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Early Childhood Education Development Specialist

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Head Start Oshkosh & Fox Cities Sites
Categories: Non-Instructional Academic Staff

Official Title: Early Childhood Education Development Specialist
Business Title: Social Emotional and Development Specialist
Employment Class: Non-Instructional Academic
FTE: .885
Compensation: 50,000-56,000
FLSA Status: Exempt
Terms of Employment: .885 FTE Annual based on Head Start calendar. Generally 40 hours a week between last week of July to 2nd week in June.  Some summer, night and weekend work required.  Position subject to available funding.
Position Summary: Student Support Specialists will advance staff performance in the provision of educational services and individualized support for children and families and provide site level leadership support as needed. UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.

(40%) A. Advance staff performance in the provision of high quality educational services.

A1.    Coach assigned staff utilizing the Practice Based Coaching Model and Maintain associated records

A2. Conduct a minimum of biweekly coaching cycles with staff receiving intensive coaching

A3. Build a positive, caring and supportive relationship with assigned staff through recognizing their existing strengths and engaging them in reflective discussion regarding their professional growth and development  

A4. Conduct program quality assessment (PQA, TPOT and CLASS) and coaching observations according to outlined timelines, share outcomes with staff and provide feedback describing teaching practices observed, focusing on strengths and areas of potential growth in improving practices

A5. Develop SMART goals with staff outlining quality teaching practices and steps to attaining fidelity in chosen practice 

A6. Act as a role model in the classroom by implementing high quality teaching strategies and demonstrating the skills identified as an area of potential growth for the staff member

A7. Discuss with assigned staff how activities implemented in the classroom impact child outcomes.  Increase staff knowledge of early childhood development in areas including:  relationship-building engaging parents, social/emotional development, positive guidance, curriculum planning, instructional strategies, authentic engagement of children, learning domains, classroom set-up, Head Start Learning Outcomes and school readiness goals, observations/ongoing, child assessment, developmentally appropriate practice, and being an effective member of a center team. 

A8. Plan, design and facilitate professional development and training opportunities to support teachers in the implementation of the High Scope Curriculum, Pyramid Model Practices and Conscious Discipline skills, powers, and structures as well as other topics determined through the data informed decision-making process

(40%)      B.  Advance staff performance in the provisions individualized support for children and families 

B1. Provide education, training and consultation focused on meeting the overall developmental needs of individual students inclusive of social, emotional and behavioral

B2. Ensures completion, documentation, follow up and utilization of behavioral and developmental screenings

B3. Helps adults understand and change how they perceive the meaning of behaviors and atypical development through regular meetings and reflection

B4.  Partners with classroom staff in the development of classroom interventions and individual supports for children with atypical behavior or development

B5.   Support the overall development of individual children by:  modeling universal practices, providing resources, supporting the development and implementation of targeted supports and facilitating the implementation of support plans and/or IEPs.

B6. Assist with program wide adoption and implementation of the Pyramid Model

  • Complete TPOT observations following timelines outlined in policy and procedures

  • Support use and collection of data (ie BIRs, TPOT, BoQs) at monthly Pyramid Leadership meetings

  • Act as External Coach for assigned sites

  • Stay abreast of initiatives related to Wisconsin Pyramid Model

B7. Support Parents with their child’s behavioral wellness and developmental concerns

  • Provide staff support for working with parents on parent-child interactions and/or parent concerns

  • Be available to center staff and parent/guardian as needed for consultation 

B8. Maintain required mental health, developmental and disability documentation for 

            tracking and reporting purposes

B9.  Work in conjunction with the Associate Director of Health Services to determine

            if potential health conditions or follow up needs may be negatively impacting 

            student development.  

(10%)    C.  Support center operations by providing leadership support in the absence of the Early Childhood Coordinator or classroom support in the absence of staff. 

C1.  As assigned by the supervisor, support sites in the absence of an ECC to ensure operations of the center to meet licensing and federal standards 

C2. As assigned by the supervisor, create and implement contingency plans regarding staff absences in the absence of the ECC 

            (10%) D. Engage in Community to advocate for services for children and families. 

D1. Interface and coordinate with mental health consultant  

D2. Collaborate with community mental health agencies to serve children and families

D3. Collaborate with the school districts to serve children and families     

D4. Enhance/expand services through partnerships and/or participate in development of written plans/agreements


  • Minimum BS Early Childhood Education or relevant degree.

  • Minimum 2 years of experience as lead early childhood teacher.  

  • Knowledge and experience with developmental screenings and appropriate observation/assessment methods. 

  • Experience working with children and families of children with social, emotional, behavioral and/or developmental needs.   

  • Experience in leading, mentoring and supporting effective, high-quality, child-development services. 

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel and familiar with Google Drive.

  • Master’s degree in early childhood education or relevant degree

  • 2 or more years Early Childhood Education leadership experience 

  • Knowledge of Family Services philosophy 

  • 2 or more years experience implementing the High/Scope curriculum

  • Pyramid Model or Conscious Discipline participation for 2 or more years or training completion.

  • Practice Based Coaching Model participation for 2 or more years or certification 

  • 2 or more years experience accessing appropriate community resources 

  • Proficient use of Child Plus

To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by June 13, 2024, are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

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UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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