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Director Child Development Lab Human Development and Family Science

East Carolina University

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Job Title:

Director Child Development Lab Human Development and Family Science

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Vacancy Open to :

All Candidates

Department :

AAH Human Develo and Family Science

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Academic Affairs

Classification Title :

Director-Professional (Other)

Working Title :

Director for the Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center

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Full Time

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Commensurate with Qualifications

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Non-Faculty Instructional & Research

Organizational Unit Overview:

The Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center (NDCDC) is a NAEYC accredited, 5-Star early childhood model training facility located on East Carolina University-Main Campus of Greenville, NC. This facility supports the Department of Human Development and Family Science under the College of Health and Human Performance. It provides students majoring in Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Education, Family/Community Services, and Child Life with a developmentally appropriate environment for observations, practicums, and internships.

NDCDC staff supervises undergraduate and graduate students as they apply child development theory in adult-child interactions, developmental guidance strategies, and inclusive curriculum design. Children are encouraged to become competent, independent thinkers, and problem solvers enhanced by a curriculum rich in play, social interaction, and language. The Creative Curriculum and Developmentally Appropriate Practices are implemented across all ages to support this theory and practice.

The NDCDC’s Mission is to provide high-quality early education and care for young children ages 3 months to 5 years. The NDCDC welcomes research and grant proposals from all East Carolina University Departments. Research conducted in the NDCDC must be approved by the university’s Institutional Review Board, the HDFS department, and the NDCDC. See for more information about the NDCDC, department, college, and university.

Job Duties :

The Department of Human Development and Family Science at East Carolina University (ECU) invites applications for a 12-month professional staff position as Director of the Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center. This position is available immediately. The review of applications will begin on November 1, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.

Leadership and Administration 80%
Overall administrative oversight to the Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center (NDCDC) includes: Deliver a developmentally appropriate program with attention to the high standards of an inclusive early childhood program. Ensure compliance with all state and national regulatory and accrediting agencies. Supervision and evaluation of NDCDC staff, work students, and practicum students. Management of the budget, recruitment, enrollment, and food services. Facilitate the daily operation of the NDCDC with attention to daily care, scheduling, health, nutrition, safety, and sanitation. Coordinate parent-teacher relationships including conferences, child evaluations, and parent-teacher development activities.

Instructional Support for University Students: 15%
Integration with arranged practicums and internships in the NDCDC. Collaborate with faculty (departmental and across disciplines) for implementing projects and lesson plans and with local schools and agencies that provide services to children in the NDCDC. Ensure that the curriculum reflects university coursework and accrediting standards.
Community Relations: 5%
As a model early childhood education program, provide information/presentations and tours of the center to members of the external community. Maintain positive relationships with the external community.

Contingent on Availability of Funding

Minimum Education/Experience :

  • A Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or a related field with a minimum of 5 years of full-time verifiable work experience in childcare facilities and early childhood education.
  • Currently, hold or be eligible for N.C. Administrative Early Childhood Credential and be familiar with early childhood professional standards.
  • Have Experience with developmentally appropriate interactions and instruction with young children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum, state and national laws, and standards of accreditation and licensure in the childcare field.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation :

  • NC Early Childhood Administrative Credential

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education :

  • Prefer one year of successful administrative experience as a childcare director or assistant director; familiarity with a university lab or demonstration site; NC BK licensure, and experience planning, developing, and leading professional development with the staff.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent.

  • Have the ability to work with a range of individuals with diverse abilities, and be able to problem solve.

Special Instructions to Applicant :

In order to apply, candidates must submit the following materials online at

1) Cover letter addressing position description and summarizing your education relative to the position. In the cover letter, please include a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement and how to incorporate and uphold DEI within the NDCDC.2) A written narrative that includes your philosophy of early childhood education and your administrative philosophy.3) Curriculum Vitae/Resume4) NC administrative credentials or any other relevant professional credentials5) A list of three references with contact information who can attest to your potential for success in this position.

• As part of the screening process, the references provided may be contacted.

• If selected as a candidate of choice, an automatic e-mail will be sent to the individuals entered by the applicant in the References section of the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system. Letters of reference submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system will be verified and considered for meeting this requirement.

At the time of employment two to three original letters of reference, official transcripts, a criminal background check, and proper documentation of identity and employability are required.

For letters of reference not submitted via the PeopleAdmin applicant tracking system, please have the original signed letters mailed to Lee Gaylord (HDFS Search 940953) 1000 E. 5th Street, ECU, Rivers W 238, Mailstop 505, Greenville, NC 27858

Contact Dr. Ruby Yeh at [email protected] or call 252-737-2878 if you have questions.

ECU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University that accommodates individuals with disabilities. Individuals requesting a disability accommodation should call the ECU Office of Disability Support Services at 252-737-1016 (Voice/TTY). Proper documentation of identity and employability is required at the time of employment. Official transcripts and three letters of reference are required upon employment.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or [email protected].

Eligibility for Employment :

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information :

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to [email protected] Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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