POSITION TITLE: Early Head Start / Head Start Curriculum Coach
QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of at least a Baccalaureate Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field required; licensed teacher preferred. Candidate must possess training and experience in adult learning and be able to model best practices in an early childhood setting while engaging with infants, toddlers, and/or preschool-age children. Must be able to attend local and national conferences and/or trainings. Must have experience in using screening and assessment data analysis to implement coaching strategies that align with program performance goals. Knowledge of Early Head Start/Head Start preferred. Knowledge of and familiarity with the practices and principles of early childhood education, including, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Must be able to provide instructional leadership and professional development to instructional staff. Knowledge and experience with Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment is preferred. Knowledge of current research and developmentally appropriate, infant/toddler, twos and/or preschool practices required. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills required. Candidate must have excellent problem solving skills. This position requires some work outside of the employee’s normal work hours.
PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS: Curriculum Coach will provide coaching, professional development and technical assistance to the instructional staff in the Early Head Start/Head Start Program; Assist instructional staff in creating a high quality infant/toddler and/or preschool environment that supports the EHS/Head Start Framework and the Virginia Foundation Blocks for Early Learning; Support staff with all aspects of implementing the Creative Curriculum; Assess instructional staff using the Coaching with Fidelity Administrators Checklist, identify areas of strength and needed support, develop Curriculum Fidelity Plan (CFP), modeling effective practices directly related to the CFP, monitor CFP, and provide timely feedback; Assist staff in planning, sequencing and implementing strategies that support developmentally appropriate instructions; and utilize data to inform instruction. Report to stakeholders, including, parents, staff, and program management. Participate in local, regional and national trainings/conferences as appropriate. Perform other duties as assigned.
GENERAL DEFINITION AND CONDITIONS OF WORK: Performs professional and administrative work planning, monitoring coaching, activities and staff. Ability to perform light to medium lifting 5-20 pounds, performing such activities as stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping. Must have a reliable transportation, maintains regular consistent attendance and punctuality. The ideal candidate will be required to enter local Richmond Public Schools classrooms and local community child care facilities.
REPORTS TO: EHS/Head Start Manager & Child Development Specialist