Early Childhood Development Practitioner

Appalachian State University

United States

August 28, 2022


Posting Details

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Position Summary Information

Classification Title Early Childhood Development Practitioner

Working Title Early Childhood Development Practitioner Location Boone, NC Job Category 2 Position Number 058661 Department Lucy Brock Child Dev Lab Prog - 260820 Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from high school and one year of related childcare experience.

Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Special Note: This is a generalized representation of positions in this class and is not intended to reflect essential functions per ADA. Examples of competencies are typical of the majority of positions, but may not be applicable toall positions.

License/Certification Required

Must be trained in CPR and First Aid (within the first 2 months of employment).

Essential Job Functions

The Early Childhood Development Practitioner will provide an educational classroom setting for young children (infancy through five years) and university students in a laboratory center designed to model best practices in the field of early childhood education. Using an emergent, negotiated curriculum, they teach individualized fundamental pre-academic skills and lead activities to promote language development, cognitive and perceptual development, and gross motor development in children representing a cross- section of backgrounds. Teachers may be eligible for the Pay Enhancement Grant at Lucy Brock Child Development Lab Program based on years of service to the University system. This grant is funded until the end of 2022 with the possibility to continue into next year!

5+ years of service = $1,000/quarter

1-4 years of service = $750/quarter

0-1 year of service = $500/quarter

Duties and responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Supervises and trains university students who teach in the program for practicum experience (generally 2-3 per semester), and evaluates the performance of the practicum students.
  • Coordinating child development lab experiences with university faculty from an array of disciplines (i.e. child development, early childhood education, art education, special education, human development, music education) and supervising lab students from these various courses.
  • Designs and implements an emergent negotiated curriculum utilizing currently accepted best practices and innovative techniques.
  • Leads activities in language development, perception and reading development, pre-academics, fine and gross motor skills, and social skill development.
  • Provides information about the techniques of the program to visitors.
  • Participates in staff development opportunities, including state-mandated workshops and in-service training.
  • Documents the children's learning in various ways and makes this learning visible to parents, university students, and the children themselves.
  • Maintains a developmental portfolio for each child. Schedules and conducts annual home visits.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Work is performed independently under the general supervision of the Director and in cooperation with university faculty. Work is reviewed through periodic staff meetings, individual conferences, and observation of work performed.

    Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position

  • Experience working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • Thorough knowledge of the growth and development of young children and the ability to use this knowledge to plan and implement appropriate programs to meet children's needs.
  • Thorough knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices and educational techniques used in teaching preschool children 0 to 5 years of age.
  • The ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.
  • The ability to maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, co-workers, and faculty associated with the program.
  • The ability to supervise students from the University doing practicum work in the program.
  • Experience in a university child development laboratory setting.
  • A personal philosophy embracing constructive guidance, social constructivist methods, an emergent, negotiated curriculum, documentation of children's experiences and learning, the importance of community, and environment as co-teacher.
  • Must obtain criminal background check clearance.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in early childhood education or early childhood special education with practicum/internship experience and related teacher certification (e.g., birth-kindergarten certification); or graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in a related field and two years of experience teaching young children.
  • Type of Position Permanent Full-Time Staff/Non-Faculty Staff/Non-Faculty Appointment Type 1.0 Work Schedule/Hours

    The Lucy Brock Child Development Center is open Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., an 8-hour workday will be determined by the schedule of the children.

    Number of Hours Per Week 40 Number of Months Per Year 12 Mandatory Staff No Physical Demands of Position

    Teachers must be able to lift up to 30 pounds. Will need to move comfortably, from standing to sitting to working on the floor, in order to interact effectively with the children. Because of the intensity of activity and movement, the job requires, teachers must be physically fit and in good health.

    All duties to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

    Overall Competency Level Journey Salary Grade Equivalency GN04 Salary Range Anticipated Hiring Range $31,200 - $33,000 Required Functional Competencies to Successfully Perform Job Duties.

    Child Care & Instruction: Ability to oversee the provision of the basic physical care of children. Ability to apply specialized knowledge of early childhood development to monitor and teach socialization and behavior skills. Safety: Ability to oversee safety programs and standards. Ability to implement preventive and corrective actions. Communication: Ability to provide effective feedback to researchers and/or medical professionals regarding the developmental, physical, or emotional needs of the child. Ability to convey information effectively in written form, including newsletters, classroom materials, and evaluative information for research or medical reports. Ability to conduct home visits and lead community programs.

    Pay will be commensurate with applicant competencies, budget, equity and market considerations.

    Posting Details Information

    Posting Date 07/28/2022

    Closing Date 08/28/2022 Competency Level Statement Special Instructions to Applicants

    For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University's Job Board:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Additionally, list a minimum of 3 professional references on the application.

    Search Chair Name Andrea Anderson Search Chair Email andersonaw@appstate.edu Disability Accommodation Information

    Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, Director & ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or maxeymr@appstate.edu.

    Applicant Pool Preference External (Post on the Web)

    Departmental Information

    AA/EEO Statement

    Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

    Important Contacts:

    Director of Human Resources/EEO Officer Office of Human Resources 330 University Hall Dr. Boone, NC 28608 (828) 262-3187 human-resources@appstate.edu

    Office of Title IX Compliance 123 I.G. Greer Hall Boone, NC 28608 (828) 262-2144 titleix@appstate.edu

    ADA/504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director Office of Disability Resources 224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall Boone, NC 28608 (828) 262-3056 odr@appstate.edu

    Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

    We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

    We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

    We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

    Background Check Statement

    Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

    Eligibility for Employment

    Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

    Quick Link https: // appstate.peopleadmin.com/postings/34238 Posting Number 201501929P

    Supplemental Questions

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    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Optional Documents

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