Director, Children's Center

Allan Hancock College - Santa Maria, CA

Director, Children's Center
Allan Hancock
Allan Hancock College serves more than 20,000 students in northern Santa Barbara County. Located on the central coast and just minutes from spectacular beaches and rolling vineyards, AHC operates three campuses – the main campus in Santa Maria, a state approved center in Lompoc and a center in Santa Ynez. As one of the largest employers in Santa Barbara County, the college is an integral part of the community and enjoys strong support from local leaders and industry.

AHC, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, is proud to serve underrepresented students. The college has twice received recognition from the Aspen institute as one of the top colleges in the country. If you are looking for a position where you can have a direct impact on our students, AHC may be the place for you!

To learn more about Allan Hancock College and the Central Coast, visit our Human Resources page at and click on the Welcome to AHC video.

We are searching for an experienced Director, Children's Center at our Generic Location facility.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Allan Hancock College is accepting applications for a full-time, classified management  position supporting the Children’s Center and reporting to the Dean, Academic Affairs. The desired start date is July 2019. The successful candidate must pass a Department of Justice clearance and a pre-employment health and physical before the start date.

Work Schedule:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

• Annual salary range is from $81,596 to $104,140 Range 18 on the Management Salary Schedule. There are longevity increments after the top of the range is reached. A doctoral stipend of $2,500 is paid to those who qualify.
• Benefits include medical and dental insurance for employee and family, vision for employee, disability, retirement plan, and 24 annual paid vacation days and 12 annual sick days.

Under the general direction of the Dean, Academic Affairs, and in cooperation with the staff, parents, and the Early Childhood Studies faculty, plans, organizes, and coordinates the operations, activities, and facilities of the Children’s Center. Ensures the health and safety of children in attendance, as well as that of staff, parents, and volunteers on site. This position is also the contingent liaison with state, local, and college agencies and personnel. Values and promotes the vision and mission of the college.

This is a classified management position and independently performs professional work involving judgment in the development, maintenance, interpretation, and application of policies and procedures. The incumbent will have a high frequency of responsible contact with administrative and instructional staff, students, and other public/private agencies requiring tact and excellent oral and written communication skills. The incumbent in this classification is a working manager who coordinates and directs personnel and ensures fiscal compliance and a high level of internal and external customer service.

1. Provides overall administration of all children’s center lab schools, including annual assessment of program philosophy, goals and objectives; preparation of annual strategic plan that coordinates annual program self-assessment; and develops/maintains annual master calendar for center operations.
2. Supervises all aspects of the operation of the Children’s Center, and serve as primary contact to other college departments, including student services, facilities and operations, student health, business services, and others.
3. Ensures that the Children’s Center philosophy, policies, program and methods follow educational guidelines and pedagogy of the Early Childhood Studies (ECS) program through ongoing communication and collaboration with ECS faculty.
4. Oversees the development and maintenance of appropriate classroom environments and child-centered curriculum at all; including language and cultural values that reflect and support the ECS instructional program.
5. Certifies each child as eligible for enrollment according to the guidelines of the State Department of Education for Federal/State-funded children’s centers.
6. Facilitates positive interpersonal relations with parents and staff through education, accessibility, individual conferences, group meetings, positive dialogue, and daily parent communication.
7. Develops, reviews, and updates center policies and procedures, including a staff manual, with input from staff, ECS faculty, and parent advisory committee.
8. Trains, oversees, and coordinates volunteers, parents, and staff, including in-service training and professional development; assigns staff duties and reviews work to ensure accuracy and compliance with established standards, requirements, and procedures.
9. Collaborates with the ECS faculty in the training of student teachers and in providing an optimal laboratory experience.
10. Seeks opportunities to expand accreditation including maintaining NAEYC Accreditation standards.
11. Advocates for and represents the Children’s Center on campus and in the community; provide ongoing reports to the ECS advisory committee, ECS faculty, dean, and other related campus and community interest groups.
12. Annually establishes a Parent Advisory Committee; coordinates and facilitates ongoing parent education programs and parent involvement activities including parent orientations.
13. Recruits and maintains for full enrollment in the center’s programs; coordinates lab school outreach on and off campus; maintains files for children attending the program and staff for licensing purposes.
14. Develops and maintains the Children’s Center annual budget; develops alternative funding proposals outside the State Department of Education, to maintain or improve program quality.
15. Maintains health and safety standards, including nutritional programs, universal health precautions, emergency procedures, and facility and equipment safety for children, parents, staff, and students.
16. Arranges for timely maintenance and repair of Children’s Center facilities and plans for equipping indoor/outdoor learning environments.
17. Ensures compliance with campus, state, and county regulations concerned with the operation of the centers; maintain records and submit reports as required by licensing and the district.
18. Schedules, supervises, and assists in the selection of staff, faculty, student workers, and substitute staff; coordinates annual evaluations as required.
19. Advises and assists program staff in the resolution of work-related problems.
20. Prepares, completes, and submits weekly, quarterly, bi-annual, and annual reports; attends board meetings and prepares related agenda items as directed.
21. Performs related functions as required.

