Posted: May 15, 2020

ECPS3 - Head Start Lead Teacher - Infant/Toddler & Preschool

Salary: $3,198.00 Monthly
Application Deadline: May 25, 2020
SALARY: $3,198.00 Monthly


OPENING DATE: 05/08/20
CLOSING DATE: 05/25/20 04:00 PM


Please be aware that this recruitment closes at 4:00 p.m. PST. The application process will not be available after this time. To ensure consideration make sure your application is completed and submitted as soon as possible. Applications will only be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.

These are the position terms open for recruitment:  
Position 1 - 40 hrs. per week, 11.5 months per year at SFCC,
Position 2 - 40 hrs. per week, 12 months per year at WCCC,

Any previously posted positions that remain vacant

The Community Colleges of Spokane is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Early Childhood Program Specialist 3 in the Head Start/Early Head Start Division. 

Under general supervision of the Center Manager, the Early Childhood Program Specialist 3 is responsible for implementing the educational curriculum and the general operation of an early childhood classroom, and providing support services to infant/toddlers and/or preschoolers and their families, including home visits, as defined by Head Start/EHS Performance Standards and applicable state and local laws and regulations.  Also, this position may provide feedback and evaluate the progress of student teachers in an early childhood classroom setting.
  • Establish and maintain a safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate learning environment that promote children's' cognitive, social, emotional and physical development and reflects the changing needs of infants/toddlers and or preschoolers. *
  • Partner with parents to support child development goals. Develop, individualize, and implement appropriate early childhood curriculum Child Individual Plans (CIP) that meets Performance Standards. Facilitate appropriate parenting skills.  Support Part C services (birth to three), for Individual Family Services Plans (IFSP) and/or Individual Education Plans (IEP) for preschoolers. *
  • Implement education curriculum that is responsive to children's needs and interests.  Demonstrate effective teacher child interactions that support whole child development. Provide child primary caregiving that is engaging, responsive, attentive, consistent, nurturing, supportive, and culturally sensitive. *
  • Assess individual children's level of development to inform curriculum development and individualize teaching for each child's level of development; maintain a hard copy and electronic record keeping system in accordance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations. *
  • Plan, present, and evaluate children's activities. Coordinate daily classroom work flow, assign tasks, direct, and monitor the work of classroom aides, students, and volunteers. Provide feedback and evaluate the progress of student teachers in a classroom setting. *
  • Promote and protect children's health by adhering to Individual Health Plans (IHP) and special diet needs.  Attend to children's personal needs and use routine care as a component of primary caregiving. *
  • Build positive and effective relationships with families, interact and communicate with families regularly, schedule and conduct home visits and parent conferences. *
  • Work effectively as a member of a classroom and direct services team to provide integrated, comprehensive services to children and families. *
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships within the community; represent and promote HS/EHS at community events and committees, as assigned.
  • Stay informed by attending all necessary training and meetings, and reading all written program updates.
  • Support and advance the CCS strategic plan, and perform other duties as assigned. *
'*' Indicates this is an essential duty.
This position is designated a bargaining unit position and union membership is no longer a condition of employment.


  • A Bachelor's degree or higher degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Human Development or closely related field with coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education or social sciences from an accredited institution.
    • *Infant/Toddler positions require coursework and/or additional training.  If minimum qualifications are not met at time of hire, employee is expected to acquire the necessary educational credits/credentials to meet the above listed minimum qualifications of the position within 12 months of date of hire.
  • Knowledge of early childhood education theory and practices, including child development, developmentally appropriate practices, primary caregiving, observation and ongoing assessment, individualizing, planning, special services, referrals, developing and maintaining a classroom environment and routines, and child management.
  • Knowledge of the impacts of complex trauma on family systems.
  • Knowledge of appropriate techniques for diapering, sanitation, napping, feeding, and toilet training.
  • Ability to understand and utilize data in decision making and program implementation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral English.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be able to multi-task in a fast paced environment.
  • First aid/CPR (as available through CCS).
  • Ability to obtain 30 hours of STARS basic training or provide proof of exemption.
  • Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and best interests of students at all times.
  • A demonstrable understanding and acceptance of the mission, values, goals, objectives and strategic plan of CCS.
  • The ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution, and community and technical college system.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching, learning and working environment that honors diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • 2 years of experience working with children birth to five years of age.
  • Experience with primary caregiving and attachment and bonding theory.


Total compensation is an estimate based upon adding the following amounts together:
  • Base compensation, plus
  • Current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates, plus
  • Median retirement fund contributions. 

The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's enrollment choices.

Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the United States. This is an absolute condition of employment. An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H1-B visa.   In addition, the Community Colleges of Spokane maintains a drug-free work environment and prohibits all smoking in the college buildings and state-owned vehicles. Must be able to successfully work in and promote a multicultural work and education environment.  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.


  • Full-time schedule (12-month, 40-hours week).
  • Position is eligible for overtime.
  • 6-month probationary period; may be extended up to 12 months.
  • Post-offer medical exam, which includes tuberculin screening and submission of documentation indicating Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) vaccination or immunity.
  • Possession of Washington State Department of Health: Food Workers Card.
  • Criminal history/child abuse information check, including Department of Children, Youth and Families Portable Background Check prior to employment..
  • First aid/CPR (as available through CCS).
  • Requires local or regional travel.  If using personal vehicle for travel, proof of driver's license and car insurance required.
How To Apply:


To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

  • CCS online application.
  • Cover letter addressing your qualifications as applied to the responsibilities of this position. *
  • Comprehensive resume. *
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.*
  • College transcript(s) * - unofficial/copies of transcripts are acceptable for initial application, official copies must be submitted upon acceptance of job offer.

NOTE:  All of the above are required to ensure your consideration for this position.  The item(s) marked with an asterisk are required attachments to your application prior to submission.
Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate in its programs, activities and employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, parental status or families with children, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis C, honorably discharged veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, use of trained guide dog or service animal by a person with disability, genetic information or any other legally protected category.  Please direct all inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity and/or grievances to the Chief Administration Officer, Community Colleges of Spokane, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., PO Box 6000, MS 1004, Spokane WA 99217-6000 or call 509-434-5037; WA Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.

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