Early Childhood Program Specialist 2
Bulletin number: 2013-056SM
Closes: 01/24/2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST
Note: The College will be closed on January 20, 2014 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Evergreen State College is committed to prohibiting discrimination and to building a diverse faculty and staff. We strongly encourage qualified persons of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, people with disabilities, persons over forty, women, Vietnam Era and disabled veterans to apply.
There is currently one full-time, overtime-eligible Early Childhood Program Specialist 2 position available on the Olympia Campus of The Evergreen State College. This is a cyclic position with July and August off contract. Health care benefits are paid year-round. The candidate pool established from this announcement may be used to fill comparable permanent, full-time, part-time, and temporary vacancies in the future.
The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Since opening its doors in 1971, Evergreen has established a national reputation for leadership in developing innovative interdisciplinary, collaborative and team-taught academic programs. The college has a vibrant undergraduate program, graduate programs, and public service centers that constitute a unique academic setting. The college values a student-centered learning environment, a link between theory and practice, and a multicultural community of diverse faculty, students and staff working together. Current enrollment is approximately 4,800. For more information about Evergreen, please visit our college catalog or our website: http://www.evergreen.edu
- Salary is $2,426 - $3,213 per month of full time work.
- Experience and training may be considered in salary placement.
- A full state benefits package which includes: paid sick and vacation leave; paid campus holidays; a generous medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For more information about Evergreen's excellent employee benefits, please view http://www.evergreen.edu/payroll/benefits
- Staff are eligible for a free local bus/transit pass.
- Permanent status employees that work 0.5 FTE or more are eligible for the tuition waiver program.
Responsible at the classroom level for the care of children enrolled at the Campus Children’s Center. Direct the work of student workers and volunteers, and assist with general operations of center.DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development or related field. Candidates with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, or CDA will also be given consideration over candidates without any college experience.
- Experience working in a classroom environment with children birth to pre-kindergarten.
- In consultation with Early Childhood Program Specialist 3 and Center Director, guide individual and groups of children ages four weeks to six years in daily routines of developmentally appropriate curricula including engaging the five senses, inter- and intra-personal skills, creativity, curiosity, internal discipline, well-placed trust, fine and gross motor development, cognitive skills, care of self, as well as eating, resting and smooth transitions.
- In accordance with National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards, Department of Early Learning (DEL) Minimum Licensing Requirements (MLR), and TESC Children’s Center philosophy, maintain child guidance practices, policies and procedures.
- In consultation with other teachers, develop and implement learning experiences for children based on observations of children's interests and developmental needs.
- Arrange and maintain comfortable, orderly, healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments in accordance with program and DEL MLR standards.
- Serve and clean up snacks and meals and assist children in learning to feed themselves, model table manners and conversations skills.
- Ensure that children are involved in activities suited to their immediate emotional, social, intellectual and physical needs and provide ample activity options to children.
- Assist children in taking responsibility for equipment and materials they use and in being considerate of others.
- Prepare, present and clean-up projects and activities such as art projects, stories, songs, outdoor activities and bulletin boards.
- Assist in preparing materials to promote program, such as class parent handbook and class staff handbook, etc.
- Model appropriate behavior and peaceful conflict resolution skills with children and adults.
- Observe, record and document individual children’s interests and development to share with parents and to be used for planning and to track children’s achievement of developmental milestones.
- Complete scoring rubrics such as the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) or the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS).
- Upon consultation with Early Childhood Program Specialist 3 and / or Center Director, confer with parents should the value of developmental screenings arise.
- Establish and maintain productive working relationships with families regardless of approach to child development such as: welcome families and children daily, communicate regularly, offer families support and provide child development information as requested.
- Confer daily with other teachers, student teachers and volunteers to clearly define roles and responsibilities for the day’s activities, share relevant program and family information and, in consultation with other staff members, revise schedules or activities as needed.
- Provide on the job training and mentoring to staff whose skill sets are in an earlier stage of development, such as volunteers, student staff and temporary employees.
- Maintain program communication concerning children and families through conferences with other program staff as needed.
- Participate in weekly staff meetings to review needs of individual children and program as a whole, plan to meet these needs and coordinate group activities that affect other staff.
- Maintain confidentiality of written, oral and observed information about children, families and staff involved in program.
- Administer prescribed medications and first aid and handle medical emergencies as they arise;
- Maintain awareness of children’s activities by visual and auditory means.
