Early Childhood Education Faculty

This is a tenure-track, grant-funded position. 

Job Scope: The full-time, tenure track Early Childhood Education Faculty member provides program leadership, teaches, and engages students as emerging professionals in and out of the classroom. The faculty member will be expected to teach a full load consisting of fifteen credits per semester in Early Childhood Education (A.A.), Child Development (A.A.S.), Child Development Diploma, Child Development Associate, and PA Director Credential programs as appropriate. Courses include the full range of Early Childhood Education, Child Development, and Leadership courses. She/he will work with adjunct faculty, and serve as Department Chair for all Early Childhood programs. As the College intends to seek National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation for the program, the faculty member will serve as lead in this process. Opportunities for overload may be available.

In accordance with the Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement, responsibilities include but are not limited to: facilitating student learning and learning assessment; reviewing and updating curriculum; service to the department and the college community; and engaging in a program of continuing professional development.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  1. Develops, implements, and assesses courses and curricula designed to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of students. Includes developing and maintaining an Education Advisory Committee. Plans and employs appropriate instructional/learning strategies, assesses student learning, helps maintain an environment conducive to learning,
  2. Develops close working relationships with local and regional childcare providers, Southwest and Northwest PA KEY, and faculty at receiving transfer institutions to promote student referrals, facilitate graduate employment and transfer opportunities, and ensure program quality.
  3. Documents student progress, maintains and submits appropriate records and reports, and clearly communicates instructional expectations, progress, and concerns to students and staff as needed.
  4. Participates in recruitment, hiring, and orientation of new faculty.
  5. Provides advising and academic support by establishing and maintaining a schedule of office hours.
  6. Provides College and community service and engages in a deliberate process of professional development.
  7. Participates in start-up activities, Graduation, and Academic Honors ceremonies.
  8. Other duties as assigned.

Direct Reports 


Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Education: A Master’s in Early Childhood Education or closely related area is required. An earned doctorate in early childhood education, curriculum and instruction, or a related field with an early childhood focus is preferred.

Experience & Knowledge: A minimum of 3 years of demonstrated excellence in teaching, leadership, and knowledge of current policies and practices associated with the development and education of young children is required. Evidence of a demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations. Faculty Rank will be determined on the basis of education and experience as outlined in the Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Computer Skills: Proficiency with MS Office and Outlook required. Familiarity with one or more Learning Management Systems strongly preferred. 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Priority will be given to candidates who possess PK-4, PQAS Instructor Certification, PA Director Credential, and/or credentials in literacy, special education or mathematics instruction. Valid Driver’s License, PA Criminal Background Check, FBI Criminal History and PA Child Abuse History required.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to write, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally have to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Work Environment: Typical office and classroom environment with a quiet to moderate noise level.


LOCATION: Richland Campus

RELOCATION ASSISTANCE: The College does not offer relocation assistance at this time.

SALARY: Starting salary begins at $38,000 per the Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement and is dependent on education and experience.

BENEFITS: The College offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision coverage to full-time employees and their dependents. Benefits package also includes short-term/long-term disability, retirement, life insurance, personal days, and sick leave.

To APPLY: Click here for the Employment Application. To ensure full consideration, you must submit your application online by 4:00 PM on Friday, January 5, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Upon completion of an employment application, you will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for full consideration:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Unofficial Transcripts (If submitting more than one Unofficial Transcript, please combine them into one document before uploading)

Please note that reference to a resume may not be substituted for a fully completed employment application. Please do not fax or mail any documentation. Official transcripts are required prior to hire.

As a condition of employment, the successful candidate must obtain all background clearances as may be required by Pennsylvania Act 153. Please refer to our Pre-Employment Background Check Information page for more detailed information. 

At this time, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College cannot sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College promotes a drug-free workplace.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.