Rolling Plains Management Corporation is now accepting applications for an Education Specialist to work in our Central Office in Crowell, Texas. For more information, please call 1-800-633-0852. Interested persons may apply online at www.rollingplains.org. Rolling Plains Management Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and provider. Please see below for the description of the job duties and qualifications.
- Baccalaureate degree or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development; or
- Baccalaureate or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education.
- Master's degree related to Early Childhood Education preferred.
- A minimum of five (5) years of professional teaching of early childhood or preschool-age children.
- Two (2) years of supervisory experience in the administrative field.
- Must be experienced with the theories and principles of child growth, development, education, and family support.
- Demonstrated supervisory or leadership experience preferred.
- Head Start experience preferred.
This position entails mainly specific technical and diverse tasks. It requires the capacity for independent judgment and action, the ability to work with others to accomplish program goals and objectives, and the integration of program activities to achieve comprehensive program services for eligible children and families must be able to adapt to flexible work schedules as established by Management. This person exercises discretion and independent judgment concerning matters of significance within the scope of the Education Specialist job.
JOB TITLE SUMMARY
Head Start/Early Head Start is committed to establishing a learning environment where children, parents, and staff can teach and learn from one another. To accomplish this goal, staff must display sensitivity to and knowledge of the community's cultural differences and issues. All Head Start/Early Head Start staff shall agree to abide by the program's standards of conduct introduced during pre-service and/or orientation. Employee orientation, pre-service, and in-service training are provided to assist staff and volunteers in acquiring or increasing the knowledge and skills needed to fulfill their job responsibilities.
The Education Specialist ensures the implementation of services to children and families in education. To comply with all federal/state guidelines (Head Start Performance Standards, TX Child Care Licensing, etc.) and local Head Start policies. This position is responsible for implementing and adapting curricula to children's group and individual needs in Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms. The Education Specialist effectively supports all Head Start/Early Head Start education staff with planning and implementing education services for young children and their families and providing ongoing training and professional development to support staff in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities.
Individuals must be able to perform the following essential duties successfully.
License or Certificates :
- Must pass and maintain reliability status in the CLASS observation tool.
- Must possess a valid Texas motor vehicle operator's appropriate classification and endorsement permit.
- CPR/FIRST AID
- Texas Health and Huan Services Minimum Standards for Child-Care Centers
- Head Start Performance Standards and Head Start Act
- Developmentally appropriate practices as defined by the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
- Head Start Learning Framework and the Head Start Family Framework
- Frog Street Curriculum, CLI Engage, & DRDP
- Demonstrate strong leadership, organizational, and management skills.
- Negotiate, resolve conflicts, observe and objectively record behavior and possess good listening skills.
- Assist in developing program goals and objectives based on aggregated data from classroom assessment tools.
- Interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.
- Adjust standard operating procedures as necessary to improve the overall organizational effectiveness.
- Supervise, train, and motivate staff.
- Clearly and concisely communicate, both orally and in writing.
- Work effectively with adults from diverse backgrounds, cultures, languages, ethnicities, experiences, and temperaments.
- Engage in ongoing assessment of the quality of services provided; develop strategies to improve services.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Model appropriate dress, appearance, personal hygiene, and professionalism.
- Positively represents the Agency in the community.
- Maintains and ensures staff and volunteers uphold confidentiality for staff, parent, child, community, and agency information, including files, conversations, meetings, correspondence, and other sources.
- Work as a team member to support the functions and operations of RPMC Head Start/Early Head Start Programs.
- Upholds and adheres to safety rules and policies.
- Must be aware of the legal and professional responsibilities with regard to reporting suspected child abuse and neglect by parents, staff members, and others in accordance with the provisions of Federal, State, or local law.
- Ensure that children of all races, religions, family backgrounds and cultures are treated with respect and consideration.
- Works with other professionals, universities, parent organizations, and other related agencies in areas that can provide services to Head Start children and families.
- Engage in professional development and or training to keep informed of current theories and practices in the field.
- Monitors classrooms on a schedule based upon the individual classroom needs/program requirements to ensure:
- Children and families receive comprehensive services in a culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate learning environment.
- Assist and Conduct CLASS observations in classrooms on a schedule based on the individual classroom needs/program requirements.
- Monitor lesson plans on a regular schedule and provides feedback as necessary to ensure plans include developmentally appropriate practices, individualized instruction based on curriculum, Head Start Performance Standards, and the program/individual school readiness goals.
- Monitors the completion of responsibilities of assigned teachers and assistants: including screenings, home visits, parent/teacher conferences, environmental reports, child files, CLI Engage, DRDP, etc.
- Monitor ongoing child assessment systems to ensure teaching staff properly scores children and enters the required data.
