Director of the Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development

Baylor University
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Baylor University is seeking a highly qualified and positive leader to fulfill the role of Director of the Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development. The Piper Center is an integral academic component of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), in the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. The director provides vision, direction and oversight of center operations and collaborative endeavors with the University and the broader community. The Piper Center serves as a model of developmentally appropriate practice and excellence in early education and care of young children and support of families. The director facilitates learning and research opportunities for university faculty, students, and the community. The Piper Centers serves as a laboratory environment through the Child and Family Studies program. The director oversees the development and implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum, supports the operation of the Center by hiring and training staff, establishing and monitoring the budget, and ensuring compliance of Texas licensing requirements and NAEYC accreditation standards.

The successful candidate for this position must also:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current trends and best practices in child development, early childhood education, and family systems;

  • Lead, motivate, and communicate effectively with diverse groups of individuals;

  • Demonstrate a strengths-based leadership style;

  • Possess effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities;

  • Demonstrate effective training and mentoring skills;

  • Have excellent communication and conflict resolution skills;

  • Be detail-oriented, with excellent organization and time management skills.


A Master's degree in child development, family studies, early childhood education, or related field, five years of relevant work experience, have or meet all criteria for the Texas Childcare Director's licensure, and a Christian faith are required. A PhD or EdD degree in child development, family studies, early childhood education, or related field and five years of relevant work experience are preferred.

The Baylor Experience

Working at Baylor is much more than simply having a job! As part of the Baylor family, employees not only receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, generous time off, and fantastic automatic retirement contributions*, they also get to experience Baylor.

  • Experience the culture of working for an institution consistently ranked as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education

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  • Experience Baylor academics with outstanding tuition remission for staff and qualified dependents*

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  • Experience our great dining facilities and enjoy an employee discount

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Job Overview

Job Type
Full time

Clifton Robinson Tower
700 S. University Parks Drive, Suite 480
Waco, TX 76798
United States

How to Apply

View the full position description: Director of the Piper Child Center for Family Studies and Child Development. Please submit an on-line application at along with a cover letter and resume.

About Baylor

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education's “Great Colleges to Work For.” Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas. The university provides a vibrant campus community for over 17,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Baylor is actively recruiting staff who support our mission as we pursue our bold vision, Illuminate.

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant's religion among its selection criteria. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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