Classroom Assistant - Whatcom Center for Early Learning is adding new staff to our growing agency! We are looking to hire an excellent team member who has a strong interest in working with young children with special needs, who has experience working directly with young children and their parents and/or caretakers, and who will bring compassion, punctuality and professionalism to the staff culture we are so proud of at WCEL.
We are hiring a part time (5 hour/week split between Tuesday afternoon/Wednesday morning) classroom assistant to work with our classroom programs beginning September 2017. You will help us provide a warm, supportive, fun-filled classroom for children and families who may or may not have special needs. We will be expanding these classes in the next year and there will be an opportunity of increased hours for the successful classroom assistant at that time. A minimum of a high school degree and experience working directly with children and families is required. Further coursework in early childhood education, human services or early intervention is preferred, as is experience working with children with special needs and their families/caretakers. A reliable vehicle, current driver’s license and insurance, the ability to comfortably lift and move up to 35 pounds, spending up to 30 minutes on the floor and up to 2 hours standing, and successfully passing a background check are required for this position. Please direct your cover letter and resume to Erin Malone, Outreach & Development Director. Position open until filled.
Early Interventionist - PT/OT/ECE (SI) - Whatcom Center for Early Learning is adding new staff to our growing agency! If you are an OT, PT or Early Childhood Special Education support who has experience working with young children with special needs, who has provided services in family homes (or are interested in that approach) and who will bring maturity, professionalism and a sense of humor to our strong staff culture, consider joining our team of early intervention providers! This position provides therapy/specialized instruction and reflective coaching to parents and caregivers of young children age birth to three years who have developmental delays. We utilize the Primary Service Provider approach to our work, meeting with children and parents or caregivers in their home, childcare or community setting based on the needs of the family. The position also provides developmental assessment and evaluation, as well as consultation to team members as needed. A higher education degree in your discipline or equivalent from an approved university program and current license/teacher's certificate are required, in addition to a reliable vehicle, driver’s license and insurance. Bi-lingual in English/Spanish or English/Russian is preferred but not required. A background check must be passed prior to hiring.
This position offers medical/dental/vision insurance, vacation/health leave, retirement benefits and a 48-week work year; start date to be negotiated. Salary is competitive and depending on experience. Please direct your cover letter and resume to Erin Malone, Outreach & Development Director. Position open until filled.
Description of Duties and Responsibilities: The Primary Service Provider will develop and implement comprehensive, family-centered evaluation, assessment and therapy programs for children with developmental delays, ages birth to three, who are enrolled at Whatcom Center for Early Learning (WCEL) utilizing the PSP team approach. Under the supervision of the Director of Early Intervention, the PSP will:
1. Identify and evaluate present levels of development in appropriate skills areas for children referred to the program, utilizing formal standardized evaluation tools, screenings, parent report and informal observations of children in a variety of age-appropriate settings.
2. Develop Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) in appropriate developmental skill areas for children on their caseload in partnership with parents and WCEL Family Resources Coordinators as part of an interdisciplinary Primary Service Provider team.
3. Maintain an understanding and knowledge base of early childhood development.
4. Have familiarity with federal and State of Washington policies and procedures for eligibility and implementation of birth to three early intervention services.
5. Provide and coordinate direct services and consultations to children and families enrolled at WCEL in “natural environments” (family/foster homes, childcare programs, and other community settings where families spend their time).
6. Include parents in all aspects of program services.
7. Collaborate with outside service providers and community partners as needed and requested.
8. Participate in staff meetings, quarterly planning/visioning days and professional development opportunities as requested.
9. Attend Whatcom Center events, including WCEL family picnics, as scheduled.
10. Host interns and/or provide job shadowing opportunities, as applicable and in coordination with supervisor.
11. Attend community events pertaining to ESIT programs, including Whatcom Interagency Coordinating Council (WICC) quarterly meetings, as scheduling allows.
12. Maintain data and records in the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) data management system according to regulations stated in WCEL contracts and best practices for early intervention programs.
13. Maintain hard copies of home visits, medical history, evaluation documentation, ongoing assessments, progress reports, six (6) and twelve (12) month reviews, Quarterly Updates, transition reports, etc, in each child’s file at WCEL in conjunction with Family Resource Coordinators.
14. Document daily work hours in QuickBooks for billing purposes to WCEL funders for reimbursements for services rendered to eligible Whatcom County children and families.
15. Participate in annual reviews with your supervisor, including goal setting and performance review.
Our Early Intervention Program serves eligible children ages birth to 3 with family centered services in their homes or community settings.
Our Ferndale Toddler Time program lets children and their families meet other families to socialize, play, and learn together.
Our WCEL Friends Playgroup is available to children and families that receive Early Intervention Services. These playgroups provide socialization and play opportunities for children and their caregivers.