Position Purpose

Under the supervision and direction of the Child Development/Disabilities Consultant, the Early Childhood Education Coordinator promotes the school readiness of Head Start of Lane County’s children by providing technical assistance, mentoring, and training to the staff and agency. The planning of children’s readiness to learn involves culturally responsive, integrated service delivery of child development, disabilities, and mental health that supports learning environments to: a) enhance children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development and b) promote children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development, creative arts, physical development, and approaches to learning.

Essential Job Responsibilities: Performance Indicators

Integrated technical support and services (80%)

  1. Technical assistance: Content development and consultation
    1. Maintains content development expertise and disseminates such knowledge by providing ongoing quality assistance to staff.
    2. Develops and disseminates resources and best practices for the process of implementing quality improvement efforts.
    3. promotes continuous quality improvement and quality assurance efforts for the agency.
  2. Coaching and Mentoring
    1. Facilitates peer-to-peer learning both one-on-one or group settings in joint process of capacity-building strategies.
    2. Provides skill development and mentoring to staff progressing in their position by performing on-the-job technical assistance and mentoring of specific skills.
      1. Provide guidance to staff in building skills and competence.
        1. Facilitating the development, implementation, and coordination of internal support plans (action plans, behavior plans) with parents, teachers, and supervisors
          1. Implementation and evaluation of skills and strategies
    3. Providing ongoing quality assistance to address children’s challenging behaviors and sensory needs.
    4. Supports the professional development of all staff by delivering coaching and technical assistance.
  3. Quality Assurance: Evaluation and Assessment
    1. Participates in site visits, classrooms observations, and work groups to assess program needs and planning strategies for system/process improvement and/or development of early childhood education, disabilities, and mental health.
    2. Assesses the implementation of the agency’s work plan to insure the program/content goals and objectives are met.
    3. Providing guidance and support to staff with implementation of curriculum/individualization plans and ongoing assessments.
  4. Team Work: Communication and Partnership
    1. Communicates effectively to build trust.
    2. Works cooperatively with other agencies to meet the needs of families and children served:
      1. Coordinate child and/or family referrals
      2. Provide support services of children’s transition plan
      3. Communicate regularly with RM, direct service staff, and consultants
        1. Participate in regional meetings as requested
        2. Participate in child/family staffing

Training (10%)

  1. Assist CD/D Consultant in development and implementation to groups, regional, and on-site trainings.

Committees/Planning (10%)

  1. Develops, prepares, coordinates, and maintains relevant meetings, training and professional development activities as assigned by CD/D Consultant.
  2. Plan for parent meetings and trainings as assigned by CD/D Consultant.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field,
  • Knowledge and experience in working with early childhood mental health and disabilities services.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills, internet and e-mail.
  • Current enrollment in the Child Care Division- Central Background Registry.
  • Valid Oregon Driver’s License and access to transportation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to utilize agency resources, technology and library to appropriately answer questions and provides guidance to staff and parents.
  • Ability to train and provide presentations to large and small groups.
  • Ability to collaborate with and have working knowledge of local community resources related to disability services.
  • Ability to communicate (verbal and written) effectively and appropriately with others.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Sustained concentration and attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage work load and deadlines.
  • Excellent diagnostic and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to meet the needs of all children specifically those with special needs, challenging behaviors, at risk, gifted and culturally diverse populations.
  • Regular sitting, working at computer keyboard and desk, standing to file misc. documents in filing cabinet. Occasional bending, stooping and lifting up to 25 lbs.

All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start’s policy on confidentiality.

Position Information

  • 44 weeks. 52 weeks for Early Head Start
  • Pay Grade 11-12 DOE
  • Supervised by Child Development/Disabilities Consultant

Policy Council Approval June 2012 Job description created June 2012
Head Start of Lane County is an EEO Employer