LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF NEW YORK
POSITION: Education Specialist
REPORTS TO: Education Director
COMPANY: Lutheran Social Services of New York
EXEMPT/NONEXEMPT: Salaried Non-Exempt
The Educational Specialist provides coaching and other supports to family child care providers during monthly home visits and supports the implementation of an evidence-based curriculum within a mixed-age group setting that supports preschool children.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES:
· Supports the mission, vision and philosophy of Lutheran Social Services of NY (LSSNY). Complies willingly with all organizational policies and procedures.
· Supports all functions that attain and maintain accreditation and compliance with regulatory agencies.
· Exhibits effective communication skills.
SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Provider Monitoring and Support:
· Maintains a caseload of ~17 childcare providers
· Conducts home visits at least twice monthly to:
o Ensure providers are providing the environment and experiences that are appropriate for children
o Monitor the completion of lesson plans, child observations, daily communication with parents
o Observe children
o Ensure providers are conducting monthly Pedestrian safety lessons
· Assesses providers’ knowledge and competence during home visits, using TSG Coaching to Fidelity Checklists, CLASS observations and provide appropriate feedback and coaching
· Assess providers annually and develop individual improvement plans to strengthen approachesMaintains a portfolio for all providers on caseload including training certificates, monthly samples of lesson plans and other documents that evidence providers’ professional development and progress.
· Supervises providers’ assessment of children 3 times annually (Nov, Feb, May) using Teaching Strategies GOLD, and ensure data entry is accurate and timely; Enters data into TSG GOLD for review and analysis by Education Director. Reviews with providers to help develop appropriate activities for children
· Facilitates parent/provider conferences 3x annually in provider homes
· Helps facilitate provider training
· Reviews children’s IFSP’S with providers and assists them in planning activities to help children achieve IFSP goals.
· Monitors therapists’ visits to providers homes and submits time sheets to Disabilities Coordinator
· Refers children with suspected delays to Disabilities Coordinator
· Assist with other job-related tasks, as assigned by Director
· Participates in professional development, including those mandated by the program/funders/agency. Staff is encouraged to find and participate in other types of professional development, with the approval of supervisor.
· Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education or Infant/Toddler studies
· At least 2 years of experience in an early childhood program preferred
· Knowledge of Family Child Care preferred.
· Must be willing to travel to various NYC boroughs
· Bilingual Spanish preferred
Basic competency in Microsoft Office for Windows application is required.