Position Title: Education Coach 

Employment Status: Full-time

Immediate Supervisor:  Program Manager 

Titles of Position Supervised:  None

Major Objectives: Responsible to coordinate and oversee the management and implementation of program activities associated with the Head Start Performance Standards as they relate to coaching teachers by providing on-the-job guidance and training to classroom teachers, in order to improve the qualifications of classroom staff and to maintain high-quality education services


  • Working in Collaboration with the Education Coordinator, mentoring the teaching staff in the implementation of Curriculum, Assessments, Goals, Lesson Plans, Individualized Lesson Plans, Home Tasks, Portfolios, and Classroom Management tools such as CLASS and ECERS/ITERS to ensure Performance Standards and Licensing requirements are met
  • Utilizing the Practice Based Coaching model and a mentoring approach to teacher training within the context of the teaching environment and emphasizing excellence in daily practice
  • Observing educational environments and teacher/child interactions using OHS and Arkansas Division of Childcare recognized tools such as CLASS, ECERS, ITERS, etc. to identify the level of each teacher’s core skills and each classroom’s needs
  • Meeting twice monthly and as needed with the Education Coordinator to discuss the results of individual Classroom Environment Assessments and implement a plan of action for those which do not meet OHS and Arkansas State Licensing Standards
  • Providing on-the-job mentoring to teachers utilizing the results of observations to tailor training content and strategies to their individual needs
  • Helping teachers understand areas in need of improvement and set goals to change practices in a supportive and caring environment
  • Exploring and utilizing many different approaches depending on the goals of the mentoring relationship, the resources available, and the grantee and any partner agency’s structure
  • Discussing relevant issues in relation to past and present experiences and asking questions that help teachers think about what is working or not working in the learning environment
  • Encouraging all teachers to build their skills in weak areas within a supportive environment to foster positive child outcomes and school readiness
  • Providing ongoing opportunities for individual self-assessment and mentor feedback

General Duties:

  • Attend staff training and meetings, and board and parent meetings as requested
  • Assist in recruiting and orienting volunteers, providing them with guidance as needed
  • Keep Management informed by:
    • Attending Staff Meetings
    • Completing Ongoing Monitoring Checklists
    • Completing Monthly Reports
    • Sharing any reports of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Protect program integrity and client privacy by keeping all program information gained through employment at CSO absolutely confidential during and after this employment
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning by participating in Staff Development training
  • Contribute to team effort by:
    • Assisting in meetings and events for staff, students, and parents
    • Assisting with parent involvement and obtaining “In-Kind” matching funds
    • Understanding and following the CSO Head Start Policies and Procedures Manual
    • Assisting with the development and completion of the:
      • Community Assessment & Strategic Plan
      • Parent, Family, & Community Engagement & School Readiness Goals & Plan
      • PIR & Annual Report
      • Self-Assessment & Improvement Plan
    • All other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Degree: Baccalaureate or advance degree in early childhood education; or coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with experience teaching preschool-age children; or Arkansas Pre-K certification
  • Cleared Criminal Record check and Arkansas Child Maltreatment check
  • Cleared FBI Record check, including fingerprints
  • Ability to pass a TB screening
  • Ability to serve in the capacity of classroom monitor by acquiring and maintaining observer certification in CLASS, ECERS, ITERS and/or other monitoring tools as developed and used by OHS and Arkansas Licensing ongoing monitoring reviewers
  • Ability to travel from center to center to complete job requirements
  • Ability to work a varied schedule between the hours of 7:30 and 5:30
  • Ability to lift up to a 40-pound child or get down on the floor if needed
  • Ability to maintain workflow efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively within a team environment
  • Able to manage and prioritize your own workload
  • Respond appropriately (mentally and physically) to any emergency or crisis situation
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Proficiency in Computer and Organization/Management skills
  • Proficiency in Verbal and Written Skills
  • Professional demeanor