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Site Director, Child and Family Center


Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Start Date: April 1, 2021

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

Job Identification:  10000306
Location: Nashville, TN, United States

The Site Director is part of the leadership team for The Acorn School at Vanderbilt University, early childhood care and education program in the department of the Vanderbilt Child & Family Center (VCFC.)

This position implements the policies, procedures, and practices that achieve the highest standards for early childhood care and education (ECE) and creates environments that support child development and safety.  Reporting to the VCFC Executive Director, the Site Director provides childcare center management and ensures compliance with license regulations. The Site Director serves as the key point of contact with regulatory and licensing agencies, including the Tennessee Department of Human Services and the Metro Nashville Department of Health, for the childcare center.

Duties and Responsibilities
Leadership of Child Care Operations
The Site Director provides day-to-day management of the childcare center by implementing the established policies and procedures for child safety, care and education, standards and guidelines for classroom activities, pedagogy and curriculum, teacher training and development, and quality assurance standards, programs, and procedures.  The Site Director fosters a work environment that demonstrates and values diversity, integrity, safety, collaboration and collegiality, and positive relationships.
Lead by example and by implementing goals, objectives, policies and procedures, and leadership suggestions and directives for program quality improvement.
Implement protocols, programs, and activities for quality control and improvement opportunities.
Conduct evaluative processes and classroom observations.
Maintain facilities to a high standard and routinely conduct facility assessments.
Work with the executive director, assistant director, and administrative officer to resolve financial, HR, and operational management issues.
Ensure that staffing levels are adequate, and that staff is properly trained.
Put in place onboarding that clearly communicates performance standards for each position.
Implement professional development programs for staff to include quarterly 1:1 check-in and an annual evaluation to inform individualized training.

Pedagogy and Curriculum
The Site Director ensures classroom activities, supply and materials resourcing, training, written content (lesson plans, newsletters, documentation, portfolios), and practical application of curriculum align with pedagogical philosophies for the education of children in The Acorn School.
The Site Director collaborates with the Education Director to implement professional development structures to reinforce and support the understanding of pedagogical objectives.
This position maintains positive relationships with Peabody faculty and students to support mutually beneficial research in the field of Child Development.

The Site Director initiates proactive communications to enrolled families and VCFC staff to celebrate accomplishments, socialize program components and services, and receive feedback.  Communications strategies include conferences, maintenance of the electronic bulletin board, printed and electronic memos and newsletters, and site events.
The Site Director ensures classroom communications (Tadpoles, lesson plans, monthly newsletter) comply with standards for professional written content and reflect branding formatting provided by the VU Communications team.

Financial Oversight
Works with the Executive Director and Administrative Officer to manage a budget that accomplishes targeted operating costs, University guidelines and departmental goals, and VCFC’s values and vision.
Accountable to policies and procedures in place for efficient, effective, and financially-sound operations.

Strategic Planning
Working with the Executive Director, the Administrative Officer, and the Education Director, the Site Director establishes short, medium, and long-range goals and objectives for the childcare center. This position actionizes, as appropriate, the developed VCFC 2.0 strategic plan as it pertains to the specific childcare center and that reflects Vanderbilt’s high standards.

Supervisory Relationships
This position has supervisory responsibility for the Assistant Site Director, Administrative Assistant, Lead Teachers, and Associate Teachers.  This position reports administratively and functionally to the VCFC Executive Director.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements


An M.A./M.S. in early childhood education, education, or a related field
Completion of DHS director’s training
First Aid/CPR certifications
A minimum of 3 years of teaching experience in an early childhood organization is necessary.
A minimum of 3 years of experience in a leadership role with direct management of staff is necessary.
Must fully meet DHS/DOE requirements for this role, including a background check and ongoing training.

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Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are.  We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.

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