VACANCY: Parent Education Consortium Facilitator

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Job Summary:
Parent Education facilitators are responsible for planning and teaching “Parenting Young Children” classes and other parent education classes for the PEC, Parent Education Consortium, as assigned. The PEC provides caregivers and parents support, information and resources to support children’s early learning and healthy development.

• Bachelor’s Degree required in early childhood education, child development, nursing, social work, family support or other field related to parent education.
• Training or one year of experience in working with parents of children ages birth to under six.
• Successful experience in group facilitation.
• Have a commitment to and passion for working with families.
• Experience in working collaboratively with people from a variety of economic, educational, cultural and family backgrounds.
• Knowledge of local community resources for families and young children is preferred.
• Able to work independently, problem-solve as well as multi-task and prioritize multiple demands on her/his time and attention
• Have current CPR/Infant CPR and First Aid certification (highly recommended).
• Must pass criminal background checks and comply with all policies of the “Linn County Personnel Handbook” as well as the ISU Extension employee policies.
• Must hold a valid driver’s license.
• U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien.     

Essential Functions:
• Mandatory attendance of annual orientation session including, but not limited to: PEC Overview, PEC Core Model, PEC Evaluation Procedures, In-Kind Tracking Procedures, PEC Curricular Overview and Borrowing Procedures, PEC Resource Material Overview and Borrowing Procedures, PEC Parent-Child Activity Overview and Borrowing Procedures, Role Expectations of Facilitators, Childcare, Host Site, and Parents, and Adaptions to special needs of clients.
• New hires must shadow and/or co-facilitate with a veteran PEC parent group facilitator.
• Maintain and respond to communication requests from the PEC Director and PEC Coordinator.
• Participate in Facilitator Evaluation: including site visit by PEC Director, lesson/resource submittal to PEC Director, and completion of PEC Facilitator Evaluation Checklist.
• Planning for and guiding intentional parent and caregiver learning for each session including:
          -Preparing, presenting, and demonstrating research-based materials and information on relevant and timely parent/caregiver education topics.
          -Gathering teaching supplies (handouts, resources, activities, etc.)
          -Setting up and cleaning up the facilitator teaching space prior to and after each group session.
          -Planning developmentally and culturally-appropriate, parent education materials and information.
          -Creating a safe, trusting, collaborative learning community by welcoming and orienting new participants to the group.
          -Recommending, coaching, and modeling for parents/caregivers in play activities and in interactions with the children.
          -Modeling and guiding children to share and interact with one another.
          -Responding to – and following up to – parent/caregiver questions and requests for assistance and information.
          -Creating intentional opportunities for parents/caregivers to build supportive relationships among themselves.
          -Providing opportunities for parents/caregivers to develop leadership within the group.
          -Responding to emergencies that arise during the group.
          -Soliciting and responding to parents/caregiver input about the group.
          -Promoting client participation including:  requesting parents/caregivers to participate in evaluation and data collection.
          -Completing administrative and record-keeping tasks and other job responsibilities, including tracking the attendance of participants, providing information (i.e., attendance reports, client contact information updates, etc.) and requesting and ordering supplies and materials for class facilitation.

Additional Responsibilities:
• Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the mission, goals and priorities of the PEC.
• Demonstrates self-discipline and initiative to produce high-quality, organized and dependable results.
• Conveys a positive and professional image to staff and public.
• Handles information in a confidential manner in accordance with established policies and legal requirements (FERPA, HIPAA, etc).
• Pursues professional growth and continuing education opportunities and maintains relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.
• Hours vary between daytime, evening, and weekend work requested.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to communicate and network effectively and maintain positive working relationships in the community.
• Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with others and independently as appropriate.
• Ability and willingness to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of clients at PEC.
• Ability to integrate knowledge, research and expertise into appropriate practices for local contexts, in a service style that facilitates positive change and continuous improvement.
• Effective presentation and group facilitation skills.
• Knowledge of best practices in parent education.
• Ability to prioritize, organize and coordinate multiple activities.
• Ability to use and integrate technology appropriately in daily work which includes, but is not limited to, efficient operation of telephone and voice mail systems and application of basic computer skills to effectively use e-mail, internet and word processing.

Physical Requirements:
• Ability to travel between schools/sites served and outside of service area.
• Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that can’t always be anticipated.

Terms of Employment:
This position is grant funded from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Continued employment is dependent on grant funding for the upcoming year. This hourly position is approximately 3 hours of facilitation a week. Benefits include: IPERS.

Please submit application, cover letter and resume to Connie Wier or mail to: ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County, 383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 or Email to:  Submitting an incomplete application and/or failure to supply requested information and/or documents will result in application being disqualified from consideration.

Deadline for application:  August 25th or until suitable applicant is found.


We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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