ECE Career Coach and PDO Liaison

The PDO Liaison is critical to the goals of the OCDEL/PASSHE ECEPDO.. The Liaison acts as a connection between the regional HUB and the individual providers and programs.
Center for Community Action

PROGRAM:  Early Learning Resource Center

JOB TITLE:  ECE Career Coach and PDO Liaison

REPORTS TO:  Implementation and Operations Coordinator

JOB STATUS:  Full-time, Non- Exempt, Assigned ELRC office

JOB SUMMARY

The PDO Liaison is critical to the goals of the OCDEL/PASSHE ECEPDO.. The Liaison acts as a connection between the regional HUB and the individual providers and programs. The STARS ECE Career Coach/ PDO Liaison will work with the Professional Development Organization to facilitate the participation of childcare staff in continued education through CDA, AA and Bachelor degree programs. The Career Coach acts as a resource, providing child care staff with information and support to obtain their professional development goals including obtaining a CDA certificate or degree in early childhood education.  The Coach/ Liaison’s role will change based upon the needs of the students, the region and the academic curriculum.  The primary task of the ECE Career Coach is to guide enrolled child care staff through the process of obtaining their CDA credential, associate degree or bachelors degree. 

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop a firm understanding of the process goals and timeline of the PDO grant
  • Be available a minimum of 20-40 hours per week . (part time or full time)
  • Liaisons will conduct site visits to establish and maintain relationships and connections with the early childhood field in each region. Liaisons will develop positive relationships with assigned area partners and instructors, reflecting an understanding and identification with the values, skills, and knowledge base of the profession.
  • Be able to travel and attend project wide and regional meetings (state and regional meetings).
  • Attend Field Liaison staff meetings.
  • Meet individually with student either by telephone or face-to-face or Zoom at least once per semester. Feedback between Liaison and students is expected regularly.
  • Maintain on-going communication, as needed, with Instructors regarding student experience and any related progress in the program. Inform Statewide Field Director of any concerns related to student progress in the program that may impact and/or be related to the experience/program
  • Be available to program and student throughout the academic year, including making additional site visits, as warranted.
  • Document all field site visits through use of Field Site Visit form.
  • Become aware and communicate to the Director of Field Education the strengths, resources, and limitations of agencies and Field Instructors, to meet the individual educational needs of the students.
  • Notify the field director regarding contact information changes for students, field instructors or agencies.
  • Maintain current and updated clearances and mandated reporter training
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with a specified caseload of early care and education and school-age practitioners ensuring target goals are achieved.
  • Coach child care practitioners through the process of applying for financial assistance when needed (Rising STARS Tuition Assistance, TEACH, etc.)
  • Coach pracitioners through the process of enrolling in and completing the requirements to apply for and receive a CDA.   
  • Maintain on-going communication with the practitioner, PDO Organization Instructors and ELRC Region 6 Implementation and Operations Coordinator
  • Be available to practitioner throughout their enrollment in classes or coursework, including making site visits, as warranted.
  • Meet individually with practicitioners either by telephone or face-to-face or Zoom.  Communication between Coach and practitioners is expected regularly.
  • Attend meetings as requested by supervisior
  • Document communications and site visits with practitioners.
  • Travel within the region regularly and to state meetings as requested
  • Maintains complete, accurate and accessible automated and manual files, records and databases, and prepares associated reports as required by government, funding source, and ELRC management.
  • Collaborate with ELRC Keys to Quality Coaches
  • Assist practitioners in setting individualized professional development goals
  • Act as a resource informing practitioners of professional development events, educational opportunities, additional grants or consultants.
  • Work with the supportive/collaborative systems to assure the practitioner is able to access additional services as are needed ( including, Infant Toddler Project, STARS TA, Regulatory Referral,  CCHC, SAC ASQ, ECMH, Mentoring, CQI resources, Program Observation Instruments, CCW, LEARN, Certification, Head Start/ PKC Specialists etc… ).
  • The Coach is responsible for recording the progress of all assigned practitioners
  • Develop reports as necessary.
  • Maintains awareness of ongoing changes/improvements to the early care and school-age system
  • Participates in ongoing professional development and educational opportunities to augment his/her own skills.
  • Disseminate information through personal contact, informational material, print and electronic media, etc.
  • Develops and maintains positive working relationships with providers, staff, colleagues and agency partners
  • Maintains comprehensive knowledge of programs and resources within the professional development field and within ELRC 6
  • Coordinate and conduct meetings including a community of practice for staff pursuing CDAs outside the apprenticeship program
  • Supports the collaboration between ELRC 6 and community partners    
  • Performs other such duties as may be required by the Implementation and Operations Coordinator or Director within the scope of the Early Learning Resource Center.
  • Coordinates ELRC Region 6 professional development events and support to child care staff and directors
  •  Help programs identify and locate Professional Development that supports the programs CQI goals

NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Developmentally Appropriate Practices, available ECE academic programs and colleges, and financial aid opportunities for early care and education practitioners (TEACH,etc.)
  • Knowledge of current birth to 5 early childhood systems and structures within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (OCDEL, NAEYC Standards, Keystone STARS, PreK Counts)
  • Strong working knowledge about trends and best practices in Early Childhood Education.
  • Ability to effectively articulate the mission and vision of the ELRC 6 and the Professional Development partnership
  • Ability to provide guidance, direction, and support to early care and school-age practitioners to facilitate professional development involvement and completion of academic program
  • Ability to build positive reciprocal relationships with early care and school-age practitioners.
  • Ability to provide management with timely and accurate reports and recommendations.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and competing priorities.
  • Ability to maintain complete, accurate, and accessible files and records.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work productively with colleagues, government agencies, program participants, parents, and other human services organizations, etc. in a positive, pleasant, professional, and productive manner in writing, by telephone, and in personal contacts.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and networked systems and their use and applications for data base management, tracking and reporting, etc. in a human services or similar environment.
  • Knowledge of early care and school-age systems, public social services, public funding helpful.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and sensitivity in all working relationships.
  • Knowledge of the PA Early Childhood System, including licensing/certification requirements and related supportive programs and services.  Strong working knowledge of such programs within assigned geographic territory.
  • Knowledge of current birth to 5 early childhood systems and structures within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (OCDEL, NAEYC Standards, Keystone STARS, PreK Counts)
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and establish schedules to accomplish program goals and evaluate the delivery of service and program objectives.
  • Ability to plan, organize and carry out assignments and responsibilities on time, correctly, in a professional, effective, efficient and independent manner.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Ability to work productively from a remote location, independent of direct supervision.
  • Understanding of adult learning methodologies and diverse learning styles of students.
  • Knowledge of and ability to demonstrate respect for issues of multiculturalism and diversity.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. (Must be comfortable working with email communication).
  • Ability to exercise independent professional judgment when appropriate; strong decision-making ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in early childhood education or related field.
  • 5+ years early childhood practice experience in Birth to 5 early care and education.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • This position includes the normal physical demands associated with work in an office environment, including lifting, bending and carrying; and travel to other facilities within the region.
  • This position requires availability and flexibility to participate in services, programs and activities during regularly scheduled workdays, evenings and weekends. 
  • This position requires a valid driver’s license and reliable and adequately insured transportation on a daily basis.
  • This position requires the ability to travel within the assigned region as well as occasional travel outside of this region.