The Director of the Naples Children & Education Foundation
Early Learning Child Development Center is responsible for the
daily operations of the center, supervising and hiring the staff,
planning and managing the center’s budget, fundraising initiatives
and licensure and accreditation.
Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and
maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which
students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social
activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life
reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international
At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that
practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate
expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students
to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently
diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic
and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender
identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural
traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives
to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just
because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our
University stronger. The University community recognizes the
importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these
ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the
We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and
inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to
apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow
and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.
Typical duties may include but are not limited to:
- Oversees the daily operations of the Early Learning Child
Development Center including: manages operating budget, hires and
supervises staff, maintains the license and accreditation status,
and identifies and pursues fundraising efforts.
- Responsible for directing the Center and providing programmatic
and instructional leadership to obtain and maintain National
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
accreditation as outlined in the mission and vision of the
- Serves as a Teaching Director, teaching infants, toddlers,
and/or preschool children on a limited basis as needed for ratio
- • Serves as liaison for the Center, University, parents, and
the surrounding community to ensure that childcare routines are
consistent with good child development principles.
- Ensures the health, safety, welfare, and accountability of
children through constant supervision; and that parents receive
adequate information about their child’s experiences.
- Maintains written records monitoring child’s progress in all
areas of development.
- Provides supervision to staff and includes staff in planning
Additional Job Description
- Coordinates and oversees special projects.
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Early
Childhood Education, Child Development, or other directly related
- Current Florida Child Care Director Credential or eligible to
obtain within 30 days of employment.
- Current First-Aid and CPR certification or ability to obtain
within 30 days of employment.
- Seven years of experience with children in a full-time licensed
child care facility or public/private school program.
- Two-three years of experience as a supervisor.
- Three years of experience as an early childhood teacher.
- Any appropriate combination of relevant education, experience,
and/or certifications may be considered.
- Experience operating a personal computer and proficient with
Microsoft Office (Work, Excel, and Outlook).
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Early
Childhood Education or a closely related field.
- Successful administrative experience in a relevant field.
- Demonstrated experience successfully securing grants for
Pay Grade: 18
- Knowledge of state and local rules and regulations, which
govern childcare, NAEYC accreditation standards, and Florida
Sunshine State Standards; childcare standards in the areas of
health, safety and nutrition; and state regulations governing the
identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect.
- Knowledge of child development including typical and atypical
language, cognitive, motor, social, and self-help skills
- Knowledge of educational program development and the ability to
design and deliver high quality interpretive programs to infants,
toddlers, and/or preschool children.
- Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and
ability to multi-task.
- Demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate university students
in early childhood content and methods courses.
- Ability to apply sound judgment and discretion in confidential
- Ability to provide services to all children and families with
respect and dignity.
- Ability and skill in public speaking, group facilitation, and
- Ability to work with students and colleagues from diverse
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and
- Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of
- Ability to manage overall budget including salary, expense,
operating capital, auxiliary, and other personal services
- Ability to work in an environment that includes young children
and numerous interruptions and function under pressure.
- Ability to thrive in an organization that values the diversity
of its student body and workforce and actively promotes equity and
- salary commensurate with education and
The position will no longer accept applications after July 17,
FGCU is an EOE AA /F/Vet/Disability Employer.