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Child Development Specialist - Mentor/Infant Classroom (IST IV)-Parttime/.80 FTE

Requisition ID req412
Department Child Development Center
Campus Sylvania Campus
Employment Type Classified-Part Time
Close Date Apply Immediately; This position will be closed when sufficient qualified applications have been received.
Position Summary

Under the direction of Child Development Center management, the incumbent designs, plans and implements developmentally appropriate curriculum and program elements which promote the physical and intellectual growth of children (ages infant through five years old) in the Child Development Center. Provides learning opportunities for practicum students enrolled in the Early Education and Family Studies (EEFS) program, and in collaboration with faculty, guides and evaluates practicum student progress. Interacts on a regular basis with children, parents, EEFS program students and faculty, Child Development Center staff.

This position will be the lead in the Infant Classroom.

If this sounds like a learning community that you would like to be a part of, and an important role that you would like to play for PCC, please review the minimum qualifications for this position and apply today.

Must obtain First Aid Certificate and Food Handlers Card within 30 days of  hire.
Must be enrolled in the Oregon Childcare Division Criminal History Registry before start date. 

This is a Part time position (.80 FTE).   Schedule will be 40 Hours a week Fall, Winter & Spring.  Hours To Be Determined.

Specific job duties for this position are:

1. Plans and supervises implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum and programs for children in the Child Development Center labs. Designs curriculum and experiences to enhance language, motor, social and cognitive development through lesson plans in assigned classroom. 

2. Guides and directs classroom workers and practicum students, and integrates them into planned activities; communicates goals, objectives, limits and daily routine. Serves as a role model, showing by example the appropriate skills and techniques used with children. 

3. Conducts assessments of children through observation. Determines the social and motor skill development of the children, and maintains communications with parents through daily contact and conferences pertaining to the child’s development. Maintains children’s records, writes evaluation reports and provides referrals as necessary. 

4. Works closely with EEFS faculty to ensure that children's programs provide desired opportunities for program students to meet instructional goals in the practicum environment. 

5. Assists EEFS faculty by providing feedback on teaching skills of program students. Observes, mentors and assists program students with projects; models and provides guidance regarding appropriate behavior with children; provides daily feedback, including explanations of best practices as supported by research; and assists with preparation of instructional materials. Participates in student orientations, practicums, modules, seminars, team meetings and student teaching conferences. 

6. Assumes emergency decision making responsibilities in the absence of Child Development Center Management. 

7. Participates in Center­wide planning, facilities use, and program coordination. 

8. Maintains current knowledge regarding research and practices in Early Education and Family Studies.

9. Monitors Center's adherence to state licensing requirements. 

10. Positions in this classification may perform all or some of the responsibilities above and all positions perform other related duties as assigned. 

See the classification description for additional information:

Candidate Profile

These qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position.
Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

- Experience in an NAEYC Accredited institution

- Experience mentoring adult learners

- Experience with RIE philosophy for infants and toddlers.

- Demonstrated knowledge of anti-bias curriculum and commitment to social justice.

- Demonstrated knowledge of the following:

   - current principles, practices and methods of early childhood education;
   - general health and wellness of children
   - assessment and program evaluation techniques
   - contemporary office practices, procedures and equipment; recordkeeping techniques

- Demonstrated ability to implement age appropriate curriculum to foster growth and development;

- Demonstrated ability administering effective child development center policies and procedures;

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).

High school diploma or equivalent. Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development from a recognized program; or a minimum of twenty semester hours (30 quarter hours) of college courses in Early Child Education.

Two years of early childhood classroom experience working as a lead teacher with demonstrated ability to plan and implement an effective children's program in a NAEYC accredited center. 

First aid certification and food handler's card required within 30 days of hire. Must be enrolled in the Oregon Childcare Division Criminal History Registry. 

Knowledge of: Current principles, practices and methods of child development and early childhood education; local, state and federal laws, regulations, policies and practices governing child care programs; general health and wellness of children; assessment and program evaluation techniques; contemporary office practices, procedures and equipment; recordkeeping techniques; first aid and CPR techniques and methods. 

Ability to: Implement age appropriate curriculum to foster growth and development; administer effective child development center policies and procedures; provide work direction to assigned staff; provide basic nutrition and hygiene services for infants and young children; possess and demonstrate the required level of proficiency in desktop computers and other assigned software or electronic resources; communicate effectively both orally and in written form; develop and maintain effective working relationships and lead others.

Preferred Qualifications

- Preference will be given to applicants with additional education beyond the minimum qualifications

Position Grade 19
Starting Salary Expectations The first two steps of the range are: $19.45 to $20.02 per hour. Higher salary placement may be available based on qualifications, experience and internal equity.
Position Grade Salary Range $19.45 to $30.75 Annual Salary
FTE .80
PCC Benefits

PCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently fully funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP. PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for yourself, domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age. Partial tuition reimbursement for yourself at other accredited institutions (full-time employees only).

Paid Leave: (Pro-rated by FTE for Part-Time Employees)
- Starts at 6.67 hours of vacation leave per month (additional vacation hours with years of service)
- 8 hours of sick leave per month 
- 24 hours of additional personal leave days per year 
- 11 Paid holidays

For a complete list of PCC benefits, please visit 

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Working Conditions and Physical Requirements Frequent lifting and moving of children or objects, up to 25 pounds. Occasional lifting and moving of children or objects up to 50 pounds. Subject to standing, walking, sitting in small chairs or on the floor, bending, kneeling, reaching, pushing and pulling, running, climbing, balancing and stooping. Work is routinely performed in both inside and outside work environments.
Background Check Required Yes

Portland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.