The Early Childhood Specialist guides and plans the implementation of a comprehensive child development program that meets the Head Start definition of curriculum in all program options and settings.
S/he works under the direct supervision of the Child Development Director.
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in Early Childhood Education with Head Start experience preferred. The candidate should have a minimum of three (3) years pre-school head-teaching experience in a child-centered classroom. S/he should have the ability to understand the needs of individual children with respect to their development and its relationship to learning and socialization. Supervisory experience is essential.
- Provide leadership and direction in planning for the training, development, and mentorship of all staff in order to meet or exceed requirements, and as a means of ensuring quality experiences for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.
- Relate professionally and tactfully with all program participants and coworkers; maintain positive personal and communication skills as well as the ability to work as part of a team. Demonstrate effective communication and conflict resolution skills.
- Support the mission and philosophy of the Head Start program. Work in partnership with families without judgment or bias, recognizing and respecting individual differences and backgrounds.
- Demonstrate the highest standards of personnel integrity, truthfulness, honesty, and fortitude in all our Community Action activities in order to inspire confidence and trust in the Community Action movement.
- Maintain professional boundaries with all current, past, and prospective clients, and maintain the confidentiality of clients and staff, in accordance with SNHS policy and procedure.
- Responsible for having adequate knowledge of all SNHS programs and will gather sufficient intake information to make referrals to other SNHS programs which are beneficial to the client and his/her family. Refer families to available community services and programs and follow up as necessary.
- Establish and implement procedures for the ongoing monitoring of EHS/HS Education/Disabilities to ensure effective implementation of federal requirements.
- Participate in ongoing strategic planning process incorporating program data (PIR, monitoring results, outcomes, self-assessment, and budget) to assess program goals and objectives, meet program requirements and promote continuous improvement.
- Responsible for the annual review and update of assigned content plan(s).
- Plan and provide opportunities for training and development of all staff to help them acquire or increase the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill their job responsibilities and implement HS performance standards.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, receive and provide feedback, and manage dynamic interchanges in meetings.
- Assess needs and provide appropriate classroom supplies, equipment, and material, as budget allows.
- Attend and appropriately represent program/agency at local, regional, and national meetings, training, and conferences.
- Coordinate hiring of classroom personnel in accordance with governance and management responsibilities.
- Recruit children with disabilities through contacts with community agencies that provide services to children with disabilities.
- Work with the other Managers and the Child Development Director to include children with special needs in the classroom.
- Track the referral process to assure compliance with IDEA.
- Consult regularly with parents and staff on the progress of disabilities services and of the children who are enrolled.
- Coordinate the process of assessing children including initial screenings, ongoing developmental and specialized assessments.
- Attend pertinent budget committee meetings as requested by Director.
- Coordinate services through area colleges and universities.
- Work as a liaison to area agencies, and local education agencies; update yearly agreements.
- Continue to develop grant funding sources and proposals.
- Abide by all SNHS safety policies and procedures
- Maintain a professional and positive image as a representative of the program at all times.
- Other duties as assigned.
Southern New Hampshire Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer