Child Development Center Director

Child Development Center Director


Southeastern Community College
4564 Chadbourn Highway
Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: 910-642-7141

Job Location

Whiteville, NC

Columbus County


In accordance with salary plan



Job Category

  • Professional

Application Period

Opens: Thursday, April 13, 2023
Closes: Thursday, June 1, 2023

Target Start Date

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Expected Work Hours


Reports to

Dean of Institutional Effectiveness

Employment Type


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field. 
  • Two years' work experience in an administrative/management role. 
  • Knowledge of NC DCDEE and NAEYC rules and regulations. 
  • Knowledge of CACFP rules and regulations. 
  • Knowledge of office management techniques and the ability to organize workflow and coordinate activities. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master's degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field. 

Position Description

Working closely with the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, the purpose of the SCC Child Development Center Director position is to supervise and be responsible for the overall operation of the facility. The Child Development Center Director is responsible for supervising child development center staff and SC adult students utilizing the facility; following required rules and regulations for the operation of a NC licensed child development facility; pursuing, obtaining, and maintaining the requirements for national child care center accreditation through NAEYC; maintaining the day to day operations of the program including fiscal management, environments, enrollment and advertising, staffing, etc.; serves as the liaison for utilization of the facility with the AS Early Childhood Education program and other educational programs at the college. In order to accomplish the objectives of the position, the SCC Child Development Center Director performs the following functions: 

Essential Duties: 

Overall Management of the Center: 

  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the SCC Child Development Center within the parameters of Senior Leadership, the College Board of Trustees, the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, NC laws and requirements for early childhood centers, and NAEYC accreditation standards. 
  • Recruits and enrolls children, collects fees, and orients new children and families to the program.
  • Maintains children's, volunteers, and therapist files of required information. 
  • Develops, maintains, and updates all operational and personnel policies related to the Center as needed. 
  • Assures that the Center maintains all NC licensing, building, fire, and sanitation standards. with regard to physical safety and well-being of the children. 
  • Serves as a substitute when staff are absent, and coverage is needed. 
  • Initiates requisitions for the purchase of food supplies and materials, office supplies, classroom materials, etc. 
  • Participates in professional development activities required by NC DCDEE and NAEYC. 
  • Compiles monthly paperwork for each classroom in accordance with NC DCDEE rules and regulations. 
  • Manages and submits monthly attendance reports as required by NC PreK and the Department of Social Services. 
  • Maintains record keeping and reporting for the center and the college, NAEYC accreditation and licensing, as well as reports for any subsidize care receipt, health and quality improvement initiatives, and grants that were obtained for the CDC and annual plans for the program. 
  • Prepares contract service agreements as necessary. 
  • Works collaboratively with the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness to seek quality improvement initiatives and grants that could benefit the program and the college. 
  • Supports the overall mission of the college through attendance of various college functions. 
  • Serves on various college and professional committees. 
  • Serves as a standing member on the SCC Early Childhood Education Programs Advisory Board. 
  • Participates in college and/or department outreach events and personnel trainings and meetings. 

Staff Supervision: 

  • Provides direct supervision and support to the Child Development Center staff. 
  • Prepares and submits all necessary employment contracts for processing. 
  • Creates monthly work schedules for all full-time staff and part time staff. 
  • Arranges, prepares, and conducts staff meetings by locating appropriate space; notifying participants of date, time, and place; and notifying participants of changes and/or cancellations.
  • Conducts classroom observations of Center staff weekly. 
  • Verifies forms, such as travel forms, leave request forms, requisitions to ensure accuracy and forwards to appropriate office for approval. 
  • Creates and utilizes an employee handbook specific to early childhood laws and requirements for all Center staff. 
  • Maintains a record of time sheet information for part-time staff members and submits time sheets to payroll. 
  • Maintains personnel files and information for all Center administration and staff according to NC DCDEE rules and regulations. 
  • Interviews and orients new staff, substitutes, and volunteers. 
  • Conducts staff evaluations as required by the College and NC DCDEE. 
  • Seeks, organizes, or plans professional development opportunities for Center staff to meet all licensing regulations, college policies, and professional development needs of the staff. 

CACFP (Food Program): 

  • Ensures compliance with civil rights regulations, including staff training. 
  • Ensures that the USDA non-discrimination policy is properly enforced. 
  • Ensures that the non-discrimination statement is listed on program materials. 
  • Responsible for providing all CACFP related trainings to staff. 
  • Completes monthly CACFP reporting requirements including menu planning, totaling monthly receipts, inputting meal count data, complete online submission requirements, etc. 
  • Creates monthly food and supplies inventory in accordance with CACFP rules and regulations. 
  • Attends professional development related to CACFP guidelines and requirements as mandated. 

