Early Childhood Education Specialist
Special Instructions to Applicants
Note: New employees will be placed at the first step which is $4,614 per month, second step $4,847 per month or third step at $5,093 per month (depending upon experience). Based on current salary placement guidelines, all step increases for which an employee becomes eligible shall take place on July 1st of each fiscal year. These increases will occur, on annual basis, until the maximum step of $5,622 per month is reached on the salary schedule.
Our Vision for Social Justice
We are seeking people who recognize the critical role community colleges play in social justice, who have ability in this space, enthusiasm for this work, ideas and vision to improve our approaches, and a commitment to achieving equitable academic success for the 50,000+ students attending our five beautiful colleges and centers. Our social justice work calls for employees who have a sense of social responsibility, interest in our community and world in which we live.
The intention of social justice work is to strengthen humanity by understanding that every person deserves the benefits of fully participating in our society and institutions.
Academic researchers have illustrated that crucial social justice principles are a compilation of equality, equity, diversity, inclusion, engagement, environmental sustainability and human rights. These complex principles are challenging to operationalize in higher education; yet, we are steadfast in our diligence to forge ahead to advance this vital mission.
Community colleges are uniquely positioned to lead higher education in the work of social justice. Many of our students come from historically underserved and underrepresented backgrounds; students of color, students with recent immigrant histories, students from cycles of low income if not poverty, students from indigenous communities, and students from first-generation families.
The idea of promoting social mobility through education is unconditionally and uncompromisingly embraced by community colleges. This is an exciting role, and it comes with a heavy responsibility. Simply put, we need to create environments where our students achieve greater academic success, so much so that we close our persistent equity/opportunity gaps.
If you are committed to social and racial justice and if you are interested in joining a community dedicated to solving these inequities through education, please apply.
Open (Internal and External applicants)
Los Medanos College
# of Openings
$4,614 - $5,622/ month (Please see special instructions for initial salary placement)
# of Hours Scheduled Per Week
Work Schedule By Day and Work Hours
Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Shift Differential %
# of Months
EEO Job Category
To plan, implement, and supervise a developmental curriculum for preschool children in the Early Childhood Education Laboratories; to provide learning opportunities and mentoring to Early Childhood Education students; and to discuss activities and development of children with their parents.
Examples of Duties/Essential Functions
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Provides learning opportunities and activities to children in a developmental children’s center/laboratory/school in such areas as art, music, language and literacy, math and science, outside activity and concept development.
Designs and coordinates lesson plans to include activities for the enhancement of the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth and development of children; integrates early childhood education coursework for the benefit of students.
Designs a curriculum that provides sequential materials and procedures for both student teachers and children; works with parents and/or students in preparing the daily activities before the arrival of the children.
Communicates with parents regarding behavior and activities of children, in conferences, workshops, or other forums for discussion; assesses and evaluates the developmental progress of children.
Assists early childhood education students in acquiring and developing skills and knowledge used in teaching and planning a curriculum.
Plans and assists in the preparation of snacks for children and performs clean-up duties.
Maintains and updates records, assessments, and reports.
Maintains a safe and healthy environment for children within the school setting.
Assists in identifying and ordering necessary supplies, materials, and equipment.
Provides day-to-day direction and feedback to Early Childhood Education staff and student assistants, using the laboratory as a training facility.
Assists instructors in maintaining and coordinating center programs and activities.
Performs related duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Four (4) years of responsible work experience planning and implementing programs for preschool children.
EDUCATION/LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in early childhood education or child development, with a minimum of twenty four (24) units in early childhood education (which includes the completion of six units (6) in an area of specialization and two (2) units in adult supervision), or the equivalent.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, current infant/child CPR and first aid certificates.
Fingerprint clearance for all appropriate agencies including FBI, Department of Justice, and Child Abuse Index Services.
Tuberculosis clearance form.
Minimum Qualification-Knowledge Of
Early childhood development and child psychology theories and practices.
Concepts of integrated curriculum development and implementation.
Physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of children and methods to identify problems and relative progress.
Health, safety and nutrition practices.
Principles and practices of effective lesson planning and designing, and observation and assessment of young children.
Culturally sensitive communication and support.
Current California State Licensing requirements
Early childhood education professional ethics; mandated child abuse reporting guidelines.
Resource and referral agencies.
Minimum Qualification-Ability To
Design and implement a model preschool program.
Communicate and assist adults in a classroom setting while overseeing activities of children.
Provide a stimulating environment for children and adults which is conducive to learning.
Assess and evaluate the developmental progress of children.
Understand and carry out both oral and written directions.
Identify needs of children and impart these to parents in an effective manner.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, and religious background of all students, faculty and staff, and with all individuals encountered in the performance of required duties.
- Be able to create strong connections with families.
- Experience mentoring teachers and college students in Early Childhood Education or related field.
- Knowledge of the Project Approach curriculum.
- Experience implementing techniques promoting social-emotional competencies, such as “Conscious Discipline” or “Pyramid Framework”.
Job Open Date:
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled
Foreign Degree and Credit Statement:
In accordance with the Human Resources Procedure 3050.05, all foreign degrees and credits used to meet the minimum qualifications must be evaluated by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency www.naces.org prior to the implementation of the equivalency process. You must upload your evaluation with your application when you apply for this position to be considered. We cannot accept foreign degree evaluations after the closing date. The candidate bears all responsibility and costs associated with obtaining the evaluation.
