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Director, Child Development Laboratory Centers (CDLC)

Apply now Job no: 494740
Work type: Staff
Location: Florissant Valley Campus
Categories: Academic Affairs, Child Development Center, Leadership, Other

Title: Director, Child Development Laboratory Centers (CDLC)

Employee Classification: Professional 52 Wks Non-Unit 

Department: Child Development Learn Ctr (CDLC)

Salary Range:  $77,688.00 Minimum

Who we are:

We are not-for-profit:  St. Louis Community college (STLCC) is a non-profit institution dedicated to empowering students, expanding minds, and changing lives. Employees are committed to strengthening the St. Louis community with inclusive and transformative education.

We are a respected employer:  For 60 years, STLCC has served the St. Louis community, expanding to 4 main campuses, 2 education centers, 2 workforce training centers, and 5 centers of excellence. More than one-half of the households in St. Louis have at least one member who has taken classes at STLCC.

We make an impact in the community:  Through credit courses, continuing education, and workforce development programs, STLCC annually serves nearly 69,000 students.  More than 80% of career and technical graduates employed in their fields or continue their education at four-year institutions within six months of graduation.  STLCC sends more transfer students to Missouri’s four-year colleges/universities than anyone else.

We value Diversity, equity & inclusion:  STLCC is committed to fostering an atmosphere of appreciation for all people, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or class.

What you get:

Benefits package [for full-time employees]:  STLCC offers one of the best benefit packages in the St. Louis area. As a STLCC employee you will have access to a 100% match on your contribution to retirement, two health insurance plans options that are no cost to the employee - including an HSA option, low-cost life insurance with a 3x salary benefit, and other low-cost benefits including dental, vision, AD&D, ST LT disability insurance.

Opportunity to grow:  Over half of our employees have served the college for more than 12 years, exploring different career paths and advancing to higher level positions.

Education & training opportunities: STLCC offers tuition waivers for employees [full-time and part-time] + their dependents.  Full-time employees can take advantage of tuition reimbursement for other institutions after just 6 months of service, and an annual professional development allotment.

Work/life balance:  Full-time STLCC employees have access to a generous time off package, including holidays, vacation, personal days, medical leave, and other leave options. Our holiday schedule even includes a paid winter holiday at the end of the calendar year.

Commitment to wellness:  STLCC HR boasts a dedicated health and wellness specialist who is enthusiastic about creating a culture of wellness throughout the College. With access to college wellness vendors, employees are educated, motivated, and rewarded for healthy behaviors. STLCC employees and anyone living in their household also have access to an employee assistance program (EAP) that can help them with virtually any life need.

The basics of this position:

The Director, CDLC, is responsible for ensuring all compliance standards are met for licensing, accreditation, and other regulatory agencies for STLCC’s Child Development Laboratory Centers (CDLC). The director serves as the college’s liaison for external organizations related to childcare, ensures enrollment goals are met, provides fiscal oversight for the CDLC, creates all operational practices for the CDLC, and ensures that direct reports disseminate information to staff, STLCC students, and families. The director also works closely with the Child and Family Development (CFD) program coordinator and dean to ensure that the CDLC remains a collaborative learning environment for CFD and other college students. The director also works with his/her supervisor, center managers, and the campus presidents to ensure that the centers maintain all necessary standards and regulations to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for all children, staff, students, and families.

What you'll do:

  • • Supervises, coaches, and models for direct reports in developmentally appropriate practice; CDLC philosophy, protocol, and practices; licensing regulations; and accreditation standards.
    • Develops, implements, and manages effective partnerships with industries and organizations that lead to increased opportunities for students, the College, and the child and family development industries and organizations in the St. Louis region; attends advisory board committees for surrounding school districts and other organizations.
    • Serves as a liaison to college departments and community agencies related to or interested in child and family development/early childhood education issues and needs, including but not limited to the Department of Health and Social Services, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Childhood, Child Care Aware, National Coalition of Campus Children’s Centers, area universities, National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and all accreditation/licensing organizations.
    • Prepares, submits, provides reports, and oversees the annual budget for the CDLC, including reviewing revenue; serves as the oversight official for any grants obtained by the CDLC; provides responsibility for ensuring that all grant activities are completed in a timely manner.
    • In conjunction with the Office of Institutional Development, identifies external funding sources and authors or co-authors grants that can support existing activities of the CDLC, can develop new programs, and can create new training opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and community partners.
    • Schedules and chairs monthly meetings for the CDLC staff and reports on any issues that may impact the work of the CDLC, provides monthly updates and reports to direct supervisor, and serves on appropriate campus or college committees.
    • Establishes and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the CDLC’s goals and objectives.
    • Oversees the CDLC’s compliance with licensing standards and state and national accreditation standards, providing all necessary reports, documents, forms, etc. to ensure licensing and accreditation is maintained for the CDLC.
    • Provides and supervises professional development opportunities for all CDLC staff.
    • Works with the managers to review budgetary needs, orders, etc. for the centers.
    • Maintains the CDLC as a model for use in the CFD program and in other college programs; collaborates with CFD faculty to ensure best practices are maintained in the program and the CDLC; attends advisory board meetings for the CFD program.
    • Serve on division or campus leadership teams as requested by the dean and/or campus president.
    • Supports the managers in responding to parent issues, concerns, or complaints.
    • Keeps current on licensing and accreditation standards and ensures compliance across the centers.
    • Coordinates the creation and dissemination of a quarterly newsletter for families.
    • Creates and implements operational practices and protocols to ensure a safe and healthy environment for children, ensuring all licensing and accreditation standards are met.
    • Creates, revises, and ensures compliance with the staff handbook and the family handbook.
    • Performs normal supervisory functions: trains; instructs; assigns work to CDLC personnel; recommends transfers and terminations; arranges for additional work or need for overtime; explains and enforces College policies, safety rules, and regulations; evaluates performance.
    • Works with the assistant managers to ensure CDLC enrollment goals are met; works with other college departments as necessary to meet enrollment goals; coordinates with and provides information about enrollment to the Childcare Resource and Referral Coordinator; and develops the overall marketing plan for the CDLC in coordination with Marketing and Communication
    • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Education, experience, and other requirements:

• Master’s degree in Early Childhood, Child and Family Development, or similar area or Master’s degree with Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Child and Family Development, or similar area.
• Eight years of full-time experience in a licensed childcare center, including at least three years of supervisory experience at the assistant manager, manager, director, or assistant director level.


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