Child Development Center Director

Announcement Number:
Child Care
Position Status:
Regular, Full Time
$27.56 - $31.23 Hourly
Areas of Consideration:
Relocation Expenses:
Application Email:

Major duties and responsibilities are summarized below.

Program Management

  • Ensures implementation of a developmentally appropriate program that promotes the social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth of children in the age categories served.
  • Provides program oversight and accountability for the performance of employees and the safety of children in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Navy (DoN), and local policies and standards.
  • Recommends modification of higher-level program goals and interprets and applies child development philosophy/principles and DoN policies based on patron needs and program evaluation and assessment.
  • Ensures the development, implementation and analysis of surveys and needs assessments of staff and patrons to ensure appropriate programming and hours of operation.
  • Collects and maintains up-to-date statistical data for planning and reporting purposes in accordance with higher headquarters and statutory requirements and for the purpose of maximizing spaces and ensuring that resources accommodate the needs of command personnel.This may include hours of operation and programming needs of the military community.
  • Maintains liaison with local institutions and community organizations to stay abreast of trends and changes in the community.
  • Interacts professionally with employees, parents, volunteers and local installation command personnel.
  • Participates actively and positively in managing and resolving issues with parents, volunteers and/or employees.

Budgeting and Financial Management

  • Develops integrated budget input, conducts written analysis of budget variances as necessary, and prepares justification for funding of program resource requirements and repairs or maintenance of facilities and equipment.
  • Ensures compliance with all regulations governing the use of appropriated and nonappropriated funds.
  • Adheres to authorized methods of acquisition.
  • Personnel Management
  • Responsible for the supervision of employees and volunteers. If the CDC has one or more annex facility, the CDC Director will also supervise the CDC Program Supervisor.
  • Ensures proper and timely initiation and implementation of all personnel actions and assures quality related to selection, assignments, training, promotions, disciplinary actions, and recognition of employees and volunteers.
  • Ensures all employees follow safety, health, and risk management policies and procedures.

Program Operations

  • Gives input into the development of CYP standard operating procedures (SOPs) as required for the efficient operation and management of facility and programs.Ensures implementation of these SOPs.
  • Works collaboratively with other CYP Directors to establish and implement a combined Parent Involvement Board (PIB) that includes parents and representatives from the CDC, Child Development Home (CDH), School Age Care (SAC) program, and Youth Program (YP) (as applicable to each installation).Maintains an active program of parental involvement to include a PIB, parent education opportunities, and activities that provide parents with opportunities to participate.


  • Ensures compliance with, and is assessed by adherence to the standards and criteria developed by the DoN, DoD, the Military Child Care Act (MCCA), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).Takes action to obtain and retain DoD certification and NAEYC accreditation.Takes action to implement recommendations or correct deficiencies resulting from inspections or accreditation visits.Prepares responses to inspection reports.
  • Implements and supports policies and procedures to ensure compliance with health, fire, safety, facility, and program regulatory guidance and standards.
  • Responsible for compliance with child abuse and neglect reporting requirements.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Serves as a mandatory reporter to Family Advocacy and Child Protective Services as prescribed by local policy in the case of suspected incidences of child abuse and neglect.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment
This is a designated position and Random Drug Testing required


  • Resumes must include information which demonstrates experience and knowledge, skills, and ability (KSAs) as they relate to this position. Applicants are encouraged to be clear and specific when describing their experience level and KSAs.
  • A qualified candidate possesses the following:
  • Knowledge of the principles of child development and in designing and managing an exceptionally complex program that includes, but is not limited to safety, security, disease prevention, employee training, developmentally appropriate activities, parent involvement, and facility management.
  • Knowledge of DOD, DON, local and state child regulations, instructions and procedures pertaining to military child care.
  • Knowledge of Federal and State laws governing the detection and prevention of child abuse and/or neglect.
  • Knowledge of facility design, functional use, and maintenance concepts.
  • Knowledge of financial management, budgeting, and purchasing as it pertains to a child development program.
  • Skill working with military families and an understanding of military lifestyles is preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, and possess strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Three (3) years of full-time experience working with children and youth (i.e., with a 4 year degree); or minimum 1 year of full-time experience (i.e. with a graduate degree or higher).

**Proof of education MUST be uploaded at time of application for consideration.**

  • A successful candidate must have one of the following:
  • 4-year degree with a major in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Elementary Education, Special Education, Home Economics with an emphasis in Early Childhood, or other related field of study; OR
  • A Master's degree with a major in a field listed above or in a related field; OR
  • A combination of education and experience (e.g. courses equivalent to a major in a field (24 higher level semester hour credits) appropriate to the position (see above) plus appropriate experience or additional course work that that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described above AND 3 years of full-time experience working with children and/or youth.
    *Note: If degree not awarded,  you MUST provide a copy of your high school diploma or equivalent with with your college transcripts.

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