The Curriculum Specialist works in a center to ensure quality education standards; acts as a role model in regard to teaching techniques, discipline and professional growth and development; acts as a liaison between teaching staff and center management; maintains center resource and supply areas. Serves as a member of the Center Management Team, taking responsibility for center operations in the absence of the Center Director and Family Support Coordinator. Provides on site staff training and assists with area and agency wide training.
PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES: (Asterisk for essential job duties.)
- Routinely observes in classroom using Sheltering Arms classroom observation forms, monthly focus checklists, NAEYC, ITERS, ECERS, CLASS, RRFTS and other related curriculum observation checklists.
- Assists teachers in self-evaluation and goal setting, follows up on previous goals.
- Serves as a mentor teacher working in classrooms when there is a teacher shortage or need for technical assistance.
- Models and provides coaching for developmentally appropriate practice for teachers in the classrooms.
- Meets regularly as part of the management team to share concerns and progress.
- Conducts lead teacher meetings at least twice a month.
- Assists Center Director in establishing agenda for staff meeting.
- Assists Center Director and Lead Teachers in conducting new teacher orientation.
- Assists Center Director with classroom teacher performance appraisals.
- Checks lesson plans weekly and gives feedback and approval.
- Works one-on-one with classroom staff to foster continued professional growth and development.
- Keeps track of educational materials and makes them available to staff as needed (resource books, training manuals, etc.)
- Ensures that resource and supply areas are organized and orderly.
- Checks classroom inventories and assists Center Director in ordering appropriate materials.
- Provides on site staff training for teachers and parents and assists with area and agency training.
- Follows up with teachers who have received training to ensure implementation in the classroom.
- Trains staff on and monitors developmental assessment data entry and use in weekly lesson plans.
- Meets regularly with Director Of Curriculum and Instruction to share curriculum concerns and assist in development of curriculum materials necessary for the implementation of the educational program.
- Participates in staff and parent meetings, as needed.
- Keeps informed of current information on child development by reading and attending conferences and workshops.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:
- Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
- Must be able to visually observe and hear children from all areas of the classroom and playground from a distance of at least 70 feet.
- High degree of oral and written communication skills.
- Must be able to hear children from a distance of at least 70 feet.
- Must be able to sit on floor and interact with children.
- Minimum of five years classroom experience with children birth to five.
- Two years of experience supervising adults in a child care & education setting.
- Experience with adult education.
- Willingness to work as a team member of a team.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE:
- Masters degree in Early Childhood Education or
- Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:
Performance of this job will be evaluated consistent with Sheltering Arms evaluation policy.
This description may be changed at any time. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee. The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other related duties as assigned by leadership. Sheltering Arms reserves the right to update, revise or change this job description and related duties at any time.
(*) Essential job duties -the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation.