Family Services of Westchester (FSW) provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children and individuals at every stage of their lives. With 50 innovative programs, FSW serves 30,000 individuals annually in Westchester County, New York, here to create hope, restore dignity and connect families with the resources to get back on track.
Founded in 1954, Family Services of Westchester is a private, nonprofit, non-sectarian social services agency.
Under the supervision of the Education Manager oversees and directs the planning, organizing, and implementation of education services for children. These services contribute to the increased social competence in children and the recognition and enhancement of parents as the primary educators of their children.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Monitor and implement the curriculum for Early Head Start and Head Start classrooms.
- Support and supervise all classroom practices – room arrangement, lesson plans, daily schedules, routines, and transitions to assure their adherence to program policies;
- Supervise and monitor the child’s ongoing anecdotal record-keeping, assessments, home visits and conferences in COPA and Teaching Strategies Gold. • Provide CLASS observations for the classrooms.
- Assists classroom staff in a system for maintaining an inventory of classroom materials and supplies that is checked at least annually.
- Assists teaching staff in understanding and interpreting child observation data and establishing appropriate individual child goals based on knowledge of child development.
- Assists teaching staff in developing a system which offers parents opportunities for enhancing their skills as first educator of their children through the use of home learning activities, family nights, planning educational activities and providing opportunities to volunteer, attending training, etc.
- Assist the education manager in implementing active supervision strategies that ensure children are supervised and never alone including the positioning of staff and zoning, scanning and counting children, listening to children, anticipating children’s behavior and engaging and redirecting children using developmentally appropriate practices.
- Regular and predicable attendance is a requirement of the job.
- Regular and predictable attendance is required.
- Additional duties as assigned by the Education Manager
- A Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field required. • Bilingual (Spanish/English) is a plus
- Requires effective writing and oral communication skills to conduct meetings and training sessions, and to prepare reports that are clear, complete, and comprehensive; •
- Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer (Microsoft word, excel, etc.) and office equipment, including, but not limited to, the telephone, fax machine, and copier;
- Knowledge of family-centered practices and local resources, customs, and language is helpful.
- Ability to know and implement the Head Start Performance Standards and requirements
- Ability to exercise professional judgment in evaluating before making decisions, • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, children, parents, outside agencies, and the public
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times, including recognizing situations in which confidentiality is required.
- Requires ability to use abstract reasoning, problem solving, planning, and analytical skills in: training, evaluation, and program development.
- Demonstrated ability to perform multiple tasks effectively in a fast-paced, challenging, and constantly changing environment.
- 3+ years’ experience related to education services in early childhood programs for young children and families from diverse background
There are a variety of benefits to joining Family Services of Westchester, an organization with over 65 years of history impacting vulnerable communities. In addition to the opportunity to connect with and help thousands of residents in Westchester County, FSW offers its employees an inspiring, diverse and team-based work environment with comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and 403(b) for full-time employees.
At FSW, we enjoy working in a collaborative, mission-driven environment and value the benefits of a diversified workplace that prioritizes our clients and the communities we serve. If you want to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people across the communities of Westchester, and if the position of Education Specialist speaks to your capabilities, experience and commitment to social service, please submit your resume and cover letter. Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone and/or email.
FSW is an equal-opportunity employer.
To apply please send your resume to Sandra Franco.