Early Childhood Education Specialist - Continuous

Job description

Early Childhood Education Specialist - Continuous

$45,323.20 Annually

Districtwide, CA

Job Type

DO Personnel Commission

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Under direction plans, organizes, demonstrates, and evaluates age appropriate learning experiences for the optimum development of children in the demonstration laboratory or child development center and for Early Childhood Education students. Mentor and train student teachers in their work with children.

Examples of Duties/ Essential Job Functions
Performs a variety of duties for the child development center including, but not limited to:

  • Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates a daily schedule of learning experiences for students and for the development of children in a children's center learning laboratory environment including those with special needs.
  • Develops and provides instructional activities and materials to assist a campus based early childhood education program designed to teach and develop curriculum such as music, creative arts, mathematics, perceptual motor skills, science, language arts and social studies.
  • Plans activities, instructional materials and lesson plans appropriate for assigned age level.
  • Conducts classroom presentations to include concepts, language, literature, music/movement, and listening skills.
  • Confers with instructional staff and students regarding assignments, student progress and child progress.
  • Directs activities in the classroom and outside yard area, maintain order and positive redirection, and assures safety and proper adult to child ratio.
  • Assigns tasks to student teachers, evaluate performance and serve as a mentor.
  • Advises students where to locate resources to assist and improve in laboratory skills.
  • Evaluates student teachers and provides input to instructors.
  • Provides information, guidance, instruction, and feedback to parents concerning the child's progress, abilities, and areas of concern and explains program procedures and classroom activities as requested.
  • Plans and participates in parent conferences.
  • Refers parents and families to appropriate community services.
  • Prepares, maintains and ensures the completion of a variety of records and reports such as attendance, lesson plans, developmental assessments, student performance and accidents.
  • Provides an environment to facilitate physical and emotional development of infant, toddler and preschool children including those with special needs.
  • Prepares and maintains rooms and play areas in a stimulating, orderly, clean, and safe condition in order to maintain an environment conducive to learning.
  • Organizes and prepares laboratory classroom for various setups for children's use and reorganize following class as needed.
  • Works with groups of children in a variety of activities.
  • Assist children with hygiene procedures as necessary and observes and evaluates health needs of children and take appropriate action.
  • Operates electronic devices, computer and other media equipment for instructional purposes.
  • Attends staff planning meetings to assess center needs and program development.
  • Attends conferences and workshops to remain current in the field of early childhood development.
  • Trains staff assistants and recommend personnel actions for programs and services.
  • Provides first aid and CPR as appropriate.
  • Performs clerical support duties as assigned and assists in ordering instructional supplies and equipment.
  • Lifts and carries children and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
    Employment Standards/ Minimum Qualifications
    Education and Experience
    Bachelor's degree preferably in child development, early childhood education or closely related field that is consistent with the state Child Development Permit Matrix and current experience (1 year or more) working in a licensed early childhood education setting.

    Special Conditions for Required Education
    Some positions may require three (3) units in Infant/Toddler Development.

    Valid Site Supervisor permit is required or proof of temporary permit is acceptable.
    Valid Pediatric First Aid & CPR certificate is required.
    Proof of successful completion of Health & Safety Certification within 30 days of hire.

  • Knowledge of current concepts used in Early Childhood Education.
  • Knowledge of basic child psychology and development.
  • Knowledge of curriculum planning for a child development program.
  • Knowledge of health and safety requirements of children.
  • Knowledge of appropriate safety precautions and procedures, First Aid and CPR.
  • Knowledge State and Federal laws, rules, policies, procedures, and regulations regarding child care activities.
  • Knowledge of methods of observing, evaluating and recording child behavior.
  • Knowledge of proper English usage, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation in order to compose items such as correspondence and/or reports.
  • Knowledge of customer service principles in order to appropriately interact with students, staff, faculty, and the public.
  • Knowledge of current computer operating systems, software applications and office productivity software such as word processing, spreadsheets, calendaring, presentation, and database programs.

