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Child Development Specialist

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please note: Official transcripts are only required if recommended for hire. Official transcripts shall be sent directly from the issuing institution to the College District’s Office of Human Resources and must include documentation of all credit earned, including the education requirements that specifically qualifies the applicant for the position. The address to send all transcripts is:

Texas Southmost College
Office of Human Resources
80 Fort Brown, Tandy 105
Brownsville, Texas 78520

For eTranscripts please use email address: lissa.frausto@tsc.edu.

The College District recognizes equivalent credits and degrees earned from foreign universities. The equivalency shall be determined by translation and evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For more information please visit: www.naces.org

Posting Details

Position Information

Classification Title
Job Title Child Development Specialist
FLSA Non-Exempt
Category Instructional Support
Position Length Full-time

Position Summary Information

Job Summary

Participates as lead instructor in planning, supervising and implementing the classroom program in compliance with state requirements, contract standards, and applicable policies and procedures.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• As the lead instructor will perform a variety of technical tasks relative to child development, including the development of weekly lesson plans that involve age-level developmentally appropriate activities and that demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness in planning programs and in the use of materials.
• As the lead instructor will lead in the instruction of children in a child care age unit through the development and implementation of lesson plans and other activities.
• Participates as lead instructor in providing demonstrations of age appropriate development and behavior of children.
• Provides guidance to community college students regarding Center rules and regulations related to Child Development and Early Childhood programs; assists with the daily assignments to students and the evaluation of classroom activities and performance.
• Prepares reports and correspondence regarding classroom operations and activities; maintains and records training hours and attendance records.
• Organizes and participates in games; reads stories and teaches simple painting, drawing, handwork, songs and similar activities; helps children remove garments; helps children develop habits of caring for own clothing and picking up and putting away toys and books; and directs activities in eating, resting, and toileting. Maintains discipline, physical organization and cleanliness in the classroom.
• Communicates informally with parents on children’s progress and behavior.
• Attends all scheduled staff meetings; plans and implements staff training as requested.
• Attends the workplace regularly as per the defined work schedule and reports to work punctually.
• Working hours may include evenings, holidays or weekends depending on deadline requirements and special events.
• Completes duties and responsibilities in compliance with college standards, policies and guidelines.
• Completes all required training and professional development sessions sponsored by Texas Southmost College.
• Participates in the development of outcomes, monitors assessment of those appropriate outcomes, and assists in the development of plans of action for improvement based on the assessment of those outcomes.
• Participates in the process for systematic review and evaluation per the institutional effectiveness model adopted by the College.
• Supports the values and institutional goals as defined in the College’s Strategic Plan.
• Promotes positive morale and teamwork within the department and provides exceptional customer service to students, faculty and community.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge and Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

• A strong commitment to the mission of Texas Southmost College.
• Knowledge of modern principles and practices of child care services.
• Knowledge of pertinent Federal and State laws, codes and regulations.
• Demonstrated experience in maintaining positive and effective working relationships with parents, children, staff, faculty, students and the community.
• Demonstrated experience in providing quality customer service.
• Demonstrated experience concentrating on detailed tasks during numerous interruptions.
• Capacity to listen and respond to questions and concerns.
• Ability to perform and excel in a high-tech all-digital environment.
• Proficient in the use of e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software and use of the Internet to access data, maintain records, generate reports, and communicate with others.
• High level of energy and good sense of humor with the capacity for extraordinary time and effort demands.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Ability to be flexible and adjust to many varied situations.
• Ability to assume full responsibility for a group of children as required.
• Ability to lift up to 60 pounds.
• Ability to maintain appropriate and professional behavior at all times.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential data.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in a diverse, multi-cultural community environment.

Required Education and Experience

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education and experience required.

• Associate’s degree in Child Care and Development, or Early Childhood Education from a regionally accredited college or university is required plus one (1) year full-time experience as a caregiver working directly with children in a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) licensed or certified child-care center (or similar type of day care center that was formerly licensed, certified, or accredited by DFPS) or (4) semesters of field experience and/or internship in a DFPS certified or regionally accredited college or university child development/early childhood campus lab school OR a Certificate in Child Care and Development, or Early Childhood from a regionally accredited college or university plus three (3) years of full-time experience working in a DFPS licensed or certified child care facility.
• Demonstrated experience in maintaining positive and effective working relationships with parents, children, staff, faculty, students and the community.

Preferred Education and Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in Child Care and Development or a closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university. , plus one (1) or more years of experience working in a DFPS licensed or certified child care facility or one year of full-time classroom teaching in a public or private accredited school from birth through kinder, during a customary school year; or substitute or part-time classroom teaching in a public or private accredited school birth through kinder, if the total length of time adds up to two years of full-time teaching during a customary school year.
• Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
• Pediatric First Aid certification is preferred.

Certificates and Licensures

• Meets all Texas Health & Human Services (TDHHS) Standards for child-care professionals.
• Must have a Public Health Food Handler Certification or become certified within one week of hire.
• Must have Infant, Child, and Adult CPR Certification or become certified within one week of hire.
• Must have First Aid with Rescue Breathing and Choking Certification or become certified within one week of hire.
• Successful completion of Texas DFPS Licensing Division Background Check.
• Must have a clear Tuberculosis (TB) Test not older than one (1) year.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Notes: The duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 2016624TSC
Open Date 07/19/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary

Please note: Official transcripts are only required if recommended for hire.

Official transcripts shall be sent directly from the issuing institution to the College District’s Office of Human Resources and must include documentation of all credit earned, including the education requirements that specifically qualifies the applicant for the position. The address to send all transcripts is:

Texas Southmost College
Office of Human Resources
80 Fort Brown, Tandy 105
Brownsville, Texas 78520

For eTranscripts please use email address: lissa.frausto@tsc.edu.

The College District recognizes equivalent credits and degrees earned from foreign universities. The equivalency shall be determined by translation and evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For more information please visit: www.naces.org

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • TSC Website
    • HigherEdJobs
    • Indeed
    • LinkedIn
    • Specialty Job Board
    • Facebook
    • Work-In-Texas / Texas Workforce Commission
    • Job Fair
    • Personal Referral
  2. * Do you have an Associate’s degree in Child Care and Development or Early Childhood Education from a regionally accredited college or university plus one (1) year full-time experience working as a caregiver in a Texas DFPS licensed or certified child care center or (4) semesters of field experience and/or internship in a DFPS certified regionally accredited college or university child development/early childhood campus lab school OR a Certificate in Child Care and Development or Early Childhood Education from a regionally accredited college or university plus three (3) years of full-time experience working in a child care facility?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have demonstrated experience in maintaining positive and effective working relationships with parents, children, staff, faculty, students and the community?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you meet all the requirements for Texas Health & Human Services (TDHHS) Standards for child-care professionals?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have a Public Health Food Handler Certification or are you able to become certified within one week of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have Infant, Child, and Adult CPR Certification or are you able to become certified within one week of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have First Aid with Rescue Breathing and Choking Certification or are you able to become certified within one week of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Can you successfully complete a Texas DFPS Licensing Division Background Check?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Do you have a clear Tuberculosis (TB) Test not older than one (1) year?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in Child Care and Development or a closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university plus one (1) or more years’ full-time experience working in a DFPS licensed or certified child care facility or one year of full-time classroom teaching in a public or private accredited school from birth through kinder, during a customary school year, or substitute or part-time classroom teaching in a public or private accredited school birth through kinder, if the total length of time adds up to two years of full-time teaching in a customary school year experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * Are you Bilingual in English-Spanish?
    • Yes
    • No
  12. * Do you have a Pediatric First Aid Certification?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1