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Director, Child Development Laboratory


Boyd and Gaynell Fowler Child Development Laboratory
Berea College
Berea, KY

Start Date: January 15, 2019

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Berea College’s Department of Child and Family Studies invites applications for the position of Director of Boyd and Gaynell Fowler Child Development Laboratory (CDL); this is a 12 month position available May 1, 2019. The Boyd and Gaynell Fowler Child Development Laboratory is administratively located within the Child and Family Studies (CFS) department, which promotes educational experiences that lead to the enrichment of individual and family life, promote critical thinking, and prepare students for graduate education and/or professional employment. It commits itself to upholding the Great Commitments of the College in each facet of its mission.

Responsibilities include directing day to day operations of the CDL which serves 130 children, ages 6 weeks through 5 years; maintaining compliance with all licensing, NAEYC accreditation and other applicable regulations; supervising staff and labor students; coordinating lab observations and participation with college faculty and students from various disciplines whose coursework focuses on children ages birth through five years; collaborating with faculty to support research; demonstrate commitment to building and maintaining a diverse community,maintaining effective communication with families of children enrolled as well as college faculty; oversite of the CDL budget and fee collection; serving as the primary point of contact between the CDL and other campus units, such as Academic Affairs, Physical Plant, Human Resources, and Campus Security.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Applicants must hold the following qualifications: a Master’s degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education or related field; some coursework in administration or business management, and at least 3 years experience in early childhood education with administrative responsibilities.

Salary & Benefits

Application Procedures

Complete applications must include a letter of application; resume; transcripts of all academic work; and names and contact information of at least three references. Review of complete applications will begin December 1st and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be sent to

Program Description

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600-plus students from more than 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016, 2017, and 2018, the magazine ranked it number 1.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

Contact Info

Cindy McGaha
Child and Family Studies
Berea College
(859) 985-3749

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