Child Development Specialist

East Texas Council of Governments - Kilgore, TX (30+ days ago)4.1

East Texas Council of Governments is a voluntary association of counties, cities, school districts and special districts within the fourteen-county East Texas region. We assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. Either directly, or through our contractors, ETCOG provides programs and services for East Texas seniors, employers and job seekers. We also build the 9-1-1 emergency call delivery system, provide peace officer training and homeland security planning services; and deliver rural transportation services, business finance programs, grant writing services and environmental grant funding for the region.

Job Purpose: Follows the directive of the Texas Rising Star (TRS) initiative in order to improve the quality of childcare throughout the 14-county region. Based on assessments performed and TRS guidelines, works with and mentors TRS childcare providers in order for them to obtain their initial TRS certification, maintain current certifications or achieve a higher level of certification.

Education: Bachelor's degree required. Degree must be in early childhood education, child development, special education, child psychology, educational psychology, elementary education or family consumer science; or possess 18 credit hours in those areas with at least 12 of these hours in child development; or associate's degree with two years' experience as a director in an early childhood program, with preference given for required experience with a provider that is accredited or TRS certified. Must be able to obtain 20 hours of annual professional development and continuing education consistent with child care licensing minimum training requirements for a center director.

Experience: Minimum one year of full-time early childhood classroom experience in a child care, Early Head Start, Head Start or prekindergarten through third grade school program; 3- 5 years of experience following best practices in early childhood classroom education, understanding of early childhood evaluations, observations and assessments for both teachers and children. Prefer knowledge and understanding of TRS Certification Guidelines and of the minimum standards of Texas childcare licensing.

Skills and Abilities: Detail oriented with strong oral and written communication skills, strong record keeping skills, and the ability to relate to individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds; exceptional interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships with a variety of personalities; the ability to work effectively as a member of a team, the ability to analyze data and pay attention to detail; the ability to interpret policies, procedures and regulations and explain them to others; ability to work over the standard 40 hour work week and weekends on occasion as needed.

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