Southeastern Pennsylvania Region

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Position Title:
Early Learning Specialist
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Brief Overview:
The Early Learning Specialist manages a caseload of early childhood centers, programs and/or schools to provide coaching, technical assistance, career advising, and professional development as needed or dictated by funding sources and program initiative goals. The position requires extensive regional travel and ability to work off site using technology. Early Learning Specialists work closely with other staff or community partners to support the ECE programs, centers, and schools. At First Up, a strengths-based perspective and approach to coaching is utilized. Whenever possible, a mutual learning partnership is created to share responsibility and accountability for project goals. Coaching is customized and every effort is made to establish trust and respect for educators and program leaders. A variety of coaching strategies and practices is employed to achieve goals. Early Learning Specialists must demonstrate integrity and professionalism in all contact with clients and partners and conduct business in a manner consistent with the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and First Up’s Mission and Core Values.
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Job Responsibilities:
Primary Functions
• Assess program needs to develop service plans in collaboration with the support team to improve quality and meet initiative benchmarks and deliverables.
• Provide coaching, career advising, and professional development opportunities as assigned through collaborations with other partners, agencies, fee for service work, or as required by funders.
• Strive for excellence in work by consistently using best practices, incorporating cultural competencies, and employing relationship-based coaching and consultation practices.
• Complete accurate and timely documentation of work including visitation and tracking logs, service/action plans, data entry, program portfolio updates, and other reports using technology in an appropriate and efficient manner.
• Develop strategies to ensure project goals are being met including delivery of direct service hours, project milestones and deliverables and continually evaluating own progress to achieving those goals.
• Represent First-Up at meetings with or without First-Up Directors and report information to other staff members as needed

Additional Functions
• Work as part of First Up’s program services team to promote positive relationships with all project partners and participants through effective communication, meeting attendance, and collaboration.
• Participate in First Up events and public policy activities as needed.
• Market First Up services consistently within the greater ECE community and beyond.
• Attend professional development to enhance abilities to serve practitioners.
• Maintain PQAS Instructor Certification
• Other duties as assigned.

Specific Skills
• Bilingual in Spanish a plus
• Expertise in one or more of these specialty areas:
o Learning Program; Curriculum and Assessment; Child Development
o Kindergarten Readiness and Transition
o Career Advising; Professional Growth and Development
o Leadership/Management/Business Practices
o Health and Safety
o Family Engagement
o Community Partnerships
o Program planning and Development
o Social/Emotional Learning
• Knowledge of PA Keystone STARS and NAEYC accreditation and developmentally appropriate practices
• Knowledge of State and Regional programming requirements (including PHLpreK, PKC, and Head Start)
• Ability to employ a variety of consultation and coaching strategies that are based on appropriate and culturally competent practices and the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
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Required Experience
2-5 years
Required Studies:
Bachelors Degree
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Salary DOE
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Employees are eligible for all standard First Up benefits, including PTO, health insurance, life insurance, STD/LTD insurance, 403b retirement savings with employer match, professional development funding, etc.
Expected Start/End Time:
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Keystone STAR Level:
Not in STARs
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Minimum Number of ECE Credits Required:
Minimum Career Lattice Level:
Not Applicable
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1608 Walnut Street, Ste. 300

, PA 

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First Up provides training and coaching to Early Education programs in Southeast PA.