Director of Programs and Project Operations-MU Child Development Laboratory

University of Missouri
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The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) is currently seeking applicants for Director of Programs and Project Operations for the MU Child Development Laboratory (CDL). The Director is responsible for the general administrative functions of the CDL including, but not limited to recruiting and hiring teachers and other staff, budget projections and management, payroll, facilities, annual program reports, project management, and maintaining accreditation status as a high-quality, developmentally appropriate childcare and education program. The director supervises and supports laboratory teachers, students, and staff while building a strong, positive, team culture.
The successful candidate...
• Understands the many aspects of directing an early childhood development program successfully.
• Possesses the ability to build strong collaborative relationships with CDL teachers and staff, parents/families of enrolled children, HDFS faculty, other campus faculty and administrators, and the community.
• Adeptly communicates the mission of the CDL to the laboratory teachers, staff, parents and community.
• Understands and implements sound business practices related to the continuing success of the CDL.
The MU Child Development Laboratory (CDL) is an educational setting for community children and a teaching and research laboratory for university students, faculty and staff. The CDL operates a full-day, full-year teacher-training lab school affiliated with the Department of Human Development and Family Science within the College of Education and Human Development.
The CDL is licensed, accredited by Missouri Accreditation of Programs for Children and Youth, and currently serves 68 families with children from six weeks of age through age five. We strive to facilitate the teaching and research missions of the University, to promote the professional growth of undergraduate and graduate students, and to secure strong foundations for children and their families.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
A Master’s degree in HDFS, Early Childhood Education, Developmental Psychology, or a closely related field and with at least 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications
PhD in HDFS, Early Childhood Education, Developmental Psychology, or closely related field and experience administrating early education programs.

Supervision Received
Supervision is received from HDFS Department Chair

Supervision Exercised
Supervision is exercised over Lead Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Floaters, Substitute Teachers, CDL Chef, CDL Administrative Assistant, practicum students, service-learning students and work-study students.

Organization Summary

The mission of the CDL parallels the service, teaching and research missions of the University of Missouri. We strive to facilitate the teaching and research missions of the University, to promote the professional growth of undergraduate and graduate students, and to secure strong foundations for children and their families.
The intent of our program is to encourage and support the development of each child and to provide opportunities for self-exploration and discovery. An assumption of the program is that children are active and curious; it is our goal to provide learning experiences designed to stimulate the child’s creative learning abilities.
The overall development (cognitive, social-emotional, linguistic, physical, creative) of the child is considered and planned for through a variety of activities. It is our objective to learn the needs of the individuals in our program and to plan for the successful fulfillment of those needs. Positive development of the child’s image of self is of prime importance in the program and is a priority in all aspects of program planning.

The Department of Human Development and Family Science
HDFS joined the College of Education and Human Development July 1, 2021, as the sixth and newest department. Faculty in the department conduct research about child, adolescent, and adult development, diversity and multiculturalism, family and relationship science, health and family functioning. HDFS offers both undergraduate degrees (BA and BS) and graduate degrees (MA, MS, and PHD), and has a significant presence on campus and within the state through its Extension outreach and services. HDFS is home to two large centers: Center for Family Policy and Research (CFPR) and Child Development Laboratory (CDL). The CFPR offers faculty and students opportunities to work on grant-funded research and intervention projects that directly serve children, families, and communities. The CDL provides childcare for children under six years and serves as a teaching and research laboratory for faculty and students. The Department currently has over 4- million in externally funded grants and contracts.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Salary commensurate with education & experience.
Location

526 Hitt Street
102 Gwynn Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
United States

Application Deadline
09/05/2022