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Early Care and Education Specialist

Posted: 09/17/2023



Position Location and Department:
  • This position is part of our Early Care and Education Department.  
  • This position will work at our CCKC office located at 444 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101.

Salary Range:  $38,000 - $45,000
 

Benefits Offered:
  • Medical Insurance (The Family Conservancy offers health insurance to all full time employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Vision & Dental Insurance. 
  • Long Term Disability.
  • Life Insurance.
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan matching up to 2%.
  • Yearly 5% employer retirement contribution. 
  • Paid Vacation. 
  • Sick Leave.
  • Personal time off. 
  • Agency paid holidays.
  • Flexible work schedules (Hybrid)

Job Summary:
The Early Care and Education (ECE) Specialist will support best practices in early childhood programs by training, coaching, and providing resources to child care providers. Focus areas will include child development, developmentally appropriate practice, early learning environments, and teacher/child interactions. The ECE specialist will utilize the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) tool and other approved curriculum and assessments to help programs set goals for quality improvement.  
 

Duties/Responsibilities:
 
  • Build relationships with early care and education providers in the community to help determine needs and recruit for services.
  • Provides on-site coaching to early education providers in centers and/or family child care homes to support their implementation of developmentally appropriate practice. 
  • Support administrators of child care programs with overall management and oversight strategies. 
  • Utilizes strength based coaching techniques to help early education professionals meet their improvement goals.
  • Provides training to early education professionals in the community as outlined in agency contracts and as community needs arise. 
  • The ECE specialist will be available some nights and weekends to provide professional development.
  • Documents the support provided to assigned early learning programs and tracks successes and challenges of programs. 
  • Maintains accurate records and completes reports as assigned.
  • Collect evaluation data as required.
  • Attend TFC meetings, as assigned by the ECE Program Manager.
  • Establish relationships with TFC staff to collaborate and utilize existing resources.
  • Work in conjunction with the ECE team to promote all activities, resources, and agency info.
  • Work to communicate effectively with management, peers, and providers  using email, team meetings, and other communication methods.
Required Skills/Abilities: 
  • Ability to collaborate with departments, outside partners, and colleagues 
  • Respectful communication
  • Growth-oriented discussion
  • Shared responsibilities
  • Commitment to growth mindset
  • Commitment to professional growth through self reflection and ongoing education
  • Commitment to supporting partner sites through transformative change
  • Ability to display patience, flexibility, curiosity, and resilience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with individuals and groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to be flexible to adapt to different situations and priorities.
  • Proficient with Google Suite or related software.
  • Maintain a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse group of people. 

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field. 
  • At least three years of experience in the child care field. Bilingual fluency in written and oral English/Spanish preferred. 
  • Master’s in Early Childhood Education preferred. 
  • Trained in CLASS, Creative Curriculum, High-Scope, and Conscious Discipline preferred.

Physical Requirements: 
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds at times. 

The Family Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
 
 
To Apply for this position, please visit our website at: https://www.thefamilyconservancy.org/careers/ 

Job Type: Full Time