JOB POSTING

Title: Instructional Coach

Employment Type: Fulltime, salaried

Positions Open Until Filled

Period of Employment: From the date of hire to the end of the grant term, June 30, 2022. Future employment depends on performance and grant program continuation. 

Background 

The Family child care Alliance of Maryland (the Alliance) is a non-profit organization whose mission is a collaborative network of national, state, and local partners working to advance the field of family child care for the benefit of providers, children, families, local communities, and the State of Maryland.

The Alliance has been awarded a Prekindergarten Expansion Grant from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). This grant aims to expand access to high-quality public prekindergarten for three – and four-year-old children with priority given to children from families with household incomes up to 300% of Federal Poverty Guidelines and students with special needs regardless of income.

In cooperation with MSDE, the Alliance is building a support network to assist family child care educators to obtain degrees and P-3 certification. In addition, the network will support educators with P-3 certification to participate in Maryland’s Prekindergarten Expansion program. 

Position Summary

The Alliance is seeking an Instructional Coach to work as part of a team for a one-year project to coach and develop Family child care Educators. In partnership with the Educators, Coaches will work to ensure the short- and long-term success of children in family child homes participating in the program. Each Instructional Coach will partner with a cohort of Educators to establish an ambitious and inspiring vision, create goals, and a plan for achieving those goals. Coaches will engage Educators in data-based problem solving to increase child outcomes. Coaches will spend up to sixteen hours per month on location in each Educator’s home/business.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Establish a collaborative relationship with each Educator in the Coach’s cohort. 

  • Observe program practice and gather data. 

  • Quickly assess strengths/weaknesses and use observation/data gathering to tailor support to Family child care Educators.

  • Assist Educators in gathering and analyzing data (quantitative and qualitative) to reflect on students’ performance and their practice. 

  • Provide a variety of solutions to help Educators improve their practice and, therefore, student outcomes (modeling, co-teaching).

  • Build positive culture within network of Educators in their cohort.

  • Develop knowledge Local Education Agency (LEA) resources along with the Alliance and MSDE partnership.

  • Implement structures to facilitate networking among Family child care Educators.

  • Collaborate with LEA personnel.

  • Connect with other coaches; participate in professional development for coaches to improve practice.

Educational/Certification Qualifications


A Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
A current MD teaching license is preferred.


Required Experience

  • At least five years’ experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

  • Strong oral and written communication, organization, time management, and advanced technology skills.

  • Knowledge of MSDE Early Learning Prekindergarten Standards.

  • Knowledge of pedagogy and adult learning theory.

  • Effective communication skills to interact with a variety of stakeholders.


Preferred Experience

 

  • Experience work with family child care business owners.

  • Collaborating in a professional environment.

  • Collecting and analyzing data, as well as implement related strategies.

  • Modeling research-based best practices.

  • Questioning in a way that promotes reflective practice.

  • Understanding and working with diverse populations.

  • Professional Working Spanish language proficiency.

  • Knowledge of The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool.

  • Knowledge of Teaching Strategies GOLD®.

  • Knowledge of ReadyRosie®.

Personal Characteristics

 

  • Approachable, personable, and empathetic.

  • Have the ability to motivate and influence others.

  • Be a good listener.

  • Be a self-starter.

  • Be a reflective practitioner.

  • Be outcomes-oriented.

  • Be able to travel within Maryland weekly and to work some weekends and evenings.


Other Requirements

 

  • Own a personal car with current insurance coverage and a valid license to drive in Maryland

  • Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination 


Work Environment


The Alliance is a virtual organization and has no office location. Coaches can work from home and must be able to maintain professional decorum during video and telephone meetings. Coaches will travel weekly to coach Educators in their respective cohorts. 


Compensation


Competitive salary, health insurance, mileage reimbursement, and paid time off.