Center Director, Early Childhood Education Program - (4150U) - #23101

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Application Review Date
This position will remain open until filled.
The First Review Date for this job is: April 28, 2017
Departmental Overview
Residential and Student Services Programs is part of the Division of Student Affairs under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor of Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP). RSSP provides and manages residential student housing, residential life programs, residential dining, as well as early care & education services for students, faculty, and staff. RSSP also conducts a summer conference and year-round catering business, operates seven campus restaurants, and manages twenty-six faculty apartments. RSSP's annual operating budget is $150,000,000 and the cluster employs over 2500 career, limited, contract and student employees creating a "culture of care" for our students and all other customers and stakeholders.
The Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) serves over 260 children (3 months through pre-kindergarten) of university (faculty, staff and students) and community families. The program consists of over 60 career FTE, 10 ‚€“ 30+ limited and per diem substitutes, and 60 - 80 student assistants who work daily with children and families in the program to assure quality early education experiences that best nurture and develop the individual child, support a family responsive environment for the university and advance the field of early childhood education.
Under the strategic leadership of the Executive Director, ECEP, this position is one of 5 Center Directors who are each responsible for the safe and effective operation of his/her assigned ECE Center in alignment with ECEP's mission, values, goals, professional best practices, and good University stewardship. The Centers vary in number and type of ECE classrooms and number of staff.
The Center Director serves as the key contact for Center parents, staff and other stakeholders and is responsible for providing consistent, high quality developmentally appropriate early childhood care, curriculum, and supervision. Each Center Director is responsible for creating a welcoming, healthy, and supportive learning environment for parents and the children, along with modeling and reinforcing a high performing culture where staff can do their best work. Each Director supervises all Center specific administration and manages the daily Center staffing and operations with a clear understanding of licensing guidelines, ECEP and University policies and procedures, and is directly responsible for Center health and safety compliance and risk management. This position collaborates with peer Center Directors, Associate Director and Executive Director for Curriculum Development/Training and Administration to ensure high quality programmatic and administrative consistency across all ECE classrooms and may from time to time be reassigned to another Center at management's discretion for cross training, or to fill a Center Director leave or vacancy as needed.
Supervises Center staff on daily basis to meet Center goals and objectives.
Ensures adequate staff coverage including managing morning sub-line, anticipated & unanticipated staff absences or shift changes, and preparation of daily staffing sheets.
Provides coverage in rooms when needed.
Manages staff communications including team and Center meetings to foster staff engagement and high quality work
Works closely with Associate Director and Executive Director of ECEP to hire, on-board and train center staff, including student assistants & classroom assistants; as direct supervisor, provides effective performance coaching and feedback and conducts probationary and annual evaluations in consultation with Associate Director and Executive Director.
Recommends and assigns classroom staffing teams annually
Oversees staff's completion and filings of DRDPs per regulations and best practices
Identifies staff development needs and plans relevant trainings
Parent Relations
Communicates in a timely manner with interested families, as provided from Exec. Director, to schedule Center tours and pre-enrollment meetings
Upon enrollment, welcomes parents and provides a supportive environment
Develops effective relationships with Center families to assess and provide individual family support, communication and problem resolution
Is readily available to meet with parents regarding all aspects of their child's program and care
Fosters parent/family involvement and volunteer activities, including facilitating parent meetings to support the Center(s)
Is appropriately clear and firm, yet flexible regarding program requirements of families balancing good customer service with good University stewardship and risk management.
Health and Safety
Maintains clear understanding of all current licensing regulations and requirements
Trains staff on licensing regulations and enforces compliance as necessary
Communicates with parents regarding Center licensing issues
Is available to licensing representatives during scheduled and unscheduled visits, or assigns director qualified staff in absence
Develops action plan to address any licensing or emerging health and safety concerns and reviews with Executive Director before implementing
On daily basis, walks through and reviews Center facility, classrooms, equipment, supplies, storage areas, and grounds to identify safety, cleanliness, and items needing repair or replacement and addresses or escalates as appropriate
Center Record Keeping & Budget Management
Ensures data collection and record keeping is conducted in accordance with local, state and federal requirements such as Child Care Food Program, Title V, and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Ensures all child files up-to-date and oversees appropriate confidentiality and protection of any trigger data
Ensures student/parents/staff rosters for Center are regularly reviewed and updated
Ensures all injury reports, meal counts, sign-in sheets, and intake forms per licensing and policy requirements are appropriately maintained and escalates any safety or compliance issues in a timely and appropriate manner
Obtains and organizes Student Assistant and Substitute Teach evaluations which are kept at Center; obtains and organizes Teacher and Assistant Teacher evaluations and related performance documents which are kept centrally in HR
Monitors compliance with SDE regulations and paperwork
Submits Center time reporting to ensure accuracy and deadlines are met
Manages art sales and other fundraising accounts and record keeping per University policy
Ascertains and stays within budget as provided by Exec. Director and completes and retains all budget and reimbursement paperwork per policy and good stewardship practices
Maintains sufficient inventory of equipment and supplies for efficient operation and daily activities and orders/reorders as necessary within appropriate guidelines
Building Access and Facility Safety, Maintenance & Equipment
Maintains knowledge of alarms/codes and distributes/monitors/reclaims access cards and fees
Liaises with RSSP/University facilities staff to maintain safe and clean environment at all times and ensure all equipment in good working order
Required Qualifications
Prior supervisory experience in early childhood education setting required.
Must have and maintain CA Child Development Program Director Permit.
Must have minimum of 3 Infant/Toddler units.
Advanced researched based and hands-on working knowledge of early childhood education, as well as related policy and regulatory compliance requirements.
Requires proficient desktop support and enabling technology skills (e.g. using smart phones apps, digital cameras, and various computer applications to enhance and organize work flow, write reports, track absenteeism, create staff rosters, email lists, parent newsletters, completion of DRDPs, etc.
Advanced inter-personal skills, service orientation, ability to multi-task effectively in a varied, challenging environment, judgment and decision-making, reasoning, ability to develop original ideas to resolve problems, and highly effective verbal and written communication skills.
Must successfully pass FBI & DOJ Criminal Check with approval from Department of Social Services.
Bachelor's degree required
Licenses or certifications:
EMSA Child Care Provider Training certification, which includes: 4 hours for child care First Aid, 4 hours for CPR‚€”adult, child, and infant, including all-age AED training and 7 hours of Preventive Health and Safety Practices Training
Pediatric CPR/First Aid certification must be maintained while employed for UC Berkeley ECEP.
Current Health Screening clearance and TB clearance
Up-to-date measles and pertussis vaccination and any new State or UC Berkeley health requirements for positions working with young children.
Must complete blood borne pathogen training annually - upon hire.
Must complete on-line State of CA Mandated Reporter training - upon hire.
Preferred Qualifications
Master's degree preferred.
PITC, ECERS and ITERS experience is preferred.
Salary & Benefits
Salary Range: $60,000.00 - $70,000.00, depending on experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Mandated Reporter
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
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