Child Development Supervisor, CDL

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

People & HR, Operations
Urbana, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Child Development Supervisor, CDL

Human Development and Family Studies

WE TRANSFORM LIVES. Everything we do is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders.

Be a part of our story. For 75 years, the CDL has been preparing young children for success by offering play-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum, designed at the classroom level to meet the needs and interests of the children enrolled. The CDL facilitates student observations of children, allows select research/teaching projects to occur at the school, and serves as a center for teacher training. Since it opened, more than 4,000 children and 84,000 University of Illinois students have benefited from teaching and learning opportunities at the CDL. When you join the CDL team, you are joining a legacy of leadership that has impacted thousands of lives. You will join a collegial atmosphere where teachers are truly supported not only through promotion opportunities, but also in daily operation support. Be part of a three-teacher team that allows you the flexibility and freedom to be creative in your teaching approach.

Job Summary
Employees in positions assigned to this level participate in the implementation of the total child care program of the facility, working in cooperation with other Associates and under general supervision from higher level personnel.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Curriculum
    • Assist the head teacher in the development of programs and operational procedures which focus on child safety and the promotion of development in all areas (cognitive, language/literacy, social, emotional, fine and large motor and creative).
    • Participate in weekly curriculum planning sessions with other team members and implements a developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets licensing requirements and NAEYC standards.
    • Assist the head teacher in the development and implementation of developmental assessment tools and observe the children to evaluate their developmental patterns and adjustment to the program and its activities.
    • Prepare reports on the growth and development of assigned children in preparation for parent-teacher conferences.
    • Keep head teacher informed of the program changes, parents’ concerns, supplies and equipment needs, and any problem that might arise during the head teachers absence.
  • Daily Caregiving
    • Provide for the physical needs of the children, such as supervising feeding, dressing, naps, and other activities.
    • Maintain daily communication and cooperation with parents of children, e.g., child's mental and physical condition, changes in daily schedule, or child's participation in activities.
    • Work with other team members to maintain an orderly and attractive physical environment conducive to the optimal growth and development of children.
  • Adult Supervision
    • In the absence of the head teacher, supervise the activities of and provide training for lower level employees (staff, student and intern).
    • Assist head teacher in the preparation and implementation of professional development activities for the local, state, and national child care communities.
  • Lab School Mission
    • Provide feedback to the head teacher on the performance of student interns as it relates to interactions with children and implementation of lesson plans.
    • Cooperate with research activities by being aware of research activities scheduled for the classroom on a daily basis and by assisting researchers develop rapport with the children in order to facilitate their willing participation.
    • Assist head teachers and associate director in implementing in-service and pre-service professional development activities conducted by the CDL.
    • Participate in regularly scheduled staff development workshops in order to meet licensing guidelines and NAEYC standards.
    • Assume responsibilities of the head teacher as needed.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.

  • Physical Demands
  • Standing : Frequently
  • Walking : Frequently
  • Stairs : Rarely
  • Sitting : Frequently
  • Lifting/Carrying : Frequently
  • Pushing/Pulling : Frequently
  • Climbing : Rarely
  • Balancing : Frequently
  • Bending/Stooping : Frequently
  • Kneeling : Frequently
  • Squatting/Crouching : Frequently
  • Crawling : Occasionally
  • Reaching : Frequently
  • Grip/Dexterity : Frequently
  • Twisting : Rarely
  • Talking : Frequently
  • Hearing : Frequently
  • Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination : Frequently
  • Visual Acuity : Occasionally

  • Working Conditions
  • Work Outdoors : Occasionally

  • Minimum Qualifications

    1. Possession of credentials required by Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for employment as a Child Care Worker in a licensed childcare facility.

    The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services required credentials can be reviewed at: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/089/089004070D01400R.html


    A. Bachelor’s degree in child development, education, or related fields, including 18 semester hours of credit for course work directly related to child development and/or childcare**, of which 6 semester hours must be for the period from birth to age six


    B. two years of experience comparable to that gained at the lower level of this series and 18 additional semester hours of credit for college course work directly related to child development and/or childcare**

    3. **Note: Courses that cover the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development of young children and/or courses relating specifically to the group care and education of young children; e.g., curriculum, programming, pre-school teaching methods, discipline and child management, observation of children, working with parents, health, nutrition and safety, and supervised teaching experience for which credit is earned (such as student teaching, clinical experience, or practicum).


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • 1. Staff shall be at least 19 years of age.
  • 2. Staff shall be able to demonstrate the skill and competence necessary to contribute to each child's physical, intellectual, personal, emotional, and social development. Factors contributing to the attainment of this standard include: a) Emotional maturity when working with children b) Cooperation with the purposes and services of the program c) Respect for children and adults d) Flexibility, understanding and patience e) Physical (includes frequent bending & stooping, reaching above shoulder level, kneeling, balancing, keyboarding, squatting, crawling, crouching, lifting up to 35 pounds with occasional weights up to 50 pounds) and mental health that do not interfere with child care responsibilities f) Good personal hygiene g) Frequent interaction with children h) Listening skills, availability and responsiveness to children i) Sensitivity to children's socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, and individual needs and capabilities: j) Use of positive discipline and guidance techniques and k) Ability to provide an environment in which children can feel comfortable, relaxed, happy and involved in play, recreation and other activities.
  • 3. Child care staff, in addition to meeting the requirements listed above, shall generally demonstrate skill and competence necessary to assume direct responsibility for child care including: a) Skills to help children meet their developmental and emotional needs b) Skills in planning, directing, and conducting programs that meet the children's basic needs and c) Oral and written communication skills adequate to appropriately communicate with parents regarding the growth and development of each child.
  • 4. Staff shall also be responsible for supervising persons assigned to assist their group who are not similarly qualified.
  • 5. Child care staff shall be willing to participate in activities leading to professional growth in child development and education, and in training related to the specific needs of the children served. Each child care staff member shall participate in 20 clock hours of in-service training per year.
  • 6. Newly employed staff shall submit a report of a physical examination completed no more than six months prior to employment which provides evidence that they are free of communicable disease, including active tuberculosis, and physical or mental conditions that could affect their ability to perform assigned duties. This examination shall include a test for tuberculosis by the Mantoux method.
  • 7. Staff shall have physical re-examinations every two years and whenever communicable disease or illness is suspected.
  • Benefits:
    • 401(k)
    • Dental insurance
    • Employee assistance program
    • Employee discount
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Paid time off
    • Retirement plan
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • Vision insurance

    Appointment Information
    This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 3474 - Child Development Supervisor position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible. The starting salary is $17.85 per hour. The following year salary increases to $18.59 per hour. 

    Application Procedures & Deadline Information
    Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact hcd-cdlprog@mx.uillinois.edu. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

    Record of a current medical examination on a form prescribed by the Department is required.

    The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

    Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing accessibility@illinois.edu.

    Requisition ID: 1010686
    Job Category: Technical
    Apply at: https://jobs.illinois.edu