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Child Development Specialist
Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, Texas
 
 
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Date Posted 11/04/2019
Category
Admin-Child Care Services
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Classification Title

 

Job Title

Child Development Specialist

FLSA

Exempt

Location

Main Campus

Position Length

Full-time

Position Summary Information

 

Job Summary

Participates as lead instructor in planning, supervising and implementing the classroom program in compliance with state requirements, contract standards, and applicable policies and procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• As the lead instructor will perform a variety of technical tasks relative to child development, including the development of weekly lesson plans that involve age-level developmentally appropriate activities and that demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness in planning programs and in the use of materials.
• As the lead instructor will lead in the instruction of children in a childcare age unit through the development and implementation of lesson plans and other activities.
• Participates as lead instructor in providing demonstrations of age appropriate development and behavior of children.
• Provides guidance to community college students regarding Center rules and regulations related to Child Development and Early Childhood programs; assists with the daily assignments to students and the evaluation of classroom activities and performance.
• Prepares reports and correspondence regarding classroom operations and activities; maintains and records training hours and attendance records.
• Organizes and participates in games; reads stories and teaches simple painting, drawing, handwork, songs and similar activities; helps children remove garments; helps children develop habits of caring for own clothing and picking up and putting away toys and books; and directs activities in eating, resting, and toileting. Maintains discipline, physical organization and cleanliness in the classroom.
• Communicates informally with parents on children’s progress and behavior.
• Attends all scheduled staff meetings; plans and implements staff training as requested.
• Attends the workplace regularly as per the defined work schedule and reports to work punctually.
• Working hours may include evenings, holidays or weekends depending on deadline requirements and special events.
• Completes duties and responsibilities in compliance with college standards, policies and guidelines.
• Completes all required training and professional development sessions sponsored by Texas Southmost College.
• Participates in the development of outcomes, monitors assessment of those appropriate outcomes, and assists in the development of plans of action for improvement based on the assessment of those outcomes.
• Participates in the process for systematic review and evaluation per the institutional effectiveness model adopted by the College.
• Serves on committees as appropriate and as appointed by supervisor.
• Supports the values and institutional goals as defined in the College’s Strategic Plan.
• Promotes positive morale and teamwork within the department and provides exceptional customer service to students, faculty and community.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Required 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.

• A strong commitment to the mission of Texas Southmost College.
• Knowledge of modern principles and practices of childcare services.
• Knowledge of pertinent Federal and State laws, codes and regulations.
• Demonstrated experience in maintaining positive and effective working relationships with parents, children, staff, faculty, students and the community.
• Demonstrated experience in providing quality customer service.
• Demonstrated experience concentrating on detailed tasks during numerous interruptions.
• Capacity to listen and respond to questions and concerns.
• Ability to work independently according to established schedules and to complete assignments and projects, as per defined timelines.
• Skills in working effectively in a team environment with a customer service focus.
• Excellent customer service skills and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to perform and excel in a high-tech all-digital environment.
• Proficient in the use of e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software and use of the Internet to access data, maintain records, generate reports, and communicate with others.
• Demonstrate organizational skills in handling and directing multiple and complex assignments and projects.
• Ability to be flexible and adjust to many varied situations.
• Ability to assume full responsibility for a group of children as required.
• Problem solving skills and the ability to lead, instruct, handle a large variety of details and to work with all levels of organization.
• Ability to maintain appropriate and professional behavior at all times.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential data.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in a diverse, multi-cultural community environment.

Required Education and Experience

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education and experience required.

• Associate’s degree in Child Care and Development, or Early Childhood Education from an accredited college or university is required plus one (1) year full-time experience as a caregiver working directly with children in a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) licensed or certified child-care center (or similar type of day care center that was formerly licensed, certified, or accredited by DFPS) or (4) semesters of field experience and/or internship in a DFPS certified or accredited college or university child development/early childhood campus lab school OR a Certificate in Child Care and Development, or Early Childhood from an accredited college or university plus three (3) years of full-time experience working in a DFPS licensed or certified child care facility.
• Demonstrated experience in maintaining positive and effective working relationships with parents, children, staff, faculty, students and the community.

Preferred Education and Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in Child Care and Development or a closely related field from an accredited college or university , plus one (1) or more years of experience working in a DFPS licensed or certified child care facility or one year of full-time classroom teaching in a public or private accredited school from birth through kinder, during a customary school year; or substitute or part-time classroom teaching in a public or private accredited school birth through kinder, if the total length of time adds up to two years of full-time teaching during a customary school year.
• Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
• Pediatric First Aid certification.

Certificates and Licensures

• Meets all HHSC/DFPS Child Care Licensing Standards for child-care professionals.
• Must have a Public Health Food Handler Certification or become certified within one week of hire.
• Must have Pediatric CPR Certification or become certified within one week of hire.
• Must have Pediatric First Aid with Rescue Breathing and Choking Certification or become certified within one week of hire.
• Successful completion of Texas DFPS Licensing Division Background Check.
• Must have a clear Tuberculosis (TB) Test not older than one (1) year.
• Must complete annual required local, state, and national professional training requirement hours in accordance with Texas Rising Start Guidelines, HHSC/DFPS Child Care Licensing Standards, TDA Food and Nutrition CACFP, and NAEYC Program Standards or become certified within one week of hire.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Disclaimer: The duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

Posting Detail Information

 

Posting Number

2020064TSC

Open Date

10/31/2019

Close Date

 

Open Until Filled

Yes

Special Instructions Summary

Please see Special Instructions for more details.
 

*Transcripts (unofficial) are required to be attached to applications for all positions with an educational requirement (Faculty/Staff/Administrative).
 

*Your application is not considered complete until all required documents have been attached.
 

*Attachments must be in PDF or Microsoft Word format and must be no larger than 2 MB.
 

*You will not be able to attach documents after your application has been submitted.
 

**Please note: Official transcripts are only required if recommended for hire.
 

Official transcripts shall be sent directly from the issuing institution to the College District’s Office of Human Resources and must include documentation of all credit earned, including the education requirements that specifically qualifies the applicant for the position. The address to send all transcripts is:
 

Texas Southmost College
Office of Human Resources
80 Fort Brown, Tandy 105
Brownsville, Texas 78520

 

For eTranscripts please use email address: lissa.frausto@tsc.edu.
 

The College District recognizes equivalent credits and degrees earned from foreign universities. The equivalency shall be determined by translation and evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For more information please visit: www.naces.org

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