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28 Jul 2020

Full-Time Early Childhood Education Specialist 1 – Posted by Anywhere

Job Description

Are you passionate about working with families and their children? Can you create and maintain a welcoming and supportive environment with diverse multicultural, socioeconomic, and academic backgrounds? Are you eager to collaborate with other staff to find innovative ways to guide children and support families? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining our early learning community. We value collaboration and share a devotion to helping students achieve their academic and career goals.

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a classified Early Childhood Program Specialist 1. This is a full-time cyclic, 9.5-month position in the Child and Family Studies Program as a member of a teaching team in one of our child centered classrooms.

The Early Childhood Program Specialist 1 working under the direction of the program supervisor and the general direction of the lead teaching staff assists in implementing the inquiry based curriculum and routines of a toddler or preschool classroom. The Specialist 1 engages with the children in the classroom, building trusting and respectful relationships with each child. Specialist 1’s contribute to the cycle of curriculum, following the curriculum set by the lead teacher, creating individualized observations and documentation while reflecting on children’s theories. On occasion or for short periods the Specialist 1 may step in for lead teacher with support of another staff. The Specialist 1 shares in the responsibility of maintaining the health and safety of the children and upholding the Department of Children, Youth and Families policies, protocols and procedures. They also support the classroom operations by facilitating the daily rituals and routines set by the lead teaching staff, classroom management, and guidance of children, staff and students.

At Clark, we value equity, diversity and inclusion. We have not always gotten it right, but are committed to growing, learning, and supporting our employees. Our Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) supports individuals with their academic, personal, and professional development, as well as provides training and educational resources for all members of the college community around diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, social equity, and social justice. The college offers further professional development for our employees through opportunities such as Employee Resource Groups. The Child and Family Studies department engages in equity professional development, equitable decision making, a commitment to social justice and lifelong learning.

Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, core themes, and objectives of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to Human Resources, (360) 992-2105.

Position Responsibilities
Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise children at all times in developmentally appropriate activities both indoors and outdoors.
  • Guide children in the daily schedule of routines such as choice time, rest time, meals, toileting, outdoor exploration, etc.
  • Perform classroom management duties and assist with the maintenance of a healthy and safe environment.
  • Model appropriate guidance techniques and communication skills.
  • Be familiar with, implement and maintain the Washington State Licensing requirements.
  • Maintain daily and weekly USDA, best practices and NAC/QRIS child and classroom practices, observations and paperwork.
  • Consistent attendance to support continuity of care required.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Position Requirements and Competencies:
Candidates will be evaluated based on application materials, including the supplemental questions and personal interview(s), and will be required to demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

Minimum Qualifications

  • 30 hours in Early Childhood Education required.
  • Valid Merit certification and ongoing training hours current.
  • Ability to pass Portable Background Check
  • Valid certification in adult, infant and child CPR/First Aid.
  • Current food handlers permit.
  • Proof of Negative TB test.
  • Proof of MMR immunization.
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.

Supplemental Information
Job Readiness/Working Conditions:

  • Lift moderate amounts of weights up to 50 lbs.
  • Requires the ability to stand, stoop, kneel, bend, and work with children on the floor for extended periods of time.
  • The initial appointment will include a 6-month probationary period and the employee will earn permanent status after successfully completing probation.
  • This position is represented by Washington Public Employees Association.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Starting Salary: $2,436/month Range: 30 Code: 00256A
Benefits package includes insurance, retirement, annual and sick leave, disability, flexible spending account, and tuition waiver.

Application Deadline:
Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., August 12, 2020.


  • Clark College online application
  • Current resume
  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process

Please apply online at

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.

Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.

The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on the campus, and crime statistics for the most recent 4-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133. The most recent Annual Security Report can be viewed here:

If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.

Clark College Human Resources
July 27, 2020

How to Apply

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Clark College and Early Childhood Education. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.


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