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Early Childhood Education Director

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Fox Cities Campus
Categories: Non-Instructional Academic Staff

Official Title: Early Childhood Education Director
Business Title: Director, University Children's Center
Employment Class: Non-Instructional Academic Staff
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: $56,800 - $66,800
FLSA Status: Exempt
Terms of Employment: Limited
Position Summary:

The University Children's Center (UCC) is a licensed child care enter on the Fox Cities campus of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. The Director provides overall policy, educational, and program direction for the UCC. The Director has full accountability for the UCC, including budget/financial management and supervision of staff, student employees, and children.

UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.


1.  Program Development/Leadership

  • Nurture a staff team that fulfills the goals of the UCC, as well as the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Develop long range plans for the improvement of child care services and programming
  • Assume full responsibility for daily operations
  • Serve a designated number of hours providing direct services in the UCC each week
  • Assume responsibility for the health and safety of the children and ensure that the center is in compliance with all state licensing requirement and accreditation standards
  • Assist the UCC staff in the physical, social and cognitive growth and development of each child in the program's care
  • Ensure that all child records and enrolment forms are maintained and up-to-date
  • Create and implement work schedules for all staff
  • Maintain an adequate inventory or supplies for food service and programming needs

2.  Staff Management and Development

  • Manage all personnel aspects of the UCC, including: recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, supervising, scheduling , evaluating, etc.
  • Provide comprehensive orientation sessions for all staff
  • Conduct staff meetings on a regular basis and document proceedings
  • Ensure staff and Director complete continuing education requirements as established by state regulations and maintain a record of completion
  • Maintain infant/child CPR/AED/First Aid Training the the UCC staff and Director
  • Provide in-service training and training resources for all staff

3.  Administrative and Budget Management

  • Oversee and manage all aspects of the UCC's day-to-day operations regarding intake, attendance, billing, food service, programming, and scheduling activities
  • Serve as primary financial director for the UCC and guide long-range fiscal planning
  • Prepare annual operating budget and manage operations within established budget
  • Make recommendations regarding rates based upon state regulations and current industry standards in the region
  • Develop long range plans for remolding, improvements and renovations
  • Report regularly to the administrative staff at UW Oshkosh regarding the UCC
  • Participate in the university's shared governance structure, including committee work, and attend all-campus meetings
  • Engage with local child chare provider networks and /or similar community committees, as well as with othe peers and colleagues at the university
  • Seek grant funding and fund raising opportunities as deemed appropriate

4.  Relationship Development

  • Develop positive, healthy working relationships with parents, children, staff, and volunteers
  • Partner with families in the educational experience of each child
  • Provide information to families concerning center policies, upcoming events and deadlines, and any relevant information concerning center policies, upcoming events and deadlines, and any relevant information concerning their child(ren)
  • Initiate communication with families, keeping lines of communication with families open and effective
  • Assist in formal parent education efforts

5.  Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field of study
  • Qualified to serve as Director of a center with 51 or more children, as reflected on candidate's certificate of achievement from the Wisconsin Registry (WI Department of Families and Children)
  • Experience in program and curricula development for early childhood programs
  • A minimum of five years of lead teaching experience in an early childhood setting
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Basic computer skills and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field
  • Experience in child care center management and staff development
  • Financial management experience, as well as proven ability to develop and manage a budget
To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 3 professional references
  • Copy of Certificate of Achievement from the Wisconsin Registry (WI Department of Families and Children)

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by Tuesday, December 6th are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

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Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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