Position Description / Details
The Early Childhood Specialist 3 is responsible for implementing the educational curriculum and general operation of the Peninsula College Early Childhood Development Center for children ages two and one half through six years of age in accordance with the Washington State Licensing Guidelines and the Department of Early Learning Early Achievers Standards.
Located in the northwest corner of the United States, Peninsula College is nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. The main campus in Port Angeles, Washington, overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the nearby city of Victoria, British Columbia, and has easy access to the Pacific Ocean, Olympic National Park, and Seattle. It is arguably the most beautiful community college setting in the United States. The region is also home to six Native American tribal reservations, which are dispersed across the North Olympic Peninsula.
As a public comprehensive community college with baccalaureate-granting authority, Peninsula College is highly regarded by businesses, schools, and community partners for its culture of innovation, high academic standards, and strategic vision. The College is part of the 34-college Washington State Community and Technical College System and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
The College serves more than 4670 students (1400 FTE) through its main campus and Port Townsend and Forks campuses, its correctional facilities, community education, and its online course offerings. The College community is vibrant, engaged, and known for its commitment to serving the diverse needs of the local communities across its 3,600 square mile service district.
The College culture is defined by its Guiding Principles and its shared governance model, which value respect, open and honest communication, integrity and collaboration. The College is a leader in the Guided Pathways work in Washington State, and is deeply engaged in creating institutional change to support this vision. The College is highly regarded as a warm and welcoming place. Click here for a video about Peninsula College.
- Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment: recognize and implement safety procedures and precautions; inspect, modify, and document indoor and outdoor space and equipment to meet safety standards; articulate and apply health standards, maintain standard for nutrition and food service; meet program requirements for documentation and confidentiality.
- Prepare and evaluate the learning environment: recognize and support emergent situations; identify and support individual learning styles; create a routine that supports children’s development; arrange the physical space, indoors and outdoors.
- Develop and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum for children: observe, document, and assess individual and group needs, interests, and skills; gather and utilize curriculum resources and learning materials; provide developmentally appropriate practices; create, document, evaluate, and modify curriculum plans.
- Develop relationships with families: provide families with information, resources, and referrals; respond to requests from families regarding children; exchange feedback and information with appropriate family members; exhibit respect and appreciation for families and their cultures.
- Supervise and mentor part-time employees and ECE students.
- Forty-five college quarter hours in Early Childhood Education or equivalent and minimum of two years of experience working in a group setting with children of the ages enrolled in the program.
- Equivalent education/experience.
- AAS or higher in Early Childhood Education or related field.
- Experienced in Early Achievers ratings; proficient skills in Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS).
- Experienced in the Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment System.
Duties of the position require the ability to
- Work as a team member and leader; select, train, assign work, and review the performance of part-time staff, support team members and involve staff in program development and decision making.
- Interact with families, children, and staff with respect and appreciation for diversity.
- Interact with children in ways that foster self-esteem and optimize learning.
- Communicate with tact and diplomacy, maintain professional and ethical boundaries with families and staff.
- Manage time and multiple tasks efficiently; set and adapt to changing priorities, solve problems, handle interruptions, meet deadlines, exercise independent judgment, evaluate issues and recommend changes.
- Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, with native and non-native English speakers.
- Proficiency using a computer and Microsoft Word and Excel.
Required physical abilities
- Must have the physical dexterity to work with young children; stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, grasping, standing, lifting, walking and running quickly.
- Must be able to perform work in indoor and outdoor environments.
- Must be able to lift 20 pounds frequently and up to 50 pounds occasionally.
- Must be able to assist children with personal care needs where there is the potential of exposure to body fluids.
Required work schedule and work environment
- Typical work schedule is 8 hours per day Monday through Friday for a 10 month period beginning on September 1st and ending June 30th. At times work hours may change to accommodate after hour staff meetings or other required meetings.
Required education or certificates
Upon hire individuals must obtain and pass the following: TB test, Bloodborne Pathogens and HIV/AIDS Training, Food Handler’s Permit, First Aid and CPR Certification for Adults, Infants and Children, a Department of Learning (DEL) Criminal History Background Check, and register in MERIT (Managed Education and Registry System).
- Annual full time, classified position.
- Starting salary: $3,044.00
- This position is in a union bargaining unit. As a condition of employment you must, within 30 days after appointment, become a member of the Washington State Federation of State Employees, or pay non-associate fees. Non-payment of such fee is grounds for dismissal.
- Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid vacation and sick leave; retirement plan options; optional credit union and tax deferred annuity programs. Peninsula College contributes $916.00 per month towards the cost of the Washington State employee insurance programs. The college also supports professional development.
- In compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
- 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.
A complete application file will include:
- a college employment application,
- a letter of application addressing specific qualifications of this position,
- a current resume,
- Supplemental Questionnaire
- three current professional references qualified to assess your experience and ability to perform the duties specified. Please include references’ email addresses and telephone numbers.
Link to: Online Application
Link to: Supplemental Questionnaire
Please upload the additional application documents on the last page of your application form prior to submission.
Application materials may be submitted by mail or email to:
1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Email: email@example.com (link sends e-mail)
Application forms submitted electronically will be accepted without signatures.
Peninsula College is an equal opportunity employer.