Careers

Thank you for your interest in a career with PAEYC.

PAEYC’s mission is to support high-quality care and education for young children. PAEYC provides advocacy, community resources, and professional growth opportunities, for the needs and rights of children, their families, and the individuals who interact with them. PAEYC works regionally (in Southwestern Pennsylvania) and takes its expertise and models to statewide and national audiences.

To apply, please see instructions at the bottom of each job listing. Phone calls WILL NOT be accepted. Postings will remain open until filled. 

CURRENT OPENINGS

EARLY HEAD START COACH

Position: Early Head Start Coach

Location: Southwestern Pennsylvania

Purpose: Coaching is an interactive process of observation, discussion and reflection in which the coach promotes the other person’s ability to grow toward identified goals. Effective coaches will build relationships with teachers based on mutual respect, demonstrate effective communication skills, practice conflict resolution and have an ongoing commitment to learning, possess good observation skills and can model best practice working with children.

This position reports to the PAEYC Director of Quality Initiatives. 

Guiding Principles: The Program Level coach will have an understanding and ability to put into practice and advocate for the following guiding principles:

  • Culturally and linguistically competent, family centered practice. 
  • Natural learning environment.
  • Learner focused approach. 
  • Functional and meaningful activities/supports.
  • Collaborative goal setting. 
  • Operate from a systems perspective. 
  • Change occurs over time.
  • Coaches facilitate and participate in change. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Stay current on updates and changes in national accreditation systems. (NAEYC, NAFCC, NAA,).
  • Become trained in the Environment Rating Scales (ITERS, ECERS, FCCERS).
  • Become trained and proficient in the strategies of the Pyramid Model. 
  • Gather and track data in accordance with an identified evaluation plan. 
  • Participate in supervision and peer support as offered for individuals working in this capacity. 
  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings with other coaches, community partners and professional development/technical assistance staff. 
  • Facilitate a process to help teachers develop individual plans to improve their environments, teaching practices to support young children’s growth and development and overall program quality. 
  • Offer resources and strategies to teachers to enhance relationships, create appropriate environments, and teach social emotional skills in children. 
  • Check in periodically with teachers to offer support and guidance. 
  • Contact community partners to access external support when needed. 
  • Assist the teacher to identify resources and supplies in accordance with individual plans. 
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the Pittsburgh region. 
  • Maintain confidentiality. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Required:

  • Knowledge of local, state and national early care and education systems. 
  • Knowledge and education regarding developmentally appropriate practices. 
  • At least two years experience working with young children in a group setting. 
  • PA Quality Assurance System (PQAS) certified instructor. 
  • Experience in conducting assessments. 
  • Knowledge of program quality rating scales. 
  • Experience and/or education in adult learning principles. 
  • Experience and/or education in Human Service work and study. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, competent interpersonal skills and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to communicate using technology, develop reports and track data. 
  • Knowledge and expertise in promoting growth and development in children for any of the developmental domains (Language and Literacy, Health and Physical Development, Approaches to Learning, Social Emotional Development, Creative Arts, Science, Mathematics). 
  • Ability to travel to appointments, meetings, and training sessions that may require an overnight stay. 
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills, Internet and email. 
  • Must have a valid PA Driver’s License and proof of insurance. 
  • Must clear full background check and must pass health screening. 

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Family and Consumer Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology or related field. 
  • A minimum of two years experience working with young children. 

Physical Requirements:

Regular kneeling, stooping, bending, and sitting on the floor. 

Employment Type:

1099 Consultant position with potential to become a full time position.

Wage Rage:

30 hours per week at $25/hour.

Interested Applicants:

Submit cover letter and resume with a minimum of three work-related references to jobs@paeyc.org. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING SPECIALIST

Position: Educational Programming Specialist

Location: The Homewood Early Learning HUB

Purpose: The Educational Programming Specialist supports the planning, coordination, and facilitation of grant-supported educational programs and projects at PAEYC, with particular focus on the projects and programs occurring within Homewood and neighboring communities. This is a full-time position that includes occasional evening and weekend hours as well as travel. The Educational Programming Specialist reports to the Director of Learning and Development, and is considered an active team member of the Quality Initiatives department within PAEYC.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the delivery and implementation of grant-supported programming, activities, and events, with a particular focus on early education and working with families and children, birth through age 12 years. 
  • Plan, facilitate, and evaluate professional growth opportunities for early educators and caregivers of young children. This can include both traditional professional development instruction as well as technical assistance, coaching, and mentoring. 
  • Aid in the reflection and evaluation of projects and programs, working directly with other PAEYC team members, leaders, and the PAEYC Research and Evaluation Director. This process will work to ensure that PAEYC programs and activities operate within the policies and procedures of the organization as well as reflect the needs and interests of the community. 
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with community organizations, educational institutions, and other stakeholders involved in child and family programming. The Specialist may be asked to attend community meetings and events as a representative of PAEYC. 
  • Collaborate and work with other Early Learning Hub team members and volunteers, as well as PAEYC staff. The Specialist will participate in team and staff meetings as well as may be asked to participate in other PAEYC projects, outside of the Early Learning Hub networks. 
  • Keep abreast of the requirements of the state QRIS (STARS) and early childhood systems (NAEYC, NAFCC, Head Start, NAA).

