Organization Name:
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Job Title:
Childcare Center Director
Job Description:
UAFS Little Lions Child Development Center Director
UAFS | University of Arkansas Fort Smith
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The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is a vibrant mid-sized public university dedicated to breaking the higher education mold by bringing truly transformative, hands-on experiences to every student. From high school seniors to senior professionals, first-generation students to second-chancers, our goal is to provide a high-quality, future-focused education that honors each student’s unique, personal situations and goals. Our tiered approach to learning offers students access to more than 80-degree plans and programs including certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse population of Arkansas, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, and perspectives.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area’s lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for the cost of living, and a top city in the nation for the highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.

Thank you for your interest in joining our university. Below you will find details for the position including any supplementary documentation and/or questions you should review before submitting your application. For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at (479) 788-7080.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process please contact Human Resources at 479-788-7080. Applicants are required to submit a request for each position to which they have applied.

Summary of Job Duties:
The CDEV Center Director will oversee all aspects of the UAFS Child Development Center, from renovations to startup and daily operations. The position reports to the Director of Early Childhood Education and the Executive Director of the School of Education.

Summary of Job Duties:

Oversee renovations project and licensure requirements.
Hire, train, and supervise teachers and other staff.
Ensure training hours are maintained for staff.
Manage employee schedules and daily labor within the center, ensure appropriate staff/child ratios are always intact.
Be a team builder with the ability to resolve conflicts, highly organized and possess excellent customer service/communication skills.
Be detail-oriented, obtain and maintain professional development qualifications for staff to meet the requirements of Better Beginnings Level 3.
Operate the lab school according to state licensing standards.
Responsible for administering, planning, managing, and controlling the daily activities of the LLCDC.
Effectively manage the day-to-day operations to ensure quality throughout the center.
Oversee licensing requirements (State of Arkansas).
Ensure a safe environment for the children in our care.
Communicate program goals, policies, and procedures to parents.
Maintain budget for the center: order supplies and materials, collect tuition and fees, accreditation fees.
Purchase supplies, equipment, food and other materials necessary for program operations.
Identify opportunities and take action to maximize savings and efficiencies in business operations.
Forecast and create enrollment growth plans based on past performance and projected occupancy.
Be flexible and energetic, with the ability to multi-task.
Assist teachers with the weekly development and execution of the curriculum and program activities.
Execute marketing plan (both internal and external) necessary to maintain desired enrollment.
Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing leadership to subordinates.
Requires consistent on-time attendance.
Other duties as assigned.
Required Education and/or Work Experience: From AR licensing requirements:

Applicants must be 21 years of age or over and provide documentation of one (1) of the following educational levels:

Bachelor’s Degree or higher Degree in Early Childhood, Child Development, or a related field from a regionally accredited college or university. (Determination of “related field” shall be made by the Division)
Bachelor’s degree in a non-related field from a regionally accredited college or university plus one (1) of the following:
Four (4) years of experience in early childhood education
Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
Birth – Pre-K Credential
Associate degree in Early Childhood, Child Development, or a related field
Plus six (6) years of experience in Early Childhood Education
All new Directors and Assistant Directors or Site Supervisors shall attend New Directors Orientation, Program Administration Scale (PAS), and Environment Rating Scale (ERS) training (or other approved tools that are considered equivalent) in the states Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) within six (6) months of employment. This is an orientation class sponsored by the Division. Proof of attendance shall be maintained in the Director’s file.

Directors and Assistant Directors or Site Supervisors shall obtain fifteen (25) clock hours in early childhood education each year. Training shall be registered with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE) Professional Development Registry, or Department of Education, or Department of Higher Education approved. Documentation of training shall be maintained and available for review. Obtain and maintain professional development qualifications in order to meet the requirements of Better Beginnings Level 3.

Responsible for administering, planning, managing, and controlling the daily activities of the LLECDC Computer proficiency including Word, Excel, and ability to learn other programs quickly Must pass a criminal background check, child maltreatment check and FBI check. Physical abilities– Must be able to bend, stoop, stand, and lift-up to 25-40 lbs.

Preferred Education and/or Work Experience: Demonstrated evidence of successful leadership in an early childhood education setting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: To perform the job successfully, the following competencies are required for the essential functions of this position:

Knowledge of AR Better Beginnings Quality Rating and Improvement System, and the processes for moving towards the highest levels of quality of care.
Ability to connect programs in the College of Health, Education and Human Sciences to positive outcomes for children in the UAFS Little Lions Child Development Center.

Additional Information:

Working Relationships: The UAFS Little Lions Child Development Center Director would be a liaison between the youngest learners and the faculty, staff, students and community served.

List Employees Supervised: The UAFS Little Lions Child Development Center Director would supervise six full-time early childhood educators, plus multiple part-time educators.

Special Job Dimensions: Work performed primarily in an office setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. The employee frequently sits for extended periods of time, and occasionally stands and walks. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee regularly talks and hears. Employee occasionally lifts items up to 50 pounds. Routine work schedule Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm with occasional overtime and travel required

Background Check Requirements. Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check.

Salary Information:
Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:
Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Recruitment Contact Information:
HR 479-788-7080

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site
Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.
Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
Child Maltreatment, Criminal Background Check, Financial Credit Check, Motor Vehicle Reports Check
This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
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