Vanderbilt University Assistant Site Director (Early Childhood Education) in Nashville, Tennessee

Assistant Site Director (Early Childhood Education) (Job Number: 1801906)


The Assistant Site Director will be an experienced and knowledgeable ECE administrator committed to deliver high quality early childhood care education. The Assistant Site Director will be confident in their knowledge of State of Tennessee DHS licensing regulation, capable to support the administration of a 3-Star licensed child care center, and possessing the attitudes, dispositions and skills necessary to partner with parents and lead teaching teams to deliver a play-based curriculum grounded in social-constructivist pedagogy.

VCFC programs reflect the research-based understanding that play is essential to children’s health and well-being, and foundational to children’s learning. VCFC supports children in creating their own knowledge through hands-on experiences and child-initiated play. Teachers provide encouragement, nurture, protection, security, stimulation, and supervision to children.

The Child & Family Center offers quality early childhood education and cares for the children of Vanderbilt Faculty, staff, and students. The program serves children age infants (6 weeks) to five years old.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advocatesfor the vision that every child is an Artist and Scientist, born capableand competent to explore their curiosity and to formulate and expresstheir big ideas

  • Facilitates adevelopmentally appropriate learning environment to promote discovery,exploration, health, and safety for all children in all domains, modelingproper use of tools and scaffolding instruction to support amulti-disciplinary approach to inquiry-based learning

  • Promotescollaboration among teachers, while providing support to staff andchildren with the activities, investigations, and projects that meetchildren’s individual needs and reflect diverse perspectives and interests

  • Supportive ofchildren’s feelings, perceptions, behaviors, and interactions, and seeksto understand them

  • Ensure curriculumactivities, and the design of the learning environment reflects theintegration of the five domains: Approaches to Learning; Social-EmotionalDevelopment; Physical Development and Health; Language, Literacy, andCommunication; and Mathematics and Science

  • Design and organizea happy learning environment, and according to VCFC policies andprocedures for a safe and orderly classroom environment which contributesto the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth of children

  • Talks, sings,reads, and facilitates discussions with children throughout the day toenhance their language development and early literacy. (Multiple languagesencouraged.)

  • Supervision ofchildren at all times: implements VCFC strategies for head counts andattendance

  • Supports VCFCteachers to maintain a clean, safe, orderly classroom environment whichcontributes to the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth ofchildren

  • Must retaincompliance with DHS licensing standards, including submitting neededreports

The Tennessee Department of Human Services licenses the Centers. For more information about VU's Child & Family Centers click here

Profile ofan Ideal Candidate:

  • A Master’s Degree in ChildDevelopment from an accredited institution of higher education ispreferred, but a Bachelor's Degree is required..

  • Possession of or ability tobecome infant-child first aid/CPR certified is necessary.

  • At least 4 years ofrelevant experience caring for and teaching young children ages 0-5 yearsin a licensed child care center is necessary.

  • Knowledge of blood-borne pathogens, and ability to implementsafety procedures (including for diapering/toileting, nutrition, FirstAid) is necessary.

  • Strong understanding that children’s learning and developmentoccurs in the context of meaningful relationships, builds on children’sstrengths, incorporates multiple approaches to learning, and reflects thecultural and linguistic experiences of the children is necessary.

  • Ability to lift and carry 40 pounds is necessary.

  • Ability to reach, run, sit, stand, squat, stoop and walk isnecessary.

  • Fluent in multiple languages is preferred.

  • Experience coaching and supervising ECE teachers is preferred.

  • Experience with licensed child care site supervision is preferred.

  • Knowledge of social-constructivist systems thinking theories ispreferred.

About Vanderbilt Benefits:

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

AboutVanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equalopportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people withdisabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 36612 - Child Care: 18th Avenue

Job: Service/Maintenance Supervisor

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action