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Early Childhood Specialist (2 Positions)

Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA 94545

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Community College

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Job Title:

Early Childhood Specialist (2 Positions)

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Position Code:

2CSS15 & 2CSS39



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Job Location:

Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA 94545


Children's Center

Job Summary:

The Chabot College Community
Chabot College is committed to educational equity in its academic programs and college services so that students may achieve their personal, educational, and career goals. Our equity work today builds upon a strong history: the Puente and Umoja programs were first created at Chabot College, and have since been replicated across the state. These programs have paved the way for a series of additional educational and student support programs intentionally focused on equity that thrive at Chabot College today. Chabot College is located in Hayward, California, the third most diverse city in the United States. We serve a highly diverse student population and are proud to be designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Information about the demographics of our campus community can be found here.

Serving our diverse community requires a culturally-responsive approach that recognizes the myriad strengths and assets that our students bring to the campus community. We do so by promoting a classroom and co-curricular learning environment that is inclusive, collaborative, engaging, and challenging, and where respect, dignity, and integrity are core values. We see students as producers of knowledge, not just consumers of knowledge. We work to reframe inequities as a problem of practice, and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and institutional responsibility.

Joining Our College Community
We seek equity-minded applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to an educational community. We look for applicants who:

1. Value and intentionally promote diversity and consciousness of difference2. Demonstrate cultural humility and an ongoing desire to improve cultural competence3. Are dedicated to addressing issues of social justice4. Accept their shared role and responsibility in addressing opportunity and achievement gaps experienced by students5. Have experience and success in closing student equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices, or are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about implementing practices that achieve these goals6. Actively seek to identify, disrupt, and remove institutional and/or systemic barriers that adversely impact historically marginalized communities7. Empower the underrepresented and underserved8. Foster students’ potential to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders9. Believe that all people have the right to an education and work environment free from fear, harassment, or discrimination

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is seeking two (2) Early Childhood Specialists for Chabot College in Hayward, California.

Under general supervision, perform a variety of duties involved in providing quality care and educational experiences for children enrolled at the Chabot College Children’s Center; plan and implement instructional and recreational activities appropriate for the developmental needs and skills of children enrolled at the Children’s Center; communicate effectively with parents, other staff members, and other professionals regarding health, safety, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive issues affecting each child; and ensure a safe, nurturing learning environment.

This is a grant/categorically funded position. Continuation of this position is contingent upon available funding on a year to year basis.

Representative Duties:

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

1. Develop and implement curriculum in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Children’s Center and taking into consideration the needs and skills of the children; design and implement indoor and outdoor recreational and instructional activities that allow the optimum development of each child in the areas of social, emotional, physical, creative, and intellectual growth and provide each child with the pre-skills necessary for future academic and recreational success and satisfaction.

2. Instruct and supervise children involved in various Center activities including recreational and educational programs; provide a professional and nurturing environment; listen attentively to children; encourage children’s confidence and self-esteem; apply appropriate guidance and disciplinary actions; model appropriate social and emotional behavior.

3. Provide activities and settings in which children can develop a variety of skills including logical thought, short and long term memory, hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, creativity, spatial awareness, self-esteem, enhanced language and vocabulary acquisition, familiarity with technology, and enjoyment of stories, art, and music.

4. Encourage and develop socialization skills in children at the Center; encourage the development of self-help skills, empathy for others, accepting responsibility for one’s actions, team spirit, and other appropriate behavior in different settings through modeling; provide appropriate activities that utilize socialization skills; create play scenarios to allow children opportunities to practice skills.

5. Maintain children’s health and safety at the Center; inspect playground for safety; monitor and convey potential health and safety hazards to appropriate staff; administer basic first aid and CPR as necessary; report accidents to supervisors and parents.

6. Model developmentally appropriate practices and monitor and provide guidance to lab students, volunteers, parents, and work-study students; read and approve ECD students’ activity plans and provide feedback to students; provide input into the evaluation of lab students.

