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Education Coordinator Home Base South Bay

Children Services – Head Start – Childcare | South Bay, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

VOALA

Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities.  VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.

HEAD START/EARLY HEAD START

Through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs, we work with children (ages 0 – 5) and their families to provide the skills, confidence and stable home life necessary for a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond.  Children also receive a broad array of health services including screenings and referrals, maintenance of immunization schedules, nutrition assessments and follow-ups, mental health assessments as part of initial screenings, and determination if any mental or physical delays are present.  Children receive health and dental services and have access to ongoing and acute and routine health and dental care. Enrolled children receive healthy meals, along with an assessment of their nutritional needs and the necessary follow-ups.  Nutrition education is available for parents and incorporated into daily classroom activities for the children.

Cities served include: Carson, Commerce, Compton, Culver City, Del Rey, East Los Angeles, El Segundo, Harbor City, Hawthorne, South Central Los Angeles, Lomita, Lynwood, Mar Vista, Newhall, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Palms, Paramount, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Fernando, San Pedro, Santa Clarita, Shadow Hills, South Central Los Angeles, South LA, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sunland, Sylmar, Torrance, Tujunga, Val Verde, Valencia, Valley Village, Wilmington.

JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE

The Education Coordinator – Home Base works to ensure that all program options (EHS/HS/CCP/HB) are operated in a way that exemplifies the VOALA Birth to Five goals of providing children with educational experiences that help them grow cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically.  Exercises considerable professional judgement and autonomy in decision-making with respect to the general operations of the various child development programs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Operational Duties

  • Works with Birth- Five instructional staff to provide and monitor quality developmental environments and experiences for children, ensuring adherence with Head Start Performance Standards.
  • Observes home visits and socializations on a regular basis and provides feedback to staff for purposes of their development in program-defined competency areas and job description responsibilities.
  • Routinely inspect socialization locations for health, safety, fire and occupancy violations/compliance and takes necessary corrective action to assure that clearances, permits and licenses remain updated.
  • Recommends the purchase of instructional materials, play equipment, and teaching aids for educational programs.
  • Review and evaluates the Education Area activities to ensure compliance with Volunteers of America of Los Angeles and Head Start Performance standards.
  • Attends all meeting required by the funding source and agency management. Prepares and submits required reports promptly and accurately.
  • Participates in the recruitment, proper placement and transition of Special needs children and their families into the program.  Maintain and monitors federal compliance with Disabilities Performance Standards.
  • Reviews and analyzes assessments data and development action plans for improvement.
  • Reports, records and confers with Program Manager, Education to obtain data required for planning activities of education, strengths and areas of concern.

Leadership Duties

  • Participates in recruitment and selection of Education staff.  Makes teaching team assignments and conducts periodic personnel evaluations are required by Volunteers of America Personnel Policies and Division Operational Procedures.
  • Engage in the promotion of staff development and continuous learning through training, in-service training, observation, and coaching. Conducts trainings for Education staff.
  • Stay current with federal, state, and local laws and regulations including: New initiatives, policy clarifications, Office of Head Start (OHS) frameworks, and all special education laws (IDEA, PL 94-142, PL 99-459) and civil rights laws (Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act), Caring for our children Safety regulations, Community Care Licensing Division(CCLD) Regulations

Qualifications

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications

EDUCATION:

  • BA in ECE or related field.
  • 24 CD units, plus 6 Infant/Toddler units, and 6 admin units and 2 adult supervision.
  • Child Development: Program Director

EXPERIENCE:

  • 2 years of supervisor.
  • 3 years management in CD or Family Services.
  • Experience with State or Federal Funded CD programs.

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Head Start performance standards.  
  • State licensing requirements
  • Creative curriculum.

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS:

  • Proficient Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel.  Familiarity with Database and report generation.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills,
  • Able to set priorities, handle multiple tasks, meet established deadlines
  • Problem solving skill, decision making, interpret data, detail oriented, accurate, analytical,  organize, read/write;
  • Proficient in understanding and communication of the spoken and written English language 
  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards

INTERPERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Dependable, collaborative, have regular/dependable attendance, be prompt, positive mindset, flexible, organized 

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proof at the time of hire
  • TB clearance within 6 months prior
  • Annual Influenza vaccination (between Aug 1 – Dec 1)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) and measles immunization
  • Health screening at the time of employment
  • Requires ability to interact with children in a busy environment including, but not limited to:
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Frequently kneel and squat
  • Ability to move quickly
  • Fingerprint clearances required prior to employment

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Masters in ECE or related field.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish (written and verbal).
  • Ability to read and analyze data from various sources.

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify as required by the federal government  and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.