This position is overtime eligible.
This position is a member of Washington Public Employee Association of Higher Education (WPEA-HE).
Bellevue College is a student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community. The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region.
We strive to create a vibrant campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty and staff. As an essential part of our mission and goals, pluralism is promoted in all aspects of college life. By enriching student life through leadership opportunities, personal learning and cultural experiences, we are committed to building a pluralistic and diverse campus community that fosters creativity, innovation and student success.
This supervisory position reports directly to the Early Learning Center (ELC) Director. The Early Childhood Program Specialist 4 has responsibility for regularly assigning, instructing, evaluating, supervising and leading ELC teaching teams to assure best practices are implemented for all age groups. This position facilitates planning and implementation of programs for children including Head Start; mentors College ECE lab & practicum students; serves as the Center's Head Start site supervisor, and models best practice. This includes assuming supervisory responsibility for setting and maintaining the highest standards for ELC programming by working with teaching staff in implementing and coordinating a quality early childhood education program and summer school-age program based on established Center standards, center philosophy, Head Start Standards, Teaching Strategies GOLD, Creative Curriculum, CLASS and DEL.
Essential Functions/Typical Duties:
- Supervise, mentor, orient, coach and train teaching staff. This includes, but is not limited to, curriculum planning, room design, assessment, classroom management, problem solving, and licensing. Provide ongoing training, clear expectations, performance evaluations, and effectively work with staff on personnel issues as they arise.
- Supervise the preparation and implementation of lesson plans, classroom goals and objectives.
- Supervise teachers through daily observations, individual meetings, and quarterly age group meetings.
- Assess the social, intellectual, emotional, nutritional and physical needs of children enrolled and supervise teachers in the development of goals and accompanying activities based on needs.
- Assume responsibility for Center in Director’s or Assistant Director’s absence.
- Design, staff, implement, and teach in ELC summer program for school-age children.
- Establish and maintain positive partnerships with Center families. .
- Understand, follow, and inform others of center policies, procedures, and philosophy.
- Be familiar with and adhere to all WA state licensing standards.
- Assume Head Start site supervisor responsibilities working directly with Head Start coordinators to insure all Head Start classroom and staff standards are met and maintained.
- Facilitate, model, teach, and practice positive communication, conflict resolution, and problem solving with children, families, student workers, and center staff.
- Work directly with the College Early Learning Instruction Dept. to help provide a quality lab and mentoring site at ELC for BC students.
- Encourage and support family involvement in all aspects of the program.
- Help guide, train, and provide technical assistance to assigned student staff and lab/practicum students.
- Plan and implement a program for teacher development and training.
- With center staff, initiate and maintain respectful interactions and relationships with children, staying engaged and supporting their ongoing growth and development.
- Insure state licensing, Early Achievers, and other regulatory requirements applicable to classroom and playground areas are met.
- Perform related duties as required.
- AA/AAS degree with a minimum of 45 credits of Early Childhood Education/Child Development and four years of teaching experience in an early childhood setting
- Demonstrated ability to relate and communicate effectively with children, families, community members, and staff of diverse ages, backgrounds and abilities
- Knowledge of and experience with early childhood education theory and practices including child development, observation and ongoing assessment, developing curriculum, providing special services and referrals, and classroom environments & routines
- Ability to develop positive relationships with children and families using methods that are individually and culturally appropriate
SPECIFIC POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
- BA/BS in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or closely related field that includes 45 college credits in early childhood education plus three years of teaching experience in an early childhood setting
- Experience teaching and/or supervising in a Head Start program. Knowledge and understanding of Head Start standards
- Demonstrated ability to be responsive to the needs of a diverse student population and community
- Two years of supervisory or administrative experience working in a full day, early childhood program
- Experience creating learning environments that provide for the inclusion of all children, including children with special needs, with diverse socioeconomic and/or cultural backgrounds, and diverse language
- Demonstrated experience with curriculum development appropriate to ages Birth to 10 years
- Knowledge and experience with Teaching Strategies Gold, Creative Curriculum, CLASS, and Second Step
- Have, or obtain within 90 days of hiring, current infant/child CPR & Basic First Aid; Blood Borne Pathogen training, and Food Handler’s card
- Proof of negative TB skin test
- Successful completion of a Washington DEL criminal background
- Ability to meet minimum licensing requirements for WA Dept. of Early Learning (DEL)
- Ability to safely supervise groups of children and their activities by standing, walking, reaching, sitting (on floor, small chairs, &/or outdoors), frequent stooping, and lifting up to 40 pounds
How to Apply
Individuals interested in this position are encouraged to complete and submit the following:
- Complete an online application
- Complete the supplemental questionnaire
- Attach a resume
- Attach a letter of interest addressing how you meet or exceed the minimum and desired qualifications
- Attach a transcript