Instructional Support Child Development Specialist
Early Childhood Services
EHS Education/Disabilities Coordinator
Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm. Schedule may vary depending on program needs.
Provide ongoing support to both center based & family child care partners to deliver comprehensive services, in collaboration with EHS management/leadership team. (50% field work–50% planning/record keeping/training).
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS:
- Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood, Initial NYS Birth-Grade 2 Teacher Certification and experience working with infants/toddlers or equivalent coursework with a focus on infant/toddler development
- Preferred Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education AND Provisional New York State Birth-Grade 2 Teacher Certification AND experience working with infants/toddlers or equivalent coursework with a focus on infant/toddler development
- Excellent communication skills & follow through
- Ability to work independently in the field & as part of a team
- Computer literate; ability to accurately enter and analyze child assessment data to ensure positive child outcomes
- Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards/Head Start Act 2007, New York State Family Child Care regulations, & New York City DOHMH regulations
- Clearance through NY State Central Registry and criminal record background check (DOI Fingerprints) prior to employment
- Meet all employee health requirements in Head Start Performance Standards/Head Start Act 2007
- Bilingual English/Spanish or Mandarin
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide individualized, reflective coaching to Partnership Teaching staff in order to meet their self-identified, competency-based professional development goals using the Practice Based Coaching model.
- Collaborate with Family Services staff, Health/Nutrition Specialist, Disabilities Coordinator, & partner programs to determine child & family needs related to education & child development
- Collaborate with partner programs (staff & families) to develop age appropriate experiences towards School Readiness Goals (SRG) & ensure alignment with child assessment tool in order to measure growth & development over time for 112 children.
- Coordinate with Family Services staff, Health/Nutrition Specialist, & Disabilities Coordinator to schedule both regular announced & unannounced visits to family child care partners once every two weeks to monitor compliance with contract requirements as related to Head Start Performance Standards/Head Start Act 2007; document & follow up with all non-compliance findings
- Coordinate with Community Partners to complete Infant, Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS) for all partner program classrooms to identify professional development/training needs, play material ordering needs, & changes to classroom environment arrangement; collaborate with partner staff
- Recommend training & technical assistant needs of partner programs in collaboration with Education/Disabilities Coordinator & Infant/Toddler Education Consultants
- Monitor child education files to ensure timely completion of observations, planning, & assessments; maintain confidentiality
- Monitor implementation of developmentally appropriate researched based curricula, reliable assessment tools, & screening tools, in collaboration with Education/Disabilities Coordinator
- Monitor web based data entry (COPA or Teaching Strategies GOLD reports) to ensure accurate child assessment data; collaborate with partner staff regarding child outcomes, SRG, individual child planning, group planning, & data analysis
- Assist Education and Disabilities Manager with monitoring staff qualifications for all partner teaching staff & completion of individual professional development plans
- Participate in professional development opportunities, including meetings, in-service trainings, mandated trainings, & conferences; facilitate trainings for partners, EHS staff, & families as needed
- Participate in annual self-assessment, community assessment, & ongoing monitoring
- Other duties as assigned