Early Learning Connection Coach Consultant

Early Learning Connection Coach Consultant  

The Early Learning Connection (ELC) Coach Consultant supports coaches in coaching initiatives serving Birth to age 8 within the Central Region (ESU 9, 10, 11 and 26) of Nebraska. The ELC Coach Consultant observes and makes recommendations about effective practices where unmet needs/gaps or duplications of services exist in the Central Region of Nebraska.

ESU 10 seeks to fill this position with an early childhood educator who has a blend or combination of the following qualifications, special knowledge, and skills.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:
-Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field required; Master's degree or higher preferred.
-Five or more years' experience in an early childhood setting in any capacity. One to two years of direct experience coaching early childhood educators/professionals required (can be included in five years' early childhood experience). Three or more years' experience is preferred.
-Knowledge of adult learning best practices and experience using best practices in adult learning settings.
-Trained and proficient in Nebraska Coaching Model is preferred.

Language Skills:
-Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
-Ability to write simple correspondence.
-Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations.

Reasoning Ability:
-Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
-Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills:
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of email; word processing software; spreadsheet software and internet software.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
-Facilitates a process to help coaches develop individual plans to improve coaching knowledge and practices.
-Supports the coach in coaching about environments and opportunities which promote the child's growth and development for any of the developmental domains, (language and literacy, health and physical development, approaches to learning, social emotional development, creative arts, science, mathematics).
-Offers resources and strategies to staff to enhance coach-educator relationships, offers expert suggestions, and utilizes reflective practices in all meetings.
-Assists coaches in structuring meetings and observations with educators to work towards goals and meet program objectives.
-Checks in regularly with coaches to offer support and guidance.
-Is a conduit to state level public and private initiative leads to inform policy and improve practice and systems.
-Ensures collaboration/coordination among local coaches to ensure effective use of time, resources, and best practices.
-Attends regularly scheduled meetings with other coach coordinator(s), Nebraska Department of Education - Office of Early Childhood, participating community partners, and professional development technical assistance staff.
-Contacts program/initiative partners to access external support when needed. Directs coaches to individual representative(s) for program or initiative concerns/questions.
-Collaborates with Early Learning Connection Coordinator(s) to provide consistent, coordinated support of early childhood initiatives.
-Actively clarifies roles with Early Learning Connection Coordinator(s) when jointly involved in initiatives.
-Develops communities of practice among coaches as appropriate.
-Assists coaches in identifying resources and supplies in accordance with individual plans. Works with partner programs/initiatives to plan and carry out regional coach training.
-Connects with local community collaboratives as appropriate.
-Stays current on updates and changes in accreditation systems (NAEYC, NAFCC, etc.).
-Participates in supervision and peer support as offered for individuals working in this capacity. 
-Gathers and tracks data about work activities in accordance with an identified evaluation plan.
-Travels throughout the Central Region (ESU 9, 10, 11, 26) of Nebraska and operates with minimal supervision.
-Maintains Nebraska Reliability in ECERS, ITERS, FCCERS, CLASS, TPOT, and PTITOS if applicable.
-Becomes trained in program assessment tools (e.g. ECERS, ITERS and FCCERS, CLASS, TPOT, and TPITOS). Training provided after hire if necessary.
-Becomes trained and proficient in the strategies of the Nebraska Pyramid Model, Step Up To Quality, Rooted in Relationships, Sixpence, and other participating programs. Training provided after hire if necessary.
-Becomes trained and proficient in the strategies of the Reflective Practices model (FAN). Training provided after hire if necessary.
-Maintains confidentiality.
-Regular and reliable attendance is an essential function of this job.
Terms of Employment
• FTE 1.0 with full-time benefits
• Salary based on education and experience
• New Coaching Consultant begins: July 1, 2021

Application Requirements
Letter of Application
Completed ESU 10 Application
Three Letters of Recommendation

Application materials must be sent to Dr. Melissa Wheelock, Educational Service Unit 10, PO Box 850, Kearney, NE 68848 or emailed to mwheelock@esu10.org by March 4, 2021.