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Early Childhood Program Specialist 3
Category: Education
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Early Childhood Program Specialist 3

Early Childhood Program Specialist 3

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Work type: Permanent Full Time

Location: Bellingham, WA

Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title
Early Childhood Program Specialist 3 - Toddler Teacher

About the University
Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Department
The Child Development Center supports Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

The Viking Union welcomes and engages students, faculty, staff, and guests in building a diverse community. We continually strive to enhance the Western Experience through supporting student leadership, campus involvement and creative expression, and by providing services and events in our venues. The Child Development Center is a service of the Viking Union Organization and provides early learning opportunities for the children of students, faculty and staff of the Western Community.

This position is a lead classroom teacher and is supported by the work of the Early Childhood Specialist 2, which is the assistant teacher in the classroom.

This is a 9.5 month cyclic position.

As our lead classroom teacher, you will conduct work assignments in support of a positive and inclusive relationships with other diverse staff and students and provide services in a positive and inclusive manner.

Your responsibilities will include:

+ Teaching and developmental management of children at the CDC

+ Develop curriculum following the center's philosophy to involve children in all domains of learning

+ Supervise children involved in activities

+ Use positive guidance in establishing classroom expectations of behavior

+ Provide ample activity options

+ Organize supplies for activities ahead of time

+ Foster a culture of respect for the supplies and equipment children use

+ Create the culture of kindness and empathy of children towards each other

+ Encourage children to be purposeful in their choice of activities and play

+ Promote self-help skills

+ Plan, facilitate, clean up and evaluate activities in your classroom each week

+ Plan and facilitate the preparation, presentation, and cleanup of projects and activities

+ Handle emergencies and administer all medications per licensing guidelines

+ Prepare accident and incident reports

+ Supervise all transition times involving groups of children

+ Plan and facilitate field trips

+ Maintain constant surveillance of all areas and equipment, being observant of danger areas and needed repairs

+ Participate in the planning and arranging of the physical spaces at the center to make them conductive to experiential learning by the children

+ Parent/Caregiver liaison

+ Create visual displays to document children's learning

+ Assist parents in sharing their special skills and play abilities with the children

+ Prepare individual assessments for children's learning

+ Meet with parents to discuss their child's assessment during formal conference

+ Extend support to the student/parent/family by remaining available for, and open to conferencing

+ Assist parents in inter-parent communication when appropriate

+ Train and work with Assistant Teachers, Student Employees, Volunteers and ECE students

+ Supervise parents, work study and long-term practicum students in CDC areas

+ Work with Program Manager and Office Assistant in scheduling parent and student hours

+ Mentor AS CDC interns for one or more quarters each year to meet their educational requirements

+ Conduct periodic student worker meetings and student employee training and be prepared to respond to the needs of the students in relation to their work

+ Meet regularly with students participating in the center as part of college course work to respond to their educational needs

+ Meet with faculty of students participating at the center as part of the student's evaluation process

+ Work with the Program Manager to evaluate students

+ Organizational support/meetings

+ Attend all organization and general parent meetings

+ Attend student employee trainings

+ Prepare to discuss specific issues and present relevant information about the workings of the center

+ Facility care

+ Participate in the mechanics of organizing the center at the beginning of each quarter

+ Organize classroom and storage area

+ Make minor emergency adjustments and repairs to facility and equipment

+ Participate in planning for purchase of new equipment and replacement items

+ Other duties as assigned

As a core value, you will participate in diversity/cultural competency opportunities. You will actively participate in training or staff development opportunities to support the development of competence and effectiveness in the areas of inclusion, diversity, multicultural and cross-cultural communication, and other related topics.

Required Qualifications

+ 45 college quarter hours in early childhood development/education/special education or equivalent OR a Bachelor's degree in ECE or a Child Development Associate Credential

+ Ability to build positive relationships with children, families, and staff

+ Good communication and observation skills

+ Competent in compute skills needed for documentation and displays using Microsoft Word, etc.

+ Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications

+ 3+ years experience in a early childhood program

+ Experience training students and adults

+ Education and experience working with toddlers or pre-schoolers

+ Competent using Teaching Strategies Gold program

New hires typically start at $2984/month; including an excellent benefits package

Bargaining Unit
This position is part of a Public School Employees of WWU bargaining union. New employees are required to meet the membership requirements of the current collective bargaining agreement within 30 calendar days of employment.

Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes
Position closes 06/19/2018

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

Job no: 495832

Advertised: Jun 05 2018 09:00 Pacific Daylight Time

Applications close: Jun 19 2018 23:55 Pacific Daylight Time

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