Infant / Toddler Specialist
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.
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.
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.
- • 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.
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.