Duties/Responsibilities: The Early Childhood Program Observer (ECPO) will conduct on-site observations in licensed early care and education programs located in child care centers, schools, Head Start sites, and family child care homes using early childhood observational tools. The ECPO will be trained to be a reliable observer using the Preschool Classroom Assessment Scoring Scale (CLASS). There is a possibility that the ECPO will also be trained in one or more of the Environmental Rating Scales, and other age levels of the CLASS observation tools as needed. The ECPO is expected to maintain confidentiality and professional standards at all times. This position requires the ECPO to travel to various early care and education program sites within the Twin Cities Metro area as well as to sites in outstate Minnesota using their own transportation.
On-site observations (75%)
Conduct on-site observations in various early care and education programs based on the observational visit protocol designed specifically for each project.
Work with ATC’s observational tool expert to maintain required reliability.
Enter data using internet-capable technology devices.
Use video-recording equipment and work with interpreters when appropriate.
Confirm observation visit schedule with early care and education providers.
Travel to early care and education programs.
Administrative duties (25%)
Communicate with project coordinator on a daily to weekly basis to transmit data and reports, receive technical assistance, report any feedback from the observations.
Handle any administrative tasks related to the observation.
Attend staff meetings as needed.
Associates degree (AA) or higher in early childhood education or a related field.
One year experience in an early childhood education setting.
Ability to work respectfully with diverse communities.
Ability to maintain data confidentiality.
Willingness and ability to travel within the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and to other statewide locations to perform on-site observations.
Ability to move around and be in early childhood environments unobtrusively, independently and with agility
Ability to conduct self in a professional manner; prompt, can complete duties in a timely and responsible manner; works well under pressure and can follow appropriate channels of response.
Bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood education, child psychology, or a closely related field.
Current Pre-K CLASS® observer certification from Teachstone.
At least 2 years of experience in early care and education settings.
Proficiency in a language other than English, specifically Somali, Hmong, or Spanish.
Competent English skills; strong communication and interpersonal skills; strong observational skills; detailed-oriented; competence in everyday computer skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, primarily Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Comfortable using a table (i.e., iPad).
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