Classroom Support Specialist

Headquarters- Towson Office | $38K p/y | mid_career | full_time

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Classroom Support Specialist

Abilities Network is looking for a Classroom Support Specialist to join our Project ACT Team and respond to calls for training and technical assistance and provide supportive and high quality assistance to address the concerns and work cooperatively with the child care program to address the needs of programs serving children under age 6 as well as out of school time programs. Assist child care centers, family child care homes and other child serving programs with the Maryland EXCELS program and provide needed connections with resources to support participation and advancement through the levels of EXCELS. Serve as a coach and mentor to early childhood educators to support the creation of developmentally appropriate settings and implementation strategies for the purpose of supporting all children.
What does this opportunity give me? 

  • Community outreach. Work with a diverse population.
  • Pride. Work for a company that is passionate about our mission and helping people find their path to independence.
  • A strong team and support system.
  • Impact. Make an immediate difference in someone’s life.
  • Exposure. Ability to partner with other programs and share your expertise.

What will I do at Abilities Network?

  • Coach educators with creating developmentally appropriate classrooms and implementing best practices for preschool children and children in out of school time programs through direct instruction, modeling, training, and consultation.
  • Collaborate with educational personnel and childcare providers.
  • Facilitate team and other meetings to provide individual and group technical assistance to child care programs to improve quality of care for children under age 6.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to early childhood program leaders on topics relevant to operating high quality early childhood programs.
  • Document activities utilizing observation forms, intake forms and maintaining all contact notes, as well as any grant mandated forms.
  • Attend trainings and seminars as needed.
  • Function as a Project ACT Trainer by implementing community and grant-funded training and mentoring sessions.
  • Present all trainings and demonstration lessons to the child care community in a dynamic and professional manner.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor and as necessary to fulfill the mission of Abilities Network.

What will Abilities Network need from me?

  • BA/BS Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Special Education, Psychology or a related field.
  • Must have a minimum of 4 years experience working with children under age 6 and their families in an early childhood program.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Must have access to transportation as needed to fulfill the duties of position.
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends and/or occasional overnight travel may be required.
  • Bilingual with fluency in Spanish preferred. 
  • Knowledge of child care systems including Maryland EXCELS, accreditation, environmental rating scales and training requirements.
  • Experience with large group training.
  • Experience with curriculum and training development.
  • Experience with reflective and/or practice based coaching.
  • Experience with reflective and/or practice based coaching.
  • Must have the ability to lift up to 40 lbs, transport materials and move about training facilities necessary to train groups effectively.
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    What else do I get at Abilities Network?

    In addition to an amazing company culture and team environment, eligible employees are entitled to an array of company benefits, including:

    • Comprehensive health/dental/vision insurance
    • Life/Long-term Disability insurance
    • Paid time off (annual, sick, holiday)
    • 403(b) Pension Plan
    • Section 125 Premium Conversion Plan
    • Flexible Spending Account (medical, dependent care)
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Anniversary day
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • Employee referral bonus
    • Jury duty leave
    • Bereavement leave
    • Free parking

     

    Abilities Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.   It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promotes individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, sexual orientation, or any other category covered by applicable law.

    Job Location:

    • Towson (Headquarters)
  • Personal Information

    As an equal opportunity employer, Abilities Network does not discriminate in hiring or terms and conditions of employment in violation of any law. Applicants who need reasonable accommodations to ensure equal opportunity in the application process should immediately inform the person who provided this form.
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