Required Qualifications:


Knowledge of:
•Fiscal management policies;
•Application of laws, regulations, guidelines, and contracts, such as California Education Code, related to area of assignment;
•Planning, organizing, coordinating, and implementing the operations, activities, and facilities of a children’s center;
•Health and safety standards for children, staff, parents, students, and volunteers associated with the children’s center lab school;
•Title XXII Licensing Regulations for Childcare Facilities;
•Title 5 Regulations for Child Development Services;
•California laws regarding mandated reporting;
•Theories, practices, and current developments in the field of child development;
•Federal, state, and local grant accounting and compliance;
•Principles of administration, supervision and staff development;
•Interpersonal skills, including tact, patience, and diplomacy.

Demonstrated Ability to:
•Prepare concise and complete oral and written reports;
•Review and interpret financial statements and reports, budget preparation, reporting, and control;
•Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action;
•Understand and carry out complex oral and written directions;
•Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
•Use current technologies, personal computer, and associated office software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and/or database software;
•Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties.

Bachelor’s degree or higher in child development (24 core units), early childhood studies, human development, or equivalent. Three (3) units of infant toddler coursework required but six (6) units preferred. Possess a valid Child Development Program Director permit to meet the provisions of AB792, Albert Bill, First Aid and adult/child CPR certification.

Preferred Experience:
•Current experience in administering and supervising an early childhood center-based program with multiple funding sources (5 years of experience within the last ten years)
•Experience in a college lab school setting, including personnel management and the promotion of positive relations; development and supervision of infant/toddler, preschool, and school-age children.
•Supervision of parent-child-teacher programs; integration of research theory into early childhood center-based programs; ability to motivate and support innovation in early childhood center-based programs.

•A valid California driver’s license and ability to qualify for district vehicle insurance coverage.
•TB Test and immunizations required by the State of California.

•May be required to work a flexible workweek which includes day and evening hours and occasional weekend assignments and may be assigned to any district location.
•This is an FLSA exempt position.
•It is understood that the demands of a management position will often require more than eight (8) hours a day and/or forty (40) hours per workweek.
•Duties are primarily performed in an office environment, at a desk, or at a computer.
•The incumbent will experience interruptions while performing normal duties during the regular workday.
•The incumbent will have a contact, in person, with staff and the general public.
•Work may require travel to off-campus meetings or conferences.

Physical Demands:
•Typically may sit for extended periods of time.
•Operates a computer.
•Communicates over the telephone, via email, and in person.
•Regularly lifts, carries and/or moves objects weighing up to 10 pounds.
•Able to reach above shoulders.
•Able to perform hand movements to include grasping, pulling, pushing, touching, pulling, and eye hand coordination.
•Able to lift 50 pounds from the floor to a waste high table when needed.
•Able to reach a child 20-30 feet away within 30 seconds without danger to the staff person’s health.
•Able to crouch at a child’s height and sit on the floor and get back up.
•Able to determine cognitive, social, physical needs of children.

Special Qualifications:
Evidence of a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students and to staff and students with disabilities.

This position is opened until filled. Initial review will take place on Thursday, March 28, 2019. For full consideration, please apply on or before that date. Meeting minimum qualifications does not insure the candidate an interview. Therefore, it is important that the application be thorough and detailed. Applicants will be assessed on the breadth and depth of education, training, experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities. A limited number of applicants will be invited for an interview at the college at their own expense. Interviewed candidates may be asked to complete written and job-related exercises. The district reserves the right to extend time limits, reinitiate or withdraw the recruitment-selection process at any point. Final candidates may be required to pass a pre-employment drug screening.

To be considered as a candidate for this position, please submit the following application materials to the college human resources office by Thursday, March 28, 2019:
• Transcripts (Copies are acceptable for the application process). Official transcripts are required if hired.
• A current and complete resume of education and professional experience
• Cover letter
• Copy of a valid Child Development Program Director permit to meet the provisions of AB792
• Copy of First Aid and adult/child CPR certification

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Annual Salary
81,596.00 - 104,140.00

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Job Details

Category: Management

Type: FT

Location: Santa Maria, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: February 27th, 2019

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