Infant Toddler Education Specialist

Primary Purpose
The position works with Baby Promise participants to improve the quality of infant/toddler care and education in Southwestern Oregon. This position supports early care and education programs to meet standards associated with infant and toddler care best practice that result in quality environments and experiences. The position provides coaching, consulting, training one on one, and large group training.  Working closely with the Baby Promise Coordinator, the position will design, implement and monitor quality supports for Baby Promise participants.  This position will provide infant/toddler expertise and knowledge to CARE Connections and those it serves and work to infuse infant/toddler supports throughout other CARE Connections services as appropriate.

Description of Duties and tasksThe duties below are representative of the position and not intended to cover all of the duties performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment. All assignments and work schedules can include day and evening hours and are created by the CCR&R Program Manager and/or Director of Childhood Education Director.
Essential Job Functions

Work closely with the Baby Promise Project Coordinator and CARE Connections team to implement and maintain infant/toddler quality and supply building pilot.
Conduct observations of programs utilizing standardized assessment tools.
Conduct observations and create quality improvement plans with programs and individual teachers
Provide coaching to early educators and teachers to ensure completion of quality improvement plan
Track and monitor program work plans including setting goals, recording activities, and progress achieved towards goals.
Assist programs to identify needed environmental supports.
Provide supports and professional development for providers to ensure implementation of quality relational care
Create and conduct training for early educators based on Oregon Registry Core Knowledge categories, with an emphasis on infant/toddler care.
Complete necessary participant files and expenditure records
Conduct community presentations as assigned
Provide support through e-mail, phone, Zoom Meetings, etc. to implement CQIPs (Continuous Quality Improvement Plans) including: material review and feedback, connection to resources, on-going guidance
Work with community partners such as South Coast Regional Early Learning Hub, The Office of Child Care, Early Head Start, South Coast Family Harbor, DHS, school districts, Tribal communities, health care partners, and community groups to promote Baby Promise
Work as part of the CARE Connections team to provide infant/toddler expertise and knowledge to staff, community and partners as appropriate.
Keep current on local and state initiatives related to infant/toddler best practices.
Continous training and professional development in infant/toddler specific curriculm.
Models and ensures diversity and cultural competency (respect, inclusiveness, reflecting, valuing, and welcoming cultural differences) in all position responsibilities regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, social class, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, age, language, origin, or employment status.
MARGINAL JOB FUNCTIONSMaintain open, respectful and positive communication with all staff, parents, community partners, and volunteers
Collaborate positively with CCR team members to assure high quality services
Attend required programs, agency meetings and trainings including occasional out of area travel
Complete required documentation to meet CCR deadlines
Assist with data collection & overall maintenance of CCR databases
Assist with updating provider files in CCR database quarterly
Assist with data entry for Oregon Registry Online
Assist with entering CCR sponsored trainings into Oregon Registry Online
Contribute articles to parent and provider newsletters as assigned
Perform related duties as assigned or directed.
Follow safety procedures and maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner.
Required Knowledge, Skills and AbilitiesIndividuals must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Excellent oral and written communication skills with strengths in team building, and cooperative problem solving.
Demonstrated knowledge of developmentally appropriate curriculum for children ages 0 to 3, including children with special needs
Knowledge of or ability to learn current state child care rules and regulations
Knowledge of adult learning principles
Ability to prioritize tasks in order to meet changing deadlines
Ability to pay close attention to details
High performance through creativity, positive spirit, and multi-tasking
Ability to motivate, train and develop high performance skills
High personal integrity and sound professional ethics
Knowledge of and commitment to the use of information technology to support advancement programs
Able to be prompt, dependable and flexible; follow through on commitments to team-mates
Ability to work varied hours including some evenings and weekends
Ability to organize work, coordinate projects, work independently and prioritize tasks
Ability to organize and prepare reports
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Ability to work as part of a team
Ability to read and understand technical documents and manuals, as well as the ability to write such documents for use by others.
Ability to use Internet, Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel as needed.  Able to learn and function in the College’s information management system, maintenance software, door access and video surveillance as well as learn new software as needed. Knowledge of implementing and maintaining student information systems and web-based services.
Ability to work effectively and sensitively with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds and perspectives, and abilities. Ability to effectively communicate with groups and/or individuals, and work with peers, the public and the community in a positive, empathetic, and professional manner.
Ability to follow established college and department procedures and work independently to accomplish those procedures.  Ability to implement general directives and Board policies in the assigned areas of responsibility. Ability to explain established policies and procedures using judgment and diplomacy.
Ability to consistently convey a pleasant and helpful attitude by using excellent interpersonal and communication skills to manage sometimes stressful and emotional situations. Requires sufficient communication and human relations skills to resolve complaints/issues, defuse anger, and gain cooperation.

Education: Associate Degree in ECE or related field with specific educational content related to infant/toddlers OR Step 10 on the Oregon Registry.
1.    Three years experience working in early care and education with at least two years experience working directly with infants and/or toddlers.
2.    One year experience coaching and supporting adult professional development.

Only degrees received from an accredited institution will be accepted:  accreditation must be recognized by the office of degree authorization, US Department of Education, as required by ORS 348.609. Final candidate will be required to provide official transcripts for required degree.

Specialized knowledge, licenses, etc. Valid Oregon Driver’s License and ability to operate a vehicle
Must be enrolled in the Oregon Central Background Registry prior to beginning employment and enrollment must be maintained throughout employment
Infant/child first aid/CPR, must be obtained within 60 days of hire date
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect training must be completed within 30 days of hire date
Introduction to Child Health and Safety training must be completed within 30 days of hire date
Safe Sleep for Oregon’s Infants must be completed within 30 days of hire date

Preferred skills:Ability to become an OCCD Master Trainer within six months.
Five years of experience working in child care and education, with at least three years working directly with infants and/or toddlers.
Infant Mental Health Certificate
Knowledge of community childcare programs, subsidies, community resources, and state regulations pertaining to childcare
Experience in a leadership role related to early childhood education.
Bilingual Spanish
Additional Job InformationInfant / Toddler Education Specialist
Date:                     July 2019
Status:                  Full Time Exempt Specialist, 12 month, contingent on funding
Reports to:         CCR&R Program Manager
Evaluation:         Annually, in accordance with administrative procedures

Southwestern Oregon Community College only accepts applications through this online application system.  We want you to be successful in applying with us.  We highly encourage you to complete and submit your application in advance of the deadline.

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Please note: We recognize that our application process can be lengthy, so before you begin, please read all of the stated requirements to determine if you meet them.  Applicants must meet all of the stated minimum/special qualifications and additional requirements to be considered for this position.  Based on your responses to the qualifying questions, the system may automatically screen you out from further consideration.

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Final candidates will be subject to a criminal background check as part of the employment process.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

This job description is a general description of essential job functions.  It is not intended as an employment contract nor is it intended to describe all responsibilities, skills, effort, or work conditions associated with the job someone in this position would perform.  All employees of Southwestern Oregon Community College are expected to perform tasks as assigned by Southwestern Oregon Community College supervisory/management personnel regardless of job title or routine job duties.

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