Educare of Omaha, Inc. is a collaborative partnership between the Early Head Start/Head Start, Omaha Public Schools and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. Comprised of the two Educare Omaha Schools (Kellom and Indian Hill) and the three Omaha Early Learning Centers (Skinner, Gateway and Kennedy), the mission of Educare of Omaha, Inc. is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children ages 0 to 5 through the provision of evidence-based education, health, nutritional, social, family engagement and other services to enrolled children and their families.
The Mentor Teacher is responsible for the training, coaching, and leading of the education staff. He/She is also responsible for the coordination of referrals and services related to children with Special Needs or Mental Health concerns. The Mentor Teacher participates in the interdisciplinary planning and coordination of the comprehensive developmental program ensuring individual needs of children are met as well as the program standards of Educare of Omaha, Early Head Start/Head Start, the Nebraska Department of Education and the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY TASKS:
Review education plans for children and provide regular constructive, individualized feedback to teachers.
Engages in coaching and reflective practices with classroom teachers to ensure high quality program practices by observing in classrooms, engaging in collaborative problem-solving and planning, implementation of agreed upon strategies, and reflecting on progress made to determine next steps.
Assist teachers in interpreting and analyzing assessment results to support teachers in using those results to plan individual and classroom experiences as well as in their conversations with families.
Model developmentally appropriate early childhood instructional techniques and practices in the classroom including Positive Behavior Supports, Touchpoint Principles and Assumptions.
Build supportive relationships with families and encourage their participation in the program.
Collaborate with Family Support Staff in identifying any barriers for children and families as it relates to participation in Early Childhood Educational services.
Participate in interdisciplinary meetings for children and families staffing such as Family Child Reviews (FCR’s), Individualized Family Service Plan/Individualized Education Plan meetings, and the Family Partnership Agreement Process in collaboration with the Lead Teacher, Family Services Supervisor, Family Engagement Specialists, Health Services Coordinator and Consultants as necessary.
Provide regular reflective coaching and direction (individual and group) to education staff.
Support and assist Site Director in introductory and annual employee evaluations of teachers, associate teachers, and teacher aides.
Collaboratively implement a coaching and mentoring process with education staff to promote high quality instruction.
Assist and coordinate oversight of student teachers, practicum students and volunteers.
Coordinate lead, associate, and teacher aide meetings regularly.
Provide guidance, support, and suggestions to the education staff to meet and exceed ITERS/ECERS, CLASS, Head Start, Nebraska Department of Education, NAEYC and program standards.
Identify and coordinate with Site Director of professional development needs for staff and participate in the development of a training plan for staff development and assist with implementing training as needed.
Support implementation of new strategies gained through training.
Prepare monthly reports.
Participate in reflective coaching regularly with the Site Director to receive guidance, report progress, plan new strategies, discuss problems, and receive information on program policies and procedures.
Assist with educational staff interviewing and onboarding in collaboration with the Site Director and Human Resource department.
Provide orientation to new staff, volunteers and student/practicum students as needed.
Coordinate and facilitate special program events in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team.
Monitor all activities in the education program, using required monitoring tools and reports.
Coordinate referrals for children with special needs with the Omaha Public School District.
Coordinate referrals for mental health services with the classroom consultant/Mental Health consultant.
Collaborate with Educare’s Speech/Language Pathologist to develop individualized services for identified children. Interdisciplinary work.
Attend IFSP/IEP meetings; ensure that goals are incorporated in the individualized lesson plans for children.
Engage with the Site Director to report progress, plan new strategies, discuss concerns, and receive information on program policies and procedures.
Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of the job description.
Master’s Degree in Education (Early Childhood preferred) with certification to teach in field of early childhood education preferred; or
Bachelor of Science with a minimum of 18 graduate hours earned in ECE, Child Development or closely related field.
Experience in teaching children birth to 5.
Two years supervision/administrative experience in early childhood setting preferred.
Must be able to pass a background check that meets compliance standards.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS / ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Knowledge of curriculum, principles, and best practices of early childhood education.
Ability and willingness to remain abreast of developments in the child development/early childhood education field to enhance professional growth and development.
Willingness to participate in Educare’s commitment to continuously review, analyze, and apply findings from local and national evaluations to current program design.
Knowledge of state childcare licensing requirements.
Knowledge of basic principles and practices of program management and staff supervision.
Ability to utilize and provide reflective supervision.
Ability to work cooperatively with an interdisciplinary team of professionals.
Ability to establish supportive relationships and form an alliance with staff and families from diverse backgrounds on behalf of children.
Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, in a manner that demonstrates and fosters cooperation, respect, concern and openness to change.
Ability to take or think about the perspective of others and demonstrate self-awareness of one’s own culture, beliefs, and values.
Ability to physically interact with children including the ability to walk or run quickly, kneel, or sit on floor, bend and lift, walk over rough or uneven ground, while in or outside of facility.
Ability to lift, carry and move center/classroom equipment and supplies and/or bulky objects or children weighing up to 50 lbs.
Organization skills with the ability to manage time and multiple priorities.
Ability to collaboratively problem-solve.
Maintain boundaries and performs all duties in an ethical and professional manner.
Complies with all confidentiality regulations as required.
Ability to obtain First Aid and CPR certification.
Ability to operate a computer and office equipment, including, but not limited to, a telephone, fax machine, and copier.
REPORTS TO: Site Director
Educare of Omaha, Inc. is committed to ensuring equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all hiring and employment practices. We are committed to equal treatment for all applicants and employees and will not discriminate based on age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, disability, sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.