Qualifications:

  • Strong instructional and field mentoring skills.
  • Effective organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task and pay attention to detail.
  • Effective listening skills; as well as the ability to ask questions whenever unclear about a concept, task, or activity. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • The ability to analytically think and problem solve as well as make decisions.
  • Maintain confidentiality and value the notion of respect among colleagues. The Specialist will be required to become familiar with and abide by the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct for Early Childhood Professionals. 
  • Flexible and open to quick changes being made to better meet the needs of program and project audiences as well as perform other duties to support PAEYC programming, as assigned.
  • The ability to travel throughout the region; access to personal transportation is preferred.
  • Familiar with and the ability to manipulate typical organizational technology.

Educational Requirements:

  • A degree in early childhood education or related field (with at least 18 ECE credits); A Bachelor’s degree is required, a Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Early childhood programming and leadership experience is required (a minimum of 5 years), with a strong familiarity with home-based early childhood education highly preferred.
  • Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) instructor certification or necessary qualifications to obtain PQAS certification.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of the Pennsylvania QRIS (STARS) and Professional Development systems is required.
  • Experience and/or education in family systems or human services.
  • Current driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Current background checks and clearances (Federal and state.)

Physical Requirements:

The ability to engage in light physical demands, such as lifting up to 40 lbs.

Employment Type:

This is a full-time position that includes occasional evening and weekend hours as well as travel.

Salary:

$39,000 - $45,000, plus benefits.

Interested Applicants:

Submit cover letter and resume with a minimum of three work-related references to jobs@paeyc.org. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.

FAMILY DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST (FDS)

Position: Family Development Specialist

Location: Homewood Brushton Family Support Center

Purpose: Family Development Specialists (FDS) are responsible for providing direct service to families from diverse backgrounds with children 0-5 years (that includes prenatal and post partum stages for unborn child's development and the mother's health, nutrition, and psychological state). These prevention services help families set personal goals and address the many obstacles that come up in day-to-day life in Homewood-Brushton. This direct service will include preschool programming, home visits, goal planning, developmental screenings, advocacy, and referrals linking families to any needed services.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend minimum of twenty (20) hours of job-related trainings annually
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Build positive rapports with parents and children
  • Conduct and complete minimum of one or two home visits per month depending on evidenced-based curriculum model/or prevention model
  • Develop and/or assist in the child programming and parent-child interaction groups
  • Initiates 2 (two) child development screenings per year with parents and children using the appropriate developmental tools.
  • Maintain confidentiality of ALL families
  • Maintain files and complete all management information system paperwork accurately as required in a timely manner
  • Maintain the family support center site and ensure welcoming atmosphere
  • Participate in ongoing outreach/recruitment for program
  • Participate in the development of and facilitate parent groups
  • Participate in the development of special events and celebrations with/for families
  • Provide crisis intervention and/or referrals for families
  • Ability to coach and support families
  • Provides team approach model case management services including goal setting, networking, and use of community resources, advocacy, referral, and support
  • Develop mutual trust and cooperation with families to strengthen child and parenting development
  • Responsible for 18 (eighteen) to 25 (twenty-five) families on their caseload
  • Transport families to programming, well baby visits, mental health sessions, etc. when possible
  • Relationship or knowledge of the Homewood-Brushton community is helpful

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Child Development, Early Childhood or related field or
  • High School diploma and five (5) years of related experience in early childhood prevention, human services/or social services working with children and families.
  • Experience with/in home visiting.
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 33 Child Clearance
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Valid Driver's License

Salary:

Salary is commensurate with experience. PAEYC offers generous benefits including health, vision, dental, short term and long term disability, and 401K.

Interested Applicants:

Submit cover letter and resume with a minimum of three work-related references to jobs@paeyc.org. Phone calls will not be accepted. Posting will remain open until filled.