Porter-Leath Memphis , TN 38118
Our Education Specialists will ensure that a plan of daily activities of enrichment and care for children are implemented in all Porter-Leath classrooms and according to Head Start Performance Standards. Tasks include assisting with development and coordination of education services to ensure compliance with State of Tennessee Child Care Licensing regulations, Head Start, Performance Standards, Tennessee Department of Education and any other licensing entities, advising the Education Manager of areas of non-compliance pertinent to the compliance of the program.
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education OR
Bachelor's Degree in Education or closely related field with a CDA (Preschool Endorsement) OR
Bachelor's Degree in Education or closely related field with coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education required
Previous Head Start experience is strongly preferred; minimum of four (4) years work experience with children ages three (3) years to five (5) years.
For more than 160 years, Porter-Leath has been dedicated to helping vulnerable children within the Memphis area. We continue to support children and their families through multiple programs, including foster care placement, parent education, a residential facility, and early childhood education programs.
Porter-Leath is accredited by the Council of Accreditation, demonstrating our commitment to best practices standards across our agency. Additionally, our Early Head Start and Head Start programs boast NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation, which requires our programs to set and maintain high standards.
Essential Job Functions:
Assists Site Managers and Education Manager with developing, coordinating and managing the provision of education services to Head Start/Pre-K in accordance with established standards.
Maintain regular communication and coordination with Education Manager regarding Head Start/Pre-K sites.
Ensure developmental appropriateness and safety of classroom environment to include appropriate classroom sanitation procedures. Assist teachers in classroom instruction, coaching, providing strategies and techniques.
Cooperatively work with other staff members in creating a positive environment for children, families and staff. Function as a liaison between the educational staff, Site Manager, and management team.
Assist in monitoring, developing, and coordinating policies and procedures to ensure education systems are cutting edge and school readiness data supports classroom instruction.
Support and guide staff in positive mentoring roles. Support and teach developmentally appropriate practices. Assist with conducting monthly planning meetings with teaching teams.
Monitor and train new teaching staff as needed.
Responsible for reviewing assessment data to ensure accuracy (Brigance, PPVT and I-Station) and provide assistance as needed.
Ensure ongoing communication with family services regarding suspected child disabilities or needed changes in the family partnership agreement (service plan).
Ensure that facilities and equipment are readily available to meet all local, state and federal requirements.
Assist with preparation for local, state and national site visits/audits (i.e., OHS Federal review, NAEYC, ECERS 3 start assessment, etc.)
Represent Porter-Leath within groups at a national, state, and local level for purposes of advocacy education, collaboration, networking and information sharing. Remain current on local, regional and national educational workshops.
Ensure classroom files are audited and maintained for compliance.
Keep Manager abreast of any programmatic issues and non-compliances, and works to put a plan of action in place to correct (issues).
Maintain documentation necessary to verify progress towards education program goals/objectives.
Contribute to team effort by performing other duties as assigned.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger/handle/feel. Occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required: close and color vision. Work in a non-smoking environment.
Maintain a valid driver's license and good driving record with appropriate level of insurance. Ability to travel from administrative headquarters to all sites on a regular basis. Overnight travel is possible.
NOTE: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be constructed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Updated August 2018