The Early Childhood Specialist-Education/Disabilities (ECS-Ed/D) serves as a content area lead for early childhood education, disabilities and mental health services for child development birth to 5. The ECS-Ed/D leads the policy and strategy for these designated areas and guides its implementation across all agency Head Start programs. The ECS-Ed/D monitors service delivery and provides training, technical assistance, and guidance to ensure continuous quality improvement in early childhood education services implementation. The ECS-Ed/D interprets and analyzes data to ensure services comply with State and federal regulations, and services are implemented across all Telamon/TRC Head Start programs in the highest quality with consistency and uniformity.
1. Serves as an expert in the area of early childhood education, disabilities and mental health services for child development birth to 5 – including for center-based and home-based program options.
2. Cultivates a culture of child safeguarding across programs, guiding and monitoring the implementation of active supervision and positive guidance techniques to prevent incidences of child maltreatment (including children being left alone, unsupervised, and/or abused in any way).
3. Convenes workgroups and facilitates team decision making to identify issues and develop consistent policies, procedures and best practices for education, disabilities and mental health services across all Telamon/TRC Head Start programs.
4. Responsible for working with program level counterparts to develop, review and revise program policies, procedures, guidelines and training manuals for education, disabilities and mental health services across all Telamon/TRC Head Start programs.
5. Participates in program-wide activities that include, but are not limited to, program planning, self-assessment, community assessment, T/TA opportunities, and the development and/or revision of program policies and procedures, preparing funding applications, developing and/or revising policies, procedures, forms and plans.
6. Supports the development of School Readiness Goals that are uniform across all Telamon/TRC Head Start programs. Works with program managers to track progress on goals.
7. Ensures program staff integrate education services with disability, mental health, health, nutrition, and parent engagement/family support services. Works in collaboration with Early Childhood Specialist-Family and Health (ECS-FH).
8. Responsible for the oversight of on-line child assessment system for early childhood education and identifies and troubleshoots to resolve concerns.
9. Supports the successful implementation of reflective and relationship-based practices and guidance that include remote and onsite training and technical assistance.
10. Builds the capacities of program level counterparts to ensure that education services across programs include developmentally appropriate learning experiences in language, literacy, social and emotional development, math, science, social studies, creative arts, and physical development that are focused toward achieving progress outlined in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five.
11. Builds the capacities of program level counterparts to ensure that the services provided are culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate and inclusive of individual levels of ability, interests, and developmental skills. Works with program managers and/or designee to support the design and implementation of program-wide coordinated approaches that ensure the full and effective participation of children who are dual language learners and their families.
12. Monitor effectiveness of operations, program progress and adherence to compliance through observation, data analysis, record reviews, interviews and other methods. Recommends and supports the implementation of improvements.
13. Monitors education, disabilities and mental health program data – performing trend analysis within and across programs – to ensure consistency of high quality service delivery. Provides regular reports to Head Start Program leadership that capture data from Teaching Strategies GOLD, CLASS™, classroom monitoring reports, and other sources of child assessment/outcomes, school readiness, and environmental health and safety data.
14. Analyzes proposed legislation, regulations and guidance to determine how services could be impacted. Communicates recommendations to program managers and other interested parties.
15. Analyzes training needs. Facilitates and provides training, coaching and technical assistance to staff in assigned areas. Facilitates and engages in professional development activities to increase qualifications.
16. Other duties as assigned.
This position has no direct supervisory duties but is expected to train or explain work procedures to others.
Education and Experience Requirements
· Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field – required
· Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field – preferred
· Must be able to become a Certified Reliable CLASS Observer
· Valid Driver’s license
· Minimum of five years’ of experience early childhood education including Head Start
· Management experience in early childhood education
· A minimum of three years’ experience managing the operational activities of a unit or team
· Experience teaching children ages birth to 5 years to include children with special needs preferred
· Must have knowledge of Head Start Program Performance Standards and Head Start Act
· Experience with monitoring and data analysis
· Demonstrate coaching, training, and leadership skills
· Knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of Head Start/Early Head Start (or comparable child development programs) & early childhood education developmentally appropriate practices
· Experience working with culturally and socioeconomically diverse families and children
· Experience in managing programs in data-managed or data-sensitive environment
· Ability to work with families from a strength-based approach
· Proficient use of computers and software packages (especially MS Office, Child Plus, and email) to store data, write reports and conduct research related to early childhood education.
· Use of web-based conferencing technology like Skype, GoTo Meeting, WebEx, etc.
· Excellent written and communication skills.
This job is a mixture of desk work and standing and walking for long periods of time, while visiting Centers.
· Driving/sitting for prolong periods of time.
· Occasional exposure to adverse weather conditions.
· Occasional exposure to blood, other bodily fluids, and dirt.
· Sitting, walking, stooping, squatting, lifting (up to 30 lbs.), carrying, pushing and climbing.
· Keyboarding and data entry, use of telephone.
· Extensive travel (in-state and out-of-state)
To apply, please visit our website at: www.telamon.org and click on "jobs"
An equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V