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Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Child Development Coach in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Job Summary:

Under the direction and leadership of the Education Manager, the Child Development Coach will support teaching staff through the Practice-Based Coaching model, providing ongoing professional development, building teaching skills, and assisting teachers in applying new knowledge. The coach aligns guidance with the teaching practices identified by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).

Essential Functions/Key Responsibilities:

  • Implement Practice-Based Coaching in accordance with a flexible model of; 1:1 meetings outside classroom, shadowing and classroom observations, video observations, and group meetings.

  • Support classroom staff in successfully implementing the Early Learning curriculum.

  • Coach, consult, and model for classroom teachers, engage teachers in reflective practices.

  • Conduct individual child observations for the purpose of gathering data to support the development of curriculum and behavioral plans.

  • Support teachers in their work to implement positive behaviors through positive behavior implementation strategies.

  • Ensure and support the implementation of curriculum and/or behavioral plans through ongoing observation and collaboration with staff/families.

  • Provide consultation and recommendations to teachers and center management regarding classroom learning environment, routines and activities.

  • Consult with management team to plan professional development based on teachers’ skills and needs.

  • Maintain list of assigned educators; track coaching activities.

  • Maintain ongoing communication and collaboration with assigned Education Supervisors.

  • Report to Education Manager and Director on a regular basis.

  • Participate in ongoing evaluation and assessment of PCDC’s Practice Based Coaching program.

  • Engage in ongoing training in Practice-Based Coaching.

    Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in Early Childhood Education or related field.

  • 3-5 years of experience working with young children in a classroom setting.

  • Knowledge/experience implementing the CSEFEL Pyramid Model preferred.

  • Training and/or experience in Coaching Practices.

  • Experience working with low income, culturally diverse, and at-risk families and individuals.

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

  • Must be flexible and able to adapt successfully to diverse learning styles.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members and community partners.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Proficient computer skills required.

  • Flexible schedule is required to meet the needs of our children and families, including some evenings/weekends.

  • Show documented proof of current physical exam, negative TB test and proof of MMR immunity. (Hepatitis B immunity is advisable).

  • DEEC Background Record check required for employment.

    Other :

    Supervisory Responsibility: None

    Travel: Required to attend meetings, training, and visits to sites.

    Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment and uses standard office equipment, such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, fax machines.

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