Coach. Mentor. Trainer. Working as an Early Learning Inclusion Specialist at Community Action will give you countless opportunities to coach, mentor, and lead our Head Start education teams as they implement differentiated instruction for children of all needs and abilities across Escambia County. Are you a socially conscious, dedicated individual who is committed to building a better future for children, families, and communities? If so, join us as we improve our ability to prepare every child for the first day of school and beyond.

SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director of Education, the Early Learning Inclusion Specialist (ELIS)  is responsible for supporting Center Directors and Teachers to ensure full implementation of all aspects of the Community Action Program Committee’s early learning system, policies/procedures, and tools with the goal of ensuring children achieve school readiness goals. This position will use management, monitoring, and instructional strategies to ensure both compliance and excellence among Center Directors and center teams.

• Open Date: October 1, 2021 Closing Date: Open until filled

• Salary: $26.52 per hour / 40 hours per week / 52 weeks per year

• FLSA Classification: Exempt – Benefits Eligible

Overview: Reporting to the Director of Education, the Early Learning Inclusion Specialist (ELIS)  is responsible for supporting Center Directors and Teachers to ensure full implementation of all aspects of the Community Action Program Committee’s early learning system, policies/procedures, and tools to ensure children achieve school readiness goals. This position will use management, monitoring, and instructional strategies to ensure both compliance and excellence among Center Directors and center teams.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the full implementation of all aspects of CAPC’s early learning system, policies/procedures, and tools, with the goal of supporting all children to achieve School Readiness Goals.
  • Ensures all staff and center functions are fully compliant with policies/procedures, including but not limited to effective practices in health and safety and compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, local and state licensing regulations, and overall center functioning.
  • Manages operations to meet changing or emergent program requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice to quantity or quality of work.
  • Works to improve the quality and effectiveness of the education service area and overall organization by initiating, sponsoring, and implementing organizational change and by helping others to successfully manage organizational change.
  • Supports education team in planning and implementing comprehensive, differentiated, and sequential professional development for education staff, which includes coaching and mentoring teaching staff as well as administering CLASS™ and other teacher performance tools reliably.
  • Applies expertise in ongoing, performance-based assessment systems to support the center directors and teachers in understanding child outcomes data and using results to plan and individualize instruction.
  • Guides center staff in the implementation of early learning curriculum with fidelity.
  • Provides consistent ongoing consultation to teaching staff to support differentiated instruction for children with IFSPs, IEPs, or with challenging behaviors.
  • Ensures the timely identification, referral, identified services, and transition support for children with disabilities in coordination with the Mental / Health Team.
  • Track’s child outcomes and program quality assessment data across classrooms and centers analyzes data and makes program development recommendations based on analysis.
  • Conducts team meetings, regularly scheduled, and as needed, to ensure coordination of education services across the Head Start program.
  • Represents the agency as a community speaker resource regarding agency services and programs to assist low-income individuals and families.

Other Duties:

  • Contributes to ongoing and regularly scheduled recruitment of children with disabilities.
  •  Provides coverage for the Center Director role when needed and performs all other duties (or functions) as assigned.

Education/Experience: A Bachelors’s or advanced degree and equivalent coursework in Early Childhood Education is required.  Head Start / Early Head Start Program experience is preferred. Related experience or coursework in disabilities management is required for this position.

Credentials: A Director’s Credential is required for this position, at least 5 years experience working with preschool children, 5 years of supervisory experience is required and, CLASS Certification is required

The Community Action Program Committee, Inc is an EOE; participates in E-Verify; and Advocates for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Summary:  Reporting to the Director of Education, the Early Learning Inclusion Specialist (ELIS)  is responsible for supporting Center Directors and Teachers to ensure full implementation of all aspects of the Community Action Program Committee’s early learning system, policies/procedures, and tools with the goal of ensuring children achieve school readiness goals. This position will use management, monitoring, and instructional strategies to ensure both compliance and excellence among Center Directors and center teams.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the full implementation of all aspects of CAPC’s early learning system, policies/procedures, and tools, with the goal of supporting all children to achieve School Readiness Goals.
  • Ensures all staff and center functions are fully compliant with policies/procedures, including but not limited to effective practices in health and safety and compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, local and state licensing regulations, and overall center functioning.
  • Manages operations to meet changing or emergent program requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice to quantity or quality of work.
  • Works to improve the quality and effectiveness of the education service area and overall organization by initiating, sponsoring, and implementing organizational change and by helping others to successfully manage organizational change.
  • Supports education team in planning and implementing comprehensive, differentiated, and sequential professional development for education staff, which includes coaching and mentoring teaching staff as well as administering CLASS™ and other teacher performance tools reliably.
  • Applies expertise in ongoing, performance-based assessment systems to support the center directors and teachers in understanding child outcomes data and using results to plan and individualize instruction.
  • Guides center staff in the implementation of early learning curriculum with fidelity.
  • Provides consistent ongoing consultation to teaching staff to support differentiated instruction for children with IFSPs, IEPs, or with challenging behaviors.
  • Ensures the timely identification, referral, identified services, and transition support for children with disabilities in coordination with the Mental / Health Team.
  • Track’s child outcomes and program quality assessment data across classrooms and centers analyzes data and makes program development recommendations based on analysis.
  • Conducts team meetings, regularly scheduled, and as needed, to ensure coordination of education services across the Head Start program.
  • Represents the agency as a community speaker resource regarding agency services and programs to assist low-income individuals and families.
  • Other Duties:
  • Contributes to ongoing and regularly scheduled recruitment of children with disabilities.
  •  Provides coverage for the Center Director role when needed and performs any and all other duties (or functions) as assigned.

Education/Experience: A Bachelors’s or advanced degree and equivalent coursework in Early Childhood Education is required.  Head Start / Early Head Start Program experience is preferred. Related experience or coursework in disabilities management is required for this position. Credentials: A Director’s Credential is required for this position, at least 5 years experience working with preschool children, 5 years of supervisory experience is required and, CLASS Certification is required

The Community Action Program Committee, Inc is an EOE; participates in E-Verify; and Advocates for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

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