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Early Learning Coach External

Grand Rapids Community College
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Early Learning Coach External

Date: May 3, 2022

Position Title: Early Learning Coach Play & Learn

Department: Education and Child Development

Job ID: 1337

Work Hours/Schedule: 40 hours/52 weeks. Flexible schedule including some evening and weekend hours required.

(Grant funded through 12/31/2023).

Compensation: Meet and Confer, Grade 13 - $23.99/hour

Reports to: Play and Learn Coordinator

Posting Close Date: May 17, 2022


Grand Rapids Community College provides an excellent benefits experience for our GRCC family. Our benefit package is designed to enhance employees' health and well-being. Part-time employees have different benefits outlined in the specific collective bargaining agreements and handbooks. Below is an overview of these benefits, additional details are available on the Human Resources/Benefits website:
    Six health insurance plan options (includes a high deductible plan with a health savings account option). A unique dental & vision reimbursement program (includes coverage for adult orthodontia & lasik eye surgery). Employer sponsored retirement plans as well as voluntary retirement savings plans (403b or 457 plans) Tuition benefits at GRCC for you, your spouse and your dependents. Tuition reimbursement at other higher education institutions for you. Generous time off that includes sick, vacation and personal leave banks. Paid holidays and holiday shutdown period in late December!


The role of the Early Learning Coach is to positively impact the learning, development and social skills of young children, improve interactions of caregivers with young children, increase the number of literacy activities offered by caregivers, increase access to community resources for caregivers and children, increase identification of children with developmental delays and referrals for services, and build relationships between children & families and their neighborhood school prior to kindergarten entry. The Early Learning Coach is responsible for planning and implementing the Play and Learn services; they will develop literacy-based curriculum that supports families and caregivers in learning about child development, early language and literacy strategies, and positive discipline that supports children in being ready for kindergarten. Coaches are responsible for all aspects of the Play and Learn Services including recruitment, planning, implementation, documentation and data collection.

Essential Job Functions
    Complete the work of the Play and Learn GRCC program efficiently and effectively; flexibility to provide services in multiple formats—face to face playgroups as well as through alternate models Participate in community promotional activities for recruitment; connecting families from the neighborhoods to the Play and Learn Group including outreach to childcare providers and Family, Friends and Neighbor Providers Maintain positive relationships with all community partners. Work collaboratively with the other Early Learning Coaches to develop materials for providing caregivers with developmental information and activities that support children's development Planning and guiding intentional caregiver (parents, family and group home providers…) learning as well as planning developmentally and culturally appropriate activities for children Implement Play and Learn activities and services; interact with caregivers to share developmental information and activities in person and virtually. Maintain records and documentation as required by the program; including attendance records, documentation of caregiver learning topics, zip code records, and family/caregiver feedback. Develop retention strategies that encourage ongoing participation of families and caregivers. Have ASQ available as a resource to families, encourage use and support families in accessing additional resources as needed. Work with GRCC to provide all aspects of program evaluation. Assure that feedback data is collected and recorded according to approved procedures. Attend and participate in regularly scheduled meetings. Follow designated procedures for ordering materials and supplies necessary for implementing the program. Reflect regularly on all aspects of the Play and Learn GRCC program and make suggestions for improvement. Promote teamwork and good communication among all Play and Learn GRCC staff and all personnel from partner agencies. Conduct community outreach and establish relationships with partner agencies—schools, churches, and community-based organizations Support the mission, vision, values and key strategies of GRCC. Participate in goal setting and evaluation requirements as staff of GRCC. Other job duties and responsibilities as assigned by GRCC. Regular attendance during normal scheduled hours is required. Being present is essential for serving customers and performing the essential functions of this position.


    Bachelor's degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related degree with Early Childhood coursework and experience required. Master's degree preferred. National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) preferred.

Work Experience
    Three years experience in working with young children Birth to 8 years required Experience building shared partnerships with families Experience working with children and families with diverse backgrounds Bilingual preferred

    The following competencies are essential and will be evaluated for our candidates through the evidence-based selection process:

Foundational Competencies
    Responsibility Teamwork Adaptability Listening Achievement Information Skills Speaking Decisive

Occupational Competencies
    Getting Information Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Interacting with Computers Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Documenting/Recording Information Processing Information Identifying Objects, Actions and Events Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Performing Administrative Activities Making Decisions and Solving Problems Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others

Physical Demands
    Must be able to bend and lift and/or move 25 pounds. Employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.

Mental Demands
    Ability to work independently and as part of a team Must be proficient in verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills to work effectively with diverse populations. Ability to network, build collaborative partnerships within GRCC and the community. Ability to demonstrate strong time management and organization skills. Ability to prioritize and complete tasks in a timely manner. Use good judgment in handling sensitive or difficult situations. Project a professional image including punctuality and good attendance record. Demonstrate initiative and problem-solving abilities. Ability to perform job responsibilities with minimum supervision.

Working Conditions
    Grand Rapids Community College is required to comply with the OSHA emergency temporary standard (ETS). Employees will either have to be vaccinated or comply with weekly testing requirements. Ability to travel within the community to assigned work sites which may not be barrier free. Moderate level of noise at Play and Learn Groups. Flexible work schedule including some work outside of normal hours Ability to work in both indoor and outdoor settings year round


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position at Submit a cover letter and resume in one document. The opportunity to apply for this position will close on February 22, 2022 at 11:59PM. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity employer. Visa sponsorship is not available.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics. The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.

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Working at Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914 by the Grand Rapids Board of Education after a resolution was passed by the University of Michigan’s faculty which encouraged the establishment of junior colleges in Michigan.

Today, GRCC’s eight-block downtown campus, encompassing more than 25 acres in downtown Grand Rapids, includes several classroom buildings, a learning center (including the Diversity Learning Center) and library, Spectrum Theater, the Applied Technology Center (which features a green roof), a remodeled music building, a fieldhouse with natatorium, a student center, Bostwick Commons, and the Calkins Science Center.

The college also offers instruction from a variety of regional centers in the metropolitan Grand Rapids area (including numerous local high schools, regional centers and its two Learning Corners on Wealthy St. and Seward Ave.) and on the West Michigan lakeshore (including West Ottawa High School, Careerline Tech Center, the Midtown Holland Center and Grand Valley State University's Meijer Campus in Holland).

In addition, GRCC has two Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs in West Michigan. The Patrick Thompson M-TEC, part of GRCC's Lakeshore Campus, located in Holland, opened in Fall 2000 in partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. The Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC ® in Grand Rapids opened in 2002. This world-class facility offers training in manufacturing, auto service, and building and construction trades.

To increase capacity to meet unprecedented demand, GRCC acquired the former campus of Davenport University on Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids and began offering courses at Sneden Hall beginning in the Fall 2009 semester.

In Winter 2010, more than 17,000 students enrolled in more than 1,900 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 other nations. Another 10,000 learners are served by non-credit instructional opportunities. In addition to traditional classroom environments, students may also receive instruction through community and distant service-learning offerings, seminars, workshops, training classes, distance learning options and other educational formats. GRCC employs a faculty of more than 260 full-time and 590 part-time members as well as a staff of 430, all of whom are focused on the College’s priorities to be student-centered, collaborative, and flexible. Throughout its 90-year history of academic excellence, GRCC has maintained a solid reputation as a premier transfer institution and is nationally recognized for both its liberal arts and occupational programs. Many GRCC faculty members have been recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise and innovative teaching styles.

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