Education Specialist Job Description
Reports to: Campus Director
Summary: The Preschool Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the day-time SWR Preschool Childcare & Education program, working in conjunction with the SWR Social Worker in handling various aspects of Case Management activities for these children, and serving as a professional resource for live-in House Parents on behavioral issues and general preschool related issues.
The Education Specialist position is a part time, hourly, non-exempt position.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
- Work with the Campus Director in hiring, training, and coordinating direct care preschool teachers.
- Train and provide on-going support for SWR preschool teachers.
- Provide direct child care as needed when preschool teachers are unavailable to ensure that child care is provided daily Monday-Friday from 8:30am-2:20pm.
- Support classroom and develop rapport with children by working in the class rooms as often as possible (when not doing other coordinator duties)
- Develop and ensure the daily implementation of a Christian based preschool curriculum for all children in the home birth-five.
- Set up children for a successful transition from a preschool setting to Kindergarten.
Support for Children & Houseparents
- Communicate with SWR Preschool houseparents on techniques/strategies to help individual SWR children living in their home; offer training as called upon by the Campus Director.
- When appropriate, celebrate academic successes throughout the year.
- Arrange occasional academic field trips.
- Provide information to parents of cultural activities and educational opportunities within the community. Coordinate activities as directed.
- Assist houseparents in the scheduling and transportation of doctor’s appointments.
- Collaborate with the social worker and campus director to evaluate the continued appropriateness of the placement every ninety (90) days and document the evaluation in the child’s record.
- Provide insight to the Campus Director and Social Worker in assessing the appropriateness of placement as needed for children birth-5.
- Collaborate with houseparents to ensure that children are screened for needed services (OT, PT, Speech, etc.) and that services are provided to the children.
- Schedule and attend ongoing WIC appointments.
- Attend court as needed and testify on behalf as children as called upon.
- Maintain children’s files:
- Ensure each file is complete and that needed documentation is maintained for doctors & dentist visits.
- Collect, organize, and ensure the completion of SWR documentation such as incident reports, medication logs, and communication logs
- Work directly with DHS Licensing to ensure that all records are in order as required by the state of Arkansas, meet with the Licensing representative when they make their quarterly visits
- Participate in weekly Case Planning meetings with the houseparents and Social Worker.
- Quantify and report preschool performance, achievement of developmental milestones, etc. of infant and preschool children as called upon.
- Recruit, train, and schedule volunteers for the preschool program
- Ensure that preschool area is maintained in an orderly state daily.
- Attend bi-monthly staff meetings.
- Consistently demonstrate strong character and embody the values of our Christian community at all times: Act Justly, Walk Humbly, Love ‘Mercy.’
- All other duties as assigned.
- Maintain at least 15 hours of job-related continuing education per year
- A bachelor’s degree in an early childhood related field is preferred
- Competitive hourly pay, based on experience
- IRA with 3% matching