Director, Child Development Center - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Santa Clara California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Santa Clara, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Mission College is seeking a talented leader to fill the position of Director of the Child Development Center. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate the college for its friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.

Under the direction of the Vice President of Instruction, or designee, and within the scope of authority which is consistent by means of District objectives, policies, guidelines and practices, the Director plans, organizes, directs and controls fiscal management, program development and the overall day to day operation of the Child Development Department’s instructional lab (Child Development Center – CDC). The Director takes on additional responsibilities which are necessary for the effective and efficient operation of the Child Development Center and effective coordination and communication with the CHD, the College and the District in order to fully implement the academic components of the lab.
Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.


100% of full time, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year, with anticipated start date of January 21, 2015. Schedule may change to include some evening or weekend hours, as needed. This position is a Classified Administrator and member of the Administrative employee unit.

Work Location: Mission College, Santa Clara, CA

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination equivalent to:
1. Education – Possess a master’s degree in Child Development/Studies;

2. Possess a California Child Development Program Director Permit;

3. Experience – One year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience related to this administrative assignment;

4. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Candidates who claim the equivalent qualifications must provide conclusive evidence of their qualifications.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience as an Early Childhood Teacher in a licensed program.
  • Five years or more experience directing an Early Childhood Program.
  • Experience in a academic setting instructing college students.
  • Knowledge and skills of university/college lab programs.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

  • Direct and coordinate all aspects of the CHD Lab, including: planning, administration, admissions and referrals, facilities maintenance, and maintenance of confidential records and regulatory compliance.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and provide staff development and leadership to direct subordinates (e.g., classified employees, student interns, teaching assistants and volunteers) in the CHD Lab; delegate the responsibility for supervision of indirect subordinates to subordinate supervisors to assure efficient and effective performance; develop expectations for performance and standards of excellence.
  • Provide training and instruction pertaining to the nature of the assignment to students, faculty and other clientele.
  • Coordinate staff meetings; develop and coordinate staff training and schedules.
  • Establish clear and meaningful criteria and expectations for effective performance; direct and supervise the staff, including implementing employee relations practices necessary to establish positive employer-employee relations and promote a high level of morale.
  • Coordinate the use of facilities by students, college personnel and the public.
  • In collaboration with CHD faculty, implement procedures and activities that reflect and support recommended principles and practices of the CHD instructional program and that enable the CHD Lab employees to maintain environments and curriculum that are interactive, intellectually stimulating, physically challenging and emotionally secure, based on the needs of individual children and families, including the individual/family’s language and cultural values, and based on the intent to support an educational partnership with families.
  • Develop culturally appropriate support procedures and activities for families of enrolled children that reflect and support the principles and recommended practices of the CHD instructional program and which may include handbooks, outreach, intake, orientation, parent education, parent volunteer programs and referrals, and driving to conduct home visits as necessary.
  • In consultation with the CHD faculty and college administration, develop admission policies, staff development activities, classroom practices and procedures that reflect and support the principles and recommended practices of the CHD instructional program.
  • Ensure that the program meets the State Department of Social Services licensing regulations (Title 22), the funding requirements of the California Department of Education (Title 5), the accreditation standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the guidelines of the Program for Infant and Toddler Caregivers (PITC), and other legal requirements pertaining to health and safety standards, food and nutrition, and emergency procedures. Interpret and perform this assignment in compliance with pertinent College, federal, state, local laws and contractual regulations including record keeping and reporting.
  • Maintain knowledge and upgrade skills in response to changes in laws, regulations and policy, pedagogy, science and technology and professional practices as they pertain to the area of assignment.
  • Develop the annual operating budget in consultation with the supervising administrator and the CHD faculty.
  • Administer the annual CDC operating budgets; review and approve expenditures according to established District policies and procedures.
  • Participate in preparation of state and federal grant applications.
  • Supervise, manage, promote and officially represent the CDC. Coordinate with external and internal agencies and systems in areas of position responsibilities.
  • Report potential safety problems and recommend solutions.
  • Prepare a variety of reports and correspondence appropriate to assignment.
  • Exhibit sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disabled, gender and ethnic backgrounds of the college community.
  • Make employment decisions and recommendations that are consistent with District goals and selection guidelines.
  • Keep supervisor informed of performance and department activities.
  • Develop and present matters requiring the supervisor’s decision, acting on the supervisor’s directives and recommendations.
  • Work cooperatively as a member of the management staff of the College and District toward the achievement of its goals and objectives.
  • Provide leadership consistent with the mission and function of the College and District.
  • Maintain effective public relations with the larger District and College community.
  • Assure smooth operations within areas of responsibility.
  • May be assigned to lead or participate in District-wide or College committees, initiatives, teams or ad hoc groups; responsible and accountable for completion of assigned tasks when assigned to such a group; when chairing such a group, evaluate the performance of committee members and forward input to members’ supervisors for consideration during the performance evaluation process.
  • Work with College and District staff within a framework of participatory governance.
  • React to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned.
  • Immediately report known or likely fraud, illegal acts, violation of provisions of contracts or grant agreements to the appropriate parties.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Purpose, mission and goals of a California Community College/District.
  • Personnel management, particularly personnel supervision and training.
  • Financial planning, budget development and fiscal reporting methods.
  • Current and emerging issues in the Child Development/Studies field.
  • State Education Code sections, federal laws and regulations, and College and District policies related to the development and implementation of child care and development, instructional services.
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.

Ability to:

  • Prepare and present comprehensive, concise and clear oral written reports.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative, productive and effective working relationships within a participatory governance operational structure.
  • Lead and direct the work of others.
  • Effectively interact with people of diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $7,179–$7,732 (monthly); with a maximum earnable monthly of $9,112.
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents, to include domestic partner.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • 22 days vacation leave accrued annually (25 days after 5 years).
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Professional development and renewal leave.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 10 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 15 years of service.
  • CalPERS retirement.

Application Information


  • Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including: (1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Resume; (3) Transcripts – (unofficial or official copies) for stated degrees having the degree confer/award dates circled. Official transcripts will be required prior to employment start date should the position be offered; (4) Cover letter and/or reference list, if requested; and (5) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
  • All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
  • Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will not be used for consideration of employment.
  • The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.


  • If a minimum requirement is possession of a degree, then a copy of transcripts is required to be included with your application to verify the degree being awarded. If no transcripts are included, the application may be screened as not meeting minimum requirements.
  • Degrees must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Candidates with degrees earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with this online application.
  • If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at an office supply or copy store; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application.
  • Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2174 Fax: (408) 867-9059

West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume