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Child Development Center Manager

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Child Development Center Manager
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

Western Washington University welcomes and engages students, faculty, and staff in building a diverse community through employment, academic excellence, leadership, campus involvement and creative expression. The Child Development Center is a service under the Division of Enrollment and Student Services that seeks to support these values by providing high quality Early Childhood Education that meets the social, intellectual and physical needs of their children, enabling parents, caregivers and students to achieve academic and professional success. We hold the image of each child as capable, unique, and full of potential. Our teachers engage with children to construct their knowledge through the inquiry approach; building on their interests and previous knowledge. We collaborate with the Woodring ECE program to provide research based best practices for children. Our lead teachers all hold degrees in education and have many years of experience, providing stable and cohesive learning opportunities for our children. The Child Development Center participates in the Washington State Department of Early Learning Early Achievers program and currently holds a Level 3 rating.

WWU’s Child Development Program is well-regarded for its focus on early learning, parent partnership and for providing practical experience for developing student teachers into high quality educators. Employees fall under union agreements and are paid a wage commensurate with their level of education and professionalism. This type of program does much more than provide child care – it provides our youngest with a solid life start, parents with a higher education that can benefit society, and an environment for young teachers to learn and grow into effective teachers. In short, because of the type of program it is, any investment made into the program is leveraged many times over.

Early Childhood Learning Approach and Role

The WWU Child Development Center (CDC) is a high quality care and education environment for young children, pre-service teachers, and teacher educators. Affiliated with WWU Early Childhood Education (ECE) program in Woodring College of Education, the center provides a laboratory setting for the investigation of children’s development and the growth of effective teaching practices. Highly qualified program staff work in collaboration with ECE faculty to facilitate academic programs for undergraduate students, and early education programs for young children while honoring a commitment to advocacy for children and families.

The Division of Enrollment & Student Services and the Associated Students Child Development Center support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

The Child Development Center (CDC, “the Center”) Manager provides strategic, inclusive and ethical leadership in alignment with university, division and departmental values, mission and goals. As the Manager, you are responsible for developing and managing a service-oriented program that holistically supports faculty, staff and student parents and families by striving to maintain affordability and access to quality early childhood education with a spirit of positive collaboration. You encourage a dynamic partnership with the Woodring College of Education in support of its Early Childhood Education program through not only providing valuable practicum and work experience programs for students, but by collaborating to advance current field knowledge and application among the teaching faculty and staff.

The program’s growth, development and success relies on a focus of access, diversity, equity and inclusion; advancing sustainable practices; and welcoming and collaborative partnerships. Responsibilities include leading the staff and educators within the CDC through personnel and resource management, strategic planning, staff and program development, and creating and maintaining dynamic partnerships. As the CDC Manager, you are the lead liaison with campus partners and with the stakeholders of the Child Development Center.

The Manager works under the minimal supervision of the Enrollment & Student Services Director of Financial and Capital Resources to assess service demand, study best practices and design program services to best meet stakeholder needs. The Manager works toward properly resourcing the Center through various funding requests and grants for program operations and space, and for direct subsidies for parents and families where possible. The Manager ensures the program is operated within the Washington State Licensing Requirements and participates in the Early Achievers Program, currently holding a Level 3 rating.

The CDC currently serves children from 2-4 years old in 4 classrooms (2 Toddler and 2 PreSchool). Space limitations have limited growth in capacity, but demand for this and other age groups is high. The CDC will be conducting a thorough demand study and program/financial feasibility assessment to determine how best to meet the needs of campus constituents. This position will provide primary leadership for this process.

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

Personnel Management & Development (20%)

  • Responsible for staffing the CDC in accordance with WAC and University hiring practices by: recruiting, hiring, training and retaining a diverse and inclusive staff including classified staff, student employees, substitute teachers, volunteers and long term practicum students and interns.  Creates a positive team atmosphere where all voices are heard and valued.  Creates staff development plans, coaches and conducts performance appraisals, takes necessary personnel actions, and ensures that staff and student employees complete necessary payroll documents. Ensures all personnel certifications are up to date.
  • Diversity/Cultural Competency: The Manager engages in professional development opportunities to support the development of competence and effectiveness in the areas of inclusion, diversity, multicultural and cross-cultural proficiency, and other related topics. The Manager provides proactive leadership in support of an inclusive environment for staff and students, development of cultural competency skills, and the delivery of programs that support diversity objective of the campus community.

Program Development, Integrity, Assessment & Licensing (20%)

  • The Manager leads the long-term strategic assessment, planning and development of the program to best meet the needs of campus constituents in an equitable and affordable manner.  Engages stakeholders in regular advisory group discussions, conducts demand studies and collects feedback via focus groups, personal outreach to faculty/staff and student representative groups, etc. Provides leadership for program and financial feasibility assessments, working to develop equitable solutions and garner sufficient resources in appropriately creative and collaborative ways.
  • Responsible for program integrity and inclusive excellence through the design, implementation, and evaluation of operational policies, systems, procedures, and practices that accomplish the outcomes intended of various program elements.  Works to dismantle systemic biases and create equitable access to services.
  • Develops methods of assessing and measuring outcomes toward overall strategic program goals and objectives and specific learning outcomes for early learning. Adheres to standards of professional ethics and ensures confidentiality of sensitive and private information.
  • The WWU Child Development Center (CDC) is licensed by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). All aspects of the program are subject to DCYF regulations. For further information regarding Washington State’s child care licensing laws, please visit the DCYF website.
  • The WWU CDC participates in the Washington State Early Achievers program, currently holding a Level 3 rating. Early Achievers is a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) that provides childcare programs with resources and support to enhance early care and learning. The Manager maintains those standards and rating.  More information related to the Early Achievers QRIS program can be found on the DCYF website.  

