(Position is now closed) Early Childhood Specialist

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  • Renewal: Yes
  • 3: Wilson County Partnership for Children
Organization: 
Wilson County Partnership for Children
Organization: 
Wilson County Partnership for Children
Desired Location: 
Wilson
Organization Type: 
Nonprofit
Category: 
Program(s)
Description:

PRIMARY PURPOSE:

The Early Childhood Specialist is responsible for assisting with Child Care Resource & Referral, organizing all professional development activities, and providing subsidy assistance to the NC Pre-K and Child Care Subsidy Coordinators. The Early Childhood Specialist provides services to link together parents, child care providers, and the community in an effort to improve the quality, availability, and affordability of child care services.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Assist child care professionals in identifying and analyzing education and training needs
to improve the quality of early education and child care.

2. Recruits qualified instructors to conduct the education and training that addresses the
identified needs. The Early Childhood Specialist conducts workshops as approved by Division of Child Development and Early Education.

3. Provides technical assistance to all interested child care professionals and licensed facilities
upon request. 

4. The primary focus of technical assistance will be given to those facilities that have less than
three points in staff education on their license.

5. Responsible for data collection and preparing quarterly and other reports as required and
contributes articles on related child care issues to the Child Care Resource and Referral
quarterly newsletter. 

6. In the event the Early Childhood Specialist possesses bilingual skills, the incumbent may be required to perform translation services at the direction of the Executive Director.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

1. Provides input into department/division objectives/long range plans; assures all goals are met in area of responsibility; provides input into annual work plans, programs; staffing requirements, equipment requirements, and related budgets, as appropriate; acknowledges and abides by all WCPC established policies and procedures.

2. Assures the technical and/or professional expertise of child care professionals assures participation in all required training programs, encourages individual career development.

3. Creates and maintains an atmosphere conducive to good employee/management relations. Recognizes the rights of individual employees; addresses problems affecting employee/management relations.

4. Assures the productivity and quality of work for all areas of responsibility. Identifies/recognizes/analyzes problems, selects and implements sound/timely/effective solutions.

5. Promotes participation, cooperation, and teamwork; adjusts leadership style to individual, group, and/or situation needs.

6. Responds to concerns/complaints (internal and/or external) in a professional/timely manner. Communicates concerns/complaints to immediate supervisor, when appropriate, maintains composure at all times.

7. Prioritizes work, based upon project requirements, to ensure effective utilization of available resources; anticipates needs. Provides accurate and timely reports in all areas of responsibility.

8. Database management for NC Pre-K and Child Care Subsidy.

9. Interacts with other departments and/or providers of service; assures information that affects other employees/providers is communicated to the proper recipients.

10. Takes initiative to accomplish goals; demonstrates ability to learn the job; develops and maintains appropriate skills for the position.

11. Determines and provide required workshops and trainings for all providers.

12. Assist with answering the phones when needed.

13. Assist Administrative Specialist with cash receipts and bank deposits.

14. Inputs and maintains the integrity of all data in the Excel spreadsheet and SSRS from monthly attendance and new enrollment information provided by licensed facilities.

15. Reviews and initials that Excel spreadsheet it correct for Child Care Subsidy and NC Pre-K.

16. Verifies attendance/payment amounts and enters data electronically into SSRS or other database management system.

17. Distributes processed payment summary of attendance (Excel spreadsheet) along with attendance on to the finance director who prepares the payments; ED will review when  signing the checks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

1. Superior organizational skills and capacity to maintain registration records, data and attendance information on workshops, and related records.

2. Knowledge of early childhood rating scales and early childhood education. Some knowledge applicable to North Carolina and national child care licensure, registration, accreditation rules and regulations and North Carolina DCDEE regulations.

3. Excellent interpersonal skills, including capacity to remain calm and pleasant under pressure and to deal effectively with last-minute registrations and inquiries; superior communication and presentation skills.

4. Superior social skills, to assure smooth and successful appropriate interactions with personnel in the state, in the community, and within the agency.

5. Willingness to become certified in implementation and assessment capabilities for ECERS,(Early Childhood Environment Rating Scales, ITERS (Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scales, SCAERS (School Age Environment Rating Scales), PAS (Program Administration Scales, and FCCERS (Family Child Care Environment Rating Scales,) via 2 weeks training in each of the scales indicated.

6. Willingness to become a certified ITS-SIDS Trainer.

7. Willingness to become a certified CPR and First Aid Trainer (American Red Cross and American Heart Association Certified).

8. Superior interpersonal skills, with the capability to remain calm and pleasant in any given situations in order to deal effectively with that situation.

9. Ability to calculate summary statistics and present data in usable formats.

10. Capacity to accept and follow through on assigned responsibilities with minimal guidance.

11. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Board and/or Committee members, supervisors, peers, child care professionals, community agencies, and other resources.

12. Ability to carry out functions with minimal supervision.

13. Ability to foster an environment that minimizes consequential errors.

14. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

15. Maintains a high level of confidentiality as it relates to the business of Wilson County Partnership for Children.

16. Must have computerized database experience. Works competently with the computer and related software, calculator, telephone, copy machine, and other equipment, as required.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE - MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

1. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or other related field.

2. 3-5 years’ work experience required including developing and presenting workshops; prefer experience working in child care setting and training; some business administration a plus.

3. Must have experience in Child Care Resource & Referral, Professional Development, NC Pre-K, and Child Care Subsidy.

4. Computerized database management experience. 

5. Valid driver’s license.

6. Flexible schedule with the ability to work on some weekends.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

1. Required to perform normal office activities such as using computers and other office equipment.

2. The ability to periodically work under time pressure.

3. Light arranging and carrying of office materials, including books, totes, and information booth set-up.

Career Level: 
Mid-Career
Job Type: 
Full-time
Salary Range: 

Salary is based on education and experience. Benefits include medical and dental, vision, vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, funeral leave, life insurance, AD&D, 401 K, and retirement after one year of employment.

How to Apply: 

Deadline for applications is Monday, January 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Interviews could start as early as Monday, January 22, 2018. Please include a cover letter and resume. You can obtain an application from the Partnership office by calling or emailing Jessica Ray at jessica.ray@wilsonpfc.org.

Failure to submit a signed application with cover letter and resume will cause your submission to be incomplete.

Wilson County Partnership for Children
109 Park Avenue West
Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 206-4235 (office)
EOE