Family Connections Specialist
Posting Number: 0601073-C Position Type: Classified Special Notes to Applicants:
As a condition of employment, all new employees are required to be compensated via direct deposit.
LBCC is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.
LBCC offers a pay incentive to eligible employees who demonstrate proficiency in conversational Spanish when evaluated and formally certified by a college-approved professional or agency. Eligibility to apply for and receive bilingual pay incentives for Spanish and languages other than English are subject to the provisions of Administrative Rule 6025-06. For more detailed information, please review the
LBCC Bilingual Pay Incentive Administrative Policy
Position Title: Family Connections Specialist Division/Department: Family Connections Location Albany Campus, Albany, OR Job Summary:
Serves as a member of the State-wide Child Care System providing community-based services to child care providers, families, and community partners. Serves as a mentor to individuals entering the child care workforce. Supports quality early care and education and youth programs through technical assistance and training utilizing best practices (i.e. Spark, Lead, Learn, Excel) as a foundation for work as a Quality Improvement Specialist ( QIS ). Performs personal consultations, maintains data and implements grant programs. Provides community outreach to parents, providers, employers, and community groups.
Education and Experience: Strong Educational background in early childhood education. Position requires a Step 10 or higher on the Oregon Registry or a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education or related field (Human Development, Child and Family Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)., Two or more years experience in an early childhood program. Must meet the requirements to become an Oregon Registry Master Trainer (https://www.pdx.edu/occd/oregon-registry-trainer-program-6) or complete the requirements through a professional pathway within two years of employment.
Knowledge and Skills: Requires a solid understanding of child development, theory, practice, and related programs. Requires knowledge and skills to deliver relationship-based professional development and familiarity, adult learning methods practices, and all learning styles. Must have strong oral and written communication skills including in-person consultation, professional learning advising, email, texting, phone calls to encourage and support early educators. Requires cultural competence, the ability to understand and avoid bias, and the ability to effectively meet the needs of the workforce.
Abilities: Must be able to perform the duties of the position efficiently and effectively. Must be able to provide instruction, guidance, and resource support to child care programs, community partners, and consumers. Must be able to analyze situations and develop and implement effective responses. Requires timely documentation of work for outside funders. Requires the ability to organize, plan, and prioritize duties to meet schedules and timelines. Requires the ability to communicate formally and informally with a wide range of contacts both within and outside of the college setting. Requires the ability to demonstrate tact, diplomacy, empathy, and friendliness in dealing with people under stressful conditions, either by phone or in person. Must be able to work respectfully with individuals of all cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and abilities. Must hold a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a Central Background check through the Oregon Early Learning Division Office of Child Care.
Prefer two years experience providing technical assistance and training to early childhood programs.
Prefer bilingual skills in English and Spanish.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Learned physical skill is required to operate computer keyboard and other office equipment. Must be able to communicate effectively in person, over the phone, and in-group settings. May need to lift and carry light to medium weight materials when setting up for meetings and trainings.
Work is performed in a variety of training settings and in an office setting, online and in the field in child care settings. Substantial time is spent working on a computer. May be required to work evenings and/or weekends. Frequent travel within Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties is required.
Serves as a mentor to individuals and programs providing early care and education and youth programming in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties through universal, targeted, and intensive technical assistance. Utilize data based on the Lead Learn Excel model to determine technical assistance efforts and support for child care providers.
Provides universal technical assistance to introduce individuals/programs on the licensing process and Spark – Oregon’s quality improvement program. Inform and support providers regarding the Employment Related Day Care ( ERDC ), and other Oregon Department of Human Services subsidy programs.
Provides direct technical assistance, professional development, and resources, including grant opportunities, in support of small business owners to strengthen business functions.
Supports child care programs through job-embedded professional development professional learning including site visits, ongoing feedback, and recommendations to support improvements in environments, teacher-child observations, and communication with families.
Assist providers in creating professional development plans, apply for quality improvement grants and education awards, and to access the training required by the Office of Child Care to meet licensure requirements.
Designs and implements provider recruitment plans to meet child care demands for Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. Promotes the development of new programs by engaging in recruitment activities including outreach to targeted communities, hosting events, tabling at community events (i.e. Baby Blast), representing Family Connections on partner committee/Advisory Committees, and creating promotional materials for distribution.
Leads long-term (3 mos. – 2 years) intensive quality improvement efforts with targeted groups of child care providers utilizing best practices models i.e. Focused Child Care Networks, cohorts.
Prepares program curriculum based on the needs of the region/cohort/Focused Child Care Network including researching topics, preparing materials, creating and teaching set 1 and set 2 trainings. Teaches seminars and workshops and gives educational presentations.
Accesses and works in numerous database information systems across state agencies and organizations, including Early Learning Division, Department of Human Services, Oregon Center for Career Development, and the Training Research Institute.
May Researches, writes, and edits an educational newsletter for professionals, parents, and advocates on all aspects of childhood care and education.
Upgrades knowledge and skills with best practices in the field of Early Childhood Education, Oregon Early Learning Division ( ELD ) system and Department of Human Services policies, and LBCC policies. Participates in Early Learning Division best practices training, Communities of Practice, Professional Learning Communities, attends conferences, and training. Participates in Train the Trainer programs. Keeps abreast of child care licensing regulations.
Provides regular time-sensitive documentation of work for funders. Collects and reports data to national, state, local, private, and public agencies, and employers.
Provides services, reports, and technical assistance to meet the expectations of grant-funded projects. Arranges and maintains collaborative relationships with community partners. Remains current on state and federal government changes affecting grant.
Trains new staff on specialized computer programs, intake processes, and specific methods of providing adult education through individualized consultations and group instruction.
Serves on state agency boards, task forces, and professional organizations relating to care, education, and support of children and families.
May provide bilingual expertise and outreach services to the Hispanic population in Linn and Benton counties. Defines the needs of the community and designs activities and services to meet those needs. Develops appropriate curriculum and other written materials.
Participates in writing grants for projects directly related to educational and technical services for families/students and child care providers. Provide technical assistance to child care providers responding to grant opportunities.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Please complete the online application and upload or attach the following required documents:
2) Cover Letter
3) Academic Transcript(if needed to meet required qualifications)
Transcripts from a non-U.S. college or university must be accompanied by an international credential agency evaluation. Please see “Academic Transcript Information” on the Employment Opportunities home page for more information and a list of agencies which perform this service.
Applications are reviewed for minimum qualifications. In order to be considered, your application must clearly show you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.
U.S. Veterans must attach proof of honorable discharge (Form DD-214, Copy 4) to their application to qualify for veteran’s consideration.
Proposed Start Date: 01/04/2021 Full-time or Part-time Full-time, Fiscal Year (Contracted with Benefits) Number of hours/week: 40 Posting Date: 11/23/2020 Closing Date: 12/10/2020 Open Until Filled: No Salary Grade 18 Salary/Rate
Starting annual salary is $ 45,229 for a 1.0 FTE, 245 position day contract, plus benefit options. Classified contracts less than 1.0 FTE are subject to prorated benefit costs and accruals.
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