Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children
535 Centerville Road
The LearnERS Navigator is responsible for ensuring participating program compliance with the new LearnERS Pilot, a series of online modules for child care programs and educators to address quality improvement within the lens of the Learning Environment. Work includes educating programs on meeting LearnERS participation requirements and providing referral to resources. The LearnERS Navigator conducts outreach and education to engage programs in the QRIS for LearnERS participation and works with existing BrightStars staff to monitor continuing compliance with LearnERS policies, coaches child care programs on challenges within the ERS modules and debriefs ERS data with child care programs and educators.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Programs & Services:
• Serve as the primary contact for rated, participating LearnERS child care centers and family child care to coach and mentor program leadership and classroom teachers to complete online modules to address learning environment quality improvement
• Conduct monthly coaching meetings with participants and debrief assessments with teachers and administrators to develop quality improvement goals
• Support new and existing programs on the education of BrightStars Program Standards. Educate program leaders on the different star levels and the documentation required at each level.
• Communicate information regarding pre- and post-assessment data contained in assessment reports. Answer program questions and address concerns face to face or via email and phone call or Zoom
• Work with programs to prepare for a BrightStars assessment or rating increase. Cross train with Assessment Team on assigned site visits.
• Work with programs to submit complete and accurate application and related materials. Support programs on the submission of application materials electronically. Work with programs to assist with paperwork, including scheduled check-in visits and phone/email contacts. Follow contact procedures including the use of tracking and contact forms.
• Host Peer Learning Sessions several times a month, during the evening hours. Conduct a discussion reflecting on content contained in the monthly module. Coach teachers in best practice and developmentally appropriate methods of teaching. Debrief Peer Learning Sessions with team of Navigators.
• Organize, sort and distribute early learning materials to programs to meet specific quality improvement goals.
• Develop and create learning extensions, classroom projects and curriculum for LearnERS teachers.
• Quality program and health and safety standards (BrightStars, DHS, RIDE, accreditation) and RI Early Learning and Development Standards.
• Strategies for supporting adult learners.
• Contemporary research on child development.
• Available local and national resources and how to access them.
• Diverse cultures in the state of Rhode Island.
• Professional skill set for collaborating with and supporting members of a team.
• Outstanding communication skills and excellent reading and writing skills.
• Ability to respond professionally and respectfully as needed to different situations.
Non-Technical Skills and Behavior:
• Professional, friendly, and respectful demeanor in all interactions.
• Treats colleagues, clients, and others with care and respect.
• Performs duties professionally and in a timely manner.
• Exercise sound judgment.
• Take initiative to solve problems.
• Maintain professional demeanor regardless of internal or external concerns.
• Handle confidential information related to programs, children, and families.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Minimum Education, Skills, and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, education, or related field.
• Education experience.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Experience in adult education or learning styles.
Preferred Education, Additional Qualifications and Experience:
• Bilingual English and Spanish speaker.
• Extensive education experience in quality child care program(s).
• Knowledge of family child care or youth/school age education programs.
• Working knowledge of state systems, including Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and Professional Development Systems.
WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Individuals in this position must have the ability to:
• Travel to and from community locations which could include using walkways and/or stairs.
• Drive and have access to reliable transportation.
• Work in typical office environments.
How To Apply:
Please email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular, Grant Funded position until December 2025
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