Director, Vivian Olum Child Development Center

Job Type

Full Time


Details: The University of Oregon offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.



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1650 Columbia Street
University of Oregon
United States


The Vivian Olum Child Development Center is a comprehensive program whose mission is to serve the child care needs of university faculty and staff families. The center operates early childhood and school age programs in seven classrooms, and serves over 100 children infant through school age daily. Located on the University of Oregon (UO) campus, the center has up to 20 teaching staff as well as UO student employees. The administrative staff includes an assistant director, program coordinator and business manager.


University is seeking a highly experienced, early care and education leader to serve as the Director of the center. The ideal candidate for the director position must possess strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to build strong relationships with staff and families, excellent decision-making skills, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse constituency. This is a very exciting opportunity for an experienced early care and education professional.


The director reports to the associate vice president for campus services, and the center is a unit within the university’s office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Oversee daily operations of the center.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the teaching and administrative staff.
  • Short- and long-term strategic planning and implementation of children’s programs, based on best practices and high quality standards in the field with attention to curriculum development, center philosophy, and culture.
  • Ensure that the center’s programs and facilities meet all applicable licensing requirements (i.e., inspections, building repair and staff training documentation) as well as all university standards and requirements. Ensure that risk factors are minimized; oversee facility maintenance.
  • Monitor and assess operations: Make adjustments to services and operational model as necessary, to ensure efficiency and value are maximized. Evaluate, implement, develop, communicate, and consistently enforce policies and procedures, such as admissions, staff and parent handbooks, and all other policies and procedures.
  • Oversee and conduct evaluations of program and classrooms; and take part in observations of children.
  • Directly supervise the business manager, the assistant director, and the program coordinator.
  • Oversee management of teaching and student staff: This includes hiring, scheduling orientation, training, coaching, feedback and professional development, and handling personnel issues. Ensure staff compliance with center health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Develop and facilitate strong center-parent relationships: Communicate effectively and regularly, effectively address concerns and complaints, coordinating center-wide events, solicit feedback from parents, invite participation in search processes, and convene and leading the Parent Advisory Council. Provide oversight for reception and customer service functions including webpage and written information.
  • Provide oversight and direction related to the development of the annual budget of nearly $1.9M.
  • Responsible for ongoing financial management of all center operations: This includes monitoring enrollment, participating in establishing tuition rates, and monitoring revenue and expenses throughout the year.
  • Represent the center on university and community committees related to early education and care.
  • Engage the center in campus events.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Enrolled in the State of Oregon Early Learning Division central background registry by start date
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of five years of experience in the early childhood education field including three years in a direct supervisory role
  • Knowledge of child development for the primary ages served in the center as evidenced by a combination of education, experience and training, per Oregon state law
  • Be at least 21 years of age, per Oregon State law
  • Certificate of CPR and first aid training by start date
  • Computer skills (MS Office Suite)


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Three years of training or experience with child-centered approaches to early childhood education, such as RIE, Reggio Emilia, or Constructivist 
  • Three years directing a childcare center
  • Professional experience in a higher education setting
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in early childhood education or a related field
  • Teacher training experience


Fantastic Location

Olum is located in the heart of campus, next door to the university’s law school and the Many Nations Longhouse, and also adjacent to our two newest residence halls. Olum’s location provides a unique setting in which the children can engage with the university community, and through which the center can take advantage of campus-wide traditions and events, and collaborate with two other university-serving childcare centers. 

The University of Oregon (UO) campus is a very walkable 295 acres—it’s said that one can walk from end to end in about 7 minutes-- with about 90 major buildings embedded in an arboretum of more than 3,000 trees. Nestled in the verdant Willamette Valley, with an easy drive to both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, the UO is renowned for its research prowess and commitment to teaching. The UO has about 24,000 students and more than 5,000 employees.

Eugene, Oregon, is a diverse and eclectic city located in the southern end of the Willamette Valley between two buttes and the scenic Willamette River. Highlights include an extensive parks and bike/walking path system; museums, local opera, symphony and ballet companies; a weekly Saturday Market; wineries galore; and a burgeoning craft brewery and distillery scene; beaches an hour to the west and mountains an hour to the east. Transportation to and from Eugene is simple: The Eugene Airport is only ten minutes from downtown, and there is an Amtrak station in the city center. The Interstate-5 North corridor reaches the state capital in under an hour and Portland in two hours. 

University Setting

Because Olum in based on a university campus, young children get first-hand experience interacting with college students from a diversity of backgrounds. Furthermore, the university’s College of Education also has a number of researchers and practitioners from which the center can draw for its teachers’ professional development, the director’s access to trends in the field, and for parent referrals and resources. Olum’s employees have access to a host of campus and community events including speaker series, concerts, and training for professional and personal enrichment.

Great Benefits

Insurance includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage; optional benefits: additional life insurance for an employee and coverage for spouse/domestic partner and dependents, short term and long term disability and accidental death and dismemberment, flexible spending account. The UO offers a choice of two retirement plans specific to Oregon’s university employees, plus additional voluntary plans. The UO also offers reduced tuition for employee and family members to pursue classes or a degree at UO or a sister institution. Other perks include free bus pass; free library access; free museum access; reduced cost for recreation center membership, concert tickets, and special athletic events; global travel assistance. Detailed benefits summary here:

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

The position is open until filled. Application review begins on April 23, 2018.

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  3. Upload a resume that clearly shows your relevant experience, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and contact information for three professional references.