Job Title: Early Childhood Programs (ECP) Education Specialist

Reports to:Supervisor, Early Childhood Programs
Typical Schedule:216 days/7.5 or 8.0 hours/day
Bargaining Unit:USEP INS

 

FLSA: Exempt
Job Code:5162
Salary Schedule:84N

JOB GOAL

Responsible for coordinating, implementing and overseeing educational curriculum, assessment, and support services for staff, families and stakeholders. Provide mentoring and support services to Early Childhood Programs stakeholders that help ensure compliance with district, state, and federal programs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.
  1. Oversee curriculum and assessment as it relates to Early Childhood Programs and support staff to meet the needs of children, families, staff and program requirements.
  2. Collaborate with district office staff, administrators, parents and community stakeholders to establish and implement standards-based curriculum, screening, assessment and instructional programs.
  3. Provide mentoring and coaching to support school readiness skills in curriculum, standards-based and individualized instruction, Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), and Multi-Tiered Support Services to staff, families and children.
  4. Assist with identifying professional development needs of Early Childhood Programs staff and provide job-embedded professional development and materials to ensure ongoing success.
  5. Provide support to align curriculum, instruction, assessment and school readiness outcomes to district goals, state standards and federal requirements.
  6. Collect, analyze and interpret student achievement data to maximize instructional resources which enables student success and provide programmatic guidance and resources to schools when needed.
  7. Participate in and facilitate Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s), committees, workgroups and task forces to use data-based decision-making to plan for individualization, instruction and professional development needs.
  8. Evaluate school readiness needs and collaborate with appropriate staff to ensure transition and articulation from infant toddler to preschool and preschool to kindergarten programs.
  9. Provide support and training to parents regarding Child Development and Education topics.
  10. Provide support to classrooms and staff by assisting in lesson plan development, screening and assessment, home visits, parent conferences, interventions, and other areas of identified need to ensure local, state and federal compliance.
  11. Support staff in identifying effective research-based strategies and assist with professional development activities and data-based decision-making aimed at improving children’s school readiness skills and closing the achievement gap.
  12. Assist with the development of a comprehensive plan for continued program improvement.
  13. Assist with preparation and monitoring of required reports and program functions for federal review and state requirements.
  14. Prepare and update program written plans and procedures manual.
  15. 15. Perform other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of current trends and research in teaching and learning.
  • Knowledge of related federal, state, and local rules, regulations, statutes, and policies.
  • Ability to analyze data and use data-driven decision making to implement effective programs.
  • Ability to read and interpret journals, articles, research studies, Florida statutes, Federal Regulations, state Board rules, and school Board policies.
  • Knowledge of Observational Tools.
  • Knowledge of curriculum and assessment systems Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, orally and in writing, including electronic media.
  • Knowledge of and experience with personal computers and programs, such as word processing programs, spreadsheets, and databases

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or related field
  • Three years of related professional experience
  • OR
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES & REGISTRATIONS

  • Certification or licensure that aligns with the area of assignment
  • Obtain and maintain current CLASS certification as a CLASS reliable

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in early Childhood Education/Child Development
  • Bilingual
  • Current and former parents or guardians of children served by the Head Start program must receive preference for employment in Head Start vacancies for which they apply.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

None

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. If the use of arm and / or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as Light Work

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk and hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.

MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT

  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Early Childhood Programs (ECP) Education Specialist;   EST: April 21, 2015 ;   REV: June 24, 2020;   Board Approved: April 21, 2015