and DHS clearance. These are to be updated as required by licensing. Perform other duties as assigned. Assistant Director role:
      Coordinate and support classroom curriculum and state standards with classroom staff. Develop and implement professional development for program staff supporting individual and center goals based on best practices. Coordinate with classroom staff schedules to cover out of classroom work. Responsible for working as part of the Management Office team including: opening and closing responsibilities, center tours, covering office, working with student employees, etc. Responsible for program leadership in the absence of the Director. Coordinate college students cooperative work experience including interviews, orientation and monitoring. Organize, implement and participate in parent initiatives that support program goals and grants supported at the preschool. Plan, organize and participate in staff development in partnership with the Director. Responsible for community and college involvement as agreed upon by the Director. Responsible for meeting regularly with the Director. Responsible to be aware of all grant programs (such as Child and Adult Food Program, Great Start Readiness, Head Start) Responsible for being aware of current licensing regulations and monitoring the processes and procedures necessary to meet the regulations with support of the Director. Responsible for knowing and supporting all efforts around accreditation criteria and Total Quality Rating System (TQRIS).
    Instructor role:
      Model appropriate and effective teaching and caregiving practices to college students. Assist and replace other Early Childhood Learning Laboratory (ECLL) faculty as needed. Coordinate, supervise, evaluate and debrief college students individually on their planned activities in the classroom throughout the day. Prepare classroom environment and materials so lab students can implement their assignments. Communicate and accommodate lab student make ups as needed. Implement a curriculum that enhances the physical, intellectual, emotional and social development of each child. Lesson plans must meet accreditation, TQRIS standards, as well as incorporate learning objectives and meet any current funding criteria. Maintain licensing, accreditation, TQRIS, and grant initiatives as required for individual classrooms. Provide enriching learning experiences and care to assigned primary and/or small group children. Responsible for establishing, maintaining and implementing special needs, allergy and asthma action plans. An awareness of appropriate childcare food program practices and ability to implement these in the classroom. Work collaboratively with classroom staff to organize, coordinate, implement and attend family engagements events. Provide consistent, clear and timely communication with office staff in regards to child absences, changes of schedule and other pertinent information. Active in community meetings supporting programing at the ECLL including GSRP, ELNC and others. Must possess the personality and enthusiasm to work with children, students and college staff. Must be self-motivated and resourceful, demonstrating initiative to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner to meet standards.


    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Family Child Services or related field required. Leadership, Management and Supervision college course work preferred. Complete a minimum of 24 hours of early childhood professional development per year, documented in Mi Registry. Three hours in Cultural Competence are required. Acquire and maintain DHS clearance, fingerprinting and any other clearance required by licensing and funding criteria. Acquire and maintain CPR and First Aid Certification. Acquire and maintain TB test and physical annually, meeting program requirements.

Work Experience
    A minimum of three years' full time experience with preschoolers and infants/toddlers in a childcare or preschool setting required. Experience working in a college campus early childhood center preferred.

Equipment Use/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
    Proficient in software applications (Word, Publisher) and other relevant technology applications such as COR. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Physical Demands
    Ability to lift and move 50 lbs. Must be able to kneel, squat, sit on floors and hold hands with children and sit in low chairs. Must be able to walk at least one mile in distance. Engage in year-round outside activities in all types of weather

Mental Demands
    An understanding of and appreciation for the community college philosophy and student population. An interest in working with diverse student populations, who represent a wide range of age, ethnicity, national origin and ability. A commitment to serve the Kent County community. Demonstrated initiative and organizational and problem-solving abilities. Ability to perform routine and unexpected duties with minimum supervision. High energy level with enthusiasm and interest in helping and supporting students, staff, and the general public. Ability to work under pressure while possessing mature judgment and flexibility in regards to interruptions and schedule changes. Must use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations in a pleasant and professional manner.

Working Conditions
    Grand Rapids Community College will comply with any mandated health and safety requirements. Employees will be directed to our GRCC Policy(s) for compliance information. Early Childhood classroom environment in an academic setting. Willing and able to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings


Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience for our GRCC family. Our benefit package is designed to enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are available on the Human Resources/Benefits website:
    Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option). A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery). Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans) Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your dependents. Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for you. Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave banks. Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December!


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on July 26, 2022 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

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Working at Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914 by the Grand Rapids Board of Education after a resolution was passed by the University of Michigan’s faculty which encouraged the establishment of junior colleges in Michigan.

Today, GRCC’s eight-block downtown campus, encompassing more than 25 acres in downtown Grand Rapids, includes several classroom buildings, a learning center (including the Diversity Learning Center) and library, Spectrum Theater, the Applied Technology Center (which features a green roof), a remodeled music building, a fieldhouse with natatorium, a student center, Bostwick Commons, and the Calkins Science Center.

The college also offers instruction from a variety of regional centers in the metropolitan Grand Rapids area (including numerous local high schools, regional centers and its two Learning Corners on Wealthy St. and Seward Ave.) and on the West Michigan lakeshore (including West Ottawa High School, Careerline Tech Center, the Midtown Holland Center and Grand Valley State University's Meijer Campus in Holland).

In addition, GRCC has two Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs in West Michigan. The Patrick Thompson M-TEC, part of GRCC's Lakeshore Campus, located in Holland, opened in Fall 2000 in partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. The Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC ® in Grand Rapids opened in 2002. This world-class facility offers training in manufacturing, auto service, and building and construction trades.

To increase capacity to meet unprecedented demand, GRCC acquired the former campus of Davenport University on Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids and began offering courses at Sneden Hall beginning in the Fall 2009 semester.

In Winter 2010, more than 17,000 students enrolled in more than 1,900 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 other nations. Another 10,000 learners are served by non-credit instructional opportunities. In addition to traditional classroom environments, students may also receive instruction through community and distant service-learning offerings, seminars, workshops, training classes, distance learning options and other educational formats. GRCC employs a faculty of more than 260 full-time and 590 part-time members as well as a staff of 430, all of whom are focused on the College’s priorities to be student-centered, collaborative, and flexible. Throughout its 90-year history of academic excellence, GRCC has maintained a solid reputation as a premier transfer institution and is nationally recognized for both its liberal arts and occupational programs. Many GRCC faculty members have been recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise and innovative teaching styles.

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