7. Establish and maintain relationships with parents; welcome new families into the program, recognizing the parent as the child’s first teacher; establish a partnership with parents; value parental input and enlist their cooperation; effectively communicate with parents regarding the development of their children.

8. Observe, record, assess, and evaluate each child’s level of activity, performance, behavior, and stage of development and skill; utilize a variety of techniques to create a profile of each child’s development and to evaluate/assess the effectiveness of the curriculum/program offered; communicate results of assessments effectively to parents, co-workers, and other related professionals on issues as necessary; schedule and participate in parent conferences; make home visits to each family per program guidelines.

9. Participate in the maintenance of each child’s file including enrollment forms, medical forms, child’s history, parent education or training forms, child and parent’s rights, child abuse reporting, emergency information, consent for medical treatment, accident and illness reports, home visit and conference reports, and any other required documents.

10. Monitor sign in/sign out sheets for children, students, and volunteers.

11. Maintain a variety of records including daily and monthly attendance sheets and daily health checks; prepare monthly data and attendance records for management staff.

12. Maintain a list of maintenance repairs and needed supplies and equipment.

13. Attend and participate in professional group meetings, conferences, and workshops; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of early childhood education; incorporate new developments as appropriate.

14. Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Any combination of the following would provide a typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities.

An Associate’s degree in early childhood education, child development, education or a related field.

Two years experience working in a licensed child development program as a teacher in charge of classroom for preschool age children including experience in development of curriculum and implementation of all program elements related to the running of a quality classroom for preschool age children.

License or Certificate:
Possession of a Master Teacher Child Development Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Possession of a current pediatric C.P.R. Certificate and First Aid Certificate.

Minimum Qualifications:

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
1. Basic operations, services, and activities of a full service children’s center.

2. Concepts in early childhood education.

3. Principles and applications of child development theory.

4. Basic child psychology and development.

5. Principles and practices of curriculum planning.

6. Age appropriate and emergent curriculum.

7. Methods and techniques of instructional and recreational program development.

8. Appropriate activities for children of various age and skill level to develop each child socially, emotionally, intellectually, creatively, and physically to his/her fullest potential.

9. Socialization techniques.

10. Health and safety requirements of children.

11. Potential safety issues within a group care setting; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.

12. Methods of observing, evaluating, and recording child behavior.

13. Child development assessment techniques.

14. Principles of basic first aid and CPR.

15. Principles and procedures of record keeping.

16. Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations governing the operations and activities of a children’s center.

17. Basic principles of report preparation.

18. English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

Ability to:
1. Learn and apply the policies and procedures of the Children’s Center.

2. Plan, prepare, and implement daily, weekly, and monthly curriculum.

3. Define and interpret curriculum goals and objectives.

4. Develop and implement instructional and recreational activities according to the needs of the children and Center policy.

5. Instruct and supervise children of various ages involved in Children’s Center activities.

6. Develop and maintain effective relationships with preschool and school-aged children, students, parents, and staff.

7. Understand, interpret, and apply general and specific administrative and departmental policies and procedures as well as applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.

8. Observe, evaluate, and record child development.

9. Recognize and define present and potential behavioral and learning problems of children.

10. Apply appropriate disciplinary action.

11. Maintain records and prepare reports.

12. Prepare for and conduct parent conferences.

13. Serve as a mentor teacher to students enrolled in the Early Childhood Development program.

14. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

15. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

16. Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.

Desirable Qualifications:

1. Hold or are currently applying for a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Child Development MasterTeacher level permit.2. Knowledge of working with Children with special needs.3. Bilingual English/Spanish4. Experience with early childhood lab school programs in community colleges.

Job Work Schedule:

10 hours/week, Thursdays 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., hours may vary depending on department staffing needs, occasional evenings and weekends required as needed, 10 months/year.

Physical Demands and Working Environment:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work is performed in a children’s center; exposure to communicable diseases; subject to noise from children and equipment operation; frequent interruptions and contact in person with children, parents, students, staff, and others.

