REPORTS TO: Assistant Education Manager
The Child Development Specialist will conduct classroom observations using CLASS, PQA TPOT and TPITOs; and provide ongoing coaching/mentoring for staff to enhance adult-child interactions and child outcomes towards school readiness.
- Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a related field.
- Five years or more recent experience working in early care and education programs.
- Knowledge of HS Performance Standards and Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers.
- Knowledge of High Scope Curriculum, COR Advantage Assessment and observation tools.
- Clerical aptitude and computer literacy.
- Organizational and time management skills.
- Oral and written communication skills.
- Able to maintain confidentiality of all discussions and records.
- Resourceful, patient and sensitive to the needs of staff, children and families.
- Culturally sensitive to work in a diverse community.
- Ensure the use of adopted curriculum, assessments, materials and strategies are implemented to fidelity.
- Assist and support staff with plans that include goals to achieve measurable outcomes in effective teaching practices.
- Assess classroom environments for an impact on a child’s behavior and development including the use of space and arrangement of equipment, developmentally and culturally appropriate lesson plans, activities, materials, communication and interactions with children.
- Coach staff to promote parents in their parenting role as their child’s first teacher and building on that relationship to enhance parent-child attachment.
- Administer CLASS Assessment tool.
- Administer PQA Assessment tool.
- Assist in the planning and implementation of program activities and initiatives.
- Attend meetings, trainings and appropriate professional development activities.
- Monitor COR Data, Active Supervision implementation, Lesson Plans, and Individual Learning Plans.
- Assess all education staff to identify strengths and areas of needed support.
- Provide ongoing communication between the coach, program director, education and any other relevant staff.
- Develop and maintain a positive supportive relationship with staff growth through the mentoring/coaching process.
- Facilitate teacher learning through positive and constructive feedback.
- Receive feedback to support adult learning.
- Provide follow up support to staff following any form of training for the purpose of increasing implementation of information and transfer of skills into practice.
- Gather and record information about the implementation of practices described in goals/action plans for the purpose of summarizing and displaying data.
- Completes monthly monitoring reports or coaching logs for assigned visits and submits them according to timelines for the purpose of meeting program requirements for tracking and monitoring.
- May be required to fill in during center staff shortages and breaks.
- Must have reliable transportation.
- Must assist with the recruitment of children for the program.
- Participate in Self-Assessment Process.
- All other duties as assigned.
CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND ETHICAL CONDUCT:
- All personnel of Matrix must adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and incorporate Continuous Quality Improvement efforts into their everyday performance. All employees of Head Start must adhere to the federal regulations and requirements for Head Start operations including the Performance Standards, Licensing rules, and be of Good Moral Character as stated in the Code of Ethics.
- Demonstrate and actively promote an understanding and commitment to the mission and values of Matrix Human Services
WORKING AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
- Works in a normal office environment with usual pressures of managing personnel and dealing with time constraints. Because of multiple sites within the department and the need to meet with others within the community, it is common to drive to several locations, sometimes in inclement weather. Handles large volumes of paper and forms.