Infant / Toddler Specialist

Full Year

Job Summary:


This is a professional position that promotes high quality infant toddler care and education by serving as a coach, mentor, and consultant to childcare providers in southwest Missouri, ensuring continuous improvement efforts among programs served. Infant/Toddler Specialists develop and maintain relationships with childcare providers, and childcare directors, educating and training them on the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) to help infant/toddler teachers recognize the importance of giving tender, loving care and assisting in children’s intellectual development.

Evaluation:


The Coordinator of Infant Toddler Network Services, following adopted policies of Community Partnership of the Ozarks and United Way of the Ozarks, evaluates the Infant/Toddler Specialist.

Reporting Structure:


The Infant Toddler Specialist reports to the Coordinator of Infant/Toddler Network Services of Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, child and family development, psychology, social work or a related field is preferred;
  • • Minimum 2 years paid professional work experience working with groups of young children and families in a childcare setting;
  • • Comfortable working with and an ability to teach a wide range of adults and children;
  • • Possess necessary job-related knowledge, positive interpersonal skills, organized, motivated, enthusiastic, good time manager, self-disciplined, independent decision maker, good networking abilities;
  • • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • • Computer literate with internet and Microsoft Office-Word experience;
  • • Willingness to attend conferences/trainings including Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) and other trainings related to Early Childhood, coaching, training and other topics that benefit the position;
  • • Ability lift, push or pull 35 pounds;
  • • Ability to travel throughout southwest Missouri;
  • • Willing to work a flexible schedule, some evening and weekend work is required;
  • • History of regular attendance;
  • • Ability to work as a member of a team.

Essential Qualifications/Skills:


  • • Efficiently schedule appointments with infant/toddler providers on assigned caseload;
  • • Coach/model developmentally appropriate strategies to improve the quality of care and education that infants and toddlers receive while away from their primary caregiver; increase the knowledge level and competencies of infant and toddler caregivers/teachers and directors; promote community connections to increase awareness and use of available resources and services that support healthy, safe and nurturing care for infants and toddlers;
  • • Recruit participants to the Infant/Toddler Specialist Network;
  • • Use professional judgment in planning appropriate lessons, compiling information needed, and implementing on-site consultation, cohort training and targeted training;
  • • Coach/model developmentally appropriate classroom strategies to maximize impact on building resilient children, healthy families, and strong communities;
  • • Use professional judgment in planning appropriate lessons, compiling information needed, providing relevant training, and teaching lessons when required;
  • • Address the needs, concerns, and questions of training participants.
  • • Works with providers to set meaningful goals to improve quality and education that infants and toddlers receive while away from their primary caregiver(s);
  • • Works to increase the knowledge level and competencies of infant and toddler caregivers/teachers and directors;
  • • Promotes community connections to increase awareness and use of available resources and services that support healthy, safe and nurturing care for infants and toddlers;
  • • Provide childcare providers with new learning materials to meet their individual needs;
  • • Use appropriate assessment tools to determine baseline and improvements in infant/toddler classrooms;
  • • Works with each provider to set and meet goals outlined in the On-Site Consultation Improvement Plans;
  • • Maintain records of each visit and follow-up with providers as appropriate;
  • • Plan and lead workshops, as identified during on-site visits. This may include preparing sign-in sheets, evaluation forms and clock hour certificates as needed;
  • • Maintain an awareness of community services available and make referrals as needed;
  • • Maintain confidentiality of information on participating childcare providers;
  • • Implement changing grant requirements;
  • • Regularly communicate in person, via written email, and on the phone in a professional manner;
  • • Participate in CPO’s resource development/fundraising activities;
  • • Other duties as assigned.

Position Clarification:


The position of Infant Toddler Specialist is a grant-funded position and is based upon funding availability. This is an exempt, full-time position. Community Partnership of the Ozarks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.