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CFCE Specialist (Early Childhood)

Collaborative for Educational Services
20 To 22 (USD) Hourly
United States, Massachusetts, Northampton
November 30, 2023

Department: Early Childhood

Title: CFCE Specialist

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Reports to: CFCE Coordinator

Base Hours: 15 to 18 hours per week, part time, evening and weekend, as needed

Purpose: The CFCE Specialist's primary responsibility is to provide developmentally appropriate, early literacy-rich experiences, including playgroups for young children (ages 0-5); to strengthen and foster positive relationships between parents and their children; and to provide community outreach, resources and information on early learning and development, parenting and social resources and support for parents and families. The Specialist will lead, coordinate and manage all aspects of the program, assuring effective and efficient delivery of services and compliance with best professional standards and practices and complete implementation of funding source expectations.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide drop in playgroups weekly and specialized early childhood events with developmentally appropriate and early literacy focused activities

  • Establish rapport with each family and display empathy and understanding of others' perspectives, needs, concerns and culture. Communicate with families in a positive, non-judgmental manner

  • Provide appropriate resources and support to meet each family's individual needs

  • Model age-appropriate interactions with children including redirecting children's behavior as needed and providing positive role-modeling to families regarding behavior management

  • Provide outreach to ensure that the community and schools have information about CFCE

  • Support children and families through transitions including kindergarten transitions and welcoming new babies.

  • Conduct and assist families with ASQ and upload ASQ results onto online system

  • Provide families with community resources and warm referrals

  • Collect necessary data to complete monthly reporting requirements and submit reports in a timely and accurate fashion

  • Register and review policies with families attending for the first time. Collect and maintain records of playgroups, families and services provided.

  • Coordinate with special programming providers such as music performances

  • All CES staff are expected to adopt and practice the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice described in the agency's strategic plan.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain confidentiality at all times regarding information that families/caregivers may share

  • Inform CFCE Coordinator or Early Childhood Director of any significant issues or concerns that may arise

  • Engage in fundraising activities

  • Oversee the regular publication of a newsletter/email outreach/social media

  • Attend and actively participate in staff, departmental, and CFCE council meetings

  • Maintain a safe and clean environment and positive working alliance with the property owner of the playgroup site

  • Other duties as assigned by the CFCE Coordinator or EC Director

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, or a related field.

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in a position working with parents and young children

  • Basic knowledge of child development, family dynamics and pre/postpartum issues.

  • Able to work as a team with other staff

  • Able to work with children, parents, caregivers, schools and community resources

  • Computer skills using Google documents, calendars and spreadsheets

Physical Demands: Requires the ability to lead up to 2 hour playgroups or parent discussions groups, and be able to: move, sing, interact, play, lead and follow young children and lift 40 pounds.

Work Conditions

  • Requires working a flexible schedule to include night meetings and weekend events

  • Can handle interruptions and maintain productivity

  • Ability to effectively communicate with a broad spectrum of individuals, collaborate with various community groups, mediate conflicts and involve a diverse group of individuals in programming are essential

  • Skilled in working independently and collaboratively

  • Ability to track and manage own hours effectively

  • Ability to travel in order to attend required meetings

Dates of service: 38 weeks during the school year with reduced programming in July and August. Non-programming periods align with school district holiday/vacation calendars with possible flexibility to extend services in June.