Senior Specialist, Head Start Education

Save the Children Federation, Inc.
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Triangle Area
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The Senior Specialist, Head Start Education (SS-Ed) serves as an expert for Save the Children's multi-State Head Start operation in the content area of early childhood education / child development birth to 5.  The SS-Ed leads the development of Save the Children's strategy for birth to 5 education and guides its implementation across all six Head Start programs located in four States.  The SS-Ed monitors education service delivery and provides training, technical assistance, and other continuous quality-improvement measures to address variances, irregularities, and/or non-compliances in education services implementation.  The SS-Ed ensures that Head Start and Early Head Start education services comply with the Head Start Program Performance Standards and other State and federal regulations, and that those services are implemented across all Save the Children Head Start programs in the highest quality with consistency and uniformity.

Essential Duties
Education Services Implementation (35%)   
Ensures the successful implementation of curricula and recognized best practices in the field of early childhood education in each Save the Children Head Start program that includes:
•Supporting the development of School Readiness Goals that are uniform across all Save the Children Head Start programs.
•Ensuring participation of programs in planning activities, including self-assessment processes, T/TA opportunities, and the development and/or revision of program policies and procedures.
•Ensuring program staff integrate education services with disability-, health-, nutrition-, and parent engagement/family support services.
•Cultivating a culture of child safeguarding across programs, guiding and monitoring the implementation of active supervision techniques to prevent incidences of child maltreatment (including children being left alone, unsupervised, and/or abused in any way).

Staff Capacity-Building (30%)
Through reflective and relationship-based practices and guidance that includes weekly/bi-weekly meetings, as well as remote and onsite training and technical assistance, the SS-Ed builds the capacities of program-level Education Managers/Specialists at each Save the Children Head Start program located in four States to:                                       
•Support the successful implementation of Head Start/Early Head Start education services at their respective programs                                 •Ensure that education services across programs include developmentally appropriate learning experiences in language and literacy; social and emotional development; math and science concepts; social studies; creative arts; and physical development that are geared towards achieving progress outlined in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five.
•Ensure that the services provided are culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate and inclusive of individual levels of ability, interests, and developmental skills
•Support the development and monitoring of partnerships with local public and private agencies created to enhance Head Start & Early Head Start education services
•Coordinate the implementation of appropriate and effective professional development and coaching experiences that are responsive to the needs of education staff of all Save the Children Head Start programs and, as appropriate, program partners.

Program Monitoring (30%)
•Monitors education 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.                                                                                                                                                       •In partnership with program level counterparts, monitors the overall impact of the performance of education support services contractors to ensure compliance with Head Start regulations and Save the Children program goals; makes recommendations for improvements, when needed.                 
•Monitors to ensure that teaching staff have regular communication with parents regarding their child's growth and development, feeding patterns, strengths, and interests. This includes monitoring to ensure parents receive no less than 2 home visits and 2 parent-teacher conferences per year.                                                                                                            •Supports program level Education Managers/Specialists with developing protocols to monitor learning environments to ensure that they are developmentally appropriate, with sufficient and safe materials at each site.
Other duties as assigned (5%)
•As part of the Head Start leadership team, participates in program wide activities that include, but are not limited to, program planning, self-assessment, community assessment, preparing funding applications, developing and/or revising policies, procedures, forms and plans.

Required Education and Experience
•Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development or related field  (Master’s Degree preferred)
•Minimum 5-7 years of Head Start /Early Head Start experience
•Management experience in early childhood education
•Experience with monitoring and training/coaching adults
•Experience teaching children in the birth to 5 years age range (preferred, not required)
•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 socio-economically diverse families and children
•Must have knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards and Head Start Act
•Must be a certified Reliable CLASS Observer
•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, GoToMeeting, WebEx, etc.
•Excellent written and communication skills.
•Demonstrated coaching, training, and leadership skills.
•Professional level of technical or managerial knowledge, skills, and experience to manage the operational activities of a unit or team, or provide the technical and management support related to various size programs, grants or projects.


**This position requires approximately 25% out-of-State travel**

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Hiring range begins at $65,000 annually

How to Apply: 

Electronic applications may be submitted on the Careers section of Save the Children's website.  The job posting can be accessed by clicking on the following link: