United Way of Western CT is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Danbury Child Care Network Educational Coach. This is a part-time, 24-hour weekly position based in our Danbury, CT office, with flexibility for the hybrid remote.
Join a growing organization focused on community change, partnerships, and improving lives in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Health. United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) offices are in Stamford, Danbury, and New Milford. The organization offers an excellent benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural backgrounds along with bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.
The Educational Coach will provide individualized coaching assistance to Home Family Child Care providers seeking to improve the quality of their programs. This may include goal setting, curriculum planning, modeling, co-teaching, observation, problem-solving, sharing resources, reflecting on practice, connecting to the broader Family Child Care Network and other support as needed.
This position reports to the Early Child Care Initiative Director at United Way of Western Connecticut. Must be a highly motivated professional and highly organized with experience in early childhood education and care—exceptional references.
- Provide individualized coaching assistance to Home Family Child Care providers seeking to improve the quality of their programs. This may include goal setting, curriculum planning, modeling, co-teaching, observation, problem-solving, sharing resources, reflecting on practice, connecting to the broader Family Child Care Network and other support as needed
- Use creative strategies to recruit Family Child Care providers to participate in our network Programming
- Provide support (NAEYC Accreditation overview, CDA Child Development Accreditation overview, and professional)
- Travel to program sites regularly.
- Conduct assessments to ensure quality curriculum development and implementation
- Respond to educators’ inquiries or requests in a timely manner
- Develop and conduct professional development and learning opportunities
- Ensure a continuum of support for those entering the child care field in Danbury and New Milford areas, by collaborating closely with all team members
- Facilitate monthly support meetings to engage individualized programs and technical assistance
- Mentor educators in the process for CDA and the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC) accreditation
- Make high-quality early care and education available to all children
- Experienced in mentoring adults, building strong relationships, and an understanding of adult learning
- Must be fluent and culturally competent in both Spanish and English
- Improve the quality of childcare programs for a group of 13-15 childcare providers
- Value an asset-based approach and growth mindset to change and understand that the process requires patience, sensitivity, flexibility, respect, and commitment; believe in providers’ capacity for continuous learning
- Keep up today and detail data and submit a report monthly report
Required Experience and Requirements
- Bachelor’s Degree or higher in early childhood education or a related field required,
- Experience as a PD facilitator, Coach, College Instructor, Consultant, and/or Mentor
- Training or coursework specific to Adult Learning Theory, have experience mentoring adults, building strong relationships, and an understanding of adult learning.
- Have experience in early education, particularly with children from birth to 5 years of age
- Excellent observational and interpersonal skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Capable of utilizing technology in various forms to communicate, support programs, and collaborate with colleagues and ability to work independently
- Bi-lingual (English and Spanish) strongly required
- Candidates must understand the challenges and barriers faced by marginalized communities, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, class, ability, immigration status, gender, and their intersections, and have experience engaging with and working alongside communities of color
- Availability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends
- Resume, cover letter, and salary requirements should be submitted.
Statements in this Job Description are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. They are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position.
UNITED WAY CORE COMPETENCIES FOR ALL STAFF
● Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to the mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This drives their performance and professional motivations.
● Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
● Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
● Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
● Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.