  • Skill to provide a positive classroom and playground environment.
  • Skill to keep a clean and safe classroom environment by reporting any cleanliness, health, or safety concerns to management.
  • Skill to issue, receive and maintain records of equipment and supplies.
  • Skill to demonstrate proper techniques and use of equipment for students.
  • Skill to clean, adjust, operate repair, and maintain lab equipment.
  • Skill to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Skill to give clear and concise instructions.
  • Skill to exercise tact, diplomacy and confidentiality in dealing with sensitive and complex issues and situations.
  • Skill to plan and organize work to meet established timelines and schedules.
  • Skill to operate standard office equipment such as computers, fax machines, copy machines, telephones and other equipment.
  • Skill to utilize word processing, spreadsheets, email, online calendaring and data entry/retrieval from database programs.
  • Skill and ability to rapidly learn and acquire skills in areas and technologies not previously assigned.
  • Skill to type at a sufficient speed to maintain workflow.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with District administrators, management, staff, diverse community, business and industry contacts, and the public.
  • Ability to understand, be sensitive to and respect the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disabilities and sexual orientation of students, parents, teachers, administrators and staff.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with preschool and school aged children, students and parents.
  • Ability to review and evaluate the work of students assigned by instructors.
  • Ability to provide hands-on academic support to students as a supplement to their classroom teaching.
  • Ability to plan, develop and implement educational experiences for children.
  • Ability to evaluate and assist students in a lab setting.
  • Ability to follow school safety procedures and ensure students are supervised at all times.
  • Ability to provide a clean and safe classroom environment by reporting any cleanliness, health, or safety concerns to management.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and maintain accurate inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies.
  • Ability to track center supplies and anticipate expenses.
  • Ability to remain current with research developments in the area of early childhood education.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals for whom English is not a primary language.
  • Ability to employ proper English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Ability to receive and follow instructions.
  • Ability to learn and apply college and district policies and procedures.
  • Ability to operate computers and their peripherals.
  • Ability to use current common software applications and accurately enter and retrieve data.
  • Ability to maintain consistent, punctual and regular attendance.
  • Ability to lift and carry children and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.

    Examples of physical ability requirements necessary to perform the above job duties
  • Hear and understand human speech in a relatively noisy environment such as hearing someone speak to you while in the presence of loud equipment. (Speech Intelligibility in Noise)
  • Muscular effort (or strength) needed to lift, push, pull or carry an object. (Muscular Tension)
  • The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs to perform a task such as sitting on the floor and standing from floor seated position. (Flexibility)
  • Coordinated movements of the arms, legs and torso while the whole body is in motion. (Whole Body Coordination)
  • Keep balanced and stay upright when in an unstable position such as squatting to speak at a child's eye level. (Whole Body Equilibrium)
  • Coordination of two or more limbs (arms and legs) while seated or standing in one place. (Multi-Limb Coordination)
  • Have coordinated, precise movement of the fingers of one or both hands to perform tasks such as typing, writing and taking notes. (Finger Dexterity)
  • See clearly objects and close surroundings that are 36 inches or closer to perform tasks such as looking at computer monitors. (Near Visual Acuity)
  • See clearly objects and close surroundings that are six feet or further away such as seeing children across the playground. (Far Visual Acuity)
  • Distinguish between shades of one color or the difference between two or more colors such as working with art materials. (Color Discrimination)
  • Part of vision that occurs outside the very center of gaze allowing the individual to see objects, movement or sharp contrasts toward the edges of the visual field. (Peripheral Vision)
  • Hear and understand human speech in a relatively quiet environment such as hearing someone speak in quiet office or library setting. (Speech Intelligibility in Quiet)
  • Hear and understand human speech in a relatively noisy environment such as hearing someone speak to you while in the presence of loud equipment. (Speech Intelligibility in Noise)
  • Tell from what direction a sound is coming from. (Sound Localization)

