Classroom Practices Facilitator in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 7/30/2020

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    7/30/2020

Job Description

The Classroom Practices Facilitator is a critical consultative position within the Philadelphia Early Learning Instructional Excellence Initiative. The Facilitator is responsible for providing both a Community of Practice (COP) for early learning teachers within the Initiative and individualized on-site training and technical assistance on approved curriculum and assessment. The Classroom Practices Facilitator assists the Quality Initiatives Manager throughout the grantee selection process and awardee monitoring, including collection of provider data and logistical planning of facilitated COP meetings. He/she works in collaboration with Center Directors, teaching staff and other education staff to determine focus areas of technical assistance based on data analysis from ECERS assessments, COP feedback, and ongoing observations or emergent curricula implementation challenges. The Classroom Practices Facilitator is under the supervision of the QI Manager. The position is full time, 100% FTE and will require up to 60% local travel.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain current knowledge of PELEI project and Child Development and Family Service programs to assist providers clarifying continuity of supports.
  • Assist in promotion of PELEI grant application window through networking at local provider meetings within PHMC stakeholder network.
  • Support annual application review and scoring and participate in grantee initiation visits to establish project service expectations, as well as confirm appropriate selection of curriculum resources.
  • Plan and facilitate bi-annual meetings for prospective PELEI applicants to build readiness for curriculum implementation, documenting attendance and provider feedback.
  • Plan and facilitate bi-monthly Communities of Practices for PELEI grantees, developing agendas in advance of meetings based on participant feedback and mutual goals and documenting COP outcomes.
  • Establish schedule of site visits and conduct/document for individual program grantees following receipt of curricula materials, including a debriefing session following ERS pre-assessment.
  • Provide technical assistance for identified lead teacher to ensure understanding of application of received curriculum materials and development of a long-term professional development plan to build competency as an instructional leader within ECE program.
  • Provide consultation to each grantee program Director to determine necessary resources and protocol for embedding selected curricula in program policies and procedures, as well as technical assistance in developing a sustainability plan.
  • Support Quality Initiatives Manager in project data collection and reporting, quarterly review and analysis of outcomes and barriers, and preparation of culminating report.
  • Other duties as assigned
  • This position may include the need to attend weekend or evening meetings or trainings and involves frequent local travel and on-site provider technical assistance visits.

Skills:

  • Knowledge of the field of early childhood education, with specialized content knowledge in OCDEL-approved curricula.
  • Ability to think strategically, facilitate the coordination of multiple tasks, and manage a variety of projects simultaneously
  • Ability to facilitate adult peer learning opportunities in multiple modalities (in-person, webinar)
  • Ability to develop priorities and timelines for the assigned work
  • Ability to provide timely and accurate reports and recommendations
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work productively with colleagues, service providers, program participants, and other related organizations in a positive, pleasant, professional and productive manner in writing, by telephone, and in personal contacts
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Ability to formulate and implement a Technical Assistance plan
  • Ability to provide constructive and supportive feedback to providers while assessing their capacity to manage organizational and/or classroom planning
  • Ability to use adult learning principles and professional judgement to implement best practices in technical assistance
  • This job includes the normal physical demands associated with office work including bending, lifting, and carrying.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Knowledge of national and local available ECE curricula resources
  • Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in early childhood education, with direct experience in implementing an OCDEL-approved curriculum in a regulated child care setting
  • Experience in working effectively with ECE providers, community-based agencies or similar organizations
  • Extensive knowledge of early childhood education best practices and general business best practices
  • Experience in providing technical assistance and/or professional development for early childhood educators

Education Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (ECE or related field)

Salary:

  • Commensurate with education and experience.
  • Grade 18