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FLSA Designation
Date Issued: 2007-09-25
Child Development Center
Title: Director
Function and Responsibility
The Director of the Child Development Center (CDC), under the direction of the Dean of the College of Professional Studies, provides guidance and oversight for the CDC; maintains communication regarding the CDC with parents, children and staff; supervises, guides and evaluates practicum and internship students in cooperation with faculty members; supervises the Assistant Supervisor and student employees; and performs duties necessary for the successful operation of the CDC.
Duties and Responsibilities
Administer the CDC in accordance with the State of Michigan Licensing Regulations. Meet and exceed requirements for licensing. Interact with Licensing Consultant for required license renewals and reports. Perform required tasks, including reports of suspected child abuse, collection of immunization and other records mandated by the health department and other regulatory agencies, maintenance of daily attendance reports, records of significant incidents, and implementation and logging of monthly fire drills as required.

Attend to business operations. Record tuition receipts. Complete reimbursement billings. Inventory and order supplies. Maintain the CDC and its equipment for the health and safety of students, staff and children. Plan menus, order food, keep meal count records and supervise food preparation. Schedule, supervise and evaluate staff members. Conduct staff and orientation meetings. Prepare budgets.

Enroll children. Prepare the CDC for fall, spring, and summer openings and closings. Update Parent Handbook of the CDC Policies and Procedures. Meet regularly with Parent Advisory Committee. Plan fund-raisers, special events, and field trips. Maintain a healthy, safe and child-centered environment. Develop relationships and communicate with faculty and staff members, parents and outside agencies. Develop contacts for referral services.

Supervise practicum and internship students. Assist students with daily lesson plans by developing and obtaining curriculum materials appropriate for the developmental ages of the children. Assist students in assessing status and progress of children and interpreting and communicating this information to parents. Observe and evaluate students and report problems to faculty members. Check student lesson plans for developmental appropriateness.

Participate in professional development activities and organizations, e.g., the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C’s). Assist the faculty advisor of the Early Childhood Education Club. Model ethical behavior as an early childhood educator as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field; minimum of five years experience in a child care center as a lead teacher; supervisory experience and business and financial knowledge preferred. Computer skills required.

A physical exam, a TB test, a criminal history screening and Infant/Child First Aid and CPR training are required by licensing regulations.

Physical and Mental Demands
Adequate physical fitness to maintain long hours and busy schedule; use of gross motor skills to perform supervisory and organizational duties; use of fine motor skills in operation of computer equipment; problem solving ability; ability to understand and work with numbers; ability to see, hear, and speak with or without the use of aids to perform normal office tasks; mental capacity to assist with numerous administrative responsibilities.

Must be able to lift 40 pounds.
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