Director, Infant Toddler Center

Irvine, Orange County
Jul 10, 2014
Department: Child Care Services
Req No.: 2013-0836
Location: UCI Campus - Irvine

Job Summary

Incumbent is responsible for the total operation of the Infant Toddler Center. Duties include; developing goals, objectives and program philosophy, full scope of supervision for a wide variety of personnel, budget administration, parent counseling and communications; staff development, facilities and grounds maintenance. Compliance with grant requirements, licensing, California Department of Education Desired Results, Federal Food Program and NAEYC Accreditation. Ensures health and safety of children.


Salary: Annual Range $52,633.00 - $66,866.00

Work Schedule: 7:30-6, M-F, hours varies

Career Position.

Valid Children's Center Supervision Permit Required


BA required in Child Development or related field . Masters Degree preferred.

Minimum of 2 years experience in an early childhood development program with supervisory/management responsibility

Minimum of 6 semester hours in administration and supervision of child development programs.

Minimum of 3 years direct classroom experience as a teacher.

Final candidate subject to background check.

As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

Please attach your resume.


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Job Description
Job Essential Function 1
Percent of Time: 95%
Responsible for the total operation of the Infant/Toddler Center.  This includes establishing goals and objectives, fiscal, programmatic, personnel, parent communication functions, and facility and grounds management.  Extensive knowledge of Early Childhood Development in order to facilitate a quality child care program is essential to the successful operation of the Center.
Supervises and directs services for the students, staff, faculty and community families served by the Center.  Through the Director s planning and direction, teachers and teacher s aides, plus an extensive list of substitutes and volunteers, design and present appropriate activities for children, ages2 months to 36 months.  Such activities include cognitive, physical, sensorial, social and emotional, developmental and educational experiences.  
Works independently using extensive knowledge and experience of Early Childhood Development to develop, implement and monitor an educational curriculum for a quality child care program.  This includes meetings on a weekly basis with the teaching staff to plan the use of curriculum materials, equipment, and indoor/outdoor environments.
Responsible for composing and implementing Infant Toddler Center goals and objectives for staff development including programs and budget.
Responsible for conducting Contract Monitoring Review and NAEYC Accreditation,  Food Program Review and Desired Results requirement.  Includes annual evaluation and processing analysis/ report for both.
Responsible for ensuring that curriculum reflects the cultures of the families and developmental appropriateness for infants and toddlers.  Responsible for working effectively with children and families for whom English is not their primary language.
Meets on a regular basis with the Child Care Services Management Team to coordinate each program with the overall departmental goals and objectives.
Plans and executes regular meetings with career staff to review and discuss personnel and program issues.
Manages all scheduling for the child s daily program, including curriculum and extracurricular activities.
Plan, coordinate and schedule new children into the program.  Responsible for parent orientations and children s phasing into the program so as to assure the child s smooth transition and acceptance of their new environment.
Demonstrates strong human relations skills by effectively interfacing with a wide variety of people which includes young children, parents, co-workers, students, employees and community resources to optimally manage the Center.  Design and integrate multi-cultural aspects of the program/curriculum.  
Responsible for developing written guidelines for policies and procedures to enhance program operation.  Composes and implements forms and procedures as appropriate.
Reviews, interprets and executes State guidelines including Licensing and Department of Education requirements.  Responsible for adherence to all guidelines that apply to the operation of a child care center. (Title 5 and Title 22)
Responsible for daily assessment of facility and grounds physical condition.  Responsible for ensuring a safe and healthy environment is provided and that any unsatisfactory conditions are immediately corrected.  Annually develop and ensure a major maintenance program is completed.
Monitors and controls equipment and supplies inventory on an on-going basis.  Responsible for assuring equipment is in good working condition.
Initiate hiring procedures.  Participate in selection process for career staff members for the Infant Toddler Center.  Hire, train and assign workload and terminate as necessary.  Responsible for ensuring staff meet and maintain minimum level of education and personal health requirements.  Ensures all permits, certificates, licenses, etc., are up to date.  (ie, First Aid Certificate, Children s Center Permit, CPR Card)
Hires, trains and oversees supervision and evaluation of the Student Affairs Officer IIs, Student Affairs Officer Is, teacher aides, substitutes and volunteers.
Supervises practicum and field study students, coordinates with academic departments/faculty, and processes evaluations/grades.
Prepares formal written evaluations of staff on an annual basis.  Schedule and meet with each individual staff member to discuss his/her evaluation and goals.
Coordinate the maintenance of personnel files with the Child Care Services Office.
Responsible for problem solving and conflict resolutions between/among staff on a case by case basis.
Coordinates and conducts regular staff meetings with prepared agendas.  Disseminates pertinent document relevant to current issues.
Conducts regularly scheduled meetings with individual staff members to maintain open communication about job responsibilities, personnel relationships, goals and objectives.
Maintains on-going recruitment of students at the University and local colleges to work at the Center.  
Conducts parent orientations to facilitate a new family s entry into the program by discussing the philosophy, policies and procedures.  Obtain information through interviews and required documents about the child that will aid the teacher/child relationship.
