Type: Full-Time
Department: Education & Child Development Team

The Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County is seeking a reliable, full-time Professional Development Specialist who will be responsible for recruitment strategies and to provide resources and advising to the Lancaster County Head Start (LCHS) program. LCHS is a high quality program that has been providing Head Start services in Lancaster County since 1967. Lancaster County Head Start offers a multi-site program (including 10 locations spanning Lancaster County) lead by an experienced, professional management team and a well-trained, highly educated staff.  


Education, Qualifications and Work Experience:

  • Essential: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE), or a baccalaureate and coursework equivalent to a major relating to ECE (minimum 18 credit hours), with 3 years’ experience teaching early childhood aged children; or active pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree with 90% coursework completed and 5 years’ experience teaching early childhood aged children.  Also 2 years’ experience administering an early childhood program or supervising teachers.
  • Preferred: Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, School Administration or Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction certification with 3 years of experience teaching early childhood aged children and 2 years of supervisory experience. Experience using adult learning principles, training adults or possessing a PQAS certificate and/or approved CEU provider is advantageous.
  • Ability to speak, read and write fluently in English; effective communication skills, both orally and written
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as performance standards, information memoranda and program guidance; ability to write reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before groups of clients, employees or community partners.
  • Ability to use data base software to enter family and program data and Microsoft Office programs.
  • Positive recommendation from previous employer/supervisor regarding work performance and relevant knowledge and skills.
  • PA Act 33 and 34 certifiable , FBI clearances
  • Current driver’s license and vehicle available to travel to Head Start sites and professional development.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and attend night and out-of-town meetings as necessary.
  • Respect and sensitivity toward cultural differences.
  • Demonstrated success in working as a team member

Skills and Experience

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

High Performing Culture for Teaching & Learning:

  • Serves as a professional development specialist, trainer, resource, coach, and advisor to leadership team, supervisors, specialists, and direct service staff.
  • Interprets statutes, regulations, and Head Start Performance Standards in regards to degree and certification requirements of staff
  • Orchestrates recruitment strategies to identify and successfully place highly qualified team members.
  • Recruits young graduates with high potential
  • Collaborates and communicates with institutions of higher education on placing students participating in Co-operative Education Programs for required field experience and Interns in our programs
  • Maintains positive relationships with agencies in the community
  • Provides trainings and/or assistance to staff accessing professional development opportunities, trainings, and continuing education opportunities to meet certification and degree requirements.
  • Knowledgeable in PA resources to support pursuit of CDA or post-secondary credential of team members.
  • Provides on-going coaching to staff to ensure continuous quality improvement

Professional Development:

  • Directs the publication and provision of an agency wide instructional-related staff development agenda annually including 4 in-service training days for all team members.
  • Provides effective professional development activities and training that incorporate the mission of CAP, program evaluation outcomes, and input from teachers and others.
  • Provides varied professional development strategies into trainings that take into consideration adult learning principles, individual learning styles, different backgrounds in professional preparation and wide variances in the level of experience of team members.
  • Ensures the use of technology in the delivery of professional development to make it more readily available and cost effective.
  • Regularly pursues opportunities to learn best practices in teacher professional development through research and collaboration with other agencies.
  • Applies research and data to improve teacher-learning process through professional development, trainings, conferences, and continuing education

Assessment & Data Analysis:

  • Monitors software and electronic platforms used for collecting assessment data as well as other relevant data related to instruction and learning
  • Produces reports on available platforms to help review and interpret data being collected.
  • Uses systems to help prepare reports, grants and other external communications about program impact.
  • Engages with the director, supervisors, and specialists in routinely reviewing data for evidence of patterns or shifts to identify systemic issues related to instruction, learning and/or professional development.
  • Collaborates with director, supervisors, and specialists to evaluate staff and assess findings to examine training for staff to fuel ongoing continuous quality improvement.

Collaboration & Leadership:

  • Works with supervisors to ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, PA childcare regulations and the PA qualitative rating improvement system (STARS).
  • Collaborates with specialty coordinators to ensure time and resources are dedicated to the consistent implementation of all Head Start Performance Standards as part of the annual comprehensive professional development agenda.
  • Works with colleagues in other CAP departments (PAT, child care, CCIS) to develop and implement professional development opportunities that address the needs of more than one department to efficiently use resources and to promote CAP’s values.
  • Partners with related community organizations in the areas of continuous quality improvement, program and system assessment, professional development and technical assistance programs.

Additional Information

CAP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Community Action Program of Lancaster County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, citizenship, veteran status or genetic information.

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