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FEP (Family & Educator Partner) Eductor Partner


Reports to: Early Education Administrator
Date: July 2016

Classification: Contracted


Job Summary:

Partners with educators, families and communities to provide effective learning environments for all students.  Helps ensure success for all learners.  Assists in identifying the needs of children with and without disabilities and their families, school districts and communities.  Serves as a liaison to facilitate positive working relationships between parents and professionals.  Manages a materials library and provides prescriptive resources to families, educators, health care providers, community agencies and parent support groups.  Provides technical assistance and support for resource centers and assists in building and improving home-school partnerships.

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in education, family studies or related field.
  2. Five years of experience in the field of education.

Essential Functions:

  1. Supports total school/community efforts to create a positive learning environment for students/children.
  2. Serves as liaison among AEA, district building(s), families and community and collaborates with various teams to assure positive outcomes for all learner.
  3. Models, implements and assesses strategies related to learning, social, emotional and behavioral needs to enhance educational programming for all students.
  4. Provides ongoing support to educational staff related to applicable rules and laws.
  5. Integrates research into the design of best practices.
  6. Consults with teachers and administrators regarding best practices for classroom and building educational programs.
  7. Follows policies, procedures, standards and rules in accordance with national and state laws, the Iowa Dept of Education and GWAEA, which includes, but is not limited to, developing and maintaining proper and adequate records and documentation.
  8. Facilitates communication, networking, information sharing and educational program development as part of the PEP programs.
  9. Develops and conducts training programs with PEP staff.
  10. Manages the resource library, including the cataloging and circulation of items, based upon customer needs and knowledge of current issues, data and research.
  11. Supports and facilitates home-school partnerships and planning activities.

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the Agencyâs mission, goals and priorities.
  2. Demonstrates self-discipline and initiative to produce high-quality, organized and dependable results.
  3. Conveys a positive and professional image to staff and public.
  4. Handles information in a confidential manner in accordance with established policies and legal requirements (FERPA, HIPAA, etc).
  5. Pursues professional growth opportunities and relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.
  6. Serves as an Early ACCESS service coordinator.
  7. Assists in grant writing, collecting evaluation data and filing reports for the PEP Program.
  8. Develops and maintains a calendar of events, communication plan, and assignment of duties.
  9. Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships.
  2. Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with others and independently as appropriate.
  3. Ability and willingness to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of clients and the Agency
  4. Ability to integrate educational theory, research and expertise into appropriate practices for local contexts, in a service style that facilitates positive change and continuous improvement.
  5. Effective presentation and group facilitation skills.
  6. Ability to use data to make educationally sound decisions.
  7. Knowledge of best practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  8. Knowledge of applicable rules and laws that govern educational decisions.
  9. Ability to read and interpret documents, write reports and correspondence, and apply appropriate mathematical concepts.
  10. Ability to use and integrate technology appropriately in daily work which includes, but is not limited to, efficient operation of telephone and voice mail systems and application of basic computer skills to effectively use e-mail, internet and word processing.
  11. Ability to design and conduct on-going professional development activities.
  12. Knowledge of more prevalent disabilities, such as Down’s syndrome and autism.
  13. Knowledge of data collection methods and community involvement processes.
  14. Excellent written communication skills.
  15. Proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Ability to travel between schools/sites served.
  2. Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that can’t always be anticipated.
  3. EOE/M-F-H-V