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We are are hiring two new Instructional Coaches for the ASPIRE PreK program. But before we get to the details you came to find out about...

 

Sing this Ad to the Tune of "If You’re Happy and You Know It"

 

“If you like to work with teachers keep on reading,

If you like to work with children please review,

If you want to make a difference and you like to work from home,

The ASPIRE Program needs a coach like you!”

 

“If you really sang this song inside your head,

Or even if you sang it right out loud,

Then we know you have the knack and will have a teammate’s back,

Click the link below and make us proud!”

 

As you might have guessed, the team at the Family Child Care Alliance of Maryland likes to have fun while we work. We wrote the song for this job ad, and then sang it at a virtual team meeting (well, everyone sang but Bill. He muttered something about his past, noise pollution, and a court order). If you read further down, you'll find all the details HR people would want us to say, but first, let us tell you about your potential future teammates, i.e. those of us at the Alliance. We are all experienced early childhood educators with a wide range of teaching experiences (everyone but Bill that is. We know, right? But he signs our paychecks so….)

Members of the coaching team come from a wide variety of backgrounds such as Head Start, center administration, K-12, family child care and….public libraries? (Yep, it’s him.) We all share a common belief that family child care done well is like magic: everybody wins! On our team you’ll find colleagues that want everyone to succeed. They’re self-starters, team players, entrepreneurial, approachable, action oriented, able to appreciate failure, good communicators, dedicated to their craft, and most importantly, they care. Oh, and yes, we like to have fun!

But your future team members aren’t just the coaches; our team includes the family child care educators we support (over seventy across Maryland this fall!) 

 

We work with family child care educators who want to teach PreK. These rock stars want to continually improve their programs, themselves, and the outcomes for the kids in their care. You’ll have the chance to really get to know the educators you work with. You become a trusted partner on their journey. The two of you will explore new opportunities for the educator’s growth, set goals, and learn together. And because we value that work-life balance thing, we offer the flexibility you need to manage your personal life while being available to our educators after hours. (Yes, we know you have a life. Shocking, right?)

As a virtual organization, we embrace flexibility and understand life doesn’t always fit into a 9 to 5 schedule. Our coaches use their homes as their base but travel weekly to visit family child care homes, forming bonds that transcend coaching. These relationships are true partnerships, rooted in mutual respect and commitment to excellence.

We work hard, but we also know how to have fun. Recent icebreaker questions at our regular team meetings included: “Describe you worst date.” “What’s the oldest expired condiment in your fridge?” If you’re ready to join a team that values collaboration, integrity, and humor, and you’re excited about making a real difference, we can’t wait to meet you!

One more thing before you get to the nitty gritty. The ASPIRE PreK program is not quite five years old, we’re still at the PreK level ourselves! In 2020, the ASPIRE PreK program and the Alliance did not exist. Since that time, we’ve been building both a new not-for-profit and the ASPIRE PreK program from the ground up. There is still a LOT to do and our coaches are helping to build and design the ASPIRE PreK program. So head’s up. This job offers you the opportunity to help build the future of PreK in Maryland! (If you just want to coach and do nothing else, weeellll, you might not like it here!)

Now, read through the stuff below our dad made us say. At the bottom of the job description, you’ll find a link to a basic application that asks for your contact info and stuff. The form will also give you the opportunity to submit a one-page cover letter and your resume. In your one-page cover letter, let us know why you are interested in this position and the parts of your experience you think are relevant. Really let your light shine through in that one-page cover letter. And while we are big fans of AI, this should be your work. (you got the one-page cover letter thingy right?) We look forward to hearing from you!

Background:

The Family Child Care Alliance of Maryland (the Alliance) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to build (and sustain!) 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.

Using funding provided by the Maryland Department of Education, the Alliance operates the ASPIRE PreK program. This program aims to expand access to high-quality public prekindergarten for three and four-year-old children across the state. Maryland is one of the few states in the nation that is committed to aggressively building a mixed-delivery system for PreK that includes family child care. (A huge shout out to the team at MSDE for their commitment to FCC!)

