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HSOLC First Step Next Coach/Interventionist

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Position Purpose

The HSOLC First Step Next Coach/Interventionist will implement the First Step Intervention Program in Head Start classrooms. This position will assist teachers in the use of the program. Provide an interactive process of observation, discussion, modeling and reflective coaching. Along with assessment, intervention, service and strategies in classroom management for the duration of the grant period.

Essential Job Responsibilities: Performance Indicators

An effective First Step Next Coach/Interventionist must be able to build relationships with HSOLC staff and parents based on mutual respect, demonstrate effective communication skills, practice conflict resolution skills, have an on-going commitment to learning, possess good observation skills and model best practices working with young children.

  1. Become trained in the First Step Intervention Program.
  2. Gather and track data using appropriate forms.
  3. Attend regularly scheduled meetings with trainers, other coaches, parents and professional development technical assistance staff.
  4. Facilitate a process for helping classroom staff develop plans to improve their environments, teaching practices to support your children’s growth and development and overall program quality.
  5. Provide and offer resources and strategies to classroom staff to enhance relationships, create appropriate environments, and teach First Step Program skills to children.
  6. Check in periodically with classroom staff to offer support, guidance and feedback.
  7. Willingness to travel to HSOLC sites in Lane County.
  8. Maintain confidentiality.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • Strong preference given to individuals who have attended training in the use of First Step and who have experience using the program..
  • At least 2 years experience working with children in a group setting.
  • Must be able to work effectively with others and have good interpersonal skills.  Successful candidates will be reliable, able to meet project obligations, and have good self-management skills that enable them to accomplish activities per project timelines.  Must demonstrate willingness to promote team-based research efforts.  Must be able to interact comfortably with individuals from different socio-economic classes and cultures.  Must be willing to adhere to the principles of confidentiality governing research work.
  • Experience working with teachers and families required. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills, internet and e-mail.
  • Must have a valid Oregon Driver's License and proof of insurance and must provide own vehicle for travel to sites and home visits..
  • Health Appraisal Questionnaire is required at hire and will be updated every two years.
  • At time of hire must be currently enrolled in Child Care Division-Central Background Registry and must renew every two years.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must be able to work effectively with others and have good interpersonal skills. 
  • Successful candidates will be reliable, able to meet project obligations, and have good self-management skills that enable them to accomplish activities per project timelines.  Must demonstrate willingness to promote team-based research efforts. 
  • Must be able to interact comfortably with individuals from different socio-economic classes and cultures. 
  • Must be willing to adhere to the principles of confidentiality governing research work.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check in order to work in the school setting.
  • Ability to work independently and follow specified protocols.

Physical/Mental Abilities and Processes

  • Ability to closely monitor and supervise preschool age children.
  • Ability to respond to behavioral issues with appropriate behavior management processes.
  • Routine decision making such as when to communicate to teachers and parents when changes in the program are needed, when emergencies arise, etc.
  • Daily kneeling, stooping, bending, and sitting on the floor to attend to children’s needs.
  • Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs.

Position Information

  • Tied to First Steps Next Grant funding by Oregon Research Institute
  • Part Year Position/non exempt
  • Supervised by Program Special Projects Manager

Job Description created 9/2017 & PC Approved 9/2017

Head Start of Lane County is an EEO Employer.