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Executive Director-Clinical Assistant Professor, Child Development
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Mar. 21, 2018
Title Executive Director-Clinical Assistant Professor, Child Development
University Northern Illinois University
Department School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Application Deadline Open Until Filled
Position Start Date July 2018
  • DeKalb, IL
    United States
  • Assistant Professor
  • Family Studies/Child Development

The School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Northern Illinois University invites nominations and applications for a twelve (12) month clinical faculty position in Child Development at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor beginning July 2018.

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a student-centered, regional public Doctoral/Research extensive university with a diverse and international student body of 20,000. NIU’s main residential campus is located just 65 miles west of Chicago in one of the most dynamic regions of the country. Three extension centers are located in Naperville, Rockford, and Hoffman Estates. The position is housed in the area of Human Development and Family Sciences in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The mission of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Northern Illinois University is to generate and transmit knowledge that supports families and individuals in meeting human needs for self-development, social interaction, resource allocation, clothing and hospitality. The curriculum supports this mission through the design and delivery of educational programs, the conduct and dissemination of research and leadership in community, governmental and professional activities. A major premise of the academic programs and activities of the school is the connectedness of physical, economic, social and cultural systems that affect the human condition.

The Human Development and Family Sciences B.S. program at Northern Illinois University trains more students in child development than any other publicly funded program in the State of Illinois. In this role, the Executive Director, will assume leadership of the newly created Child Development and Family Center comprised of the Child Development Laboratory and Campus Child Care. Both the Child Development Lab and the Campus Child Care are accredited by the National Association for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) with a Gold Circle of quality rating from ExcelerRate Illinois. The Child Development and Family Center will serve as teaching and research facility for child development and early childhood professionals serving children ages 3 months to 5 years.


As the Executive Director, the successful candidate will serve among highly respected faculty including 16 full-time faculty members and seven supportive professional staff. Being clinical faculty in the Human Development and Family Sciences program involves activities in the areas of teaching and service.
Primary responsibilities will include serving as clinical faculty for the Child Development emphasis and overseeing academic programming in the Child Development Laboratory and Campus Child Care facilities. The Executive Director will also assume responsibility for leading and directing the day-to-day operations of the Child Development and Family Center. Clinical faculty are also expected to participate in school and university committee work including curriculum and program development.


The successful candidate is expected to have a focus in child development in the context of early care and education or intervention. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Child Development, Family Sciences, or closely related field by the time of appointment. Applicants must also demonstrate evidence of classroom teaching experience with groups of infants, toddlers, or young children in a family-oriented program. Candidates must have demonstrated strong interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills. Candidates must meet the qualifications for the Gateways to Opportunity Illinois Director Credential (IDC) Level 2 ( and meet candidacy requirements as a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) designated program administrator.


Applicants with familiarity with best practices in the early childhood setting, administrative experience with a university Child Development Laboratory, college teaching experience, student advising, qualify for Illinois Director Credential Level 3, and scholarly work will be given preference. Coursework in or experience working with at-risk and diverse families and children are desired. This position offers opportunities for professional growth by the successful candidate who is willing to assume leadership roles within the School and College.


For full consideration, visit to submit an application. A complete application consists of a Cover Letter, Vita, Unofficial Transcripts, and three current professional references. Preference will be given to complete applications received by April 15, 2018 and will be accepted until the position is filled.


Please send nominations directly to: Dr. Sherry Fang, Search Chair, Human Development and Family Sciences, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2854. Phone: 815-753-6335; FAX: 815-753-1321; E-mail:

  • In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check. In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.

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