Early Learning Support Specialist- Washington Service Center

Northwest Regional ESD | Hillsboro, OR

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Posted Date 5/12/2022

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.
Position Title: Early Learning Support Specialist
Department: Early Learning
Location: Washington County Service Center
Compensation: Support Services Salary Schedule - Range J
Bargaining Unit: Classified, OSEA
FTE: 1.0 - 250 days per year
Start date: ASAP

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.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: This position is responsible for supporting early childhood professionals and increasing access to high quality, culturally responsive childcare in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties. This will include coaching and mentoring to child care providers and early childhood educators; addressing professional development requirements, parent communication, business/marketing skills, and state child care regulations. Also responsible for answering questions received through the Child Care Resource &Referral (CCR&R) phone line, responding to questions related to child care subsidies or other areas pertinent to the work of the CCR&R. The position requires working with a culturally diverse population of providers, families and employers. Must be able to become a Master Trainer with the Oregon Registry, experience providing adult training and coaching, experience working in early learning settings.

QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Reguired: 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. Minimum AA degree in Child Development, Family Studies or related field OR Step 9 or above in the Oregon Registry required; BA degree in field preferred
2. Bilingual English/Spanish written and verbal, including ability to deliver training in both languages
3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
4. Knowledge of childhood care and education issues
5. Familiarity with Oregon Professional Development Registry and Oregon’s QRIS system preferred
6. Knowledge and experience working within Oregon’s Early Childhood systems (i.e. resource and referral, Oregon registry, etc.)
7. Strong presentation skills, including ability to both develop and deliver of trainings
8. Computer literacy including: web based meetings, email, data entry, word processing
9. Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office based applications including word processing, spreadsheets and database entry and queries
10. Available transportation and proof of auto insurance.
11. Enrollment in Oregon Central Background Registry
12. Experience with center based child and family care preferred
13. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Administration may deem appropriate and acceptable.

1. Answer the Child Care Resource and Referral phone line; Provide technical assistance, general information, referrals including follow-up with parents, providers and the community
2. Enter data and maintain databases
3. Develop written and visual materials on quality child care issues
4. Provide presentations to employers, employee groups, community groups, parents and child care providers on the topic of quality child care and family-friendly workplace policies Conduct follow-up evaluations of trainings
5. Recruit and train child care providers
6. Recruit child care providers for participation in professional development opportunities available through agency and Child Care Resource & Referral program
7. Recruit QRIS participants
8. Contribute to, and/or edit articles for the parent or provider quarterly newsletters.
9. Maintain accurate records
10. Produce reports required for evaluating program effectiveness and funding requirements; participate in ongoing evaluation of program effectiveness
11. Assist in development of quarterly and annual training plan
12. Work with Focused Child Care Network Participants to implement quality standards; this includes recruiting Focused Network participants and providing individual coaching for participants as needed
13. Provide individual coaching for Focused Network Participants, as needed
14. Recruit Quality Rating and Improvement System participants and provide support to early learning programs working towards a Star rating in Oregon’s (QRIS)
15. Work collaboratively with community partners to advocate for increased availability and quality of early learning programs in the region
16. Attend county early childhood advisory committee meetings as required
17. Support early learning professionals in developing individual Professional Development Plans including navigating the community college system
18. Meet regularly with DHS and Office of Childcare licensing specialist to ensure alignment of services and collaboration
19. Attend required trainings and meetings

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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