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Preschool Mentor Coach

at Clayton Early Learning

Posted: 3/2/2019
Job Reference #: 936307

Job Description

Preschool Mentor Coach

Department:Education Services
Location:Denver, CO


Coaches and supervises teachers with a research-based coaching model which involves ongoing cycle of reflection, observation/practice, demonstration/modeling and feedback that emphasizes the analysis and application of child and program quality data to improve the delivery of instruction and other services to achieve targeted child and program outcomes. Directs and manages the operations of education within assigned classrooms within the school structure. This includes providing leadership, direction, reflective supervision, coaching, monitoring and the coordination of training for staff as appropriate. Partners with team leads to provide leadership for the delivery of quality comprehensive school based services.  


• Coaches classroom teachers in developmentally appropriate curriculum using a research-based coaching model that emphasizes the analysis and application of child and program quality data to improve the delivery of instruction and other services to achieve targeted child and program outcomes.  

• Demonstrates/models effective practices and provides ongoing training and coaching to teachers on site that is directly responsive to individual teacher needs and questions related to research and best practices in early childhood education.  

• Utilizes the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) to provide an ongoing measure of the teacher-child interactions for purposes of professional development. Uses common metric and vocabulary of CLASS to describe various aspects of interaction across three dimensions of quality including: emotional support, classroom organization and instructional support.

• Demonstrates an understanding of and implements federal, licensing and organizational guidelines, performance standards as well as state and local regulations.  Manages, coordinates, tracks, monitors and maintains record keeping systems in compliance with these requirements.  

• Reviews monthly monitoring and tracking reports to ensure quality benchmarks are met including: lesson plans,  assessments, screenings, home-visits, parent-teacher conferences, child/family reviews,  attendance, performance standard requirements and the implementation of quality services for children and families.  

• Involved in the identification and RFO process for early intervention which includes attending classroom meetings to ensure individual child plans are completed for children in the assigned classroom.  

• Collaborates with Lead Teachers to provide opportunities for professional growth and classroom training by working with the Education and Professional Development coordinator, management team, the Clayton Institute and/or HR.  Disseminates pertinent training program information and materials to staff.  

• Ensures that ethnic and cultural backgrounds are appropriately recognized and integrated into the curriculum, classrooms, programs and services. Provides opportunities for cultural competency development activities.  

• Collaborates with content teams to discuss children’s progress and ensure their individual and group needs, including those with special needs, are met.  Works effectively with the management team to ensure smooth program operations.  Follows established lines of communication.  

• Provides supervision to lead teachers in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Initiates personnel actions such as interviews and hires; manages staff performance such as directs work, appraises performance, rewarding and disciplinary measures, and professional development; promotes positive employee relations through open communication, reflective supervision and prompt resolution of issues.  

• Demonstrates responsible professional behavior by participating effectively within and across teams. Works effectively on the management team to ensure smooth program operations.  


Minimum education: Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education preferred.  Three (3) years of classroom experience plus 1 year of administration or teacher training level experience.  Knowledge of economic, cultural, and societal challenges of ethnically diverse communities.  

Work experience in positions similar or related to this job: 4 to 6 years working with infants/toddlers.

Certificates or licenses: Colorado Department of Human Services child care center director qualification.  Pediatric CPR and First Aid certification. Valid driver’s license with evidence of vehicle insurance.  

Special professional and/or job-related requirements: Current PPD-TB and physical examination, background check, and compliance with other regulatory requirements as applicable.  

Special training or experience: Knowledge of low-income, minority communities and cultures.  Thorough knowledge of community problems and resources.  Experience in relating to children 0-5 years old, and interacting with parents and others who represent the community.  May involve interaction with various backgrounds. 

Experience in evaluating situations and decision-making.   Ability to provide team leadership.  Demonstrated organizational, writing, and communication skills.  Training or experience in working as a functional member of a team.

Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

Clayton Early Learning provides national leadership to advance the field of early childhood education by researching, implementing, and disseminating innovative teaching models. Join our highly skilled team as we promote educational equity for young children through family engagement, teacher preparation, and effective early education policy.

Clayton Early Learning is an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity. We strive to create an inclusive work place that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. We prohibit discrimination of employees or applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.