Diversity Education Aide – Wyoming Ave, Scranton, PA

Full time @Agency for Community Empowerment of NEPA posted 4 weeks ago

Job Description

Job Description: Diversity Education Aide
Department: Early Learning Program
Reports To: Education Coordinator – Diversity Specialist
Supervises: N/A
Starting Salary: $15 – $17 hour
35 hours per week
full benefit package (starting the 1st of the month after 30 days)
403B day one, match up to 7%
2 weeks’ vacation
17 paid holidays (including your birthday)
flexible summers
Job Summary
This is a non-supervisory position that supports the cultural diversity of children and families enrolled in ACE of NEPAs Early Learning Program by integrating Head Start’s Multi-Cultural Principles for Early Childhood Programs throughout all Content Areas. Work involves responsibility for assisting the Leadership Team in planning, organizing, and supervising the operations of the diverse human services program as it relates to staff, children, and families. The Diversity Education Aide provides support, training and technical assistance to specific regions and their direct service staff in cultural diversity issues. The Diversity Education Aide travels throughout Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna, and Wayne Counties to perform essential job duties and to attend professional development opportunities, including out-of-town travel.
Essential Job Responsibilities

Demonstrates a working knowledge of the Head Start philosophy, federal Performance Standards, and childcare regulations ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and health codes.

Enters data relevant to position and parent activities into the COPA database system in an accurate and timely manner as relates to service area.

Conducts regular on-site classroom visits to ascertain child/family needs and to support staff in the delivery of services to Dual Language Learners.

Coordinates and assists center staff in referral processesto community resources

Works to eliminate language barriers by:

acting as a liaison between parents and management staff, parents, and center staff

assisting with the planning and coordinating of parent activities to actively engage parents in all aspects of the program

establishing and maintaining active parent groups at the Policy Council and center level

assists Family Engagement Coordinator with interpretation to educate parents about the purpose and responsibilities of the parent group

encouraging parents to volunteer in their children’s centers

converting English written/oral information into the language of the family.

Coordinates and attends Parent Teacher Conferences along with center education staff.

Coordinates and attends meetings with Family Engagement Worker to complete Parent Orientation, Family Needs Assessment, and tasks as associated with the Family Engagement Service component,

Works with the ERSEA Coordinator to develop and implement recruitment strategies. Actively recruits for all program options on an ongoing basis.

Assists Ed Coordinator – DLL Specialist in developing and implementing the program’s Plan for Dual Language Learners in compliance with federal Performance Standards.

Becomes familiar with the public assistance system. Uses a strengths-based approach to build an active partnership with Head Start families that will enable them to attain goals to reach, maintain and attain economic stability.

Becomes familiar with child support enforcement procedures. Acts as a resource to families involved with child support issues by educating them about the resources and linkages that are available in their communities.

Schedules and coordinates calls with phone-interpreting service to assist program staff to meet program requirements (ex. parent orientation, parent teacher conferences, and home visits, and as needed to communicate with non-English/limited-English speaking families/children. Monitors and submits monthly invoices for phone-interpreting service.

Keeps children safe by creating and maintaining a Culture of Safety that engages people in identifying safety concerns and working with others to improve strategies used in homes and in centers.

Respects and responds appropriately to the culture, language, values, and family structures of each family served.

Maintains strict confidentiality of the program’s children, families, and staff in accordance with established policies and procedures.

Functions as mandated reporter reporting any allegations of alleged child abuse/neglect to appropriate Child Welfare Agency.

Encourages and supports school readiness, family engagement, and positive interventions/ supports in all aspects of the program.

Participates actively in opportunities for continuous professional development.

Performs related work as required.

Maintains a developmentally appropriate and culturally & linguistically responsive classroom environment.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge and use of best practices to engage in positive supportive conversations and interactions with young children.

Knowledge and use of best practices for integrating family engagement in positive behavior interventions and supports.

Ability to recognize cultural differences and use sensitivity in dealing with cultural issues.

Ability to display an approach of service delivery that is consistent with the mission of the Early Learning Program.

Intermediate to advanced computer skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office products, Google Drive, online database systems.

General knowledge of current principles, practices and methods in child and family development.

Ability to use appropriate communication techniques such as verbal and nonverbal messages and reflective listening. Ability to translate conversation in a second language.

General knowledge of resources and referrals available in the 4-county area.

General knowledge of public assistance laws in PA.

Knowledge of “local Share” and its importance to the program.

General knowledge of child support enforcement laws in PA and mandated reporting involving child abuse.

General knowledge of local training and education opportunities.

General knowledge of volunteer sources and their availability.

Knowledge of first aid and CPR through course work, certification, and maintenance of credentials.

Required Education/Experience
Completion of an associate degree program at an accredited college or university. Experience in Early Childhood Education and family supports for preschool children preferred. Individual must be bilingual with an ability to communicate orally and in writing using a second language. Valid Driver’s License and automobile insurance required.
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this Position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk, hear and use hands and fingers to operate and handle keyboards and office and/or classroom equipment. The employee is occasionally required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
There is occasional lifting and/or moving of up to 25 pounds.
Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Possible exposure to blood and bodily fluids or tissues.

Possible exposure to communicable diseases.

Tasks will involve handling implements or utensils, use of public or shared bathroom facilities, computers, and telephones.

Position requires travel on a regular/frequent basis that is based within the employee’s assigned geographical area with services being provided directly in local communities and/or in individual’s homes.

Non-Discrimination Statement
SLHDA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in every location in which the Agency has facilities. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
The Agency will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as Amended (ADAAA).
Disclaimer
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
SLHDA is a Drug Free Workplace.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $15.00 – $17.00 per hour
Benefits:

401(k)
401(k) matching
Dental insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Paid time off
Vision insurance

Grade levels:

Pre-Kindergarten

Schedule:

8 hour shift
Monday to Friday

Education:

Associate (Required)

Experience:

Translation: 1 year (Required)

Language:

Spanish (Required)

License/Certification:

Driver’s License (Required)

Work Location: One location

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