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Director, Children’s Center Overview

  • Person Group: Professional
  • Job Code: 75338
  • Pay Grade: P9
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Director
  • Family: Student Services
  • Function: Children’s Center


Responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the Boise State Children’s Center in order to promote exceptional and inclusive educational practices for young children and families, support the work of teachers and staff, and manage the business needs of the organization.

Level Scope

Oversees through subordinate Managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate Managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in education or a related field.

Current Boise City Child Care License, First Aid, and CPR Certification (or ability to obtain before position start date).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to establish and articulate a strategic vision for the center which aligns with and promotes the vision of the college and university
  • Excellent leadership skills including advanced interpersonal and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to support and develop employees
  • Experience fostering collaboration and community with adults and young children (parents, teachers and collaborative partners).
  • Ethic of care with uncompromising respect for children, families and teachers
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with parents, community, students and staff
  • The characteristics of an active learner and collaborator: curious, engaged, responsible, adaptable, confident, and humble
  • Skill in leveraging resources
  • Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote cultural competency and/or diversity
  • Experience in supervision and program management
  • Experience supervising or collaborating with adults

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60 % of Time Director, Children’s Center will:

  • Provide strategic direction to the Children’s Center that is based on a clear theoretical framework grounded in best practices for all learners and that aligns with the vision and mission of the Boise State College of Education
  • Clearly communicate the philosophy of the Children’s Center to families and staff
  • Maintain a positive atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration among teachers, families and center administration
  • Administer annual surveys to assess family satisfaction
  • Track annual data to assess retention and each individual child’s development
  • Develop and train staff in emergency procedures
  • Maintain Center policy and procedures
  • Ensure compliance with all licensing and accreditation standards and requirements including NAEYC; lead the NAEYC accreditation review process
  • Recruit, hire and retain personnel who fit with the vision and mission of the Center and the university
  • Design and implement a System of support and supervision for each teacher and teaching team that utilizes an evidence-based coaching model to affirm program values and promote shared vision
  • Facilitate a community of learning and development that promotes ongoing observation, feedback, and self-reflection of teaching practices
  • Support a system for orientation and growth-oriented support to teach candidates completion fieldwork aa the Center, including supporting teachers to effectively support teacher candidates
  • Provide ongoing professional development opportunities that support teacher growth and learning.
  • Plan, organize and direct budgetary administrative services including human resources, payroll, processing and purchasing
  • Develop an annual budget and maintain a 5 year operating plan in accordance with university plans.
  • Support and engage philanthropy and fundraising efforts
  • Successful experience with fundraising, grant research and writing


35% of Time Director, Children’s Center:

Can be determined by department needs

5% of Time Director, Children’s Center:

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Director, Children’s Center

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbents must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.