Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: H8003 / Dir,Child Care Center
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16
HR Review/Approval:COMP

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Directs and administers all aspects of the operation of the Children's Campus Child Care Center for Early Care and Education, to include revenue generation; management of staff; development and implementation of policies and procedures, program development and implementation, management of budgets, and day-to-day administration. Ensures that all State licensing regulations and nationally recognized accreditation standards are maintained.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness and identifies areas needing improvement; sets program goals and develops strategic planning measures to effect changes and improvements.
  2. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; oversees recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff.
  3. Develops and manages annual budgets for the organization and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses; identifies, secures, and administers Federal and State program funding.
  4. Ensures compliance with relevant Federal, State, and local laws and licensing and accreditation standards as they relate to staff qualifications, enrollment, operating policies and procedures, classroom curriculum, health, safety, and nutrition, and documentation.
  5. Serves as a liaison between teachers, parents, and the university community for information, counseling, referrals, and problem resolution.
  6. Represents the University to various institutional divisions as well as externally to governmental agencies, vendors, students and their parents, and/or the general public.
  7. Recommends and participates in the development of university policies and procedures; may serve on university planning and policy-making committees.
  8. Plans, develops, and implements strategies for generating resources and/or revenues for the organization.
  9. Ensures that all aspects of basic care and safety are followed by all staff in order to minimize the liability burden on UNM and the surrounding community.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Ability to work successfully in a multi-tasking environment with constant changes in priorities based on client need.
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele and/or media sources.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of child development theory and practice.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Assessment and referral skills.
  • Counseling and behavior management skills.
  • Ability to provide a supportive and caring environment for children.
  • Knowledge of applicable legislation, standards, policies and procedures within specialty area.
  • Knowledge of grant preparation and government agency program, contract, budgeting, and procurement requirements.
  • Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR and Basic First Aid Certificate
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of objects that can weigh up to 50 pounds (or greater mass that require mechanical assistance). Standing or walking may occur up to 40% of time.
  • Work may involve some exposure to operating circumstances that require following standard or prescribed safety precautions.
  • Work is typically performed in an office or day-care environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 02/27/2021