Early Childhood Education Specialist (ECES) - Columbia County Service Center

Northwest Regional ESD | Hillsboro, OR

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Posted Date 11/07/2022

Northwest Regional Education Service District is an equal opportunity employer; committed to building an inclusive community and an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. We are proud to be an antiracist organization. We work to understand how racial ideology is manufactured and how it impacts the lives of our staff and those we serve.

In line with our commitment to disrupting systemic racism, we acknowledge that research shows that Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and women are significantly less likely to apply for some positions, believing they must meet every qualification as described in the job description. At NWRESD, we value representation, and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We know that sometimes that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of the qualifications described below.

Job Title: Early Childhood Education Specialist
Location: Columbia County Service Center
Department: EI/ECSE
Reports To: Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs
Compensation: Licensed Salary Schedule, Per negotiated contract
FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: NWEA
FTE: 1.0 - 190 days per year

NW REGIONAL ESD'S MISSION STATEMENT: In partnership with the communities we serve, Northwest Regional ESD improves student learning by providing equitable access to high quality services and support.


To provide educational programs and/or consultation to parents and community pre-schools to meet the individual needs of children with disabilities and/or special needs, from birth to five years of age.

QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Current Oregon Teaching License in early childhood, special education, or related field
2. Minimum of 1 year of experience working with Special Education & Early Childhood
3. Current driver's license

Operate on a highly varied schedule to plan and organize various activities to teach children with special needs, counsel parents, assess progress, and maintain required records. These activities include teaching in self-contained classrooms, home visits, family counseling, parent education, multi-disciplinary team meetings, curriculum development, the preparation of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs), and assessment of progress and program effectiveness.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Include the following. Performs some or all of the following tasks. Other Duties may be assigned.

1. Assess children for cognitive, personal-social and adaptive development. Work with transdisciplinary team, including the family, in development and implementation of IFSPs. Assess progress.
2. Provide appropriate environment to establish and reinforce developmentally appropriate curriculum to promote learning in all areas of development, e.g. cognitive, social, play, language, gross motor, fine motor, self help, and behavior. This is accomplished through baby groups, toddler groups, pre-school self-contained classes and language groups.
3. Provide consultation, education, and support to parents through home visits, day care visits, and community pre-schools for needs of children with special needs. Occasionally provide inservice to building staff and students.
4. Case management duties include: reviewing child's eligibility for the program, preparing team reports, development and preparation of IFSP goals and documents, maintenance of required records and working files, including physician's statements, and assessment of student progress. As appropriate, refer families to community resources.
5. Provide direction to educational assistants.
Note: The description contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principle functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the workload.

NWRESD believes that every individual makes a significant contribution to our success. The administration reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary that still reflect the essential functions of the department. It is our expectation that every employee will offer their services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the ESD’s goals.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Northwest Regional Education Service District is an equal opportunity employer; committed to building an inclusive community and an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. We are proud to be an antiracist organization. We work to understand how racial ideology is manufactured and how it impacts the lives of our staff and those we serve.

Northwest Regional Education Service District is proud to be an antiracist, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment, selection, and employment without regard to race, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, religion, veteran or military status, or any other category protected under the law.

Northwest Regional Education Service District is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment procedures for individuals experiencing a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at hrhelp@nwresd.k12.or.us. Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the district for assistance through the Oregon telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

On August 19, 2021 Governor Brown ordered all public and private school teachers, educators, support staff, substitutes and volunteers to be vaccinated by October 18, 2021 or six weeks after FDA approval, whichever is later. Since the governor’s announcement, a COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech) has received regular Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval meaning October 18, 2021 is confirmed as the mandatory deadline for vaccination. "Fully vaccinated" is defined as 14 days after receiving all required doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine (currently two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one shot of Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Starting October 18, 2021, testing will no longer be an option as the alternative to vaccination. All Northwest Regional ESD staff, substitutes, contractors, interns and volunteers will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 per the August 19, 2021 order from Gov. Kate Brown. All staff members will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Exemptions may be made only for eligible medical or religious reasons. There will not be an option to opt out for other reasons or choose testing in lieu of vaccination, under the state mandate. In order to support students and families, the essential functions of this position may require physical presence in the workplace. All public health protocols will be followed.


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