Early Childhood Program Consultant

Buncombe Partnership for Children

Early Childhood Program Consultant
Position Description – April 2021

The Early Childhood Program Consultant Is a member of the Child Care Resources team and reports to the CCR
Program Coordinator. This is a full-time position (37.5 hour work week) with a starting salary range of $39,000-
$48,000 and full benefits including health and dental insurance (employee covers only $20/month), short-term
& long-term disability and life insurance, 12 vacation days to start, 12 sick days and a Simplified Employee
Pension (employer contribution of 8.5% of salary to employees’ retirement account).
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What is this job really about? – The Early Childhood Program Consultant (ECPC) provides technical
assistance (coaching and consultation), training, and professional development to early childhood education
providers in centers and family child care homes. The ECPC works with early childhood education providers
to support quality of care for children, as they enhance indoor and outdoor classrooms, and as they work
toward comprehensive program development.

The ideal person is someone who thrives in a fast-paced, creative, community-responsive environment.
What do we mean by fast paced and responsive? Our jobs are different day to day based on the needs of
the child care community we support. Some days you may have planned to catch up on email and attend
meetings, and then you get a call from a child care director asking for emergency support, and you need to
reshuffle your meetings and office time to get to that center. Your colleague may be unavailable due to an
unexpected change of plans, and you may be asked to facilitate a training, meeting, or visit a center or
family child care home. Teachers or directors you have scheduled to visit may be out for the day or pulled to
another room. These are some common scenarios that require your flexibility, responsiveness, and
creative thinking.

This is the work you will be doing:
● Creating a climate of support, encouragement, and empowerment for administrators, early educators,
children, and families in the Buncombe County ECE community.
● Using evidence-based strategies to assist early care and education (ECE) staff in self-assessment,
increasing the use of developmentally appropriate practices, developing technical assistance plans,
monitoring progress, and developing plans for continuous quality improvement.
● Evaluate early education classrooms using relevant tools such as Environment Rating Scales
(ITERS-R, ECERS-R, FCCERS-R, CLASS, Simple Interactions, CSEFEL, and Go NAP SACC).
● Providing support for ECE program directors and administrators including but not limited to professional
development, TA and coaching, assessment and planning using PAS, BAS, and other tools.
● Working with the CCR team to create a wide variety of professional development opportunities that are
responsive to emerging issues and needs, both locally and in the wider ECE field.
● Informing and connecting the ECE community to resources that include, but are not limited to, other
Smart Start activities, DCDEE Child Care Licensing, The WAGE$ Project, T.E.A.C.H., professional
development opportunities, Child Care Subsidy, Mountain Child Care Connections, and available grants.
● Keeping current in the field through professional development ,and use current research in daily work
with BPFC staff and community partners to build systems to recruit and retain the ECE teaching
workforce in Buncombe County.
● Assisting CCR leadership with data collection and analysis.
● Being available for regular evening and occasional weekend trainings.
● Participating on local and regional committees as assigned.
What level of experience and education will help you do this job well?
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field from an accredited four-year college
or university is needed; a Master’s Degree is a bonus.
• Three years of experience and/or training in an early childhood work environment is preferred.
• A valid motor vehicle operator’s license is recommended. Employee is responsible for their own daily
transportation to a variety of off-site work locations with mileage reimbursed.
• Level 11 Early Educator Certification from NCECPDI is required. https://ncicdp.org/certificationlicensure/eec-overview. Exceptions can be made if you are willing to complete the required classes with
tuition assistance from the Partnership in an agreed upon timeframe.
• Training or experience with Pre-K, Toddler, and/or Infant CLASS is preferred; training or experience with
ECERS-R, ITERS-R, and FCCERS is preferred; training or experience with PAS, BAS, and/or CSEFEL is
preferred.

To take on this job, feel comfortable and enjoy the work you will need to:
• Work independently and stay organized while doing multiple tasks.
• Communicate ideas effectively verbally and in writing

• Knowledge of adult learning styles and appropriate early childhood educational practices.
• Be comfortable, effectively communicate with, and enjoy building relationships with teachers and
directors with different levels of experience and from a wide range of backgrounds.

Other Job Demands – To successfully perform this job, you must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25
pounds. For example, if you are leading a training, you may need to pick up and organize materials.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions.

As an organization, BPFC uses the following definitions to guide our commitment to equity:
Diversity refers to the variety of similarities and differences among people, including but not limited to:
sex, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation,
culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socio-economic difference, appearance,
language and accent, disability, mental health, education, geography, nationality, work style, work
experience, job role and function, thinking style, and personality type. Inclusion of various diversity
dimensions may vary by geography or organization.
Equity is defined as “the state, quality or ideal of being just, impartial and fair.” The concept of equity is
synonymous with fairness and justice. It is helpful to think of equity as not simply a desired state of
affairs or a lofty value. To be achieved and sustained, equity needs to be thought of as a structural and
systemic concept.

Inclusion is the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure. An inclusive
environment ensures equitable access to resources and opportunities for all. More than simply diversity
and numerical representation, inclusion involves authentic and empowered participation and a true
sense of belonging. It also enables individuals and groups to feel safe, respected, engaged, motivated,
and valued, for who they are and for their contributions toward organizational and societal goals.
Where you will work – we offer a flexible work environment including both in-office and remote working
from near Asheville, NC as agreed upon with your supervisor.

To apply please submit a resume and cover letter that highlights your skills and explains why you would love
this job. Please send as PDF attachments to employment@buncombepfc.org

Position open until filled.

To apply for this job email your details to employment@buncombepfc.org