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Early Childhood Educator

This position combines the skills and responsibilities of an early childhood specialist and a family support specialist with experience working in Boston's diverse communities.

Hiring Company 
Smart from the Start
Location
Charlestown

The ECE will work with the Smart Team by:

 Facilitating programming at Smart from the Start sites;
 Participating in the ongoing development of the Smart from the Start initiative through Smart staff meetings and engagement in the local community;
 Developing and managing outreach strategies in partnership with staff to increase family participation in programming and services;
 Maintaining steady interest and enrollment in programming and increase resident and family participation;
 Directly providing services to children and families;
 Becoming thoroughly knowledgeable about vital services in the community and assisting families by providing referrals to community resources;
 Developing and maintaining relationships with partner agencies;
 Managing program equipment, inventory and supplies for site-specific Smart from the Start related programs;
 Collecting and maintaining necessary information and documentation to support program evaluation in coordination with Smart staff and program evaluators;
 Participating in site-specific and Smart staff meetings and trainings as necessary;
 Representing Smart from the Start at various community meetings and events; and,
 Working with residents, local providers and Smart staff to develop and provide events to engage the larger community in school readiness skill awareness and activities;
 Other duties as required.

Bachelor's or Associate Degree in early childhood education or Social Work, and/or 5+ years professional work experience required. Significant work experience with culturally diverse families and economically disadvantaged communities; Ability to develop strong working relationships with others (individuals, families, co-workers, and community agencies); Knowledge of, and familiarity with Boston neighborhoods, community organizations, and schools; Superb written and oral communication skills;
Ability to lead others, work independently, and work as part of a team.

Fluency in Spanish.

This position will report to the Smart from the Start Manager of Programs.
Hours: Full-time, including some evenings and weekends
Compensation: Starting salary is commensurate with experience.
Equal Opportunity Employer

Salary 
Commensurate with experience
Contact Name 
Brenda Daley
Contact Email 
Brenda.daley@smartfromthestartboston.org
Contact Phone Number (857) 308-3000

Smart from the Start (Smart) is family support, community engagement and school readiness initiative that empowers families and communities with the tools, resources and support to break cycles of chronic school underachievement and generational poverty.
Smart has as its mission to:

 expand and strengthen early learning opportunities for young children;
 promote parents' role as their children's first teacher;
 provide services and supports to under served families;
 build neighborhood will, understanding and capacity to support school readiness.

Smart is offering a comprehensive, coordinated set of services for parents, caregivers and children to support school readiness, including home visiting, parenting education and support, adult education, information and referrals to vital services, fun and educational programs for parents and caregivers together, and activities to support a community-wide focus on school readiness.

A Smart from the Start Early Childhood Educator is responsible for the facilitation of Smart from the Start site-based programming, at one of the Smart from the Start program sites. ECE work closely with senior staff to develop and fine tune programming, while developing and maintaining relationships with partner agencies and providing support, education and guidance to families. ECE are also responsible for filing and keeping track of paperwork and documentation as required, while engaging and retaining families in programming.