Early Achievers Early Learning Consultant
The Child Care Action Council (CCAC), also known as Child Care Aware of Olympic Peninsula (CCAOP) is responsible for the coordination and implementation of services on behalf of Early Achievers, Washington’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). CCA of Olympic Peninsula is responsible for providing supports to child care providers that include, but are not limited to, technical assistance, professional development and coaching services.
The Early Learning Consultant is a multi-faceted position, providing resources and support to child care programs in Early Achievers from enrollment, through the Level 2 process, rating readiness preparation and post rating coaching. The Early Learning Consultant will be assigned the primary responsibility for a caseload of providers moving through the Early Achievers framework with the goal of supporting participants’ progression toward successful implementation of sustainable quality improvement practices. This is a full time position with work duties based primarily in Thurston and Mason counties.
Duties and responsibilities
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
PROVIDER CASELOAD MANAGEMENT
- Recruit licensed center and family child care providers to enroll into the Early Achievers Framework and assist them in this initial process.
- Manage a diverse caseload of child care provider sites and assist them in reaching specific milestones over a distinct period of time.
- Provide supports to each site within CCA established guidelines (time assumptions) that are individualized to reflect each provider’s culture, program, timeline and other relevant needs. This may include but not be limited to technology assistance, baseline assessments, staff observations and feedback, Environmental Rating Scale (ERS) and Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) guidance, other E.A. quality standards support and access to relevant resources.
- Using sound judgment and sensitivity, provide guidance and support in implementing goals and action plans based on site specific quality improvement plans.
- Interpret and utilize program specific data to guide continual quality improvement.
- Facilitate group meetings (provider cohorts and group TA) that focus both on increasing provider knowledge around Early Achiever Quality Standards and practices as well as building provider peer to peer relationships and reflective practice. This may be done individually or in collaboration with other consultants.
DOCUMENTATION OF WORK
- Document work with Early Achievers participants in a timely manner (see CCA contract) using the data bases required by CCA (IMPACT, WELS, WA Compass).
- Follow CCA-WA’s documentation policy guidelines.
- Attend and participate in:
- monthly Early Achievers team meetings
- monthly Child Care Action staff meetings
- quarterly CCAC coach meetings
- yearly CCA-WA conference
- scheduled Relationship Based Professional Development state partner meetings as needed.
Perform Other Duties as Assigned
Selected candidate must have:
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field and 2 years related work experience, or a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field and 1 year related job experience.
- Knowledge of birth to 5 development and developmentally appropriate practice and experience implementing this knowledge
- Professional experience coaching or mentoring others, preferably in the field of early learning
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent listening skills with the ability to give and receive critical feedback
- Knowledge of local early learning, family, and child resources
- Experience using a computer for communication, and documentation; ability to maintain timely documentation/data entry into electronic data system.
- Ability to contribute effectively in a team environment.
- Ability to work independently, multitasking a variety of tasks and responsibilities efficiently and effectively.
- Experience in/understanding of a relationship-based approach to delivering quality customer service.
- Commitment to maintaining confidentiality according to professional standards.
- Ability to maintain professional working relationships with child care providers, community partners and program stakeholders.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, cultural relevancy and inclusion.
- Ability to abide by Washington State law as a mandatory reporter of child abuse and neglect.
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
- Willingness to travel in and out-of-state.
Additional desired qualifications:
- Experience working with the Early Achievers Framework
- Demonstrated reliability in the ERS and CLASS tools
- Experience working with tribes
- Must hold a current and valid driver’s license and use his/her private vehicle to travel throughout Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Mileage is reimbursed.
- Have the ability to work night and weekend hours on occasion.
PAY RANGE, HOURS BENEFITS:
Starting hourly salary ($21.64 - $23.18) depends on ability to meet or exceed the above desired employment criteria. Medical, dental, vision, vacation and sick leave benefits provided.
E-mail cover letter and resume to Kristin Gomez: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Child Care Action Council
729 Griffin Lane SE
Olympia, WA 98501
In order to fully consider your application, we need both a resume and a cover letter, detailing your experience and qualifications. If both are not received, application will not be reviewed.