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Director, Widener Child Development Center

Apply now Job no: 492868
Work type: Full-time
Location: Child Development Center
Categories: Administrators

Widener University is currently seeking a Director of the Widener Child Development Center in the Center for Education, College of Health and Human Services. This position reports to the Director of the Center for Education.

The Director is responsible for the overall administration of the Widener Child Development Center and provides high quality early childhood education for young children. The WCDC also provides high quality educational opportunities for the university students seeking multiple career pathways by coordinating with university faculty to arrange learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

The College of Health and Human Services has a focus on interprofessional education, service, and research, houses programs in clinical psychology, education, human sexuality, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, speech-language pathology and social work. Our students represent a multitude of diverse identities. We aspire to develop a College faculty, staff, and curriculum that is anti-racist, anti-oppressive and reflects and respects our professional values. We seek to create an intentionally diverse educational community in which students, staff, and faculty perspectives are valued and meaningfully incorporated into our work.

Widener University has established a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all faculty and staff who will be on our campuses to be fully vaccinated and compliant as a condition of employment. Our goal is that all members of the Pride may safely experience Widener's hands on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment in person.

In addition to the above COVID-19 statement, all employees, who do not already have an approved exemption, are also required to receive a booster dose no more than 7 days after you become eligible.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:

  • Completes all necessary yearly renewals of state licenses: Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Learning.
  • Maintains Keystone Stars 4 rating.
  • Manages inspections for all licenses and accreditations.
  • Manages compliance tracking and preparation for yearly internal/external audits.
  • Manages all aspects of grant acquisitions and monitoring (i.e. Pre-K Counts).
  • Manages all aspects of family communication, recruitment, admissions, billing, etc.
  • Assists in transition of each child into the Center; provides staff members with the necessary information to assure a successful transition.
  • Plans, implements and monitors a developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social needs of the children.
  • Maintains compliance of IEP (Individual Education Plan) and ancillary support for students with disabilities. Coordinates services for the students with disabilities as needed. Provides the families with support and resources.
  • Manages all aspects of the Center’s budget, in coordination with Center Director and university budget officials and staff.
  • Provides support for the Parent Advisory Board and parent-led activities.
  • Maintains student files (Application, Health records, agreement of care, emergency contacts, etc.).
  • Provides field placement opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students; coordinates with university professors to plan and implement specific curriculum focused opportunities for the field placement students; provides orientation of field placement students; arrange individual schedules and provides supervision and written evaluation of field placement students.
  • Manages the recruitment, hiring process, professional development, and evaluation of all staff. Completes required yearly evaluations of all staff and all requirements of the Widener University Performance Management System.
  • Manages Center schedules in compliance with required student/staff ratios.
  • Maintains staff files including educational credentials, required clearances, professional development and evaluations.
  • Promotes a positive school climate and a safe, healthy environment.
  • Manages all aspects of the physical building in coordination with university facilities staff.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Assumes teaching or assistant teaching responsibilities in the classroom on a temporary basis when necessary.
  • Serves on Center for Education Undergraduate Faculty Council to promote collaboration between faculty and the Child Development Center.
  • Serves on College of Health and Human Services and University Committees, as appropriate and only as time permits.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, or elementary education or a related field. (Bachelor’s degree could be considered with extensive teaching and leadership experience in a child care setting).
  • Valid PA certification in appropriate field.
  • Three to five years of progressive leadership experience in a child care setting.
  • Five years of teaching experience in a child care setting.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with students, staff, families, supervisor, and colleagues throughout the University and external constituents.
  • Excellent ability to problem-solve complex issues.
  • Ability to complete mandated trainings within 90 days of employment.
  • Effective technology skills to utilize software that is involved in daily administrative operations.


  • First-aid certification, fire safety training, mandated reporter training and national sex-offender verification and all required clearances.
  • Meets all required qualifications, as stated above.


  • Routinely stooping, standing, bending, kneeling, running and other forms of physical activity; routinely lifts up to twenty-five pounds; occasionally lifts more than 25 pounds.
  • Occasionally standing, walking or climbing stairs; mobility between office and other offices/buildings on campus.
  • The Center Director is responsible for all operations of the Center and this may require being present at the Center from opening to closing on some days when necessary.

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at


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