Since opening its doors in 1965, Tacoma Community College has provided a high-quality, affordable education to more than 500,000 people. Serving Tacoma, Gig Harbor, the Key Peninsula, online students and the women's prisons, TCC educates about 11,000 students annually. Many TCC students are the first in their families to attend college, 58 percent receive financial aid, 13 percent have children, 42 percent are students of color, and 48 percent work while attending school. TCC has two campuses, the main campus in Tacoma and another in Gig Harbor. Situated northwest of Tacoma across the Narrows Bridge, the Gig Harbor campus offers credit and non-credit courses.
TCC is committed to developing and sustaining a vibrant educational environment where all students can thrive by providing educational opportunities such as learning communities, honors programming, undergraduate student research, bachelor of applied science degrees, and study abroad. TCC is committed to student success, and promotes innovation to help students. TCC is one of 67 colleges selected nationally to participate in the Department of Education's Second Chance Pell pilot program, providing access to education for incarcerated individuals. Designated a Military Friendly College, TCC is proud to serve Pierce County's military community. In fall 2018, the college opened a food pantry on campus to support students experiencing food insecurity and was recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School for its College Housing Assistance Program, a community partnership that helps students access affordable housing.
As a lead teacher, interacts with parents, volunteers, and team members to guide the educational activities of children 1 month to 5 years enrolled in the College's early childhood program to provide educational instruction. This position also interacts and responds to each child with respect, courtesy, and understanding their developmental stage of growth. Work is performed following Department of Early Learning (DEL) requirements (WACS), Association for Early Learning Leaders standards (AELL), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) requirements, and Center Policies and Procedures which include Expectations and Code of Teaching Behavior, Health Care Policy, Emergency Procedures, Safety and College Policies. This position works under general direction from the Program Manager and Assistant Program Manager and interacts with parents, volunteers, and team members. Essential Functions
Guide individual and groups of children ages 1 month to 5 years in developmentally appropriate practices using best practices as a guide to foster creativity, fine and gross motor development, cognitive skills, social and emotional development, language development, and independence and self-help skills.
Implement guidance techniques that respect the individuality of each child.Respond to children with respect, courtesy and an understanding of their developmental stage of growth.
Use of Teaching Strategies GOLD and related databases; maintaining of child educational files and related documentation.
Ability to assess each child's developmental progress using a valid, reliable, and recognized assessment tool.
Complete scoring rubrics such as the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) or the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) and conduct ongoing assessment of classroom and program strengths and needs.
Develop and implement learning experiences for children based on observations of children's interests and developmental needs.
Provide on the job training and mentoring to staff whose skill sets are in an earlier stage of development, such as, student staff, temporary employees, and volunteers.
Use computer literacy and knowledge to find teaching resources on the internet, use online time and leave system, maintain attendance record, design curriculum, prepare newsletters in a professional format, and check and respond to emails as it pertains to job functions.
Communicate with the Program Manager regarding information and insights that effect the efficient cohesive functioning of the program.This information may relate to the program, children, or parents.
Communicate routinely with parents regarding child's development.
Function as a member of a team-oriented staff. May lead, instruct, assign and check the work of others. Participate in staff meetings and in-service training.
Make use of opportunities to expand knowledge and expertise through professional development and trainings relating to Early Childhood Program Specialist position.
Complete twenty hours basic STARS training within six months of hire and maintain a minimum of ten hours annually after that.
Courteously receive visitors and parents with the ability to articulate the philosophies of the program and early childhood education, and best practices.
Understand and implement minimum licensing requirements as determined by the Department of Early Learning (DEL).
Have an understanding of Early Achievers, Early Head Start, and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP).
Ability to be versatile and work with multiple technological media such as tablets and smart phones to use remote functions such as children Portfolio, evaluations, correspondence and conference scheduling.
Perform related duties as assigned to meet the needs of the children and the functions of the Early Learning Center.
Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from an accredited college.
OR- Associates degree with twenty (20) credit hours in early childhood development, special education or equivalent,
OR- a current Child Development Associates Degree (CDA).
Two years of experience working with preschool age children in a group setting, providing program planning, developing and presenting educational activities/lessons plans orequivalent combination of education and experience.
Proficient experience using computer programs, such as, Outlook, Word, and Excel.
Note: Credit hours will be verified through Merit. May be required to take more classes to qualify.
Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from an accredited college or university.
Three (3) years of FTE experience working with preschool age children.
Experience working under the guidelines of an accredited early learning program.
Experience as an Early Head Start Lead Teacher.
Experience with Teaching Strategies GOLD and Creative Curriculum programs.
Conditions of Employment
Successfully pass a criminal history background check prior to employment.
Successfully pass a portable background check (PBC) prior to employment through Managed Education & Registry Information Tool (MERIT).
Note: This is a requirement of the State of Washington Department of Early Learning.
Education/Training Certification in infant and toddler care and development. May obtain within one year of employment.
Valid First Aid and CPR Certification. May obtain within 30 days of hire.
Valid Food Handlers Permit. May obtain within 30 days of hire.
HIV certificate of training. May obtain within 30 days of hire.
Record of current Tuberculin (TB) Test.
Ability to lift and carry 20-45 pounds, live weight.
Obtain State Training & Registry System (STAR) number for MERIT. May obtain upon hiring.
MMR vaccination verification required upon employment.
Proof of completed COVID-19 Vaccination is required upon hiring and employment at TCC.
The Successful Candidate Must Demonstrate
A passion for educating, caring, and nurturing children.
Ability to remain calm and show patience and understanding with children.
Confidentiality, ethics, integrity, and sound professional judgment.
Excellent customer service skills, including establishing, building and maintaining internal / external customer satisfaction.
Excellent oral, and written communication skills including following instructions.
Knowledge of healthy diet programs for both children and adults.
Value of safety procedures, awareness and overall risk assessments.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a wide variety of personalities in a diverse work environment.
An appreciation of diversity and the benefits of a commitment to cultural awareness and sensitivity in the workplace.
Ability to interact courteously with customers and work effectively in a team environment.
Application Materials & Procedure
Complete application packages must include the following:
Tacoma Community College application
Resume & cover letter. In your cover letter indicate how your background and experience meets the qualifications for this position....Specifically address your experience, training, and knowledge in providing empathy and respect in the care and nurturing of children 1 month to 5 years of age in an early childhood program and your supervisory experience.
Copies of transcripts for all colleges and universities attended.
Terms of Employment
These are full-time classified positions scheduled to work Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day within the hours of 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Summer schedule is Monday through Thursday within the hours of 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Schedule to be determined and flexibility in scheduling is required to meet department needs. The salary range is $3,294.00 to $4,286.00 per month. Tacoma Community College offers a generous benefits package to include: health, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, state retirement, vacation leave, sick leave and holiday pay. A collective bargaining agreement exists and membership in the Washington Federation of State Employees or payment of a service fee is available upon employment. The layoff unit for this position is "Project Employment".
Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title VII and Title IX, 253-566-5055; the Section 504 Officer in Student Affairs. Tacoma Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.
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Tacoma Community College