Job Summary The Director of the Little Eagles Learning Center (LELC) is responsible for the daily operations of the center, supervising and hiring the staff, planning and managing the center's budget, fundraising initiatives and licensure and accreditation.
Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.
At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.
We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.
Typical duties may include but are not limited to:
Oversees the daily operations of the LELC including: manages operating budget, hires and supervises staff, maintains the license and accreditation status, and identifies and pursues fundraising efforts.
Responsible for directing the Center and providing programmatic and instructional leadership to obtain and maintain National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation as outlined in the mission and vision of the center.
Serves as a Teaching Director, teaching infants, toddlers, and/or preschool children on a limited basis as needed for ratio and/or coverage.
Serves as liaison for the Center, University, parents, and the surrounding community to ensure that childcare routines are consistent with good child development principles.
Ensures the health, safety, welfare, and accountability of children through constant supervision; and that parents receive adequate information about their child's experiences.
Maintains written records monitoring child's progress in all areas of development.
Provides supervision to staff and includes staff in planning and assignments.
Coordinates and oversees special projects.
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Additional Job Description
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or other directly related field.
Current Florida Child Care Director Credential or eligible to obtain within 30 days of employment.
Current First-Aid and CPR certification or ability to obtain within 30 days of employment.
Seven years of experience with children in a full-time licensed child care facility or public/private school program.
Two-three years of experience as a supervisor.
Any appropriate combination of relevant education, experience, and/or certifications may be considered.
Experience operating a personal computer and proficient with Microsoft Office (Work, Excel, and Outlook).
Three years of experience as an early childhood teacher.
Master's degree from an accredited institution in Early Childhood Education or a closely related field.
Successful administrative experience in a relevant field.
Demonstrated experience successfully securing grants for innovative initiatives.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of state and local rules and regulations, which govern childcare, NAEYC accreditation standards, and Florida Sunshine State Standards; childcare standards in the areas of health, safety and nutrition; and state regulations governing the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect.
Knowledge of child development including typical and atypical language, cognitive, motor, social, and self-help skills development.
Knowledge of educational program development and the ability to design and deliver high quality interpretive programs to infants, toddlers, and/or preschool children.
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task.
Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate university students in early childhood content and methods courses.
Ability to apply sound judgment and discretion in confidential matters.
Ability to provide services to all children and families with respect and dignity.
Ability and skill in public speaking, group facilitation, and partnership building.
Ability to work with students and colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written.
Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.
Ability to manage overall budget including salary, expense, operating capital, auxiliary, and other personal services funds.
Ability to work in an environment that includes young children and numerous interruptions and function under pressure.
Ability to thrive in an organization that values the diversity of its student body and workforce and actively promotes equity and inclusion.
Applications received by November 27, 2022 will receive priority consideration.