Early Childhood Program Specialist 1

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Job TitleEarly Childhood Program Specialist 1Job Description

To assist the ECPS 3 in providing a developmentally appropriate classroom environment that will provide for social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of children in care. Also assists in guiding parents toward position interaction and care of children in the program. The position also has responsibility in supporting compliance of the early childhood component of the ECEAP Performance Standards.

Nature & Scope:

This position requires knowledge of child development, positive guidance techniques, and the ability to relate to parents. The ECE Specialist 1 assists the Specialist 3 in the daily operations of the classroom, including, but not limited to: setting up of classroom materials, clean-up, curriculum planning and presentation, the keeping of required records/ documentation, and participation in required and recommended training. This position requires strong oral and written communication skills with co-workers, college students, parents and children, and other community partners. Individuals in this position must demonstrate competency in implementing program activities under the direction of the lead teacher.

Essential Duties Summary

•Arrives on time and is prepared for the day;
•Assists in keeping appropriate program records as assigned;
•Keeps the atmosphere positive, warm, loving, and safe for parents, children, and staff, including student staff. Is accepting of various family structures;
•Follows written and oral directions;
•Carries out assigned duties;
•Assists in implementing daily schedule and activities;
•Establishes positive relationships with staff parents and children;
•Involves parents’ and children’s’ participation in center activities, work obligations, and health care issues;
•Follows schedule and daily routine;
•Treats all children, parents, and staff of all races, religions, family backgrounds, and cultures with respect and dignity;
•Assists ECPS 3 to access the needs of children;
•Ensures safety of all children by providing a positive, healthy, and safe environment;
•Assists in planning developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities for the child care program;
•Supports the BTEFD community outreach by participating in designated community events, which may involve evening and/or weekend time;
•Working hours/schedule may be subject to change due to program needs;
•Helps to maintain supplies and equipment as needed for facility;
•Models developmentally appropriate expectations of children and positive communication and discipline techniques for other staff members, students, parent, and children;
•Maintains composure in emergency situations and renders first aid when needed;
•Helps children deal with anger, sadness, and frustration by comforting, identifying, reflecting feelings, and helping children use words to solve their problems;
•Uses positive approaches to help children behave constructively, encouraging independence in children as they are ready;
•Maintains positive relations with supervisors, co-workers, parents, and children;
•Uses communication skills and role modeling;
•Is able to resolve conflicts with staff, students, parents, and children within their realm of responsibility;
•Maintains a team spirit among staff, students, parents, and children;
•Is responsive to children and interacts with them, showing affection, interest, and respect;
•Supervises and directs children’s activities;
•Is able to bend and meet children at eye level;
•Is aware of the activities of the entire group of children at all time, even when dealing with a smaller group of children or an individual child; and
•Participates in educational, professional, and personal improvement;
•Is aware of current child development issues;
•Maintains current level of skills;
•Acts as reporting agent regarding issues of child abuse and neglect;
•Has the ability to maintain visual contact with children, staff, and parents at all times;
•Complies with program standards by showing documentation or obtain upon hiring: a recent negative TB test; current Infant/Child CPR and First Aid cards; a current Food Handler’s Permit; and AIDS/HIV certificate, Mandated Reporting, DCYF Portable Background check;
•Complete a minimum of 15 hours of professional development per year, such as workshops, classes, or job embedded professional learning;
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

An Assistant Teacher must meet the minimum qualifications:
•Be at least 18 years old
•Have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
•Have a minimum of an ECE initial certificate or equivalent


•Be willing to participate in a professional development plan to earn an ECE initial certificate within 5 years of employment.

Preferred Qualifications

An AA or above in Early Childhood Education.

Other Qualities:
•Working knowledge of NAEYC and ECEAP standards, and WA State Early Learning and Development Guidelines.
•Working knowledge of Early Achievers, CLASS and ERS tools.
•Working knowledge of Creative Curriculum
•Experience with child observations and assessments
•Working knowledge of Teaching Strategies Gold
•Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with co-workers
• Bilingual especially in Spanish and English
• Demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of people and values diversity
• Awareness of own cultural values and biases

Physical DemandsSpecial Conditions for Eligibility

Upon offer of employment, must comply with State mandated ECEAP standards by obtaining/passing the following: a recent negative TB test; current Infant/Child CPR and First Aid cards; a current Food Handler’s Permit; an AIDS/HIV certificate; mandated CPS reporter training; and regular criminal background checks.

Classified employees are represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).

If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

EEO Statement

Centralia College has a strong institutional commitment to the principles of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we strongly urge all qualified applicants, especially people of color, persons of disability, women, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans, to apply. Centralia College is an Equal Opportunity employer.

It is the policy of Centralia College to assure equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age (over 40), religion, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.

Centralia College does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Designated Title II, VI, VII, IX, Section 504, ADA compliance officer: Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Hanson Hall Room 101, Centralia College, 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia WA 98531-4099, (360)623-8943.

The Human Resources Office is accessible for persons with disabilities. Those who need disability accommodation in the application/employment process, please call (360)623-8943.

FLSASalary GradeSalaryRange 30 $2,436 - $3,122 per month Posting Detail Information

Posting NumberAS236POpen Date07/16/2019Close Date07/26/2019Open Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

This is a 9.5 month cyclic position in the Child and Family Studies (CFS) Child Development Center. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.
Continuance of this position after 6/30/2020 is dependent upon grant funding.

Assuming there is a qualified pool of candidates, a minimum of 10 candidates may be referred to the hiring supervisor for consideration. Those selected for a final interview with the supervisor may be asked to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate areas.

Position closes July 26, 2019

Further information available from Teresa Schneider, ECEAP and Children’s Lab School Program Director, (360)623-8603 or via e-mail: [email protected]

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. What is the highest level of education attained?
    • GED
    • High School Diploma
    • Associates Degree
    • Bachelors Degree
    • Masters Degree
    • PHD
    • JD
  2. Do you meet the following minimum qualifications for this position?•Twelve college quarter hours in early childhood development/education/special education OR equivalent or a Child Development Associate credential (CDA) awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition; AND•One year of experience working in a group setting with children of the ages of 3 - 5 years old OR equivalent education/experience.
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Please describe your education/training that qualifies you to work in classrooms as a child care provider.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. We strive to employ individuals who possess the skills necessary to effectively interact with a diverse population of students and staff at Centralia College. Our effort is to create a climate that recognizes, respects, and celebrates differences. Describe what diversity means to you?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. Are you a current employee of Centralia College?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. How did you hear about this employment opportunity (i.e. Indeed.com, The Olympian)?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed To ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1
  3. Letter of Recommendation 2
  4. Letter of Recommendation 3




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Posted: 7/17/2019
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