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Early Childhood Education Program Director

Company:
Flint Hills Technical College
Job Location:
Emporia, Kansas
Category:
Teacher Education - Early Childhood

PURPOSE:

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Director/Instructor will lead a program that educates adult students to become professionals in working with infant to Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) children. This will be done by instructing the students in creating stimulating and appropriate educational environments that assist in the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of infant to Pre-K children. The director/instructor and program will create a positive environment for adult student learning that will prepare and support the professional growth of the ECE program students. In order to respond to the individual needs and abilities of the FHTC students, the director/instructor will work closely with the staff and administration of the College as well as develop relationships with regional childcare partners. 

CONTRACT:

Faculty Master Agreement

Full-time

RESPONSIBLE TO:

Health and Human Services (HHS) Division Chairperson, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and President of Flint Hills Technical College

PAYMENT RATE:

According to Master Agreement

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Required Qualifications
    1. Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Elementary Education (EE). 
    2. At least two years of recent paid employment or two years of teaching within the field or related field of instruction.
    3. Thorough knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities for the needs of infant to Pre-K children.
    4. Knowledge and use of computers and current technology required.
    5. Good written and oral communication skills required.
    6. Desire to continue career improvement
  2. Preferred Qualifications
    1. Master’s Degree in ECE or EE
    2. Management experience in an ECE center or school program

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Keeps informed of state licensing/certification requirements and current best practices to keep the ECE program compliant with state and federal regulations. 
  2. Exercises leadership and knowledge of the early childhood profession to create an effective ECE program and curriculum.
  3. Oversees and coordinates an overall ECE program that graduates competent professionals for the ECE field. 
  4. Facilitates program advisory committee meetings for developing, reviewing and revising course competencies needed for program graduates.
  5. Works in conjunction with the HHS Division Chairperson and Vice President of Academic Affairs to submit needed applications or documentation for state, federal and accrediting bodies’ approval. 
  6. Collaborates with FHTC Advancement Office and community groups to raise funds for the development of ECE facilities and its maintenance.
  7. Works with ECE centers and school programs to secure, maintain and evaluate practicum or field experience sites. 
  8. Develops program articulation agreements and course transfers with other ECE program in higher education institutions across the state. 
  9. Develops schedule of course offerings, practicum/field experiences and faculty teaching assignments.
  10. Plans and prepares the classroom setting; oversees safety and educational programs; supervises students in the classroom; provides a supportive environment in which students can learn and practice appropriate educational skills in directing acceptable individual and group behaviors.
  11. Maintains student compliance records for practicums / field experiences (health records, background checks, etc.).
  12. Leads, guides, and trains faculty in supervising ECE student employees, interns, and/or volunteers in performing their ECE-related work.
  13. Oversees ordering and maintenance of an adequate inventory of materials and supplies.
  14. Obtain advance approval for all special activities and expenditures.
  15. Leads in conducting regular program review activities and maintaining appropriate assessment records and reports.
  16. Assists in hiring, orienting, mentoring, overseeing and evaluating full-time and adjunct faculty.
  17. Oversees and participates in local events related to student recruitment or other activities promoting the ECE program in the community and region.
  18. Prepares and oversees departmental budgets and financial expenditure requests. 
  19. Participate in professional development activities, certification trainings, and continuing education required for the position.
  20. Serves as a faculty member for the program.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Project a positive and professional image.
  2. Perform assigned responsibilities, other related duties, and tasks according to established Board of Trustees policies, College procedures and practices, FERPA guidelines, and other applicable laws pertaining to employment and education in a safe manner and with minimal supervision.
  3. Keep abreast of new information, innovative ideas and techniques within the academic discipline area.
  4. Communicate effectively and professionally with all members of the college and community.
  5. React to change productively and manage other tasks and duties as assigned.
  6. Conduct College business in a professional and ethical manner that reflects and includes the College’s core values, mission, and vision and supports the value of higher education.
  7. Adhere to all college health and safety policies, including all precautions of the Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

  1. Required prolonged sitting or standing.
  2. Requires periodic physical exertion to manually move, lift, carry, pull, or push heavy objects or materials up.
  3. Requires stooping, kneeling, crawling, bending, turning, and reaching.
  4. Must work in noisy and crowded environments.
  5. May requires travel.
  6. Must work in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
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