Preschool Literacy Intervention Coach Coordinator

Updated: 9 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!


Bureau of Child Research

Position Overview

(Part Time- 90%) Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a community-based research institute affiliated with the University of Kansas, is conducting a research program aimed at evaluating how a Practice Based Coaching model (Literacy 3D) can be used to enhance the literacy focus of early childhood (EC) teachers through data-driven decision making and strategies that boost children’s opportunities to respond in literacy activities. We are seeking an intervention coach/coach coordinator who will be responsible for coaching EC teachers in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of Literacy 3D to promote early literacy and oral language development in children ages 3-5 and be responsible for training other coaches.
Coaches are responsible for teacher training, including development and delivery of presentations and materials that support early literacy instruction and data interpretation. Coaches support teachers individually through in-class observations and coaching. Associated activities include scheduling, data entry, recruitment of teachers, ongoing data analysis for coaching, and child assessments. This position requires strong interpersonal communication and organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to build rapport with culturally diverse populations.
Continuation of position into the next school year are contingent upon successful grant funding and  individual employee performance.  Please note that all offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the background check. Position is located in Kansas City, KS with travel in the metro area.

Job Description

30% - Coach teachers on implementation of literacy-boosting strategies including face-to-face and email feedback, as well as ongoing progress monitoring to inform coaching.

25% - Train staff on coaching procedures and provide ongoing feedback to staff based on performance.

15% - Conduct in-class assessments and observations of EC teachers’ literacy instruction and interactions with children ages 3-5 including children with developmental delays.

10% - Organize and schedule coaching assessments, professional development trainings, and associated project activities.

10% - Assist with the preparation of intervention materials.

10% - Lead/attend program team meetings and research project meetings.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors’ degree and 3 years of experience in social work, psychology, early childhood, special education, counseling, or related field.
  • Two-year minimum working on the Literacy 3D project as an intervention coach as evidenced by application materials.
  • Five-year minimum experience in working in classrooms, early childhood education, or equivalent as evidenced by application materials.
  • Five-year minimum experience mentoring/coaching or supervising home visitors or early childhood educators as evidenced by application materials.
  •  Position Requirements:

  • Reliable transportation and flexible schedule to accommodate teachers’ availability, including weekday mornings, afternoons and some limited weekday evening availability for trainings.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in in social work, psychology, early childhood, special education, counseling, or related field.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail as demonstrated in work experience.
  • Experience participating in research projects related to early intervention/education.
  • Experience administering standardized assessments and conducting naturalistic observations.
  • Fluent in oral and written Spanish.
  • Experience with culturally diverse populations.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    If you have questions about the position, you may email Alana Schnitz at .
    If you have questions about the application process, you may contact Diana Skill at (913) 735 2612.

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    All applicants must submit an online application, cover letter, resume/vitae and current contact information for three professional references. Candidates who do not submit ALL of the above through the online system will not be considered.  Please do not email application materials.

    Review of applications will begin September 27, 2019 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.

    Advertised Salary Range

    $24.04—$25.77 hourly, $45,002.88--$48, 241.44 annually at 90% FTE, commensurate with education and experience.

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    Work Location

    Juniper Gardens Area

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    36 hours/ week

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding


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