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Director, Child Development Center

$106,658 – $111,194 yearly

MiraCosta College

Last Updated: 5/09/23

Job Description

Director, Child Development Center
MiraCosta College

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Type of Assignment: Full Time
Assignment Category: Regular Position

Position Details:
One regular, exempt, full-time classified administrator position, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year on the Oceanside campus. The work schedule will normally be Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation.

Remote Work:
MiraCosta College believes that flexible work enables employees to achieve a more successful balance between work responsibilities and family life. The District offers the opportunity to telework (remote work) for certain positions, depending on the operational needs of the District and the provisions of the telework policy. Probationary and temporary employees are not eligible to telework unless approved by the appropriate vice president. No employee is guaranteed the right to telework. No employee shall be authorized to telework 100% of the time; regular, on-campus presence is expected for all District employees on a weekly basis.

IMPORTANT: MiraCosta College requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to promote a safe and healthful workplace for employees and to promote the health and safety of our campus community. Unvaccinated employees are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe disease. This causes greater risk to their personal health and unnecessary disruption to the college community that depends on college programs and services. As of August 23, 2021, all employees must submit proof of vaccination or request and receive approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. For more information, please visit

Salary Range: CM-8
Compensation: Annual Compensation: $106,658 or $111,194 (step 1 or 2)
Total Annual Compensation: $158,823 or $164,510 (step 1 or 2)

Annual compensation is based on salary range 8, step 1 or 2 on the 2022-2023 classified administrator salary schedule. Initial step placement will be determined based on directly related experience, with annual salary step increases up to step 5. In addition, after five years of district service, employees earn a longevity stipend that increases over time.

Total annual compensation includes annual salary, the district’s average annual health and welfare benefit cost, and the district’s retirement contributions (CalPERS).

Employees must make arrangements for the direct deposit of paychecks into the financial institution of their choice, via electronic fund transfer.

MiraCosta College offers an array of benefits to eligible employees.

    • The district pays 100% of the cost of medical, dental and vision insurance for eligible employees and dependents
    • $100,000 life insurance policy
    • Up to $250 of benefit credits per month to help pay for a variety of voluntary benefit options, such as supplemental life insurance, disability coverage, and health care/dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)
    • Vacation, sick leave, and up to 18 paid holidays
    • State pension system retirement benefits (CalPERS)
    • Free and confidential employee assistance program
    • Wellness Program
    • Participation in the District’s Early Retirement Program
    • Professional Development Opportunities
    • Childcare Facility (Oceanside Campus)

Position Term in Months: 12

Application Procedure:
In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number:

1. Application on which you list all relevant experience.

2. A current resume or curriculum vitae summarizing your educational background and experience.

3. A cover letter addressed to the “Screening and Interview Committee” specifically describing how your experience aligns with the Essential Duties, Other Duties, and Desirable Qualifications.

4. If you possess a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit or Director Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), attach a copy of the permit to the “Permit” link. If not, please be aware that you must possess one of these permits by the first day of the assignment.

5. If you have current certification in Pediatric CPR, attach a copy. If not, please be aware that you must possess this certification by the first day of the assignment.

6. If you have current certification in first aid, attach a copy. If not, please be aware that you must possess this certification by the first day of the assignment.

7. Transcripts of college coursework which provide evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications as stated in this job posting. Unofficial or legible photocopies are acceptable. If a degree(s) was earned, the transcripts must state that the degree was awarded. Any degree/coursework used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from a postsecondary institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.

If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. To view a list of agencies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, go to Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.

The screening and interview committee will review application materials for up to three to four weeks following the closing/first screening date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.

Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) proof of being fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 or requesting and receiving approval for a medical or religious exemption; 2) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 3) submission of a current tuberculosis test clearance; 4) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; 5) fingerprint clearance; and 6) approval by the Board of Trustees.

*Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (e.g. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson and Johnson [J&J/Janssen]).

Retired STRS members are not eligible for this position.

Basic Function:
Under general supervision of the Dean, plans, supervises, assesses, and evaluates activities and operations of the Child Development Center and laboratory school. Oversees and collaborates with, and provides support to, early childhood education instructional programs, and perform related duties as assigned, including compliance with District and licensing requirements and related legal and regulatory provisions.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

Supervisory Responsibilities

1. Recruits, interviews, recommend hires, and trains staff.

2. Oversees scheduling, assignments, and the daily workflow of the child development center.

3. Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations.


4. Exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

5. Plan, organize, direct and supervise the Child Development Center to provide a quality child development program for children, students in teacher training, and students in other disciplines in alignment with curriculum.

6. Initiate and perform strategic planning, program evaluation, research and advocacy for the Center; author and implement program vision, philosophy, and goals as well as policies and procedures.

