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Early Childhood Coach

New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
Date Posted: 09/23/2021
Salary / Wage: $40.00-$42.00
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Description:

Institute Coaches provide professional development support to early childhood educators throughout New York City. Drawing on their expertise in early childhood pedagogy and adult learning theory, Institute Coaches work with organizations and individuals to develop individualized coaching plans. Coaches may provide a combination of professional learning sessions, leadership coaching, group coaching and individual coaching. In addition to their work with programs and individuals, Institute Coaches collaborate with the Director of Early Childhood Education and the Institute staff to write and deliver professional development initiatives for organizations, agencies and initiatives throughout New York State.

Responsibilities:

Direct Coaching to Programs  

Support Early Childhood professionals across a range of programs to develop their capacity to:

  • Identify their own professional development goals and become more self-directed in pursuing those goals
  • Increase the effectiveness of their practice with children and families
  • Develop dispositions that foster strong relationships with children and families
  • Be better able to articulate their practice and make intentional decisions
  • Develop reflective capacity
  • Sustain changes they have made in their practice

Maintenance and Use of Coaching Data  

  • Maintain description documentation of coaching progress
  • Complete logs for each coaching visit in a timely manner
  • Use coaching data to reflect on and improve practice

Collaborate with Coaching Team  

  • Participate in weekly communities of practice with the coaching team
  • Participate in biweekly reflective supervision with the Director of Early Childhood
  • Contribute to the development of professional resources

Other Duties

  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.
  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related area.
  • NYAEYC Professional Development Specialist Coach Designation or capacity to obtain this designation within 6 months of hire
  • At least 6 years of experience in early childhood education, preferably as a leader, family child care provider and/or teacher.
  • At least 2 years of relationship-based coaching experience.
  • Understanding of the strengths, needs and regulations of all early care and education settings, including family childcare, district schools, and community-based programs.
  • Thorough understanding of the Head Start Performance Standards and NYC Division of Early Childhood Education Policies
  • CLASS certification
  • Strong knowledge base in both child and adult development.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Ability to articulate and engage in linguistically and culturally responsive practices
  • Ability to develop and sustain successful collaborative partnerships.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Bilingual in Spanish

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Background in Montessori, Reggio, Bank Street Developmental Interaction Approach, or other Ideal Learning approaches.

Physical Requirements 
 

  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, laptops, tablets, smart phone, photocopiers, filing cabinets and other presentation materials.
  • While performing these duties, the employee is required to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting items (up to 20 pounds), bending, reaching, sitting for prolonged periods of time. Reasonable accommodations will be made for employees with disabilities or other needs per RFCUNY policies.
  • Ability to travel by public transportation to classroom sites throughout the five boroughs.

Application Instructions:

Provide a resume and cover letter specifying your qualifications, experience, and interest relevant to this position.

https://www.rfcuny.org/careers/postings?pvnID=VA-2108-004203

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Additional Information:

We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people of any race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expressions, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, or protected veteran status to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.  CUNY is an EEO/AA Employer.


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About Goals

Your goals describe specific areas that you are working on (or plan to work on) to improve or maintain the quality of your program. Goals connect your quality improvement work to the QUALITY standards and your rating and allow you to schedule and prioritize chunks of work in your progranm. Goals group together and organize related action items (tasks) and provide a narrative framework to keep you, your program, your QIM and Central Office on the same page.

Goal Scope and Scale

You have a lot of flexibility in developing QI Goals, but some rules of thumb help keep Goals useful, readable, and manageable:

  • Time: A Goal should be achievable roughly within a rating cycle, If you are struggling to put even an estimated end date on a Goal, it may be too broad. Ideally, several Goals will fit (with some overlap) within a rating cycle.
  • Standards: A Goal should roughly fit within a standard subcategory. This is flexible, of course, but if your Goal is spanning multiple standard categories, it may be too broad.
  • A Goal may be too small if it can be accomplished in one or two small steps.
  • A Goal may be too broad if you can't define concisely how you will know when it is complete.
Goal Label

The goal label is simply a brief title that allows you to distinguish this goal from others in a list or report. The more robust description of the Goal comes in the Goal statement below.

Think of it like naming a file on your computer so that later you can recognize it. This label will appear on your goal as a "title" along with your Goal statement, as well as being the identifier in drop-down or selection lists for viewing/using Goals.

Goal Statement

What is your goal?

Goal Rationale / Inspiration

Where did this goal come from? What in your rating and/or conversations about the program led to the development of this Goal? Why is this particular area of quality improvement a priority?

Quality Impact

How will the quality of the program improve? What will be different about the way the program works, looks and feels? How will children, families, the director and staff experience the program differently?

Goal Activity Summary

Summarize / brainstorm the actions you think you'll need to take to accomplish this goal. You'll be defining specific action items as you go, but record the big picture here. What practices will need to change? Who will need to be involved? What will need to be purchased? What training/coaching will be needed?

Goal Existing Resources

What existing strengths and resources will help this goal be successful?

Goal Barriers

What factors, events or concerns might prevent you from accomplishing this goal? If you've attempted to make these changes in the past, what barriers arose and prevented you from following through? What resources or information could help you overcome these barriers and accomplish this goal?

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