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Early Childhood Program Specialist 3

Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Job - Education

Close Date: 03/30/2020

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a classified Early Childhood Education Specialist 3. This is a full-time cyclic, 9.5-month position in the Child and Family Studies Program for lead teacher and lab instructor in the preschool program. This position will work collaboratively as a team to develop, implement, and extend curriculum for the children and families enrolled in the child care program as well as supervise and direct aides and Early Childhood Education students in the classroom for the instructional program.

Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance diversity and equity on our campus and in our community. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Office of Human Resources, (360) 992-2105.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

• Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children enrolled in the Child and Family Studies Program.
• Assess children's social, intellectual, emotional, nutritional, and physical needs and develop child- and adult-directed educational activities based on assessed needs.
• Prepare, assess and evaluate the learning environment to create a meaningful and enriching space.
• Observe, assess, and document children's learning levels; monitoring the progress of each child’s growth.
• Effectively build and maintain strong partnerships with families; develop relationships with children and collaborate with colleagues directly and respectfully.
• Work collaboratively as a team to develop, implement, and extend curriculum for the children and families enrolled in the child care program.
• Build an inclusive curriculum with awareness of diverse populations.
• Possess strong composition, grammar, spelling, and proofreading abilities.
• Supervise and direct aides and Early Childhood Education students in the classroom while they are fulfilling lab/class assignments for the instructional program.
• Provide students, parents, caregivers, and aides with written and verbal information on child development, developmentally appropriate practices, and guidance techniques.
• Maintain data on students and children including daily attendance records, meal counts, accident reports, observations, assessment reports, medicine records, and lab student files.
• Model the program values in everyday practices and interactions.
• Assist director, program supervisor and faculty with ongoing curriculum development, training, assessment and evolving knowledge of practices in the field of Early Childhood Education.
• Assist with orientation trainings for various participants in the Child and Family Studies Program.
• Maintain trainings as required by licensing, EA/QRIS, NAC accreditation and Clark College yearly.
• Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
• Perform related duties as required.

Position Requirements and Competencies:
Candidates will be evaluated based on application materials, including the supplemental questions and personal interview(s), and will be required to demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

Minimum Qualifications:
• Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Human Development or related field.
• Valid certification in CPR/First Aid, or the ability to obtain one upon hire.
• Two years of experience working in a group setting with children ages 3 to 5 years old.
• Valid MERIT ongoing training hours current.
• Proof of negative TB test.
• Proof of MMR immunization.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred.
• Two years’ experience providing verbal and written feedback to adult learners.
• Familiarity and experience with the following frameworks: Relationship based Curriculum, Emergent Curriculum, Ages and Stages related to children 3-5 years, and Reggio Emilia.
• Knowledge of the following professional frameworks: state licensing regulations, QRIS, NAEYC Code of Ethics, and developmentally appropriate practices.
• Knowledge of child growth, development theories, observation and assessment methods.

Job Readiness/Working Conditions:
• Ability to spend time sitting on the floor, getting down low to child's level and lifting up to 50 lbs.
• Ability to work as part of a team.
• Possess knowledge of appropriate techniques for diapering, sanitation, napping, feeding, and toilet training.
• Ability to be actively involved with children during activities.
• Consistent attendance to support continuity of care required.
• The initial appointment will include a 6-month probationary period and the employee will earn permanent status after successfully completing probation.
• This position is represented by Washington Public Employees Association.
• Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Starting Salary: $3,198/month Range: 42 Code: 256C
Benefits package includes insurance, retirement, annual and sick leave, disability, flexible spending account, and tuition waiver.

Application Deadline:
Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by March 30, 2020 at 3pm

• Clark College online application
• Current resume
• Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process

Please apply online at
To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.

Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360) 991-0901.

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If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.

Clark College Human Resources
March 11, 2020

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