Starting Date:

July 2019


Commensurate with qualifications and experience

The University:

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University's positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.


Director of the NEIU Child Care Center

The Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the University.  Job duties include Leadership, Operational planning and management, Program planning and management, Human Resources planning and management, Financial planning and management, Community relations/advocacy and Risk Management.

Child Care Center:

The NEIU Child Care Center at Northeastern Illinois University is licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and ExceleRate Illinois. Operating guidelines and procedures reflect the policies governing the University. The Center provides a caring culture of support to enable high quality early childhood education.

(Each position requires a background check.)

Required qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in early childhood education or equivalent


  • 2 years supervisory and administrative experience in a licensed child care center

Ability to:

  • Work effectively in a multicultural, diverse, and complex child care environment with staff, teachers, parents and administrators

Preferred qualifications:


  • Master’s degree or higher in early childhood education or equivalent
  • Demonstration of knowledge of child care licensing requirements, NAEYC and the Quality Rating and Improvement System

Ability to:

  • Set and implement a vision for the child care center
  • Analyze complex problems, devise innovative solutions, and perceive the implications and potential consequences of various situations
  • Engage in a participative management style
  • Foster professional growth for teachers and staff

Knowledge and Skills:

  • How to work effectively in a collectively bargained environment
  • Issues and operations of an organization situated within a public institution of higher education

Certificates that must be earned prior to employment:

  • State of Illinois Food Service Management or equivalent
  • American Heart Association Pediatric CPR
  • Heart Association Pediatric First Aid
  •  Integrated Pest Management Certificate
  • Special Care Inclusion Certificate

Description of Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs and manages the development, operations and growth of a licensed child care center
  • Develops and implements annual plans for the center and ensures program outcome and revenue target and strategic goals are met
  • Demonstrates knowledge of DCFS, NAEYC, and QRIS licensing standards and develop new policies and procedures in order to comply with deferral state, and local regulations
  • Establishes new program activities and expand programs within the community
  • Supervises and trains staff in providing a high quality, child-centered curriculum that meets the needs of the diverse families and to develop and promote the use of developmentally-appropriate assessment of children entering the center
  • Recruits, hires, trains, evaluates, supervises and provides leadership to staff, student teachers and volunteers with emphasis on program quality assessments, licensing requirement fulfillment, continuing education, leadership and professional development
  • Ensures that safety procedures are followed and recorded and that they center is in compliance with university, federal, state and local and all applicable regulations and standards
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of the center by supervising the curriculum and program in coordination with academic program and in accordance with NAEYC Academy Accreditation, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and Illinois Department of Human Services Environment Rating Scale (ERS) and Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for Illinois for an enrollment of 100 children from toddlers to kindergarteners
  • Supervises and provides training, support and directions to 26 employees by monitoring the classrooms to conform the health, safety and licensing regulations of NAEYC, DCFS and ERS.
  • Prepares and maintains the annual budget of the current fiscal year for the operation of the center
  • Assigns, supervises and evaluates volunteers, clinical and practicum students, students in field experience assignments and student teacher interns from universities and community colleges
  • Supervises and assists in the assessment and evaluation procedures of children enrolled in the center.  Reviews, makes recommendations and communicates with families as appropriate.  Maintains confidentiality.
  • Collaborates with families and advisory boards, and represents the center in the College, local community and the community-at-large.

To apply:

Please submit the following:


Dr. Julia Valley
Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St Louis Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625

Deadline: Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.