7. Serve as business manager of the operation responsible for setting tuition levels, reporting income and expenditures and meeting acceptable business standards.

8. Develop and prepare the annual budget for the Child Development Center; analyze and review budgetary and financial data; control and authorize expenditures.

9. Generate resources/funds through grant writing and/or program proposals. Monitor grants and prepare and submit monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports as required by the funding agency. Work closely with the MiraCosta College Foundation on various fundraising initiatives and activities.

10. Provide leadership to communicate the mission and purpose of the Child Development Center to College and community constituencies.

11. Collaborate closely with discipline faculty to plan and implement curriculum to ensure the philosophy, policies, programs and methods of the laboratory school support the pedagogy of the Child Development program, address student needs, and meet the requirements for lab observations and practicum course work.

12. Identify, implement, and evaluate various state-level initiatives in the field of early care and education within the context of a campus laboratory school, including licensing compliance.

13. Implement program policies and directives according to district, federal, or state guidelines.

14. Address parent concerns and assist with parent orientations to ensure effective communication, understanding of, and involvement in Center policies and procedures on the part of the program families.

15. Assist with ongoing parent education events and experiences.

Other Duties:
1. Attend program-related regional and national conferences and workshops.

2. Maintain currency in the profession and in applicable technologies.

3. Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Of:

• Principles and practices of supervision of early care and education programs.

• College laboratory school environments, including the relationship between the collegiate
programs and the day-to-day operation of the Child Development Center.

• Principles and practices of child growth and the development assessment process.

• Principles and procedures of recordkeeping, including budget development and planning.

• Principles and practices of report preparation.

• Current concepts, strategies and best practices used in inclusive early childhood care and education; developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive early childhood curriculum.

• Health, safety, and nutrition requirements of young children.

• Pertinent federal, state and local codes, laws and regulations, including child development center licensing and applicable sections of Title 5 and Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.

• Most current versions of Desired Results (DRDP), Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS), Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS), and other relevant state-mandated requirements.

• Methods of observing, recording and evaluating both child and adult behavior.

• Interpersonal skills including empathy, tact, patience and respect.

• Principles and practices of student-teacher mentoring and staff supervision.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.

• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

• Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

• Strong supervisory and leadership skills.

• Proficient in a variety of office equipment including a computer and appropriate software.

• Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.

• Interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures and apply them in a variety of procedural situations.

• Coordinate, supervise and use automated systems to maintain records, collect data and generate reports.

• Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and disability issues.

Ability To:
*See Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities above.

Education & Experience:
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Human Development, or a related field and at least one year of formal training, internship or leadership experience in a preschool program in a lead or supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of training and experience as demonstrated by meeting the requirements of the Child Development Permit for Site Supervisor or above.

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education or Child Development is preferred.

NOTE: For work experience, one “year” is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours.

Desirable Qualifications:

Licenses & Other Requirements:
1. Possession of a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit or Director Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) by the first day of assignment.

2. Possession of a valid, appropriate pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (C.P.R.) certificate by the first day of the assignment.

3. Possession of a valid, appropriate first aid certificate by the first day of the assignment.

4. A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance program.

Physical Effort:
The physical efforts described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Primarily sedentary with intermittent to frequent standing and walking; intermittent bending and stooping; occasional light lifting and carrying of objects weighing 35 pounds or less; ability to work at computer, including repetitive use of computer keyboard, mouse or other control devices; ability to travel to a variety of locations on and off campus as needed to conduct district business.

Emotional Effort:
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships involving interactions and communications personally, by phone and in writing with a variety of individuals and/or groups from diverse backgrounds on a regular, ongoing basis; ability to work effectively under pressure on a variety of tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities.

Working Conditions:
Primarily works in a classroom environment, office, or instructional lab; constant contact with students; subject to frequent interruptions by individuals in person or by telephone; intermittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion; may work at any district location or authorized facility during day and/or evening hours; occasional local travel may be requested.

Posting Number: S22/23055P
Human Resources Contact Information: or [Register to View]
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
First Screening Date: Applications received by the first screening date, Friday, June 2, 2023 will be given first consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
MiraCosta College is committed to creating a racially just campus climate. Individuals and their diverse cultures and identities are welcomed, nurtured, and validated. MiraCosta College takes institutional responsibility for closing the equity gap for disproportionately impacted populations including Latinx and Chicanx communities, Black and African American communities, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, Native American communities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities, veteran communities, former foster youth, adult students, and students from low socioeconomic statuses. MiraCosta will continue to serve all constituents with values rooted in equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.MiraCosta College’s Mission, Vision, Commitment, and Institutional Values & Goals –

About MiraCosta College
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more details, please visit our website at

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Oceanside, California, United States
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help...