Associate Director, Program Development
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
4d ago

UBC Child care Services (CCS) is responsible for providing exceptional child care service to student, faculty, and staff families within the university community.

The department provides child care services to over 650 children per year, employs 250 employees and operates 36 licenses at 30 child care facilities on the Vancouver campus.

This position is responsible for planning and managing the development and implementation of broad based and diverse educational programs, initiatives and projects within Child Care Services.

CCS programs range from the programs for infants to programs for children up to school ages 12 years old. Different license regulations for each age and different approaches to child care for each age range.

The senior staff in each program are encouraged to be diverse in their approach to providing a high standard of care. The Associate Director will be responsible for the pedagogical development and management of all programs in UBC CCS's child care centres, for children from infancy to school age, to carry out the service quality mandate of the unit.

This position manages program managers who supervise programs with different and unique approaches to child care while ensuring they are meeting child care services standards.

It oversees the provision of a child and family friendly environments that provide nurturing educational child care for children.

The Associate Director's role is to bring in current research based practices and global based philosophies to influence and inspire both the program managers and the senior staff in providing exemplary care.

It will take the lead in the development of custom measurement processes to ensure the organization goals and the accountability to government are met.

It is responsible for the development of a professional staff of early childhood educators. Provides leadership, mentoring, orientation, evaluation and training to Senior Educators, ECE educators and I / T Educators.

The Associate Director may represent the department as delegated or in the absence of the Director and advises on strategic planning and organizational development for Child Care Services.

Directly manages the Program Managers.

Works in a central office located in the child care complex. Works in a shared office environment subject to continual distractions and disruptions.

The position requires regular day-time office hours with frequent evening and / or off campus meetings. Organizational Status

Child Care Services is an ancillary business operation within the Students Housing and Hospitality Service portfolio. The Associate Director reports to the Director, Child Care Services.

Works in cooperation with the management team, and the senior staff of the child care centres and appropriate University departments.

May also liaise with other University service departments, constituent student, staff and faculty groups, academic departments with research interests related to child care and / or child development and with off-

campus agencies. Work Performed

  • Leads the development of a vision and philosophy for UBC CCS. Incorporates theories, knowledge, current research and contemporary practice trends in the field of early childhood care and education childhood studies, child development theories, the B.
  • C.E.L.F, and principles and standards of UBC into a vision / philosophy for UBC CCS. Develops long range plans for the delivery of exemplary child care educational programming.

  • Responsible for the planning and managing the development of broadly based educational programs within Child Care, including programs for Under 3 years children groups, 3 to 5 years children groups, 5 to 12 years groups, and mixed age groups.
  • Conducts needs assessments for program development. Conducts evaluations of childcare pedagogies / programs and recommends improvements and program redesigns.

    Develops pedagogical guidelines based on vision and philosophy. Provides pedagogical support to Program Managers and Senior Early Childhood Educators.

  • Facilitates the development of new policies or changes to existing policies on a wide range of UBC CCS pedagogy. Advises the Program Managers about new policies or policy changes with regard to pedagogy.
  • Leads the Program Managers and the Senior Educators in the provision of child supportive environments. Ensures that monitoring and evaluation of child care programs occurs, including receiving feedback from stakeholders.
  • Supports the senior educators in accessing resources to meet the program needs and gaps.

  • Lead the development of custom measurement processes to ensure the organization goals and the accountability to government are met.
  • Allocates resources for educational programs. Develops proposals to secure funding for educational programs. Sources potential educational programming opportunities.
  • Participates in staff recruitment. Determines Staffing needs, implements an advertising strategy and interviews / screens candidates.
  • Manages staff :
  • oMotivates, monitors, mentors, coaches, orients and evaluates staff.

    oConducts employee discipline investigations up to and including employee dismissal as requested.

  • Manages professional development of staff. Determines organizational professional development needs and opportunities.
  • Co-ordinates and facilitates in-house training opportunities reflecting the vision and philosophy of CCS. Co-ordinates and may facilitate in-

    house training opportunities reflecting the vision and philosophy of CCS.

  • Communicates and implements labour, human rights and employment standards. Manages problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • Manages external human resources such as volunteers and consultants. Prepares funding requests for children requiring extra support.
  • Participates in the development of the Early Childhood Education profession and related disciplines by acceptance and co-
  • ordination of practicum students, volunteer placements, and tours and project supervision. Represents UBC CCS and the University to visitors while conducting presentations, and providing tours and information.

  • Ensures a safe and healthy environment by : Assessing risk to the provision of safe and healthy environments, participating on LST (local safety team), developing and training staff on emergency procedures and responds to facility emergencies or physical and emotional trauma.
  • Manages facilities / site repair and maintenance. Works with the Director and Associate Director, Operations to develop a long term maintenance plan for the facility and equipment.
  • Participates in design of new and existing facilities.

  • Creates and sustains family-friendly environments. Supports a culture of respect for all families. Promotes family involvement.
  • Communicates with families both verbally and in written form. Works with the Director and Associate Director Operations to investigate and respond to complaints from parents, clients, and or the public and recommends remedial action where warranted. Supervision Received

    Works independently. Takes general direction from the Director Child Care Services. Performance reviewed against set objectives. Supervision Given

    Works as part of a management team with functional supervision for areas of responsibility. Manages early year child care programs.

    Has the authority to hire, train, evaluate, discipline and terminate staff as required. Direct reports are the Program Coordinators.

    Consequence of Error / Judgement

  • Lack of a pedagogical vision or lack of communication about that vision could lead to poor quality of child care.
  • Lack of attention to staff, staff development, and staff performance could lead to poor child care, poor staff relations or client dissatisfaction.
  • Lack of attention to health and safety could lead to poor child care and dissatisfaction of clients.
  • Lack of attention to physical environments can lead to health and or safety concerns or create long-term financial problems.
  • Lack of attention to the social tone of the child care centres could lead to poor child care, staff dissatisfaction and / or client dissatisfaction.
  • Lack of attention to current research knowledge could lead to poor quality of child care.
  • Lack of attention to external funding requirements could lead to loss of revenue. Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Education. A minimum of 7 years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Human Resources training and / or experience managing and directing employees an asset.

    Works in accordance with ECEBC Code of Ethics and standards of practice.

    Engages in child care advocacy.

    Engages in ongoing professional development.

    Demonstrated knowledge of early years pedagogy.

    Proven experience to develop and teach training sessions / workshops.

    Demonstrated professional creativity.

    Demonstrated history of initiative and follow through.

    A satisfactory Criminal Record Search.

    Demonstrated ability to build, manage and maintain high-quality and productive relationships across cultural difference.

    Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interact with empathy, understanding and, respect of diverse and divergent perspectives and behaviours.

    Excellent leadership ability. Public speaking ability. Excellent critical and strategic thinking ability. Effective oral and written communication skills.

    Outstanding interpersonal, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. Effective computer skills.

    Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.

    We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and / or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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