Episcopal Children’s Services – Program Assessment Specialist

Posted Aug 22, 2022 Jacksonville, Florida

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Expires Sep 30, 2022

Description

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The Program Assessment Specialist is responsible for conducting CLASS assessments in childcare programs. For programs not assigned for assessments: Work with teachers in assigned sites to provide training, technical assistance, and support to create an appropriate learning environment and to establish routines and organization to support child outcomes. Provide training, modeling, and coaching to teachers/caregivers in assigned classrooms to promote healthy development of all children. Provide training, curriculum support to ensure that appropriate early childhood literacy education and performance standards are implemented through quality programs.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIP:

This position reports to the Program Assessment Coordinator.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS OR REGISTRATIONS:

Valid driver’s license and proof of automobile coverage
Satisfactory Driving Record (as outlined in Vehicle Driving Policy)
Must be CLASS certified within 6 months of start date and maintain reliability for CLASS assessments
Must obtain certification for Lastinger Early Childhood Certified Technical Assistance Coach within 1 year of start date
Certificates of acknowledgement required: Conflict of Interest, Code of Ethics, Confidentiality agreements, IT Systems and Security, Anti-Fraud, HR Employee Acknowledgement Form.]]

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

Works in an office setting with local travel to multiple sites required
Minimal out-of-town travel, including nights and weekends possible

Essential duties and responsibilities

MAJOR RESPONSIBITIES: Use state specified assessment tools (i.e. CLASS, ERS assessments)- and any others deemed appropriate by ECS- to assess overall quality and to provide specific and appropriate technical assistance. Use the UF Lastinger coaching model to ensure quality coaching practices. Provide technical assistance to practitioners participating in Early Learning Florida courses. Based on assessment results for assessments completed by other assessors, collaborate with teachers to create goals for improving the overall classroom quality and creating a developmentally appropriate learning program. Provide on-site technical assistance and training to centers and family childcare-based caregivers ensuring use of an age-appropriate curriculum and instruction that is aligned with the Florida Birth to Five Learning and Developmental Standards. Model best practices and strategies in the areas of developing language and emerging literacy, approaches to learning, physical health, cognitive and general knowledge, motor development and social and emotional development. Provide resources and support to teachers and directors to establish and sustain print rich early literacy environments. Enhance support with cost effective strategies for print rich environments. Conduct observations of teachers and provide constructive feedback to further their skill development. Develop and/or coordinate infant toddler research-based language and literacy resources for infant toddler teachers. Develop and provide a minimum of one parent training and a minimum of two provider trainings per quarter on topics related to the CDA content areas. Document all training, technical assistance and assessment data in an approved database and maintain all backup documents as required. Keep informed of current trends and new professional techniques through participating in professional workshops, conferences, and seminars and by reading professional journals and publications, training and workshops/conferences related to Early Childhood development to increase knowledge of best practices. Assist teachers in developing curriculum activities, lesson plans, and routines that produce positive school readiness outcomes for children. Assist teachers in collecting assessment data including portfolios, developmental checklist, individual ongoing assessments, etc. Establish a mentoring relationship and relationship of mutual trust and respect with assigned program directors and staff. Model strategies for inclusion in the classroom and family childcare home providers. Maintain confidentiality regarding information accessed in the performance of job duties. All other duties as requested to maintain the success of ECS. Responsible for implementing the coalition’s anti-fraud plan daily activities related to prevention, detection, investigation, and reporting of possible overpayment resulting from potential fraud or abuse. (These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other related marginal duties as required.)

Qualifications

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILIITES: Maintain strong commitment to needs of children and goals of ECS Knowledge of and commitment to governmental, educational, and religious standards set forth by: Head Start/ Early Head Start, DCF, NAEYC, CDA, State Partnership of School Readiness, and any other standards to which the agency commits. Knowledge and ability to articulate, demonstrate and train others concerning current practices in early childhood education. Ability to build and maintain good human relations with staff Ability to work with the public in a tactful and diplomatic manner Ability to perform tasks with little direct supervision Ability to exercise good judgment and emotional maturity Knowledge of applicable safety and abuse-reporting procedures Knowledge of Microsoft Office products at an intermediate to advanced level Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing Ability to maintain confidential information Ability to plan and organize work as well as maintain records and prepare reports Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in fast-paced environment Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a highly collaborative team within the organization and build positive rapport with key community groups and constituents. ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS: Typical physical & mental demands: required prolonged sitting and standing with some bending, stooping, and stretching, and eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with clients and staff Ability to lift 20 lbs. (Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability)

Education and Experience

Requirements EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors or advanced degree in Education, Child Development, or related field with 1-3 years early childhood teaching experience Experience teaching, coaching or mentoring adults preferred

Salary/Salary Range

$42,250 - $45,000 A YEAR

Company/Organization

Episcopal Children's Services

Contact

Angelique Tripoli | Email