Any individual who receives an offer of employment or will receive a payroll check are required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a condition of obtaining employment.
Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies
The Education Specialist supervises and provides coaching, mentoring, and training to all early education teaching personnel. Provide short term and long range planning for service delivery and training; act as an integrator of components, including health, nutrition, disabilities; function as liaison and information conduit between program management, staff and community collaborators.
• Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field required.
• Three (3) years progressively responsible professional experience which demonstrates significant supervisory and administrative responsibilities and a strong knowledge of theories and practices of Early Childhood Education/Development required.
• Experience in design and delivery of training.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Strong computer skills, including database, word processing, spreadsheets, Internet and e-mail.
• Strong team leadership skills.
• Loves children can wholeheartedly engage in working with and for them.
• CPR and first aid certified or (within 30days).
• Current mantox (yearly) and physical every two years.
• Continued compliance of the Mille Lacs Band drug and alcohol policy.
• Employment is conditional upon pre-hire and continued compliance of the background check policy.
• Mandated reporter monitor and report suspected child abuse and neglect.
• All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to head Start confidentiality policy.
• Must be able to lift 25lbs.
• Daily kneeling, stooping, bending and sitting on the floor, and occasional heavy lifting to attend to Children’s needs. Including the physical ability to respond to children who are active; ensuring their safety or the safety of others in the environment.
• Projects and maintains an image of service and professionalism with a positive attitude and interacts easily as an integral part of the faculty and staff.
• Understanding of the relationship of the Early Education Program to the Mille Lacs Band Community also values and supports the mission of both.
• Sustained concentration and the ability to handle multiple tasks often simultaneously.
• Must have a current valid driver’s license.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• Must pass a Pre-employment drug & alcohol test.
• Must pass a background check.
• A staff person with direct contact with or access to children in care must disclose the arrest, conviction, and applicant background information if that staff person:
(a) has a conviction of, has admitted to, has an adjudication of delinquency for, has been charged and is awaiting trial for, or a preponderance of the evidence indicates the person has committed:
- a crime against a child;
- an act of physical or sexual abuse;
- a felony;
- the same or similar crimes as those in this subsection listed in the laws of another state or of the United States or of any Tribal law;
(b) has a conviction of, has admitted to, has an adjudication of delinquency for, has been charged and is awaiting trial for, or a preponderance of the evidence indicates the person has committed any misdemeanor offense under Federal, State, or Tribal law involving crimes of violence; sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, contact or prostitution; crimes against persons; or offenses committed against children. The Licensing Committee may evaluate the nature and time of a misdemeanor assault charge as well as other types of misdemeanor crimes not specified in this section to determine whether employment is appropriate.
8 MLBSA § 1212(a-b).
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Supervise, mentor, coach and administer work plans and directives to staff.
• Monitor the performance, attendance, certifications, required documents and timecards of all regional staff.
• Recommend areas of improvement to staff and promote training that reflects the individual needs of staff members and/or the team as a whole.
• Document and administer both positive and negative feedback utilize coaching and counseling plans when warranted. Insure documentation is forwarded to Human Resources.
• Coordinate personal & professional development and training plans of staff and insure teaching staff progress towards educational requirements as supported by the Performance Standards.
• Arrange and facilitate and provide for mandated trainings and updates to policies and procedures.
• Facilitate the resolution of conflicts between staff.
• Promote a consistent exchange of information in all directions.
• Monitor report and provide feedback for all employee related accidents.
• Monitor, evaluate and ensure training of classroom volunteers.
• Ability to determine and prioritize workload while being flexible.
• Application of the principles of early childhood development and team leadership to work place situations.
• Continuous upgrading of leadership skills and professional expertise.
• Substantial decision making in the allocation of resources to program components.
• Significant problem solving in concert with team members.
• Ability to focus on organizational detail while maintaining a bigger picture vision.
• Ensure program compliance with codes of all state and local licensing agencies and grant requirements.
• Facilitate case management meetings, consultations, and staff meetings.
• Observe children and provide suggestions for behavior management and education programming to meet the individual needs of all children
• Monitor home visiting component.
• Coordinate the integration of components through team development, integrated work plans, and collaboration.
• Assure that quality services are delivered in a coordinated, integrated manner.
• Assure that all Head Start Performance Standards are met through the efforts of collaborative teams; establish and monitor systems that assure program quality.
• Submit monthly reports on direct service activities and status to the Program Director.
• Monitor and assure availability of supplies, equipment and maintenance.
• Design and administer internal structures and systems.
• Create and maintain supportive documentation as appropriate.
• Arrange for services in all functional areas, utilizing internal and external resources to provide medical, social, mental health, educational, and special services as deemed appropriate.
• Assure coordination among components, across levels, and within the organization as a whole.
• Coordinate with community partners in development of training and curriculum resources.
• Build rapport with local agencies, community service organizations, and educational providers.
• Attend and facilitate meetings, design and deliver training and formal presentations.
• Provide information on the Head Start program to the community.
• Participate in professional development activities and organized community events.
Additional Job Responsibilities
• Participates in projects needing expertise.
• Prepares and submits monthly reports.
• Ensures compliance with Head Start Regulations, as appropriate.
• Willingness and ability to support or step into other management positions as needed and as appropriate.
• Facilitate and encourage cultural activities and practices in a respectful and professional manner.
• Typical hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Evening and weekend scheduling is possible.
• There is moderate stress associated with this position.
• Work is primarily indoors, but events and trips may require some outdoor work.
• There is little risk of personal danger or risk.
• Some local travel may be required.