The Specialist, Head Start Education and Inclusion (S-Ed/I) serves as an expert for Save the Children’s Head Start operations in the content area of early childhood education and child development birth to 5 (including for center-based and home-based program options). The S-Ed/I ensures fidelity to the Education and Child Development program services requirements of the Head Start Program Performance Standards and other applicable State and federal regulations.
The S-Ed/I leads the development of Save the Children’s birth to 5 education and guides its implementation across all Head Start programs. The S-Ed/I monitors education and inclusion program service delivery, program outcomes, and data to anticipate potential areas of non-compliance, working with program level counterparts to address them before progressing to a non-compliance. The S-Ed/I provides training, technical assistance, and other continuous quality-improvement measures to address variances, irregularities, and/or non-compliances with implementation. The S-Ed/I will be responsive to the needs of Save the Children’s portfolio of Head Start/EHS programs (typically 6 – 8) based on a triage system of management. The S-Ed/I ensures that Head Start and Early Head Start education, inclusion and child development services comply with the Head Start Program Performance Standards and other State and federal regulations, and that those services are administered across all Save the Children Head Start programs in the highest quality with consistency and uniformity.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Education Services Implementation (35%)
- Ensures the successful implementation of curricula and recognized best practices in the field of early childhood education across all programs
- Supports the development of School Readiness Goals that are uniform across all Save the Children Head Start programs and ensures each program establishes and implements a School Readiness committee.
- Ensures cross-program participation in program planning activities, including self-assessment processes, T/TA opportunities, and the development and/or revision of program policies and procedures.
- Ensures program staff integrate education services with disability-, health-, nutrition-, and parent engagement/family support services.
- Cultivates a culture of child safeguarding across programs, guiding and monitoring the implementation of active supervision techniques to ensure that there are no incidences of child maltreatment including children being left alone, unsupervised, and/or abused in any way.
Staff Capacity-Building (30%)
- Builds the capacities of program level Education Managers/Specialists of each Save the Children Head Start program to support the successful implementation of education services through reflective and relationship-based practices and guidance that include weekly/bi-weekly meetings and remote and onsite training and technical assistance.
- Builds the capacities of program level Education Managers/Specialists to ensure that education services across programs include developmentally appropriate learning experiences in language and literacy; social and emotional development; math and science concepts; social studies; creative arts; and physical development that are focused toward achieving progress outlined in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five.
- Builds the capacities of program level Education Managers/Specialists to ensure that the services provided are culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate and inclusive of individual levels of ability, interests, and developmental skills
- Supports Education Managers/Specialists with cultivating and monitoring partnerships with public and private agencies that are developed to enhance Head Start & Early Head Start education services
- Coordinates the development and implementation of appropriate and effective professional development and training and technical assistance/coaching experiences that are responsive to the needs of education staff of Save the Children Head Start programs and, as appropriate, contracted partners.
Program Monitoring (30%)
- Monitors education program data – performing trend analysis within and across programs – to ensure consistency of high quality service delivery. Provides regular reports to Head Start Program leadership that capture data from Teaching Strategies GOLD, CLASS™, classroom monitoring reports, and other sources of child assessment/outcomes, school readiness, and environmental health and safety data.
- In partnership with program level counterparts, monitors the overall impact of the performance of education support services contractors across programs to ensure compliance with Head Start regulations and Save the Children program goals; makes recommendations for improvements, when needed.
- Analyze data to ensure high quality and to prevent non-compliance.
- Monitors to ensure that teaching staff have regular communication with parents regarding their child’s growth and development, feeding patterns, strengths, and interests. This includes monitoring to ensure parents receive no less than 2 home visits and 2 parent-teacher conferences per year.
- Monitors the educational services budget to ensure efficient operation and appropriate environment set up, which includes developmentally appropriate, sufficient and safe materials at each of the sites.
Other duties as assigned (5%)
- As part of the Head Start leadership team, participates in program wide activities that include, but are not limited to, program planning, self-assessment, community assessment, preparing funding applications, developing and/or revising policies, procedures, forms and plans.
- Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development or related field
- Minimum of three years Head Start/Early Head Start experience
- Minimum of three years management experience in early childhood education
- Candidates living in the Triad or Triangle regions of North Carolina
- Willingness and ability to conduct extensive in and out of state travel (up to 60%)
- Experience with monitoring and training/coaching adults
- Experience teaching children in the birth to 5 years age range (preferred, not required)
- Knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of Head Start/Early Head Start (or comparable child development programs) & early childhood education developmentally appropriate practices
- Experience working with culturally and socio-economically diverse families and children
- Must have knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards and Head Start Act
- Must be a certified Reliable CLASS™ Observer
- Experience in managing programs in data-managed or data-sensitive environment
- Ability to work with families from a strength-based approach
- Proficient use of computers and software packages (especially MS Office, Child Plus, and email) to store data, write reports and conduct research related to early childhood education.
- Use of web-based conferencing technology like Skype, GoToMeeting™, WebEx, etc.
- Excellent written and communication skills.
- Professional level of technical or managerial knowledge, skills, and experience to manage the operational activities of a unit or team, or provide the technical and management support related to various size programs, grants or projects.
- Master’s degree in Early Childhood Development or related field
Why you should join the Save the Children Team…
Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.
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About Save the Children
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