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Director of Campus Child Center

University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 27, 2023

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Working Title

Director of Campus Child Center

Classification Title

Early Child Edu Dir

Proposed Salary to be Offered


Appointment Percentage (Budget)


Position Summary

The University of Wisconsin La Crosse’s Division of Student Affairs invites applicants for a full-time (92%) appointment as the Campus Child Care Center Director. The tentative start date for the position will be negotiable and determined at point of hire.

The Director of the Campus Child Center has administrative responsibility for the Campus Child Center at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. The Director reports to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and serves as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team to ensure that the Campus Child Center is effectively interfaced with the institution and division missions. The Director collaboratively works with center colleagues to design and implement an inclusive and supportive curriculum based on the interest and needs of children ranging in age one to eight; to assist in the day-to-day maintenance of the center facility; to provide orientation and training for student staff and parent education to families served; to assist in budgetary and administrative responsibilities as they relate to billing and scheduling systems and licensing, accreditation and food service regulations; and to learn, uphold, and follow all of the state licensing and national accreditation regulations stipulated for group child care.


35% Program Development / Leadership
  • Nurture a team that fulfills the goals of Campus Child Center.
  • Serve as liaison between Campus Child Center, Student Affairs Directors and other University units.
  • Work with University partners to establish opportunities for UWL students to participate in observation and/or assessment of children as it pertains to UWL student coursework, while maintaining compliance with licensing regulations.
  • Support the University mission, the development of relationships and human potential, and values of diversity and inclusion.
  • Develop long range plans for the improvement of child care services and programing.
  • Assume full responsibility for daily center operations.
  • Assume responsibility for the health and safety of the children and ensure that the center is in compliance with all state licensing requirements and national accreditation standards.
  • Assist the lead teaching staff in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth and development of each child in the program’s care.
  • Maintain and keep all child records and enrollment forms.
  • Maintain and keep staff employment records as they pertain to program licensing.
  • Create and implement work schedules for the lead teaching and student assistant staff.
  • Schedule and provide planning time for teaching staff.
  • Maintain an adequate inventory of supplies for food service and programming needs.
  • Work with UWL facilities to maintain the physical space and equipment of the Child Center.
35% Teacher & Staff Professional Development
  • Complete continuing education requirements as established by state regulations and maintain a record of completion.
  • Maintain infant/child CPR / AED /First Aid training.
  • Provide in-service training and training resources for all staff.
  • Provide orientation sessions for all staff.
  • Conduct staff meetings on at least a monthly basis and document proceedings from the
  • meetings.
  • Conduct staff evaluations on at least an annual basis.
  • Participate in self-evaluation to determine strengths and weaknesses in relation to established center and personal goals.
  • Attend training opportunities or pursue resources to make necessary improvements.
  • Approve all recruiting, hiring and dismissal of teachers and student staff.
  • Supervise all lead teaching and student assistant staff on a daily basis.
  • Guide student workers in their work with the children and make appropriate suggestions for change as needed.
  • Assist in the supervision of field study and clinical students, providing feedback for improvement on a regular basis and completing all necessary written assessments as required for the field study.
20% Administrative Fiscal & Budget Management Obligations
  • Oversee and manage the Campus Child Center’s day-to-day operation regarding attendance, billing, food service, programming and scheduling systems.
  • Serve as primary fiscal coordinator for the child center.
  • Develop and guide long-range fiscal planning and operating budget preparation.
  • Participate in budget review and accomplish budget reconciliation as needed.
  • Supervise tuition collection system.
  • Make recommendations regarding rates based upon state regulations and current industry
  • standards.
  • Develop ongoing and long range planning for remodeling, improvements & renovations.
  • Seek grant funding and fund raising opportunities as deemed appropriate.
  • Purchase necessary supplies and equipment.
10% Building Relationships
  • Ensure collaboration with early childhood academic programs.
  • Develop positive working relationships with parents, teachers, volunteers, & student employees.
  • Provide information to families concerning center policies, upcoming events and deadlines, and any relevant information concerning their child(ren).
  • Initiate communication with families, keeping lines of daily communication with families open and effective.
  • Prepare monthly newsletter for parents.
  • Assist in formal parent education efforts.
  • Act as a responsible representative of Campus Child Center on our campus and in our community.
  • Report staff or program concerns to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Position Type


Pay Basis




Contingent Upon Funding


Is this position eligible for employment sponsorship, (H1B or PERM)?


Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field of study.
  • Experience in program and curriculum development for early childhood programs.
  • A minimum of two years of lead teaching experience in an early childhood setting.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to creating an inclusive, supportive, age-appropriate learning environment for the children served.
  • Basic computer skills and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office essential.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field of study.
  • Experience in child care program supervision.
  • Four years of lead teaching experience in an early childhood setting.
  • Knowledge of Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards.
  • Familiarity with state licensing rules for group child care centers.
  • Experience with accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • Earned six credits from an institution of higher learning in management, administration, and/or leadership.
  • Experience with budget management.
  • Evidence of collaboration to support children and families.
Physical Demands
  • Ability to lift and carry 20-30 lbs.
  • Routine stooping, bending, walking, running, and crouching.
  • Ability to sit on the floor or in a small chair situated low to the floor
Reasonable Accommodations
UWL provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 608.785.8013. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

All position descriptions are required to provide physical demands and working condition/environment and may not be published in the job announcement. For information on the physical demands and/or working conditions/environment for this position, please contact Human Resources at or 608.785.8013.

Working conditions and environment
  • On occasion, this individual must be able to work extended hours.
Miscellaneous Information

You may potentially be eligible for benefits that could add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the university.
Highlights include:
  • excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good coverage.
  • paid holidays and sick days.
  • sick leave may be converted at retirement to pay for health insurance post-work at UWL .
  • after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our retirement system which ensures income post-career.
  • benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and some of the strongest in state and nation.
Learn more at:

Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.

Information about UWL and the Surrounding Region The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on theU.S. News & World Reportlist of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.

With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs through the following three colleges, the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Science and Health, as well as the School of Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 84 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at .The UW-La Crosse campus is in southwestern Wisconsin, nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse and positioned as part of a larger metro area with a population close to 140,000. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation. More information about the La Crosse metro area can be found here: Choose La Crosse .Learn more about UW-La Crosse here:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWL, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ -Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by ( ACO ).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)
For the UWL Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see or contact the University Police Department at 608.785.9000.

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Student Affairs Division

Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

The Division of Student Affairs’ role is to enhance and support students learning experience here at UWL . We work closely with faculty, staff, community members, alumni and most importantly, students to provide quality programs and services which promote learning, leadership, involvement, service and the celebration of diversity. The Division includes a number of departments: Admissions and Recruitment, Campus Child Center, Counseling and Testing, Student Health Center, Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreational Sports, Residence Life, Student Life, University Centers, and the Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students office. The staff of the Division is truly student-centered and concerned about the holistic development of the student.

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Application deadlines
TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION : Priority consideration is given to those candidates who apply by the listed ‘First Review Date’.
Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated, and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration. If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWL is a state agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWL will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment

Position Contact Name

Jeff Keenan, Search Committee Chair

Position Contact Email
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of finalists must be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
    • I wish for my name to remain confidential until the university is no longer able to do so.
    • I waive my right to keep my name confidential through the application process.
  2. * Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact information, including phone number and email address.
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * After you retire from a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employer, you may return to work with a WRS employer as a rehired annuitant, provided certain requirements are met. There are no restrictions on what type of position a rehired annuitant can hold. Under the WRS, there is no limit to how much you may earn as a rehired annuitant. (Learn more: Are you currently collecting an annuity from the Wisconsin Retirement System, (WRS)?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Are you an alum of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse? (UW-L and UW System institutions pay for some or all of the sponsorship costs. Some candidates may require an H1B or another form of employment sponsorship to work in the US. This question is asked so that if you are the successful candidate, Human Resources can work with your work unit to begin the process of obtaining this visa).
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship prior to employment.
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship for continued employment if hired.
    • No, I do not require sponsorship and am eligible to work in the US.
  7. * Were you ever found to have engaged in any sexual violence or sexual harassment in a previous work assignment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Are you currently under investigation or have ever left employment during an active investigation in which you were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and contact information, including phone number and email address. (Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years. UW-L will notify you prior to contacting your supervisor).

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
    • Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
    • HERC Web Site
    • Web Site
    • Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
    • Minority Publication/Web Site
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
    • La Crosse Tribune
    • Personal Referral
    • LinkedIn
    • Indeed
    • Department of Workforce Development (WISC)
    • Other
Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Reference Contact Information
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