Child Development Center Specialist III - West Valley-Mission Community College District in Saratoga California

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West Valley-Mission Community College District

Saratoga, California


United States
(FY15/16-150FT)

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Detailed Job Description

The Child Development Center is seeking a talented individual to fill the position of Child Development Center Specialist III.

West Valley College, though just minutes from the heart of the Silicon Valley, is in a beautiful park-like setting on 143 wooded acres. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate the college for its friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.

Under direction of the Child Development Center (CDC) Director, the CDC Specialist III plans and implements a developmentally appropriate, emergent, play-based curriculum for a multi-aged preschool group. Specialist III’s meet the individual needs of each child within the context of the group experience while providing a rich and varied learning environment and curriculum including full compliance with the State Department of Education, Child Development Division Funding Terms and conditions, Title 5 regulations and Title 22 Community Care Licensing regulations.

Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.

Assignment

100% of full time, 37.5 hours per week, 12 months per year, with anticipated start date of May 18, 2016. Schedule may change to include some evening or weekend hours, as needed. This position is a member of the West Valley-Mission Classified Employees Association (WVMCEA), Office, Technical & Business Services Employee Unit.

Work Location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA.

PLEASE NOTE:
We have begun a district-wide classification study of all regular, non-faculty staff positions. A classification study is a process of studying, analyzing, and describing the nature and level of work performed by employees. This classification study will ultimately produce uniform job descriptions for every employee.

The classification study will also include a compensation study that will provide information on what other employers pay employees who are performing similar duties. The District will use this information to ensure that our employees are adequately compensated.

The classification study started in November 2014 and is expected to take approximately 12-18 months to complete. As a result of this study, it is possible for the job description and/or compensation to change in this position opening.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Education – Possess one of the following:

  • 24 college semester units of ECE/CD including core courses AND 16 general education semester units AND 6 specialization semester units AND 2 adult supervision semester units AND 3 semester units in supervision and administration; OR
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with 12 units of ECE, plus 3 units supervised field experience in ECE setting; OR
  • CTC Master Teacher or higher level permit;

AND

2. Experience – At least 350 days of 3+ hours per day within the last 4 years;

AND

3. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Techniques and methods used in planning and implementing an early care and education program for young children.
  • Theories and research of child development.
  • Basic principles of early childhood.
  • Developmentally appropriate practices which foster the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional growth of the child.
  • Core curriculum components including blocks, socio-dramatic play, art, construction of loose parts, life cycles and nature, language, literacy, science, mathematics and movement.
  • Community Care Licensing regulations Title 22.
  • First aid and Infant CPR.
  • Health and safety regulations.
  • Oral and written communications skills.
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience, and courtesy.

Ability to:

  • Work with diverse ethnic population of children and families.
  • Read, interpret and apply curriculum guides, procedure manuals and related materials.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing using correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Make simple arithmetic calculations quickly and accurately.
  • Apply common sense understanding to carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Recognize the scope and limits of assignment.
  • Supervise children in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relations with others.
  • Learn and work within the policies, functions and requirements of area of assignment.
  • Provide input related to the developmental assessment of children in the program.
  • Plan and participate in instructional programs and activities for children.
  • Prepare the classroom and play yard for children’s activities.
  • Maintain records and prepare written materials.

Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

  • Plan and implement a developmentally appropriate emergent play-based curriculum. Carry out the curriculum in an aesthetic environment with integrated curriculum areas so that the daily flow and routines allow for the optimum use of both the indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Interact daily with each child and his or her learning processes including dialogues and conversations with the child, assisting the child in developing problem solving skills, supporting a child’s movement towards competency and modeling prosocial behaviors for the child. Contribute to the child’s social-emotional development.
  • Assist parent and child with the separation process by providing physical and emotional support for both of them.
  • Provide direct support, engagement, and extension of a child’s play and learning experiences by offering assistance, providing additional materials or resources, and creating opportunities for safe risks.
  • Establish a climate of respect for each child’s individual personality, physical characteristics and traits, culture, language and ethnic characteristics, family structure, developmental needs, and behaviors.
  • Establish and maintain a positive relationship with each child’s parent(s) and/or caregiver.
  • Converse regularly with parents or caregivers regarding their child’s development and program experiences.
  • Respond sensitively to racial and/or ethnic cultural values, behavior and diversity.
  • Maintain developmental profiles of each child which describes the overall growth and development in the areas of social, emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive.
  • Conduct parent-teacher conferences once a semester.
  • Coordinate regular meetings with Specialist I’s and Specialist II’s.
  • Coordinate daily schedules and work assignments of staff and students to effectively meet the demands of the day.
  • Foster positive working relationships and learning environment for staff and students with formal and informal discussions, written communications, conversations about children’s behavior and development, and program practice
  • Maintain a safe, orderly classroom including adjacent indoor and outdoor areas; reporting safety hazards and injuries which occur in the center.
  • Follow health and safety standards for food handling, toileting of young children, hand washing, universal precautions with exposure to blood.
  • Stock classroom with necessary supplies and food which may include participating in the necessary inventory, ordering and purchasing tasks.
  • Attend meetings and participate in Department and/or College functions.
  • Maintain accurate records including daily attendance forms, time sheets, food/menu report forms.
  • Fully comply with State Department of Education, Child Development Division funding terms and Conditions, Title 5 regulations and Title 22 Community Care Licensing regulations.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Techniques and methods used in planning and implementing an early care and education program for young children.
  • Theories and research of child development.
  • Basic principles of early childhood.
  • Developmentally appropriate practices which foster the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional growth of the child.
  • Core curriculum components including blocks, socio-dramatic play, art, construction of loose parts, life cycles and nature, language, literacy, science, mathematics and movement.
  • Community Care Licensing regulations Title 22.
  • First aid and Infant CPR.
  • Health and safety regulations.
  • Oral and written communications skills.
  • Interpersonal skills including tact, patience, and courtesy.

Ability to:

  • Work with diverse ethnic population of children and families.
  • Read, interpret and apply curriculum guides, procedure manuals and related materials.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing using correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • Make simple arithmetic calculations quickly and accurately.
  • Apply common sense understanding to carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Recognize the scope and limits of assignment.
  • Supervise children in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relations with others.
  • Learn and work within the policies, functions and requirements of area of assignment.
  • Provide input related to the developmental assessment of children in the program.
  • Plan and participate in instructional programs and activities for children.
  • Prepare the classroom and play yard for children’s activities.
  • Maintain records and prepare written materials.

Salary and Benefits

  • Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,730–$4,056 monthly (WVMCEA Salary Schedule, Range 53, Steps A-C).
  • Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee, spouse, and/or dependents.
  • Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
  • Voluntary life insurance.
  • 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
  • 10 days vacation leave accrued annually; rate increases step-wise up to maximum 22 days vacation leave accrued annually.
  • 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
  • Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
  • Educational growth incentive program from $40 to $200 monthly.
  • $500 longevity award annually after 10 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 15 years of service.
  • CalPERS retirement.
  • Position is union affiliated with required dues.
West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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