The City of Seattle wants every child to have the opportunity to succeed in their education. This journey starts with providing access to high-quality early education to our youngest learners. To achieve this goal, Seattle has created the Seattle Preschool Program, which is a program that aims to create a universal high-quality prekindergarten education. Teachers need to provide instruction that builds on children's skills and develops their sense of engagement as lifelong learners. To ensure that we are providing teachers with the support they need, Early Learning Coaches bring expert guidance, coaching, and training to our preschool and early learning programs.
We are looking for up to three new Regional Managers to provide supervision and guidance to our coaching team and serve as technical experts on the Department of Education & Early Learning's coaching approach and core competencies for teaching adults. In this role, you will manage and supervise coaching services, progress, and accountability within the Child Information Provider System (CHIPS) data management system. This position requires you to be innovative and work independently, but also to work within a team environment to ensure that performance standards and monitoring requirements are met.
The department strives to embed the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative into its education objectives and seeks staff that value the importance of working together as a government and community to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity.
Do you want to learn more about being part of this program? In this position: Your top 3 priorities will be:
Updating the coaching manual and developing training for new and existing coaches
Monitoring continuous quality improvements in early learning classrooms and providing quality feedback to ensure that coaching services are delivered with fidelity
Helping implement new Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise (FEPP) Levy initiatives
Your day-to-day responsibilities will include:
Meeting bi-weekly with coaches to determine progress on goals and whether adjustments to coach learning cycle plans are necessary
Providing training or re-training to coaches as needed on culturally responsive and effective adult teaching strategies to ensure coaching is delivered with fidelity
Creating and/or uploading available coaching videos to support coach reflective practices
Communicating regularly with the Quality Practice & Professional Development (QPPD) Manager on the status of coaching and other assignments
Reviewing and monitoring requests for additional support for individual children, teacher, and classrooms
Developing and monitoring contracts for comprehensive supports and professional development services
Maintaining and updating the coaching manual with current research
Helping create content for all coaching materials and training
You will be most successful if you have demonstrated significant experience in providing coaching to early learning providers or other forms of teaching adults. A commitment to listening, creating space for diverse perspectives, and the pursuit of inclusive and just outcomes must be at the center of your professional practice. The ability to communicate at all levels tactfully and effectively will also contribute to your success. You will need to be skilled in fostering and developing mutually respectful relationships, providing continuous quality feedback to your team, and able to think strategically to solve problems and make difficult decisions. Specifically, you'll be prepared to take on this role if you have:
Providing supervision and management to a team of professionals
Working with marginalized communities
Planning, developing, and implementing systems, programs, and procedures
Reflective practice, feedback, observation, assessment, and goal setting
Using data to drive programmatic changes
Instructional coaching approach
The ability to:
Onboard new team members
Work collaboratively with colleagues as well as cross-departmentally
Demonstrate cognitive flexibility and remain adaptable through change and ambiguity
Take initiative to solve problems creatively
Analyze assessment data for instructional planning to improve program practice and improve child outcomes
Utilize multimedia platforms and technology to deliver instruction
Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices
Seattle Preschool Program (SPP)
State and federal early learning guidelines, standards, and policies
Principals of coaching
Additionally, you will be most successful if you possess any of the below trainings or certifications:
This position is classified as a Manager 1, Exempt and is exempt from the Civil Service System. This position will require the ability to travel locally to early learning sites and trainings.
DEEL supports the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative to end institutionalized racism by eliminating barriers to access, providing the staff and public with opportunities for growth, and developing equitable access to the programs and services we offer. If you share those values and meet the qualifications, we invite you to apply for this position. Please visit http://www.seattle.gov/education to learn more about the Department of Education & Early Learning.
APPLICATION PROCESS: To be considered for this position, you must submit your application, attaching both a cover letter and resume, at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle/. This job will be open until filled, with the first application review taking place at 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. The Seattle Department of Education & Early Learning reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during this posting period. This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The Department of Education & Early Learning values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, or pregnancy. The Department of Education & Early Learning encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. If you have questions, please contact Lindsey King at Lindsey.King@seattle.gov.
Internal Number: 2019-01927
About Seattle Department of Education & Early Learning
The mission of the new Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is to ensure that all Seattle children have the greatest opportunity to succeed in school and life, and to graduate from school ready for college or a career. DEEL achieves this goal by investing in high quality early learning services and programs that help children succeed in school, increasing capacity for such programs in underserved communities, strengthening school community
connections, and reducing the likelihood that youth will engage in violence.
DEEL is responsible for weaving together early learning programs in the City to provide families with the opportunity to prepare their children to enter school ready to succeed. By braiding and blending resources from the Families and Education Levy, the state Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, and City General Fund, the department seeks to ensure that low-income families in the City have access to high quality early learning.