- Completion of twenty hour basic STARS training within six months of hire and ten hours annually after that.
- Incumbent is responsible for tasks generally assigned to Early Childhood Program Specialist 1, such as: assisting with presentation and clean-up of materials, meals, and activities, ensuring that children are involved in developmentally appropriate and safe activities, attending to the dietary and hygiene/toileting needs of children.
- Complete clerical tasks such as using internet and lending library to find resources, use online leave system, check and respond to email, use phone including answering machine and transfer calls, maintain attendance records and USDA meal count sheets, etc.
- Oversee the maintenance and completion of attendance records both manually and electronically.
- Assist in cleaning, housekeeping tasks and educational equipment maintenance and repair as needed.
- Courteously receive visitors and answer telephone inquiries explaining program philosophy, procedures and routines.
- Open and / or close the Center, act as designated Person-In-Charge and work occasional evening and weekends as needed.
- Ability to successfully foster a respectful, collaborative working and learning environment with diverse populations (e.g., socio-economic, parenting styles, age, gender, personalities, etc.).
- Ability to comply with ethical code as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which reads, in part, “In a caring, cooperative workplace, human dignity is respected, professional satisfaction is promoted, and positive relationships are modeled. Based on our core values, our primary responsibility in this area is to establish and maintain settings and relationships that support productive work and meet professional needs. The same ideals that apply to children are inherent in our responsibilities to adults.”
- Ability to maintain and demonstrate consistent emotional maturity and stability.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective communication with children and adults.
- Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment.
- Ability and willingness to work with children ages four weeks through age six.
- Proven experience with children age four weeks through pre-kindergarten.
- Ability and skill in properly administer medications and administering first aid.
- Skill and ability in creating developmentally appropriate curricula.
- Ability to use paper-based tracking systems.
- Ability to successfully complete scoring rubrics, assessment systems, or evaluations.
- Ability to mentor and direct the work of others.
- Ability to understand and respect viewpoints of stakeholders such as other teachers, college officials, budget officers and other members of the college community.
- Ability to demonstrate patience and enthusiasm in areas such as child development and mentoring / training student staff and volunteers.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Ability and willingness to serve snacks and meals to meet varying dietary needs.
- Ability to address, using developmentally appropriate approaches, the hygiene needs of children four weeks through six years of age including but not limited to toileting, hand and face washing, tooth brushing, using a tissue, and changing out of soiled clothing and into clean clothing.
- Skill and ability to establish and maintain an environment for children that is physically and emotionally safe.
- Skill and ability to record and document children’s development and progress using manual and electronic record keeping.
- Ability to use standard office equipment including personal computer, copier, fax, telephone, etc.
- Skill and ability to use the internet and computer software such as Microsoft Word and Outlook.
- Physical Demands:
- Essential – Ability to lift children weighing up to 40 pounds repeatedly, for instance, up to 20 diaper changes every two hours.
- Frequently – Standing, walking, sitting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, squatting, crawling, twisting, bending, talking, hearing (ordinary conversation and other sounds), and using full range of vision.
- Occasional – Climb step stools and reach for things in front of body.
- Environmental Conditions:
- Frequently – Indoors, outdoors, dust, noise, environmentally approved disinfectant fumes, and odors associated with young children.
- Rarely – Extreme heat, extreme cold, heights.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
- A TB (tuberculosis) skin test is required for all employees before beginning work. If a selected candidate has not had the TB test, the Campus Children's Center will pay for testing.
- Washington state law requires individuals working with children to successfully complete a criminal history and background inquiry.
- Within six months of hire, obtain required MERIT certification.
- Within six months of hire, certification of Infant/Child First Aid and CPR Training is required.
- Within six months of hire, obtain a Food Handler’s card.
- Must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three days of beginning work.
- This position is assigned to part of the college that is covered by a union shop provision and a collective bargaining agreement. Employees are required to pay an amount equal to the fees or dues required to be a member of the union to the Washington Federation of State Employees within thirty days of their date of hire.
Please carefully read the job bulletin and submit all requested items by the closing date listed above. The committee in its screening of applicants will assume your abilities and experience include only those elements specifically documented within your application materials. By submitting a completed application for this position you are acknowledging that all of the information that you have submitted to apply for this job is true and complete to the best of your knowledge. You understand that The Evergreen State College may verify this information and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if you are hired. If invited for an on-campus interview, you may be required to pay your own travel expenses.
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