We’re Hiring: PEDALS Coach – Everyday Interactions Matter (EIM) Mentor
PEDALS Michigan (Positive Emotional Development & Learning Skills) is seeking a PEDALS Coach –Everyday Interactions Matter (EIM) Mentor. This new initiative supports building relationships from a strengths–based approach, helping program administrators, classroom teachers, assistant teachers, and home–based childcare providers develop new skills and continuously improve their daily interactions with our infants and toddlers.
The EIM Mentor engages with classroom teachers and home–based care providers to ensure their daily work is rooted in connection, belonging, reciprocity, and opportunity for growth. EIM begins by building on what professionals do well. It acknowledges that the “active ingredient” in a child’s development is the relationship between the child and the adults caring for them. The ideal candidate knows how to model new practices for teachers and then use reflective practice to maintain a working partnership.
This position is full–time, working 37.5 hours per week. Mentors work in–person, in infant toddler learning settings, especially home–based. Mentors are periodically required to attend in–person staff meetings and also are required to facilitate monthly in–person community of practice meetings. We are currently seeking a mentor who lives in the Tri–county area, which includes Wayne, Oakland, Monroe counties.
PEDALS Michigan is a supporting organization that is located at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and funded by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. We partner with early childhood education partners across our 7–county service region to lift up social emotional learning and strengthen effective teaching practices that are proven to reduce challenging behaviors in their classrooms.
This is a one–year position with the possibility of continuation, depending on program funding.
- Successfully implement EIM through an organized schedule of observations, skill–shares, modeling,
reflection, screening, and data collection.
- Establish and maintain strength–based and reflective relationships with infant toddler teachers and
- Facilitate geography–specific communities of practice to help strengthen daily interactions with children
and assure quality programming based on developmentally appropriate practice.
- Assist in recruiting new EIM partners across the region
- Assist in planning and facilitating PEDALS training events
- Participate in initial and ongoing professional development to provide effective mentor strategies as well as provide expertise on the Simple Interactions tool and practices that support EIM
- Assist with communications tasks, including social media videos, webinars, and blog posts
- A demonstrated commitment to improving the quality of early childhood education and the social emotional development of infants and toddlers
- Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or elementary education with early childhood minor
- Excellent time management skills, including the ability to develop and maintain a scheduling process for in–classroom and home–base mentoring
- At least three years of experience teaching in an early childhood setting (Birth–5 years)
- Flexibility in adapting to the needs of teachers, classrooms, and programs. This includes flexibility in availability, communication methods, and approach
- Intermediate computer skills (ability to access and utilize online SEL tool and data entry)
- A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required, as the coach will be traveling to and between childcare centers
Salary & Benefits
This full–time salary for the position is $54,500. Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, along with paid holidays, personal, sick and vacation time. Benefits also include mileage reimbursement and professional development funding for social emotional learning–related trainings and conferences.
Send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a subject line “PEDALS Coach – EIM Mentor” by March 31, 2023. All PEDALS employees must be fully vaccinated, provide proof of automobile insurance, and have a full background check, including fingerprinting.
To provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions will be based on merit, qualifications and abilities without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, political or union affiliation, disability or any factor prohibited by law.