Child Care Action Council Position Announcement – Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

The mission of Child Care Action Council is to promote and nurture early learning communities where families and children thrive.

Position Title:  Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

Reports to:  CCAC Early Achievers Regional Coordinator

Office Location:  TBD (majority of services provided in Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor counties)

Status:  Non-Exempt

Salary Range: Typically, $62,655-$65,570

Benefits:  Health insurance (80% employer paid), dental and vision are provided starting the 1st day of the month following hire.  Employer paid retirement plan, paid sick, vacation and holidays provided. 

Purpose of Position:

The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant is responsible for partnering with early childhood professionals for the purpose of strengthening the capacity of staff, families, programs and systems to promote optimal social/emotional development and to prevent, identify and reduce the impact of mental health challenges among children and families.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Provide on-site and virtual Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation(IECMHC) at selected childcare sites, to include travel throughout these counties: Primarily, Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor. Consultation services to include but may not be limited to:

  • Child/Family Consultation: working collaboratively with providers and parents to assess, understand and address child/family needs through the development of individualized plans that are culturally attuned
  • Classroom Consultation: working collaboratively with teachers and coaches to address attitudes, beliefs, practices and conditions affecting the quality of relationships between adults and children
  • Program Consultation: consulting with administrators, directors and leaders to support changes in site practice and policy to benefit all children, families and adults in the early learning setting

Provide Mental Health Consultation Activities to include but may not be limited to:

  • Classroom observations
  • Supporting reflection and problem-solving to build adults’ capacity to address child/family, classroom, programmatic and systemic concerns
  • Implementing screening, and providing resources and referrals for children, families and site staff
  • Providing trainings for site staff and administrators on topics such as trauma informed care, understanding and managing challenging behavior, expulsion prevention and inclusionary practices, stress management and self-care and others as appropriate

Maintain provider, family, and child confidentiality

Collaborate with regional Early Achievers coaches in the work of supporting providers with children’s challenging behaviors as well as efforts to prevent expulsion of children from childcare and early learning settings; support activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Training on appropriate and mental health related topics
  • Consultation with coach groups/communities of practice regarding material covered in training and/or to provide group reflective consultation
  • Joint site visits with coaches to provide initial assessment/impressions and consultation to determine whether on-site IECMHC services are warranted
  • Providing resources, materials, information or referrals for coaches

Complete reports and manage data as needed on an ongoing basis

Assist with deliverable and reporting requirements

Collaborate with peers:

  • Attend reflective practice sessions with other MHCs as scheduled
  • Attend Early Achievers team meetings as needed
  • Attend monthly CCAC staff meetings

Collaborate with community partners:

  • Engage with regional/community/tribal early learning and behavioral health partners to build connections and establish regional referral options for children, families and providers
  • Identify regional strengths/opportunities and service gaps/barriers
  • Engage with other MHCs (including Head Start/ECEAP/IT) to work toward long term goal of a coordinated approach in IECMHC

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or Doctorate in Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Psychology, clinical licensure or license-eligible; Note: Candidates with an advanced degree such as Master’s in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and/or Infant Mental Health Endorsement, and/or previous experience in delivering IECMHC and/or early education, may be considered if candidate is not a license eligible mental health professional
  • A minimum of 3 years experience in mental health field (candidates with experience with young children (birth- 5) and IMH endorsement will be prioritized).
  • Knowledge of birth to 5 development and developmentally appropriate practice
  • Two years of experience working with infants, toddlers and/or preschool age children in a group setting
  • Professional experience coaching or mentoring others
  • Knowledge of local early learning, family, and child resources
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent listening skills with the ability to give and receive critical feedback
  • Experience using a computer for communication, documentation and research
  • Have the ability to work occasional night and weekend hours
  • Successfully pass a thorough background check
  • Hold a current, valid driver’s license
  • Have reliable personal transportation and vehicle liability insurance

Additional desired qualifications:

  • Experience working with the WA QRIS Early Achievers Framework
  • Professional experience coaching or mentoring others in the field of early learning

Qualified and interested parties should apply with a cover letter, resume and three current professional references HERE.

Position will remain open until filled.

Child Care Action Council is an equal opportunity employer.


