Child Development Specialist (One or More Positions) (Lateral and External)

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7086564 (Ref.No. P0003572)
Posted: October 4, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Summary Description:
Under general supervision from assigned supervisory or management staff, performs a variety of duties involved in planning and implementing instructional and recreational activities appropriate for the developmental needs and skills of children enrolled at an assigned Child Development Center; communicates effectively with parents, other staff members, and other professionals regarding health, safety, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive issues affecting each child; and ensures a safe, nurturing learning environment.

Knowledge of:
Basic operations, services, and activities of a full service child development center. 
Principles and applications of child development theory. 
Principles and practices of curriculum planning. 
Age appropriate and emergent curriculum. 
Methods and techniques of instructional and recreational program development. 
Appropriate activities for children of various age and skill level to develop each child socially, emotionally, intellectually, creatively, and physically to his/her fullest potential. 
Socialization techniques. 
Child development assessment techniques. 
Principles of basic first aid and CPR
Potential safety issues within a group care setting. 
Basic nutritional requirements for young children. 
Principles and procedures of record keeping. 
Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations governing the operations and activities of a child development center.

Ability to:
Learn and apply the policies and procedures of the Child Development Center. 
Plan, prepare, and implement daily, weekly, and monthly curriculum. 
Define and interpret curriculum goals and objectives. 
Participate in planning, preparing and implementing daily, weekly, and monthly curriculum. 
Develop and implement instructional and recreational activities according to the needs of the children and Center policy. 
Instruct and supervise children of various ages involved in Child Development Center activities. 
Observe, evaluate, and record child development. 
Recognize and define present and potential behavioral and learning problems of children. 
Apply appropriate disciplinary action. 
Prepare for and conduct parent conferences. 
Serve as a mentor teacher to students enrolled in the Early Childhood Development program. 
Apply and ensure adherence to pertinent rules and regulations governing the operation of a child development center. 
Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students. 
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

Education/Training:
Equivalent to two years of college level course work in early childhood education, child development, education, or a related field.

Experience:
One year instructional experience in a child development center.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an Early Childhood Education Certificate. 
Possession of Fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice. 
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid Child Development Permit. 
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid C.P.R. Certification. 
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid basic First Aid Certification. 
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license and proof of insurability may be required for some positions to drive a District or personal vehicle.

Conditions of Employment:

The conditions herein 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 job functions.


Work Environment:
Work is performed in a child development center; exposure to communicable diseases; subject to noise from children and equipment operation; frequent interruptions and contact in person with children, parents, students, staff, and others. At least minimal environmental controls are in place to assure health and comfort.

Physical Demands:
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a child development center; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate classroom equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information; and to occasionally travel to other offices or locations. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Additional Position Information:
NOTICE: THIS RECRUITMENT WILL REMAIN “OPEN UNTIL FILLED” 
 
METHOD OF APPLICATION: 
 
Interested applicants must complete the online application, apply for the position, and attach the specified “REQUIRED” documents. 
 
To be considered, each section on the application must contain the requested information (do not state “SEE RESUME” or leave blank). Included on the application, applicants must provide (on the application) at least three (3) professional references, preferably from current supervisors, previous supervisors (from the past five years), colleagues or coworkers who can address professional competency and appropriate practical skills, or other professional references. The Office of Human Resources (OHR) may request additional references. 
 
In addition to a full complete application, applicants are required to attach all “REQUIRED” documents. Official transcripts will be required upon offer of employment. 
 
Applicants bear sole responsibility for ensuring that their applications are complete and “REQUIRED” documents are attached prior to the “INITIAL SCREENING DATE.” Incomplete applications will not be considered. All submitted materials become the property of the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this position only. Any supporting documents submitted must reference the Job Opening ID numbers and may be attached online, faxed to 949-340-8007, mailed via U.S. Mail under separate cover, or hand delivered to the District offices.

OPTIONAL: You may attach/upload any relevant, job related licenses or certificates, such as: Possession of Child Development Teacher Permit, Current Pediatric CPR and First Aid Certificate,
Current mandated Child Abuse Reporting certificate, Possession of, or ability to obtain an Integrated Pest Management certificate, Master Teacher Certificate to “LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE” under “OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS” in the “APPLICANT DOCUMENT” / “DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR APPLYING” section of the application. 
 
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 
 
This recruitment will remain “OPEN UNTIL FILLED.” For guaranteed consideration, a complete application, and all “REQUIRED” documents are required to be submitted electronically by the “INITIAL SCREENING DATE.” Applications submitted via facsimile or electronic mail will not be accepted.

Duties and Responsibilities
Develop and implement daily, weekly, and monthly curriculum in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Child Development Center and taking into consideration the needs and skills of the children; design and implement recreational and instructional activities that allow the optimum development of each child in the areas of social, emotional, physical, creative, and intellectual growth and provide each child with the pre-skills necessary for future academic and recreational success and satisfaction.
Instruct and supervise children involved in various Center activities including recreational and educational programs; provide a professional and nurturing environment; listen attentively to children; encourage children’s confidence and self-esteem; apply appropriate guidance and disciplinary actions; model appropriate social and emotional behavior.
Provide activities and settings in which children can develop a variety of skills including logical thought, short and long term memory, hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, creativity, spatial awareness, self-esteem, enhanced language and vocabulary acquisition, familiarity with technology, and enjoyment of stories, art, and music.
Encourage and develop socialization skills in children at the Center; encourage the development of self-help skills, empathy for others, accepting responsibility for one’s actions, team spirit, and other appropriate behavior in different settings through modeling; provide appropriate activities that utilize socialization skills; create play scenarios to allow children opportunities to practice skills; encourage children’s participation in the care and feeding of classroom pets.
Provide activities that utilize all modes of learning including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
Maintain children’s health and safety at the Center; monitor and convey potential health and safety hazards to appropriate staff; administer basic first aid and CPR as necessary; report accidents to supervisors and parents.
Assist in the housekeeping functions of the center including the cleaning and feeding of animals.
Implement sound nutritional practices; plan, order, and prepare snacks; supervise meal and snack times and encourage appropriate social behavior in these settings.
Establish and maintain relationships with children, parents, co-workers, and other professionals; value parental input and enlist their cooperation; effectively communicate with parents regarding the development of their children; seek assistance from other related professionals as necessary for specific situations.
Observe, record, assess, and evaluate each child’s level of activity, performance, behavior, and stage of development and skill; utilize a variety of techniques to create a profile of each child’s development and to evaluate/assess the effectiveness of the curriculum/program offered; communicate results of assessments effectively to parents, co-workers, and other related professionals on issues as necessary; provide daily, monthly, and annual verbal and written communication with parents using informal talks, notice boards, newsletters, and other mechanisms; schedule and participate in parent conferences and special education IEP’s; make referrals to other professionals as appropriate.
Prepare and distribute newsletters and reminders to parents regarding special events, conferences, or other program activities at the assigned Center.
Select, order, and design appropriate materials, supplies, and equipment for all relevant ages and different levels of development and skill; sort, clean, and inventory all equipment and supplies.
Model developmentally appropriate practices and serve as a mentor teacher for students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program, students from other college disciplines and programs, and ancillary staff; conduct orientations and explain Center policies and procedures; teach using approved policies, practices, guidelines, and theories; supervise students assigned to classroom who are fulfilling course requirements and oversee ancillary staff duties.
Attend and participate in professional group meetings, conferences, and workshops; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of early childhood education; incorporate new developments as appropriate.
Perform related duties as required.




At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.



 

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