Early Childhood Teacher

Austin PBS, KLRU-TV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

Austin PBS is searching for a full time Early Childhood Specialist. The core function of the job is to lead our Play to Learn workshop offerings as part of the City of Austin-funded Ready Families Collaborative. Play to Learn is a 10-session workshop series for a parent/caregiver + child age 2-4 years old not already enrolled in preschool or another similar service. The aim of the series is to instill as part of regular home practices, “anywhere, anytime” experiences that contribute to school readiness. Each week, the participants engage in energetic, playful activities that help young children build skills and confidence, while the adults learn to let their children take the lead in activities and dialogue. Each pair takes home books and hands-on materials to continue practice at home and at the end of the series, each family receives a digital tablet loaded with educational apps, some of which they have practiced during the sessions, and many more that will be used as the children grow and advance. In addition to leading Play to Learn, the EC Specialist will guide area child care providers and early childhood teachers in effective uses of PBS digital educational media, available on-air, online, and on mobile devices.
Note: Our staff is fully remote at this time. We will reassess the ability to work in-person in March 2021.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • The Early Childhood Specialist will be responsible for ensuring that at least 60 qualifying families complete the program before September 30, 2021.
  • The Early Childhood Facilitator will become a key link to different programs in the ACC system as part of larger efforts to serve the ACC community as the Austin PBS Education Resource Center.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in the repertoire of digital resources offered by PBS, PBS KIDS, PBS LearningMedia, PBS Parents, and other repositories of resources related to early childhood education, care, development, and support.
  • Manage implementation of the Austin PBS Play to Learn workshop series, part of the Ready Families Collaborative funded by the City of Austin Health and Human Services Implementation includes:
    • Recruitment of qualifying families, confirmation of their eligibility
    • Selection of locations for implementation, coordination with site partners
    • Acquire and organize workshop materials
    • Facilitation of the 10-part workshop series, following the Austin PBS Play to Learn Curriculum
    • Maintain records of enrollment, attendance, pre/post assessments, series completion for internal uses and for audit by the City of Austin and/or Any Baby Can
    • Maintain all financial records, submitting receipts of purchases to the Finance Team
    • Preparation of digital devices for workshop implementation and for in-home use
  • Representation of Austin PBS Educational Services at United Way for Greater Austin Family Support Network gatherings, and other convenings of local early childhood experts
  • Participation in all relevant Austin PBS Educational Services meetings, Austin PBS External Relations meetings, and all other appropriate Austin PBS staff meetings
  • Representation of Austin PBS at select public events (to be determined by the Educational Services team). These events typically occur after work hours and during weekends, in non COVID times.
  • Participation in relevant professional development as part of Austin PBS Educational Services, the Ready Families Collaborative, and the United Way Success By Six Coalition
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with ACC Early Childhood Education instructors, the ACC Early Childhood Lab School, and ACC on-site child care providers.
  • Develop and maintain connections with other regional early childhood care providers, including Child, Inc./Head Start, school district PreK and child care programs, child care programs subsidized by Workforce Solutions
  • Present information and resources consistent with the PBS and Austin PBS mission to parents of young children.

Knowledge and Skills required:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree required
  • Childcare Credential required. Teaching certificate preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years previous experience in early childhood instruction (2-6 years)
  • Oral and literate fluency in Spanish and English
  • Expert knowledge in early childhood teaching and learning
  • Strong relational skills
  • Creative energy to forge new alliances and directions

Working Conditions/Environment:
While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Successful completion of a criminal background check is required to maintain compliance with the City of Austin grant.

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Myra Bull (mbull@klru.org)