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a children’s center; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate classroom equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information; and to occasionally travel to other offices or locations.

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of this District to provide equal opportunity in all areas of
employment practices and to assure that there shall be no discrimination against
any person on the basis of sex, ancestry, age, marital status, race, religious
creed, mental disability, medical condition (including HIV and AIDS), color,
national origin, physical disability, family or sexual preference status and other
similar factors in compliance with Title IX, Sections 503 and 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act, other federal and state non-discrimination regulations, and its
own statements of philosophy of objectives. The District encourages the filing of
applications by both sexes, ethnic minorities, and the disabled.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Shift Differential: Effective July 1, 2023, work performed on the graveyard shift by employees regularly assigned to the shift, the differential shall be seven percent (7%). For work performed on the swing shift employees regularly assigned to the shift, the differential shall be five percent (5%).

An employee who receives a shift differential premium on the basis of their regularly assigned shift shall suffer no reduction in pay, including differential, when assigned temporarily to a day shift for twenty (20) working days or less.

The Board of Trustees has updated Board Policy 7330 to incorporate information on COVID vaccination requirements, which are currently suspended. Accordingly, employee(s) must comply with the Board Policy found at:

Any subsequent updates can be found here:

Notification to Applicants:

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District reserves the right to close or not fill any advertised position

Instructions for Personal Qualifications Statement:

The purpose of the personal qualifications statement is for you to provide information on how your education and experience relate to the requirements and duties of the position. There is no form to complete. Applicants are requested to provide their personal qualifications statement by uploading a document, the same way as you do for your cover letter.


Working at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District

Chabot and Las Positas Colleges both aim to provide an educational foundation for transfer to the four-year college/university, career and technical education (CTE) certificates, and life-long learning opportunities. The combined student population of more than 29,000 students includes those from throughout the Bay Area, and Central Valley, as well as from other states and more than 40 foreign countries.

• Educational Excellence forms the foundation of our district and governs the planning, implementation, and evaluation of everything we do

• Curriculum Relevancy ensures that our students benefit from the latest and most innovative curriculum available; this requires constant, active improvement

• Community Collaboration with local business, government, educational institutions, civic organizations, community groups, science, and industry partners results in a team effort to provide educational opportunities that best serve our students and our community

• The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (CLPCCD) celebrates more than 50 years of educating the San Francisco East Bay

• CLPCCD adds approximately $508.9 million in annual income to its East Bay service area

Chabot College has delivered education opportunity to our communities through excellent transfer, degree, career technical and lifelong learning programs. Chabot is the birthplace of model support services such as the Puente, Daraja, and Early Childhood Mentor-Teacher Programs. Ours is a story of student success and a democratic commitment to equal access to excellence in education for all.

Puente Project

A highly-acclaimed program founded at Chabot College in 1981 which explores the Mexican American/Latino experience and has served thousands of California students. Community colleges with Puente programs transfer 44 percent more Latino students to the University of California than colleges without Puente.

DARAJA Project

Offers academic support services and a curriculum focused on African-American literature, history, and issues. Daraja students do better in school and transfer to four-year universities at a higher rate.

Las Positas’ rich course offerings prepare students for degree and certificate completion, transfer to a four-year university, basic skills for success in college, and job retraining. Students are also able to study in career programs designed by the faculty and the community to meet local workforce demands.

Engineering Tech Partnership

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Alameda County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and Las Positas College (LPC) established a 24-month academic program to provide a technical education and hands-on training for veterans. The new Engineering Technology Program at Las Positas is designed to help veterans develop the skills and training needed for engineering technician careers and establishes a pipeline of qualified candidates for LLNL and other Bay Area employers such as NASA and Sandia and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories.

Viticulture and Business Program

The college’s award-winning Viticulture and Winery Technology Program partners with the historic and thriving Livermore Valley wine industry. The Business Program, the college’s most popular major, provides training for area businesses, including an industry-specific Retail Management Program, and sponsors a Business and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.

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