Child Care Action Council Position Announcement – Early Achievers Early Learning Coach Consultant

The mission of Child Care Action Council is to promote and nurture early learning communities where families and children thrive.

Position Title:  Early Achievers Early Learning Coach Consultant

Reports to:  Early Achievers Lead/Consultation Manager

Office Location:  Port Angeles, WA (Work duties based primarily in Clallam and Jefferson counties)

Status:  Non-Exempt

Salary Range: Starting Hourly Salary: $23.65-26.19 (depends on ability to meet or exceed the below desired employment criteria)

Benefits:  Health insurance (80% employer paid), dental and vision are provided starting the 1st day of the month following hire.  Employer paid retirement plan, paid sick, vacation and holidays provided.                   

Purpose of Position:

This position supports CCAC’s mission and that of Child Care Aware of WA. The Early Achievers Coach Consultant is responsible for providing coaching services and support to a caseload of licensed child-care professionals in centers and homes working within Washington State’s Early Achievers framework. Coaching consultation is focused on partnering with providers to improve interactions, environments and other standards of quality child-care on the journey to a successful site rating.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide ongoing coaching services to Early Achievers participants, successfully managing a caseload of 15-20 licensed child care sites
  • Work with providers to define individualized goals and create quality improvement plans
  • Recognize high- and low-quality interactions, instructional support, and environments; deliver content and resources for improvement
  • Help providers to collect, interpret, and use classroom data for quality improvement purposes
  • Apply and model reflective practices with providers
  • Promote resiliency and stress management
  • Facilitate provider communities of practice and group trainings
  • Understand and interpret all components of Early Achievers participation
  • Monitor program progress
  • Document work using designated data systems and manage work on a timely basis
  • Provide access to community resources available for participants and their families
  • Develop and maintain schedules for on-site visits based on program need
  • Attend trainings, meetings, and webinars hosted by CCA of WA and/or UW
  • Collaborate successfully with peers and community partners
  • Maintain provider, family, and child confidentiality
  • Participate in community of practice with other coaches
  • Travel around the region and occasionally within the state
  • Perform Other Duties as Assigned

Qualifications:

Selected candidate must have:

  • A.A. in Early Childhood Education or a related field
  • Knowledge of birth to 5 development and developmentally appropriate practice and experience implementing this knowledge
  • 2 years working with children 0-5 in a group setting
  • Professional experience coaching or mentoring others, preferably in the field of early learning
  • Demonstrated observation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent listening skills with the ability to give and receive critical feedback
  • Ability to creatively problem solve in a dynamic and fluid work environment
  • Ability to work independently, multitasking a variety of tasks and responsibilities
  • Knowledge of adult learning principles
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, cultural relevancy, equity and inclusion
  • Knowledge of local early learning, family, and child resources
  • Ability to contribute effectively in a team environment.
  • Experience in/understanding of a relationship-based approach to delivering quality customer service.
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality according to professional standards.
  • Ability to maintain professional working relationships with child care providers, community partners and program stakeholders.
  • Experience using a computer for communication, and documentation; ability to maintain timely documentation/data entry into electronic data system.
  • Ability to abide by Washington State law as a mandatory reporter of child abuse and neglect.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Willingness to travel in and out-of-state 

Additional desired qualifications:

  •   B.A. in Early Childhood Education
  •   5 years demonstrated leadership experience in ECE or related field
  •   Experience working with the Early Achievers Framework
  •   Experience and/or demonstrated reliability in the ERS and CLASS tools
  •   Experience implementing Creative Curriculum/TS Gold assessment
  •   Experience working with tribes
  • Knowledge of community resources and referral options for early learning providers

Working conditions:

  • Must hold a current and valid driver’s license and use his/her private vehicle to travel throughout Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Mileage is reimbursed
  • Work duties based primarily in Clallam and Jefferson counties
  • Have the ability to work night and weekend hours on occasion

Physical requirements:

  • Ordinary

Qualified and interested parties should apply with a cover letter, resume and three current professional references HERE.

Position will remain open until filled.

Child Care Action Council is an equal opportunity employer.


CCAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. CCAC shall follow the spirit and intent of all federal, state and local employment laws and is committed to equal employment opportunity. To that end, the Board of Trustees and Executive Director of CCAC will not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, color, marital status, military status, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.