Parent and Family Community Interaction & Engagement: 

  • Maintains positive working relationships with families of the children in the Center. 
  • Serves as the point of contact for all stakeholders with questions, concerns, etc. related to the Child Development Center. 
  • Plans, coordinates, and implements family and community events related to the Child Development Center. 
  • Manages intake process for enrolling new children and families including the distribution and collection of required forms, touring the facilities, collecting fees, etc. 
  • Creates and utilizes a volunteer/therapist handbook. 
  • Builds and maintains relationships with community partners related to the ECE field and/or the SCC Child Development Center program. 
  • Participates in community outreach events and organizations. 

NAEYC Accreditation Pursuit & Maintenance: 

  • Initiates and navigates through the process and stages of applying for and obtaining NAEYC Accreditation for the Center. 
  • Performs intensive and extensive classroom and programmatic reviews in order to complete the self-study stage of the accreditation process. 
  • Provides technical assistance and support to Center staff when compiling classroom portfolios. 
  • Compiles the program portfolio. 
  • Attends professional development sessions focused on NAEYC Accreditation. 
  • Manages and coordinate the site-visit for the NAEYC Accreditation team. 
  • Collaborates with campus partners to ensure that site visit is conducted as required. 
  • Maintains NAEYC Accreditation by completing and submitting necessary documentation as requested and ensuring that annual maintenance fee is paid. 

Student Recruitment, Supervision, & Management: 

  • Collaborates with the SCC Early Childhood Education curriculum program faculty and other program directors/faculty as the liaison to assure utilization of the Child Development Center within coursework at the college. 
  • Recruits and selects work-study students for the facility. 
  • Manages work-study and curriculum students while in the facility. 
  • Provides orientation for work-study and other students as needed. 
  • Prepares schedules for work-study and/or Early Childhood curriculum students. 
  • Creates and utilizes a student handbook for work-based learning students working in the facility. 
  • Coordinates and assists Early Childhood and any other curriculum students with any time that is required to be spent in the Child Development Center working on course assignments. 
  • Mentors and provides guidance to Early Childhood and any other curriculum students daily. 
  • Provides academic lectures to early childhood education students on topics as requested by Early Childhood Education curriculum faculty. 

Budget Management: 

  • Serves as the budget manager for the Center. 
  • Works collaboratively with the Business Office to build an annual budget based on estimated revenues and expenditures. 
  • Works collaboratively with the Business Office to maintain accurate fiscal records for the Center. 
  • Works collaboratively with the purchasing staff to process all purchases for the Center. 
  • Maintains budgets for any supplemental revenues, such as any additional grants received. 
  • Invoices families weekly or monthly. 
  • Processes tuition payments and deposits on a weekly and monthly basis. 
  • Ensures that child tuition accounts are balanced through constant review and maintenance. 
  • Submits attendance or necessary documentation to outside funding agencies as required to receive payment. 
  • Coordinates and manages fundraising events to support the Center. 
  • Identifies cost-saving initiatives/modifications to be implemented. 

New Initiative Management: 

  • Researches and initiates an after-school program. 
  • Explores and identifies ways to expand the age range offerings of the Center to serve the community more fully (such as an infant classroom and a separate 2- & 3-year-old classroom). 
  • Initiates and implements the provision of transportation services to and from local schools in the community. 
  • Coordinates and implements a campus involvement program so that children participate in activities and are exposed to the various areas on campus (music, art, health & PE, library, etc.) 
  • Seeks out any additional ways to ensure that the program thrives and remains relevant on campus and in the community.

Skills and Abilities

  • Above average oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to work well without direct supervision. 
  • Ability to work well with others. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain trust with supervisor, co-workers, and other college personnel. 

How to Apply

The starting date for the positions is 5/15/23. Salary is dependent upon qualifications, experience, and labor market. Excellent references from previous employers must be furnished upon request.
A completed Southeastern Community College application (located on the SCC website), a resume, letter of interest addressing the requirements and educational transcripts (unofficial copies of transcripts will be sufficient for the screening process, but official copies must be submitted prior to employment) must be submitted to the college Human Resources Office in order for applicants to be considered for this position. Initial review of applications will be 5/1/23 and continue until the position is filled.
Applicants should send all documents and inquiries to the Human Resources Office, Southeastern Community College, P.O. Box 151, Whiteville, NC  28472.   Telephone (910) 788-6310 or (910) 788-6206.
An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Job Post Contact

Bill Maultsby