Maintains a file of current information regarding parenting, child growth and development and referral sources to be made available for parent education and staff development.  
Initiates a warm and open relationship with all families.  Responsible for being available for consultation, conferences, and referrals as needed.  Counsels parents and families with special needs and make referrals as needed.
Provides counseling to the whole family, regarding child development issues.  This includes parenting skills counseling, guidance, etc.  and resource and referral as needed.
In conjunction with the Child Care Services Office, establishes child care hours of attendance, provided by the State guidelines, by reviewing the parents training and employment schedules.  Counsels student parents on qualifications based on class schedules and work schedules.
Facilitates all parent support groups by open communication, participation in parent meetings and acting as the coordinator between the Center and the parents.
Design and disseminate quarterly newsletter to include pertinent program and parent information.
Coordinates parent events and social activities to facilitate parent communication.
Monitor and control expenditures, determines ordering and purchasing of supplies and equipment.  Review Center s operating budget and report discrepancies/needs to office manager.
Provides regular formal in-service training.  Develops and implements formal education programs utilizing University and community resources.
Acquire resource books and materials in support of staff development needs.
Review and approve staff requests to attend seminars and conferences.
Responsible for follow-up of significant issues and action items as delegated to staff.
Formally serves on committees related to early childhood education at local community colleges and City and County agencies, as needed.
Provides information and consultation, upon request, to local schools and early childhood programs.
Present workshops/ seminars as requested.
Coordinate with faculty of Academic Departments and local colleges as it relates to research projects, student practicums, observations and field study.
Consultant to local programs regarding specific programmatic issues/ goals/ plans.
Ensures that all equipment is appropriate for children ages 2 months to 36 months, properly installed, well maintained and that use of the equipment in play is sufficiently supervised.
Conducts morning health checks, documents and informs parent of accidents, takes appropriate steps to isolate children who become ill while at the Center and makes proper notification of exposure to contagious illness.
Ensures that the physical plant is well maintained.  Is alert to and removes hazards to health and/or safety and notifies proper authorities when necessary.  
Designates appropriate storage space for indoor and outdoor supplies and equipment.  Oversees clean up of classroom and yard and equipment.
Follows basic health safety rules posted in classroom.  Assists children in understanding and observing rules.  Encourages good health and nutritional habits.
Knows procedures responding to a variety of emergencies.  Conducts frequent drills to train staff and children.  Supervises clearing of building in case of fire or other emergency.  Initiates procedures in the event of illness or emergency.
Maintains first aid kit and supplies.
In consultation with parents, administers medication and treatment as authorized by or prescribed by a licensed physician.
                     FOOD PROGRAM
Develop, implement and maintains a nutritionally sound food program for children ages 2 months to 36 months,  according to Federal Food Program guidelines.
Duties include shopping, food preparation, monitoring food allergies, monitors formulas.
In consultation with parents, introduces new foods.
Responsible for completing daily Federal Food Program records.
Job Essential Function 2
Percent of Time: 5%
Perform other special projects/tasks as directed by supervisor.
Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.                
Valid Children's Center Supervision Permit Required   
At least 3 years experience as in infant toddler teacher   
Minimum of 6 semester hours in administration and supervision of child development programs.
At least 2 years experience as a director in an early child hood program
Knowledge of all aspects of child development.
Ability to plan, organize and direct a challenging and stimulating program for infants and toddlers.
Knowledge of State/Federal Regulations related to early care and education programs.
Knowledge of health and safety regulations related to child care.
Experience working with children ages 2 months to 36 months in a group setting.
Ability to work effectively as a team member.
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated supervisory skills to include hiring, training, evaluations, etc.
Knowledge and experience of principles of budgeting.
Demonstrated experience working with and communication with parents.
Maintain active/valid First Aid/CPR cards.
Completion of 15 hour First Aid/CPR Training.
Below are general guidelines on the position's physical, mental, and environmental working conditions.
In accordance with applicable state and federal law, UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-5210.
Bend: Constantly
Squat: Frequently
Crawl: Occasionally
Climb: Occasionally
Kneel: Constantly
Handle Objects: Constantly
Push/Pull: Constantly
Reach Above Shoulder Level: Constantly
Sit: Frequently
Stand: Frequently
Walk: Constantly
Use Fine Finger Movements: Constantly
Carry/Lift Loads up to 25 Pounds: Constantly
Carry/Lift loads between 25-50 lbs: Frequently
Carry/Lift Loads over 50 Pounds: Occasionally
Read/Comprehend: Constantly
Write: Constantly
Perform Calculations: Constantly
Communicate Orally: Constantly
Reason and Analyze: Constantly
Chemical/Biological Agent: Occasionally
Construction Activities: Occasionally
Contact with Water/Liquids: Constantly
Drive Motorized Equipment: Occasionally
Confined Spaces: Occasionally
Elevated Work Location: Occasionally
Radioactive Materials: Not Applicable
Temperature Variations: Occasionally
Gas System: Not Applicable
Other Working Conditions:
Hired applicant subject to fingerprinting through the Department of Justice for child sexual abuse index and provide proof of TB test.