Position Description / Details
Peninsula College is seeking to fill 2 positions for Early Childhood Program Specialist 3. The Early Childhood Program Specialist is responsible for implementing the educational curriculum and general operation of the Early Childhood Development Center/ child care/ toddler program for children from 12 to 36 months of age in accordance with local, state, and federal laws.
The Specialist is responsible for assigning tasks to ECE Students, observing their interactions with children, and evaluating the performance of all ECE Students who utilize the Early Childhood Development Center as an Early Childhood Education Laboratory. The Specialist, together with the Early Childhood Education Instructor provides a model environment for students to practice skills necessary in the care of young children.
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 and practices.
- Maintain standards for nutrition and food service.
- Meet program requirements for documentation and confidentiality.
- Meet Each Child's Individual Needs and Plan for Group Needs.
- Interact with children to nurture self-esteem.
- Interact with children to optimize learning.
- Exhibit respect and appreciation for individual and cultural diversity.
- 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 Curriculum.
- Observe, document and assess individual and group needs, interests and skills.
- Gather and utilize curriculum resources and learning materials.
- Provide developmentally appropriate practices.
- Create and document curriculum plans.
- Evaluate and modify curriculum plans.
- Support the Child and Family.
- Exhibit respect and appreciation for each family and their culture.
- Build a partnership with families.
- Provide families with information, resources and referrals.
- Respond to requests from families regarding children.
- Exchange feedback and information with appropriate family members.
- Create and Maintain a Professional Team Environment.
- Assist and support team members.
- Model respect and appreciation for individuals and their cultures.
- Involve support staff in program development and decision making.
- Develop Personally and Professionally.
- Maintain current knowledge of the field.
- Participate in professional networking.
- Participate in the give and take of mentoring.
Specific Skills and Abilities
- Maintains confidentiality regarding family information.
- Manages time and multiple tasks efficiently and effectively.
- Demonstrates clear and effective written and verbal communication.
- Ability to work with diverse populations.
- Maintains professional and ethical boundaries with families and staff.
- Works as a team member.
- Possesses tactful and diplomatic interpersonal relationship skills.
- Initial Certificate and Short Certificate.
- AAS degree (or higher) in Early Childhood Education preferred.
Physical and Special Requirements
- Ability to exert fifty pounds occasionally and 20 pounds frequently to move objects.
- Physical dexterity to work with young children, i.e. stooping, kneeling, crouching,reaching, grasping, standing, lifting, walking and running quickly; work will be performed in both inside and outside environments
- If hired individuals will be required to obtain the following: TB test, proof of MMR, Bloodborne Pathogens and HIV/AIDS training, Food Handler's Permit, First Aid and CPR Certification for Adults and Infants and Children, and pass a Criminal History Background Check.
Required work schedule and work environment
- Monday-Friday; normal office hours of operation; on campus.
- Starting monthly salary: $3,198 - $4,270
- This position belongs to a unit that has negotiated a collective bargaining agreement.
- 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 $939.00 per month towards the cost of the Washington State employee insurance programs. The college also supports professional development.
- Peninsula College is a qualified employer for the PSLF program. If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
- Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Peninsula College Employee Tuition Program.
- 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,
- 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
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
Phone: (360) 417-6298
Applications submitted electronically will be accepted without signatures.
Peninsula College is an equal opportunity employer.