Learning with Love, Lead Teacher, Infant/Toddler and Family Visits and Parenting Classes (Part Time with potential to grow to full time)

General Description: The Valley Settlement Project is a project of the Manaus Fund. The Valley Settlement Project is a dual generation program focused on school readiness, elementary school achievement, economic stability and community engagement for local families. Our focus is low-­‐income families who are not successfully settled or attached to the community in which they live. Through community organizing and partnerships with local nonprofits, schools and government agencies, Valley Settlement Project works to support and empower these families. We believe that we can reduce achievement gaps through this dual generation approach. Our programs include Learning with Love; for 0-­‐3 year olds and their families, El Busesito; a preschool program for 3-­‐5 year olds, Kinder Connect; a program to connect our preschool families with the schools; Parent Mentors; a program for adults to volunteer in the schools; Parent Mentor Alumni Club and COFI, a program for adults ready to engage in the next level through goal setting.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Build relationships with families in our community
  • Work with 0-­‐3 year olds and their families in order to ensure healthy child development and success
  • Work with families to take steps toward overall family well being
  • Lead multiple group classes with children and their caregivers twice a week in order to give families an opportunity to build social connections with each other, engage in parent-­‐child interaction activities, and increase their knowledge of ways to support children’s development
  • Create group lesson plans
  • Oversee assistant teacher during the set-­‐up, take down, and duration of class
  • Conduct family visits twice a month with each participating family
  • Design and implement lesson plans for each family visit using Parents As Teachers curriculum
  • Maintain and submit proper forms from family visits in a timely manner
  • Respond appropriately to explicit and implicit needs of a family including but not limited to referrals and guiding the family in goal setting
  • Participate in applicable trainings, travel is likely necessary
  • Lead Teachers will report directly to Infant/Toddler Family Program Director including communicating directly any decision making necessary (questions, concerns, needs, absences, vacation time, etc)
  • Maintain positive professional relationships with families and staff

Qualifications:

  • Bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Associates degree minimum in social work, early childhood education, psychology or related field
  • Experience working with families
  • Experience teaching and implementing curriculum
  • Ability to establish rapport with families and empower them by building on their strengths
  • Trustworthy, responsive, punctual, reliable
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills (e.g., nonjudgmental, objective, reflective, empathetic, patient, tactful)
  • Interested in the well-­‐being of the whole family as well as the child’s
  • Comfortable teaching a group of adults and kids together and able to facilitate learning in this setting
  • Strong organizational and record keeping skills
  • Ability to work independently and be self-­‐motivated (often in the field)
  • Ability to check in with supervisor as needed
  • Energetic, creative, and able to differentiate to family’s needs
  • Available and reliable vehicle for visiting families (mileage reimbursed) and holds a valid drivers license

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Katie Langenhuizen via email: Katie@valleysettlement.org

Applications accepted until position is filled.

For more information on our organization and programs please visit:

www.valleysettlement.org