EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Vacancy Ann. # STOI-18-127
Title EDUCATION SPECIALIST
Supervisor PROGRAM MANAGER
Department HEAD START
Location WELLPINIT, WA
Status FULL TIME
Rate of Pay DOE, DOQ
Opening Date JUNE 29, 2018
Closing Date JULY 13, 2018

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

The Spokane Tribe of Indians Head Start Program is designed to promote the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development—

in a learning environment that supports children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional functioning, creative arts, physical skills, and approaches to learning; and

through the provision to low-income children and their families of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined, based on family needs assessments, to be necessary. 

MAJOR DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Supervise teaching staff in program operations, to include using all agency policies and procedures for developing staff skills for successful job task completion.
  • Mentor staff using positive role modeling and reflective supervision techniques, in order to strengthen skill levels and confidence.
  • Evaluate the Education staff’s job performance annually.
  • Ensure that each Head Start family receives the required amount of home visits.
  • Act as the Literacy Specialist and provide support in areas of language and literacy enhancement.
  • Evaluate educations staff’s weekly lesson plans.
  • Ensure that goals for individual children are being recorded and that related activities are planned on the weekly lesson plan.
  • Ensure that education staff maintains the required component information in each child’s portfolio.
  • Develop training resources with assistance from other component staff.
  • Assist in coordinating and implementing training at staff meetings.
  • Assist with the tracking and reporting of child outcomes three times annually.
  • Assist in assessing training needs.
  • Assist in the coordination of transition services and activities.
  • Monitor parent involvement to assure parents are provided with ample opportunities to participate in individualized planning for the parent’s own child.
  • Assure that on-going assessment of each child’s growth and development is utilized to record achievement of Desired Results and Outcomes and that individual learning plans (ILP) are created for each child and updated on a regular basis.
  • Work with the Disabilities Coordinator in providing appropriate disabilities information and referrals for staff, parents, and collaborating agencies.
  • Assist in collaboration with school districts, HHS, monitoring of disability services, and other duties as assigned.
  • Assist in supporting Head Start staff concerning issues of classroom environments, behavior management and inclusion of children with special needs.  This includes, but is not limited to phone, e-email, written reports, record keeping and tracking of data.
  • Assist in the developing and distribution of written and web based materials for child, parents, employees and community partners within the areas of developmentally appropriate practices, screening, assessment, behavior management, learning environments, special education, disability laws and services.
  • Regularly monitor the classroom environment, disabilities services, screening and assessment tools and methods.
  • Adheres to established performance standards, coordinates formal evaluations of children, monitors progress through observation, tracking and follow-up.
  • Acts as an advocate for parents and children with special needs, and provides referrals to appropriate resources.
  • Ensures accurate reports and documentation and complies with applicable laws, policies and procedures for both state and federally funded programs.
  • Utilizes the identified data management system to track, monitor and follow-up on cases with identified concerns and for those children receiving services.
  • Utilizes a Child Study Team with a multi-discipline team process to plan, develop and coordinate interventions and follow-ups.
  • Produce by weekly reports on education services.

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Possess a basic understanding of the scope of the Head Start effort and skills adequate to manage the agency to serve children with disabilities including coordination with other program components and community agencies and work with parents.
  • Knowledge of Performance Standards for Head Start
  • Knowledge of Teaching Strategies GOLD
  • Knowledge of Creative Curriculum
  • Knowledge of DECA
  • Knowledge of Child Plus
  • Knowledge of Computer (Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, etc.).
  • Knowledge of early childhood developmental stages.
  • Knowledge of early childhood developmentally appropriate preschool practices.
  • Knowledge of Head Start program.
  • Excellent communication, both orally and written, and human relation skills with both children and adults.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate well to, and coordinate with the population served, especially low-income Spokane Indian Reservation population.
  • Must work well with others.
  • Possess a basic understanding of the scope of the Head Start effort and skills adequate to manage the agency to serve children with disabilities including coordination with other program components and community agencies and work with parents.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Baccalaureate or advanced degree in early childhood education; or a baccalaureate or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with experience teaching preschool-age children.
  • Successful clearance of Criminal History and Background inquiry;
  • First Aid and CPR certification and Food Handlers Permit
  • Five years experience in Head Start or Early Learning.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License, and be Tribally insurable.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Must be willing to travel for training and meetings as needed.
  • Health Evaluation, including TB testing.
  • Must be willing to obtain a CDL – Class C License

 

Applications Are Available In The Tribal Human Resources Department

Or, can be downloaded online at:

(www.spokanetribe.com)

P.O. Box 206 Wellpinit, WA 99040

Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Andrea Flett

Ph# (509) 458-6583, (509) 458-6527, FAX (509) 458-6556

E-mail: sabrina.mccoy@spokanetribe.com or Andrea.Flett@spokanetribe.com   

Applications Must Be Received In the Human Resources Department

No Later 4:30 p.m. on the Closing Date

The Spokane Tribe Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

The Spokane Tribe Reserves The Right To Hire According To Its

 Indian Preference Policy

Applicants Are Subject To A Pre-Employment Drug Test

Positions With The Spokane Tribe Are Subject To A 90-Day Orientation Period