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Director- Little Govs Child Learning Center

Austin Peay State University
Job Location:
Clarksville, 37044
Child Care and Youth Programs
Position Summary

The Director for Little Govs Child Learning Center (LGCLC) reports directly to the Chief of Staff and Executive Director for Student Affairs Administration & Finance and serves as a leader to provide transformative strategy, vision, and operational leadership of providing high-quality early childhood education and care. As a leadership team member, this position is responsible for all program and fiscal administration and supervision of staff, children and volunteers of the LGCLC. The Director plays a critical role in providing high-quality early childhood education and care for children of college students, faculty, staff, and community members supporting the college's mission and commitment to families.

Austin Peay State University is a four-year public, doctoral-level university, with six colleges and four Chairs of Excellence. The University has an enrollment of over 9,000 students and is located in Clarksville, Tennessee, a community of an estimated 166,000 people located approximately 40 miles northwest of Nashville, TN.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Administrative and Supervisory leadership
  • Provide supervision and leadership to Little Govs Child Learning Center.
  • Oversee the hiring, professional development & training, licensing verification of center professional and student staff.
  • Implement personnel and operating policies in accordance with the standards and guidelines set by the University and regulatory agencies under which the APSU Child Learning Center operates.
  • Provide oversight to center budget preparation and management; actively seek, acquire, and maintain grants.
  • Prepare and maintain administrative and business contracts, records, and reports.
  • Provide leadership to maintain quality facilities that meet and exceed childhood education regulations.
  • Create and implement a marketing plan to promote the center quality and services.
  • Implement assessment tools to evaluate the effectiveness of the center's programs.
Enrollment and Instructional Management
  • Develop strategies to attract and retain families, manage enrollment processes, and maintain positive relationships with parents and the community.
  • Monitor enrollment levels to ensure compliance with findings of reviews, self-assessment plans and community assessments.
  • Maintain student enrollment and attendance records; this includes enrollment waitlists.
  • Promote a positive new student enrollment and orientation experience.
  • Develop and maintain program curriculum to ensure adherence to appropriate practices.
  • Support a learning-oriented organizational culture that emphasizes quality experiences for children, collaborative relationships, continuous improvement, and high performance by developing curriculum.
  • Meet with parents and teachers to keep parents up-to-date on their child's development and progress, including discussing ways to address any learning or behavioral issues.
  • Maintain, and protect, accurate records on children to include development, immunization, and general health.
  • Plans and monitors tuition for enrollees in collaboration with the University Bursar.
Community and Government Relations
  • Foster and cultivate good community relations and partnerships, as appropriate to support childhood education.
  • Determine and maintain necessary requirements and standards to meet mandatory licensing, health and safety regulations from federal, state, and local agencies including the Department of Human Services, Montgomery County Health Department.
  • Uphold accreditation with the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA).
Department and Division Leadership
  • Serve as a key leader in assisting the University's response supporting student-parents.
  • Identifies organizational and cultural changes needed to adapt strategically to changing market and technological demands.
  • Collaborates with campus partners to provide student-parent support and expand the impact of LGCLC.
  • Collaborate with campus partners for overall facility management and maintenance.
  • Coordinate timely and accurate preparation of reports, budgets, and contracts.
  • Stay informed and educate the University community and stakeholders as needed regarding issues, trends, and regulations affecting childhood education.
  • Proactively identify opportunities to apply innovation and creativity to address areas of improvement and growth.
  • Serve on the cabinet leadership team within the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Participate in related professional organizations for continuing development.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to efficiently operate a personal computer and associated software (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.).
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.
  • Ability to interact in an effective and appropriate manner with diverse populations, the University community and the public.
  • Ability to work with federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.
  • Ability to lead, develop, and work with a diverse staff.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to administer multiple deadlines and tasks.

Required Minimum Qualifications

Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree, and a minimum of three (3) years of related experience within an early childhood education program with young children and supervision of staff  (Master's Preferred).
  • Knowledge of best practices within early childhood education, curriculum development, and learning center development.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local agency regulations of early childhood education.
  • Leadership skills that exemplify collaboration, communication, action and advocacy.
  • Ability to work with federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and assess data.
  • A background check and criminal records check will be required of the successful applicant.
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