About the District
The mission of the Contra Costa Community College District is to transform lives by providing outstanding learning opportunities that nurture and empower all students to achieve their educational goals. The dedicated faculty, classified professionals and administrators in the District are committed to core values and action that promote excellence in learning and equitable student success. The District is committed to hiring and developing a diverse staff that understands that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive role models for all students; and creates an inclusive and supportive educational work environment for its students, employees, and the community it serves.
Located in Contra Costa County, in the beautiful and diverse San Francisco East Bay area, the District serves the 1 million residents of the County through education, business partnerships and service in the community. The District first opened its doors in 1949 and is the second oldest and eighth largest multi-college community college district in California. The District consists of three colleges and two centers; Contra Costa College in San Pablo; Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill; Los Medanos College in Pittsburg; and the centers in Brentwood and San Ramon. The District Office located in downtown Martinez, supports the mission and functions of the colleges.
As evidenced by the rich diversity in Contra Costa County, the District enrolls a highly diverse student population. Serving over 50,354 students a year, in 2019-20 fiscal year the demographic make-up of the students was 9% Black/African American; 17% Asian/Pacific Islander; 35% Hispanic/Latino; 26% White/Caucasian; and 13% Other.
The District actively encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve the dynamic student population and work collaboratively with existing colleagues that are equally dynamic and diverse.
Contra Costa College
Contra Costa College is a dynamic, comprehensive community college with a diverse student population. The institution has served the communities of West Contra Costa County for more than 69 years. Most of the 10,500-plus students who attend the college come from local communities, but many also come from neighboring communities and from countries throughout the world. The college offers certificates and degree programs in 70 areas. It prepares students for immediate employment and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Faculty and staff are proud to be affiliated with an institution that has a tradition of excellence and a reputation for educating students to live and work in a diverse global environment.
Diablo Valley College
DVC is committed to increasing student success. The college has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most successful community colleges by offering incomparable transfer opportunities and exceptional career-technical programs. In both Pleasant Hill and San Ramon, a diverse student body engages with high-quality instruction and support services designed for excellence and equity in student learning. DVC’s career-technical programs keep pace with emerging technologies and skill requirements, while unparalleled transfer programs prepare students to be successful in four-year colleges and universities. DVC continuously ranks among the top transfer pathways to UC Berkeley.
Los Medanos College
Los Medanos College, opened in 1974, is the newest campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. The college prepares students to excel and succeed economically, socially and intellectually in an innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment. LMC provides quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of a rapidly-growing and changing East County while enhancing the quality of life of the diverse communities it serves. Los Medanos College is known for its transferable general education program and career technical programs strongly connected with local business and industry. The college serves approximately 10,000 students.
Insurance: The District offers health, vision, dental and life insurance for monthly classified employees and managers/supervisors and their eligible dependents. Monthly classified employees and managers/supervisors covered by another health medical plan may waive District coverage and receive a monthly cash stipend.
Retirement: Most employees are members of the PERS (Public Employees Retirement System). Faculty employees and Academic Managers are members of the STRS (State Teachers Retirement System). Police Service employers are members of Safety Public Employees Retirement System.
Deferred Compensation: The District offers two optional deferred compensation plans. Eligible employees have a choice of the 457, 403b plans and a selection of savings and investment options.
Leave Allowance: The District offers monthly eligible classified employees and managers/supervisors a generous vacation and sick leave benefits as well as 20 paid holidays annually (which can vary based on length of winter break).
Additional Benefits: The District also offers monthly eligible classified employees and managers/supervisors educational reimbursements, employee assistance programs, a travel assistance plan, longevity compensation, retiree benefits, employee discounts on health memberships and a comprehensive wellness program.
Newly hired employees may notify the respective union (Local 1 or United Faculty) if they opt to join and/or authorize payment to the union. If the newly hired employee authorizes payment to the union then the following fees apply: Local 1 has a one-time initiation fee of $45.00 and monthly contribution of 1% of gross pay +$1. United Faculty has an agency fee of .55% of gross pay plus $2.50. (All confidential, supervisory and management positions are exempt from union membership)
For further information regarding benefits eligibility and details please refer to the following documents available on the 4CD website:
Classified Employees Local 1 Contract (Article 20-Benefits):
Managers/Supervisors/Confidential Personnel Manual (Section 8-Insurance Benefits):
POST OFFER PRE-PLACEMENT EVALUATION PROGRAM (PEP)
All job offers of employment are conditional upon the applicant’s satisfactory results of the Post Offer Pre-Placement Evaluation Program. This involves a physical strength test to demonstrate a minimum level of strength to perform the essential duties of the job. There is no charge for this service. Please do not make an appointment for testing until you have received notification from the Human Resources Department after a job offer is extended. The positions we currently evaluate are: Building Maintenance Worker, Custodian I and II, Lead Custodian, Cook, Food Services Assistant, Food Services Supervisor, Food Services Supply Clerk, Food Services Coordinator, Grounds Worker/ Gardener I and II, Senior/ Lead Grounds Worker/Gardener, Lead Maintenance Mechanic, Senior Equipment Maintenance Worker. If you are not hired in a listed classification, you may disregard this notification.
In conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, requests for reasonable accommodations may be made to (925) 229-1000 ext. 1298 or email@example.com. For administrative purposes, requests must be made at the time of application.
It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identity, race, color, ancestry, religion, marital status, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, parental status, citizenship or because an individual is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.