In cooperation with MSDE, the Alliance, through the ASPIRE PreK program, is building a statewide support network to assist family child care educators in their efforts to obtain PreK certification, while at the same time, developing a high-quality PreK program in their homes. In addition, the Alliance is designing a network that will provide ongoing support for educators with PreK certification participating in Maryland’s publicly funded PreK program.

Now for the details...

The Alliance is seeking two Instructional Coaches to work as part of a team to coach and support family child care educators.

Position Open: Until Filled

Start Date: As soon as possible! But no later than 30 days from date of hire.

Employment Type: Full-time. Permanent.

Travel Requirements: Within the state of Maryland on a weekly basis.

Position Summary: 

In partnership with the educators, Coaches work to ensure the short- and long-term success of children in family child homes participating in the program. Each Instructional Coach leads a cohort of educators to establish an ambitious and inspiring vision, create goals, and a plan for achieving those goals. Coaches engage educators in data-based problem solving to increase child outcomes. Coaches provide varying levels of support, but coaches meet with their coachees regularly which can include weekly visits supplemented by virtual meetings both individually and in cohorts.

Important note: These positions are grant funded. Given that the ASPIRE PreK program has been funded since 2020, is highly regarded and meets the needs of the State, we are highly confident it will continue to be funded.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish a collaborative relationship with each educator in the Coach’s cohort. (Kind of important. Actually, it’s the MOST important thing.)

  • Observe program practice and gather data using prescribed methods.

  • Assess strengths/weaknesses and use observation/data gathering to tailor support to the family child care educators you coach.

  • 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 such as modeling or co-teaching.

  • Build positive culture within your cohort of educators.

  • Implement structures to facilitate networking among family child care educators.

  • Participate in continual professional development for coaches to improve practice.

  • Participate in the continual development and improvement of the ASPIRE program. (We are building something new, from scratch, so in some ways we are like a start-up. Without stock options.)

Educational/Certification Qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.

  • A current Maryland P-3 teaching certification is preferred. Similar certifications from reciprocal states is acceptable.

Required Experience:

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

  • Knowledge of MSDE Early Learning Prekindergarten Standards.

  • Knowledge of pedagogy and adult learning theory.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience working with family child care business providers.

  • Collaborating in a professional environment. (Translation, you play well with others. You know, what you learned in kindergarten? We are very team oriented.)

  • 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®.

Preferred Skills and Personal Characteristics:

  • Approachable, personable, and empathetic. (Uber important!)

  • Strong oral and written communication.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Advanced digital literacy and a willingness to learn new software.

  • Have the ability to motivate and influence others.

  • Be a good listener.

  • Be a self-starter. (Like Hamilton. Sorry, we just had to throw that in.)

  • Be a reflective practitioner.

  • Be outcomes-oriented.

Other Requirements:

  • Maryland residency. (If you live in DC, or VERY near to the Maryland border, we can talk. On the other hand, if you live more than 30 minutes from the Maryland border, we won’t be able to hire you. If you plan on relocating to Maryland if you are selected, we can talk. However, start date must be within 30 days of hiring and we unfortunately can not cover moving costs at this time.)

  • Access to transportation that will allow you to travel to provider homes up to two hours away on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

  • Proof of at least two COVID-19 vaccinations.

  • Be able to pass a criminal background check.

  • Legally eligible to work in the United States.

  • Have access to high-speed broadband Internet access in your day-to-day work space.

Work Environment:

The Alliance is (currently) a virtual organization and has no office location. (Hence the need for reliable, high-speed Internet access. We live on Zoom...and coffee.) When not visiting our educators, coaches can work from home and must be able to maintain professional decorum during frequent video and telephone meetings. Coaches will travel four to five days a week to coach educators in their respective cohorts. Position requires occasional evening meetings and a few yearly weekend meetings. We also have regular coaching team and project meetings throughout the week.

Compensation:

Annual salary: $56,000 to $66,000*, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits package includes health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance plus a flexible leave policy. *These positions are grant funded so there isn't additional funding to go beyond these numbers for the current hiring year. 

 

The Family Child Care Alliance of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

 

Still with us? Excellent! As promised, click the button below to go to a very short application form. We look forward to hearing from you!

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