- Monitor Child Portfolio Implementation.
- Reviews all assigned classroom folders for documentation in the area of education in Child Plus.
- Monitor individual Coaching Plans for teaching staff to ensure overall program goals and objectives are being fulfilled.
- Monitor individual CDA plans for teaching staff to ensure completion.
- Ensure each center completes a Transition Plan with Early Head Start and school districts.
Human Resources (HR) Services:
- Assist the Head Start/Early Head Start Program Director in hiring teaching staff.
- Assist in conducting new-hire orientation, employee development, and training sessions for education staff.
- Work with Head Start/Early Head Start Program Director to determine professional growth needs and create professional development plans for education staff.
- Assist in planning and preparing for Pre-Service training
- Work directly with underperforming teaching staff to develop and implement individualized performance plans.
- Develop a plan for Education Service delivery.
- Develop and maintain a working relationship with area school districts.
- Analyze child assessment data at classroom and program levels and utilize results to form goals, assess training needs, and make other program improvement plans.
- Ensure children's school readiness by reporting to the Policy Council and parents the progress related to the Education Performance measures and School Readiness goals of the program.
- Maintain appropriate records: review educational purchase orders request, lesson plans, disability reports, Program Information Report (PIR) data, child outcomes, child assessment data, and other reports as needed.
- Responsible for the successful input of Education data into the computer system.
- Assist in preparing monitoring reports, program self-assessment, child outcomes data, and CLASS reviews.
- Prepare and update Education policies and procedures.
- Order Screening Tools
- Assists classroom staff in assessing educational materials needed and ordering materials for classrooms.
- Prepare and complete updates to staff and parent handbooks.
- Manages time, calendar, and job responsibilities to meet deadlines.
Disabilities and Behavior Management Services:
- Ensure Individualized services, equipment, and/or materials as indicated on the Individual Education Plan (IEP).
- Monitor transition plans for children with disabilities and their families to new schools or programs.
- Assist in maintaining resources for parents and staff and refer them to appropriate agencies or services as needed.
- Work with program specialists and consultants in the program to ensure compliance with the American Disabilities Act.
- Attends Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee meetings as needed.
- Assist the Head Start/Early Head Start Program Director in annual reviews and updates of the local education agency (LEA) agreements.
- Work directly with the Mental Health/Disabilities/Behavior Specialist, teaching staff, parents, and community partners when there are challenging behaviors in the classroom to provide professional development and action plans.
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES OR JOB REQUIREMENTS:
- Monitors and participates in developing agency policies and procedures and other written documents as appropriate. Encourage and ensure staff and parent communication on educational issues.
- Ensure time sheets are submitted accurately and timely on a bi-weekly basis.
- Ensure any on-the-job accidents are reported immediately and followed up with appropriate forms.
- Report any suspected fraud and abuse to the direct supervisor or other Management.
- Establish a literature library on education policies and procedures, regulations; training materials; and best practices information.
- Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to cultural and community issues.
- Demonstrated ability of personal computer operations within a Windows software environment required.
- Must be flexible and able to adapt to change in the workplace.
- Must show initiative and ability to assume a leadership role.
- Ability to understand and carry out instructions and procedures with minimal supervision.
- The above statements are not a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees in this job. Employees may perform other related duties and special projects as assigned.
FINGERPRINT AND DRUG SCREEN CLEARANCE:
- Must be willing to take and pass a drug/alcohol test and comply with the "Drug-Free": Agency Policy
- Must be able to pass regular criminal history checks.
- Must submit to TB tests as required.
- Must submit a Health Statement
- Ability to maintain physical condition and stamina appropriate to the assigned duties and responsibilities, which may include sitting, standing, or walking for extended periods, driving or riding in a car, bus or van, and interacting with clients at the appropriate eye level or other duties assigned.
- The usual requirements in an office environment may require lifting boxes of supplies and equipment and occasional adjustments of office furniture.
- Occasional pushing, pulling, lifting, and/or moving up to 25 pounds.
- Occasional bending or squatting is required.
- Possess the ability to adapt to inclement weather conditions and/or situations.
- Ability to drive, occasionally long distances.
- Noise levels could be moderate to loud in a work environment.
- Ability to work in a stressful environment and deal effectively with stress.
- Ability to perform duties and adapt to flexible work schedules as established by Management.
- Normal to heavy travel – ability to frequently travel under extreme conditions such as all hours of daylight or heavy travel for long distances for activities such as meetings, interaction with other agencies, pick up or delivery of supplies, review of records, an inspection of facilities, classes, workshops, or other activities, both in and out of the service area.
- Must be able to travel by air and/or overnight as needed to attend training and conferences.