Program Enrollment (10%)

  • Responsible for assessing access to services and maintaining inclusive and diverse enrollment of the program in accordance with all state and federal laws and in keeping with the mission of the Center. This includes program outreach and marketing, media, and assessment of waitlists, enrollment, and retention.  Balance access to services between spaces for faculty/staff and student children in an equitable manner, and work to ensure that supplemental funding sources align with the level of service they are intended to support. 

Classroom Practices & Activities (10%)

  • Responsible for supporting and developing early childhood learning and development programs that model current practices in the field of Early Childhood Education and inquiry-based learning. Much of this work will include collaboration with the Woodring Early Childhood Education Program to align the program with their curriculum to help support their interns and practicum students. In addition, the Manager will ensure the appropriate training and development for staff to work across diverse communities.
  • Collaborate with the Woodring ECE program to provide research based best practices for children and to advance the field via collaborative partnerships with faculty and academic leaders.

Records & Contracts & Fiscal Management (10%)

  • Strategically budget revenues and expenses to achieve program goals, including the allocation of portions of state, self-sustaining, grant, donor and other funding sources to serve specific populations (e.g. faculty/staff and students.)
  • Responsible for the overall management of records and contracts in accordance with WAC and University requirements. Fiscal: Responsible for fiscal viability of the organization in accordance with State and University requirements by: creating the annual budget; projecting both expenditures and income from sales and contracts to maintain program activities; administering, authorizing and monitoring program budget expenditures; insuring receipt of income from sales and contracts through oversight of a billing system and invoicing third party payees with follow up for collection of delinquent accounts; managing and maintaining accounting and statistical records; and analyzing program budget problems and determining and administering corrective action.

Public/Internal Relations (15%)

  • Responsible for the public engagement of the program by: developing and managing universally designed systems and inclusive expectations for all forms of communications, including advertising the program, center tours, e-mail, web site and written communications to be used in responding to public inquiries. In addition, the Manager will develop and manage systems for accurate communication among program participants, including parents, work-study students, parent substitutes, practicum students, faculty, staff, University administration, as well as with campus and public media. 

 Health & Safety Program (5%)

  • Responsible to promote the health and safety of program participants including children, parents, student employees, practicum students, and classified staff. Proactively develops and adheres to appropriate operational protocols under the then current direction of the various national, state and regional health agencies and as directed by WWU Incident Management teams.  Ensures compliance with Western's university Environmental Health and Safety, Risk Management Office, and other applicable policies, procedures and practices. 

Community Relations/Outreach (10%)

  • The Manager will develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with other local and regional child care organizations, agencies and providers with an aim to assess and contribute to child care solutions for WWU faculty/staff and student, recognizing that such solutions may not all be provided by the CDC but may be available in various other formats by outside entities.  Such collaborative partnerships will include promoting awareness of and resources for meeting childcare needs.

Contribute to the University mission of community outreach by participating on various committees, presenting at local meetings, conferences, and seminars; and by remaining responsive to requests for consultation with other programs in the community. In addition, the Manager is the main contact for engaging with stakeholders such as: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Northwest Association for the Education of Young Children, P-3 Alignment with Bellingham Public Schools, Whatcom Early Learning Alliance, Whatcom Community College, Service Learning at WWU, the Washington Campus Children’s Centers Coalition, Child Advocacy Groups.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, or relevant field.
  • Progressively responsible managerial or leadership experience within a child care program.
  • Knowledge of current early childhood theories and research.
  • Meet State Dept. of Early Learning Director requirements (45 college credits in ECE)-see WAC code 170- 295 for reference
  • Washington STARTS certified within 6 months from date of hire.
  • Experience in budget development, monitoring, forecasting, analysis and related computer applications.
  • Experience in the development of programming, development of systems, policies and procedures.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with payroll, USDA guidelines, WAC codes and Washington State guidelines as relates to childcare facilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing access, diversity, equity and inclusion. An appreciation for the benefits of a diverse workplace.
  • Demonstrated understanding the needs of underrepresented and marginalized populations.
  • Ability to work in a high paced multi-function environment
  • Experience with a systems suite such as MS Office: Excel, Word, Outlook, Teams

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Administration, or field related to the major components of the position duties.
  • Experience in a leadership role within a childhood education program to include responsibility for the various aspects of curriculum, staffing, programming, fiscal management.
  • Experience managing Child Care Centers in a higher education setting
  • Specialized college-level course work in early childhood education that encompasses child development and children’s learning from birth through kindergarten.
  • Specialized college-level course work in administration, leadership, and management.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs of a college-student population
  • Knowledge of technology and communications systems useful in management of child care programs
  • Fundraising & grant writing experience
  • Experience with WA state licensing and Dept. of Early Learning's 'Early Achievers' QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System)
  • Bloodborne pathogen Training. Negative results of TB skin test.
  • Current pediatric first aid/CPR and infant/child CPR.
Salary Starting salary range is $65,500 - $72,800, commensurate with experience; includes an excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins September 24, 2021; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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