Child Development Specialist 47.5%, CTE- Child Development

Columbia College
Sonora, California
$1,591.73 to $2,031.10 per month
Aug 09, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Columbia College


Child Development Specialist 47.5%, CTE- Child Development

Salary: Range 26 – $1,591.73 to $2,031.10 per month (2015-16 Classified Salary Schedule)


Note this position is a 47.5% work assignment.


19 hours per week, 10 months per year

4 days at 4 hours/day and 1 day at 3 hours 

(May include evenings and weekends)


Appointments are hired at the first step of the range. The second step is paid after the first year of satisfactory service with subsequent steps annually thereafter to a maximum sixth step.

Deadline: 08/16/2017


Complete job description and application available online at:


Under direction, performs a wide range of complex technical, instructional and clerical duties in support of a child development lab practicum; assists the faculty of record’s lead in order to support student achievement of learning outcomes for respective child development lab course; assists in the direct care and education of young children ages birth to five, including the utilization of positive discipline and early intervention constructs from the Floor-time models; conducts and delivers focused learning experiences for students and family members of typical and atypical children enrolled in the lab. Helps to plan and facilitate culturally sensitive, relevant, developmentally appropriate and anti-biased curriculum. Guides and mentors students completing their lab practicum experience. Inventories, organizes and maintains indoor and outdoor lab environments. Operates, trains and maintains audio visual, media, and other equipment pertaining to the assigned instructional area. Provides administrative support for lab practicum faculty and performs related work as assigned.



This is a specialized technical instructional administrative class within the Yosemite Community College District (YCCD). The incumbent has complex responsibilities that require specialized knowledge of Child Development, administration and will assist faculty in carrying out course objectives.


The incumbent has advanced specialized knowledge of how both typical and atypical children, ages birth to five, grow and develop; plans and teaches learning activities that require documentation; facilitates developmentally appropriate curriculum, utilize positive discipline strategies while understanding students and families in the context of culture, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status and the special needs and/or identified disabilities of their children.



Incumbents in this class typically work under the direction of the Dean or senior manager and also work alone on routine or regular work assignments checking for clarity when in doubt as to the correct procedures to follow.


An incumbent in this class does not directly lead or supervise other full-time employees, but may serve as a lead worker by assigning, directing and/or monitoring the work of child development students enrolled in the respective child development practicum course, student employees and/or volunteers, on a project or assignment basis.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The knowledge and ability requirements are representative of essential duties. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. 

Knowledge of: 

• Child growth and development, early intervention, full inclusion, age appropriate and anti-bias curriculum, and parenting principles, philosophies, methodology and theories including needs and behavior of children, both typical and atypical, and their families from various ethnic, racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and practices.

• Organization and maintenance of an environment that offers holistic opportunities including the domains of physical, cognitive, language, emotional, social, self-help, and aesthetic that has a psychologically and physically safe indoor and outdoor environment for the respective age groups enrolled.

• Planning and organization techniques and methods including advanced skills in maintaining and organizing records.

• Health, safety and nutritional requirements of young children including Child Protective Services (CPS) reporting requirements.

• Mentoring strategies needed to effectively guide, instruct, and mentor lab practicum students in their teaching in the lab setting. 

• Positive discipline techniques.

• State and federal regulations pertaining to the operation of an early childhood education facility. 

• Operations, procedures, goals and objectives of the subject or program being supported.

• Modern office and classroom procedures and equipment in the instructional laboratory and classroom settings, including digital cameras, video recorders, sound system/observation booth, computers and associated software applications.

• Proper English usage, pronunciation, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

• Appropriate and effective communication and listening skills. 

• Appropriate conflict resolution skills.

Ability to:

• Create an environment that provides for optimal emotional, social, physical and intellectual growth of the child. Provide opportunities for children to foster self-esteem and cooperative independence. Provide opportunities for them to explore, organize and take responsibility for their actions.

• Execute a broad curriculum, both indoors and outdoors sensitive to the socio-economic status, ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds of the families enrolled. 

• Use appropriate teaching methodology, which is culturally sensitive, in order to meet the individual child’s developmental needs.

• Assess the developmental levels of individual children and the ability to provide feedback to determine appropriate objectives.

• Utilize positive discipline strategies.

• Guide and mentor practicum students and student workers/volunteers.

• Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing and understand and carry out oral and written directions.

• Participate in IFSPs, IEPs, and other developmental assessments of center children and their families.

• Work effectively as a member of an instructional team and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a diverse population during the course of the work i.e. faculty, students, parents, children, community contacts.

• Demonstrate personal characteristics which include physical and mental abilities necessary to care for and provide guidance to young children, adult students in training and volunteers.

• Perform basic mathematics.

• Provide hands-on academic support to students and instructors.

• Respond to a variety of requests for assistance from students and instructors.

• Maintain a professional level of objectivity.

• Serve as liaison among students and instructor.

• Take initiative to perform and complete duties as assigned.



• Must possess a valid Child Development Permit as a Site Supervisor (or higher level) from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC); OR must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university that included 12 semester (or equivalent quarter) units in early childhood or school age education plus 3 semester (or equivalent quarter) units of supervised field experience in early childhood or school age education. Applicants can be permit qualified when submitting application but must submit verification of permit within 30 days of hire date.

• Must possess and maintain valid Pediatric, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid training. Applicants must submit verification within 30 days of hire date.

• A valid license to drive in California is required.



Mobility: ability to sit for long periods, stand for long periods, move about a children’s center environment utilizing child-sized equipment such as small child-sized chairs, reach above and below desk level, full range of motion in the upper and lower extremities including ability to sit on floor and move back into a standing position.

Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes. 

Lifting: frequent lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving objects up to 50 pounds. 

Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently. 

Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person. 

Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate; ability to handle medical and building emergencies, frequent contact with students, children and their families, instructors and the public; many deadlines and time-limited assignments.



Any combination of education, experience and/or training that would likely provide the above-required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. Typical background patterns that would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities are:

Education: AA degree (or 60 units) which includes: 24 ECE/CD units with core courses. Core courses include child/human growth & development; child/family/community or child and family relations; and programs/curriculum. You must have a minimum of three semester units or four quarter units in each of the core areas, plus 6 administration units (our 150 & 151), plus 2 adult supervision units (our 154)

Experience: 350 days of 3+ hours per day within 4 years including at least 100 days supervising adults. 

Alternative Qualifications:

Education: BA degree or higher (does not have to be in ECE/CD) with 12 units of ECE/CD, plus 3 units supervised field experience in ECE/CD setting; OR Admin. credential with 12 units of ECE/CD, plus 3 units supervised field experience in ECE/CD setting; OR Teaching credential (a valid Multiple Subject or a Single Subject in Home Economics) with 12 units of ECE/CD, plus 3 units supervised field experience in ECE/CD setting

Desirable: Bilingual-Spanish



• Verification of current TB clearance (issued no earlier than six months 

prior to hire).

• Verification of current Physical Examination upon hire.

• Live Scan Fingerprint and criminal record clearance upon hire.

• Verification of current CPR and First Aid training.

• Willingness to complete additional coursework in early childhood 



YCCD is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.