    Examples of mental ability requirements necessary to perform the above job duties
  • Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. (Oral Comprehension)
  • Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. (Originality)
  • Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern, according to a specific rule or set of rules such as patterns of numbers, letters, words, or pictures. (Information Ordering)
  • Identify or detect a known pattern, such as a figure, object, word, or sound that is hidden in other distracting material. (Flexibility of Closure)
  • Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. (Category Flexibility)
  • Focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. (Auditory Attention)
  • Quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. (Speed of Closure)
  • Concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. (Selective Attention)
  • Shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information; multi-task to work on different projects simultaneously. (Time sharing)
  • Remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. (Memorization)
  • Clearly communicate information and ideas through spoken words so others will understand. (Oral Expression)
  • Identify and understand the speech of another person. (Speech Recognition)
  • Recognize when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. (Problem Sensitivity)
  • Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions such as finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events. (Inductive Reasoning)
  • Apply general rule, a premise, which is known to be true to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. (Deductive Reasoning)
  • Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. (Written Comprehension)
  • Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. (Written Expression)

    Working conditions which may occur
  • May be required to travel to locations other than assigned site.
  • Schedule changes may frequently occur based on center needs.
  • Exposure to fumes, vapors or airborne particles, hazardous chemicals, and biological hazards such as cleaning solutions and human waste. NOTE: All exposure is under OSHA Permissible Exposure Levels (PEL).
  • Work on varying types of surfaces.
  • Work inside protected from the weather.
  • Work outside exposed to the weather and varying temperatures.
  • Work under pressure of constant deadlines with frequent interruptions.
  • Work situations which may require the supervision or control of persons who may become physically violent or combative.
  • Work effectively in a demanding environment.
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Work with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Work while standing for long periods of time.
  • Noise exposure under 65 decibels, roughly that of a normal conversation or a ringing telephone.

    Examination Process

    The examination process will include screening to ensure applications are complete and meet all minimum qualifications. The application requires the completion of Supplemental Questions to evaluate your education, training and experience relative to the required knowledge, skills and abilities for the position. Answers should be as complete as possible, as no additional information will be accepted from applicants once the application has been submitted.

    The examination process will include a competency exam (40% weight) and an oral exam (60% weight).Passing score is 75% out of 100% on each testing section.Candidates who are unsuccessful in an examination will be eligible to retest after 90 calendar days.

    Those applicants who pass the exam(s) will be placed on the eligibility list based on a first-come, first-served basis.


    To move forward in the selection process, you must complete an online application through this web site. Please attach to your application a copy of your degree or transcripts (including when degree was awarded) or your application may be considered incomplete.Resumes may also be uploaded but cannot be used in lieu of a completed application.

    To begin the process to obtain the necessary permits, you may visit the following websites:
  • Child Development Permithttp://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/CREDS/child-dev-permits.html
  • Fresno County Department of Education for a temporary permit http://credentials.fcoe.org/
    The continuous district-wide eligibility list will be used to fill full-time and part-time positions.


    When completing the application, please make sure you include ALL current and previous employment in the Work Experience section of the application and complete ALL fields, including the name and contact information for your supervisors. Experience that is included in the resume but not in the Work Experience section of the application may not be considered for the purpose of determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

    All required documents must be submitted by the applicant. Personnel Commission staff will not upload your documents for you. The State Center Community College District does not accept letters of recommendation for classified positions. Please do not attempt to attach letters of recommendation to your application.

    ACCOMMODATIONS:Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the State Center Community College District Personnel Commission Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.

    State Center Community College District Disclaimer:
    Classification and Compensation Study

    State Center Community College District is currently conducting a classification and compensation study through a third party vendor, Reward Strategy Group. A classification and compensation study is primarily designed to focus on the internal and external equity of both the structure by which employees are compensated and the way positions relate and compare to one another across the organization. The Study is expected to be completed by June 2018 and there may be changes to employee's job titles, duties,FLSAstatus and possibly salary.

    State Center Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of State Center Community College District to provide all persons with equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, religion or similar factors as defined by law. We are a Title V employer.

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    Posted: 7/25/2018
    Application Due: 12/25/2018
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