Parenting Educator (Brain Builder) - Part-Time (Internships also available)
TrainingGrounds is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located inside the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center in New Orleans. Our mission is to increase early childhood outcomes by providing rich learning opportunities for children, parents, caregivers and educators.
To fulfill this mission, TrainingGrounds operates the We PLAY Center. A free playspace for caregivers and children who currently do not have access to quality early childhood learning centers or experiences. The Center provides low to middle-income families with children from birth to age three with a nurturing and supportive learning environment. During play sessions, parent educators model appropriate adult/child interactions for parents and facilitate learning opportunities for children that stimulate brain development and foster social emotional, language, cognitive and school readiness skills. Through the We PLAY Center, caregivers and children both develop competence and confidence that contribute to the child's success in school and beyond.
JOB DESCRIPTION: This is an entry level part-time paid position. This position is responsible for modeling appropriate adult-child interactions, facilitating learning opportunities for children birth to three to develop children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development and providing caregivers with information regarding ages and stages of child development. This position is primarily based at the We PLAY Center, but is required to travel within the service area on occasion. This position is responsible to the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Assist with set-up and maintenance of the We PLAY Center
Assist with outreach initiatives to promote TrainingGrounds and the We PLAY Center
Develop and maintain a system to record services provided to children and families to aid in the further development of the child and to serve as anecdotal documentation
Attend parent learning opportunities (parent workshops), present relevant information on child development, language, motor and/or social skills
Deliver research-based materials to parents regarding child development and related issues
Work with parents and teachers to determine needs for future parent education sessions
Model appropriate verbal interactions, communication techniques, and discipline techniques with children
Support and enhance maintenance of a parent resource display
Assist in reviewing and evaluating results of parent and teacher surveys
Create and maintain accurate and complete records of all information collected
Performs other duties as assigned by the agency directors
Education and Experience Required
Experience working in an education, social services, or family literacy setting, ideally with families of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds skills
An appropriate level of knowledge about what promotes optimal parent-child interaction and infant, toddler, and child development; understanding of the cooperative preschool model
Effective verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal and organizational skills, and ability to use time and resources effectively to meet job requirements
Ability to develop trusting relationships with parents/teachers, maintain appropriate professional boundaries, protect privacy and confidentiality, and to be respectful in verbal and written communication to and about teachers, parents, and children
Familiarity with the community and community support agencies in order to coordinate services with other programs that offer services to families
Ability to be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of various types of families, showing cultural competency and mindfulness of individual, cultural, and ethnic differences
Willingness to work a varied schedule
Ability to treat people in a caring and respectful fashion and maintain emotional control in stressful situations
Flexibility to work in developing the Parent Education program, as this is a new position with the likelihood to change and grow over the course of each year
Associates Degree required/Bachelor’s degree preferred in social work, education, psychology or similar field.
Must have strong skills in the following: verbal/written communication, computer applications (ex. Microsoft Office),
Work with diverse families in an unbiased and just manner
Communicate ideas and information clearly and completely to small and large groups
Time management, organization, recordkeeping, and teamwork.
Must be strongly interested in a career in parenting education or infant/toddler development.
Must be able to sit, stand, walk, reach, bend and lift up to 40 pounds.
Have reliable transportation.
Part Time: 10-15 hour per week
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Start Date: Immediately
Length of Engagement: Spring, Summer and Fall Semester placements
Compensation: Unpaid; College Credit
To apply, please submit the following items to firstname.lastname@example.org
A cover letter explaining why you are interested in the Brain Builder Position with TrainingGrounds, what skills you would bring, and why you would be a great member of the team!
Provide the names and contact information of two references.