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Infant-Toddler Specialist

Employment Type: Full Time
11/15/18

Reports to:   PD/TA Manager
FLSA Classification:  Exempt  
Job Grade:   7    
Hiring Range: $17.06 - $19.62/hr
Department:   YWCA PD/TA

JOB SUMMARY:

This position will work directly with the Keystone STARS Quality Coaches to enrich the early learning environments of infants and toddlers in the Southwest Region of PA (11 counties). They will provide information on professional development, technical assistance and related supportive services, to providers. They will network with other professionals in early childhood to improve the quality of early care in the state of Pennsylvania.  In addition, they will serve as a resource for groups interested in the Keystone STARS program and the advancement of quality early care and learning. The position requires frequent travel within the state of Pennsylvania.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

A degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development is required. Bachelor’s Degree with three (3) years relevant experience and one (1) year supervisory experience OR Masters Degree with one (1) year relevant experience and (1) year supervisory experience.  Act 33/34/ FBI clearances are also required.  Must hold or be working toward PQAS.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: 

Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal presentation and organizational skills as well as a valid PA driver’s license are a must.  Working knowledge of PA’s early learning systems, including child care, and operation of child care facilities as well as available resources to support programs. Strong understanding of the development of quality early learning services needed.  Requires the ability to effectively work and interact with a diverse population. In addition, the following skills are recommended:

  • Culturally and individually sensitive practices
  • Developmentally appropriate practices and emerging best practice in Infant-Toddler care giving, understand the impact and need for strong and positive social-emotional development experiences and language and literacy development for growth and development
  • Supporting and working with families
  • Understanding the specific needs of Infant-Toddler in group care settings
  • Understanding mixed age care giving and FDCH
  • Health and safety issues in Infant-Toddler early care settings
  • Knows how to administer ITERS and how to drive improvement off the tool

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide Professional Development in the Region on Infant and Toddler Topics including best practice
  • Consult with programs on ITERS, provide technical assistance.
  • Health and Safety practices in Infant and Toddler classrooms (familiar with ECELS, Caring for our Children)
  • Coordinating the development of newsletter articles or tip sheets targeting Infant and Toddler issues with other RK Infant-Toddler Specialists
  • Triage and support to ECMH, Health and Safety TA, EI, community resources
  • Develop resource lists and make available to programs
  • Work closely with Star Managers, Designators, ERS Assessors
  • Know and develop relationships with KSB and EHS in region
  • Promotes participation in the Keystone STARS program.
  • Maintains accurate records and prepares such reports as may be required by management.
  • Maintains high levels of customer satisfaction.
  • Must maintain a high level of confidentiality when working with sensitive and personal client, vendor, employee and contract information.
  • Must effectively deal with sensitive information and occurrences.
  • Displays consistent professionalism and courtesy when interacting with internal and external customers.
  • Promotes and supports the mission, values and goals of the YWCA maintaining high performance standards.
  • Participates actively in YWCA and OCDEL professional development opportunities successfully implementing new skills, knowledge and procedures.
  • Work in concert state wide as part of an Infant-Toddler team of Specialists and participate and support the OCDEL Infant-Toddler Systems Committee
  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned by the Director or the Professional Development Manager within the scope of the Regional Key.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Ability to lift, carry and otherwise move up to 15 pounds on a regular basis
  • Ability to sit, stand, bend, kneel, reach, push, pull, or walk for various lengths of time throughout the day
  • Ability to utilize computer equipment to complete daily work responsibilities
  • Ability to operate fax/copy machines, telephone, calculator and general office equipment on a daily basis
  • Daily work in an office environment and with frequent travel to client sites with exposure to weather conditions
  • Available to work 7 hours per day and/or 35 hours per week or more as necessary to meet Association objectives.
  • Ability to travel for meetings, agency trainings and other miscellaneous work assignments within or outside of Allegheny County.

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