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Successful Connections Parent Resource Specialist

Position posting: August 13, 2018

About the position…
The Successful Connections Parent Resource Specialist supports best practices in parent outreach, engagement and support by providing advanced knowledge to parents and caregivers in areas of child development issues and parenting support services which promote optimal early experiences for young children. This is a full-time, professional position under the daily supervision of a Provider Services Manager, and accountable to the Executive Director. This open position is a result of program expansion. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in social work, child development, early childhood education or a closely related field, combined with demonstrated knowledge of the diverse needs of families, including those facing challenges or who meet any variety of risk factors.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS of the position:

  1. Provide technical assistance and coaching to parents and caregivers around child development issues and parenting support services which promote optimal learning experiences for young children ages birth to age 3.
  2. Engage parents and caregivers in accessing home visitation and other support services that strengthen families.
  3. Serve as a primary point of contact in the community for home visitation and community resource information for families.
  4. Follow all project-specific procedures and guidelines.
  5. Maintain accurate records and generate reports of all activities.
  6. Assist with program evaluation.
  7. Represent the agency in a positive and professional manner.
  8. Work effectively with all members of the project team, provider services team and the overall agency, maintaining a commitment to high-quality customer service.

The ideal candidate for this position will:

  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Have demonstrated computer skills.
  • Have effective time management skills and the ability to effectively balance multiple projects.
  • Have a positive attitude and be willing to work as a member of our team.
  • Enjoy working with people, by phone and in person.
  • Have a positive work history, including a good attendance record.
  • Have experience working with diverse populations.

Salary & benefits:
The typical full-time starting salary range for this position is $32,000-$38,000 per year based on education and experience. This position is funded by a grant through the Kansas Children’s Cabinet & Trust Fund. The agency offers a generous benefit package for part-time employees including paid time off, paid holidays and flexible scheduling.

About the agency…
ERC Resource & Referral, Inc., dba Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas is a not-for-profit agency serving 33 counties in eastern Kansas. We provide meaningful, effective, high-quality programs and services to those who interface with our agency. We work with child care providers and teachers by offering professional development, coaching and access to resources that help them improve the quality of care offered. We also serve as the Kansas Parent Resource Center, helping families locate and choose child care that meets their family’s needs. We value teamwork and strive to hire highly qualified people who share our passion for the agency’s mission!

Mission statement:
ERC Resource & Referral, doing business as Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas supports the development and early education of children by improving access to resources for families, including high-quality child care options.

Qualified, interested candidates are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Early Care & Education Specialist - Topeka Office

Position posting: July 24, 2018

About the position…
This is a great opportunity for someone interested in continuing a career in early childhood education, but is ready to move beyond working in a classroom.

The Early Care & Education Specialist supports best practices in early childhood programs by teaching, coaching and providing advanced knowledge to child care providers, educators, parents and caregivers in areas of child development issues and developmentally appropriate practices that promote optimal learning experiences for young children. This position has particular focus on supporting at-risk children in the areas of early literacy development to assure that children arrive at school with the skills needed for success. This is a full time, professional (exempt) position under the daily supervision of a Provider Services Manager and is accountable to the Executive Director. This position is in the Topeka office, serving primarily child care programs in Shawnee County. An associate’s degree in early childhood education or a closely related field is required (bachelor’s preferred).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS of the position:

  1. Provide technical assistance and coaching to child care providers, educators, parents and other caregivers around child development issues and developmentally appropriate practices that promote optimal learning experiences for young children ages birth to 5 years old.
  2. Create and offer in-service and pre-service professional development opportunities approved by Child Care Aware® of Kansas or KDHE for child care providers and teachers.
  3. Support the Resource Lending Library.
  4. Follow all project-specific procedures and guidelines.
  5. Maintain accurate records and generate reports of all activities, including assisting with program evaluation.
  6. Represent the agency in a positive and professional manner.
  7. Work effectively with all members of the provider services team and the overall agency, maintaining a commitment to high-quality customer service.

The ideal candidate for this position will:

  • Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Have demonstrated computer skills.
  • Have effective time management skills and the ability to effectively balance multiple projects.
  • Have a positive attitude and be willing to work as a member of our team.
  • Enjoy working with people, by phone and in person.
  • Have a positive work history, including a good attendance record.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the different types of child care programs (i.e. child care centers, family child care, school-age programs, part-day preschools, Head Start, etc.), and possess a basic understanding of the early childhood workforce.
  • Have experience in a regulated child care facility serving children birth to age 5, and in working with children in a group.

Salary & benefits:
The typical full-time starting salary range for this position is $30,000-$37,000 per year based on education and experience. ERC Resource & Referral, Inc., dba Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas offers a generous benefit package that includes paid time off, paid holidays, cafeteria benefit plan, retirement plan, life insurance and group health insurance.

About the agency…
ERC Resource & Referral, Inc., dba Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas is a not-for-profit agency serving 33 counties in eastern Kansas. We provide meaningful, effective, high-quality programs and services to those who interface with our agency. We work with child care providers and teachers by offering professional development, coaching and access to resources that help them improve the quality of care offered. We also serve as the Kansas Parent Resource Center, helping families locate and choose child care that meets their family’s needs. We value teamwork and strive to hire highly qualified people who share our passion for the agency’s mission!

Mission statement:
ERC Resource & Referral, doing business as Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas supports the development and early education of children by improving access to resources for families, including high-quality child care options.

Qualified, interested candidates are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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