The Sunshine House Early Learning Academy is searching for an Education Specialist for the state of North Carolina.
The Education Specialist functions as a member of the Education Department. This role supports the work of the department in developing, training on, and guiding implementation of curricular projects. The Education Specialist works primarily in early childhood centers, assessing curriculum implementation, identifying needs, setting goals with management and teachers, identifying support tools, and mentoring teachers in appropriate classroom practices.
Summary of Essential Job Functions:
Understanding and commitment to the mission of The Sunshine House: providing high quality care & education every child, every family, every day.
Regional Educational Responsibilities:
Partner with Regional Directors in assessing and addressing center curriculum needs.
Conduct goal-setting and mentoring visits within region (and some other areas as needed). 80% of time should be spent in classrooms/centers.
Support centers in pursuing national accreditation and/or state quality rated score as needed.
Manage center participation in local and/or state quality-assurance programs.
Liaison with local childcare boards and associations to build partnerships.
Training/Staff Education Responsibilities:
Support ongoing quality programming in centers:
Serve as contact for center when educational questions arise
Support in hiring/training of new center staff as needed
Liaison with centers to set educational goals
Plan visits to assess quality education implementation (using iAuditor system)
Spend time in classrooms mentoring staff in educational implementation
Serve as CDA advisor for staff pursuing their credential.
Plan, manage state approval, and facilitate curriculum trainings for state employees as needed (may be weekends and evenings)
Write/review new educational materials as needed.
Take active role in shaping and maintaining educational vision for company.
Participate in all strategic planning and other corporate meetings
Represent The Sunshine House through writing of articles, participating in meetings and possibly presenting at conferences at local and national early childhood meetings
Support other departments in the development of relevant materials
Other duties as assigned
Benefits, travel expenses, car allowance, laptop, cell phone
Compensation commensurate with experience/education
Ability to connect with early childhood professionals, building effective relationships, at all levels and to effectively train in best practices
Highly knowledgeable about current research-based practices in early childhood and adult learning
Highly skilled and effective communicator in written and oral forms
Tolerance for and ability to excel within faced-paced, demanding management environment including proficiency in Microsoft office tools.
Flexibility to adapt to changing focus of attention at any moment
Ability to communicate quality programming and set and achieve goals and to improve quality
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Knowledge of accreditation standards, quality improvement initiatives, regulations and programs that impact on early care programs in Georgia
Ability to lift heavy items in excess of 35 pounds
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and balance goals for multiple sites
Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and adhere to company policy and procedures.
Demonstrated coaching and motivational skills to effectively develop and foster growth in early childhood classrooms
Excellent time management and organization skills
Ability to travel (within state) at least 50% of the time and overnight travel periodically
BA/BS in Early Childhood Education or related field
MA/M Ed in Early Childhood Education or related field
3 - 5 years managing educational priorities for multiple programs
3 - 5 years in early childhood management
Some experience as early childhood teacher preferred
The Sunshine House is one of the largest childcare and early education providers in the country and has been educating young children for more than 40 years. The Company, headquartered in Greenville, SC, employs 2,400 early childhood professionals in nine states and is currently seeking more talented and nurturing individuals to join the team!