Assessment Specialist 1 (AS1)
Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education Program (KP)
Responsible for assessing, instructing, and providing resources for program participants at non-accredited/licensed sites.
- Assess, monitor, document and report the needs and progress of program participants;
- Provide instruction, resources, and support to caregivers to promote optimal early learning experiences for young children;
- Administer assessment instruments for caregivers and keiki;
- Observe, document and track the development and growth of KP program participants;
- Work with Preschool Teachers and Parent Educators to communicate and identify needs of participants and goals;
- Identify participants with special needs and work closely with the family in recommending community services/agencies;
- Work closely with the Preschool Teacher in the creation of lesson plans;
- Interact with caregivers and keiki in a helpful, respectful, and professional manner;
- Present general issues and trends in assessment to the Preschool Teachers at designated sites;
- Coordinate with program evaluators to assure proper data management;
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with community partners;
- Assist in the development of and instruct infant and toddler curriculum (if applicable) while enhancing family literacy development from infants through adults.
Other duties as assigned including, but not limited to, completing all forms and documentations such as reports related to grant objectives, professional development evaluations, and daily logs.
- 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or as otherwise determined by the supervisor;
- Position requires regular and predictable attendance;
- Some events on nights or weekends at various times depending on the event.
- Program sites at either shelter or designated area homeless encampments, various event sites, meeting and professional development sites;
- Office setting;
- Travel in program and/or personal vehicle to and from program sites;
- Travel to the neighbor islands and the U.S. may be required.
May include use of: program and/or personal vehicle, platform dolly, hand trucks, computer, laptop, laminator, Cricut, copier, shredder, fax machine, video and camera equipment, generator, speaker system, iPod, office elevator, warehouse gate, nametag maker, ice machine, stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, paper cutter, office phones, work cell phones/Bluetooth.
Mental, Physical and Communication Demands:
- Consistent adherence to the practice of Partners in Development Foundation’s (PIDF) five core values that are used as a guiding force in the success of all of its programs;
- Must be keenly aware of and attentive to program participants;
- Must analyze and problem solve issues;
- Must be able to prioritize and focus on multiple tasks that require analysis and attention to detail;
- Must possess and exercise strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
- Must be able to cope with stress that may be induced by the situations of our clients.
- Must participate in strenuous activities which may include loading/unloading of vans and washing of the vans, mats and tarps; set up and break down of tents;
- Requires lifting and carrying up to 40 pounds on a regular basis;
- Must be able to sit and work on floor; kneel and bend.
- Must exhibit courteous and professional demeanor towards program participants, vendors and partners, staff and administration via verbal, written, physical, and electronic correspondence;
- Requires good oral and written communication skills;
- Must be able to handle and maintain highly confidential information.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
- Option 1:
- Actively working towards* one of the following or equivalents of:
- Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in Infant/Toddler or Preschool;
- Early Childhood Education Certificate of Competence (9 college credits);
- Preference: Experience working with homeless and at-risk families of Ka Pa‘alana’s host culture;
- Option 2:
- At least two (2) years full time equivalent experience assisting with early childhood assessment in a school setting;
- At least one (1) year full time equivalent experience working with homeless/at-risk families of host culture;
- Option 3:
- At least one (1) year experience working as a Teacher’s Assistant 2 (TA2) or higher for Ka Pa‘alana or similar program;
- High recommendations from supervisor and KP executive team;
- For all options:
- At least one (1) year experience assisting with early childhood assessment;
- Proficient in Microsoft Office including but not limited to Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint;
- Have a valid driver’s license, a safe and responsible driving record, current no-fault auto insurance, with at least the minimum State of Hawai‘i coverage requirements (operating company vehicles only).
*Actively working towards = Employee must submit bi-annual valid documentation from the institute of higher education proving continuous and successful achievements (grades of C or better) in accomplishing educational goals.
All positions require that the incumbent have no convictions of any crime against a child or other vulnerable person. We conduct periodic criminal background checks as a condition of employment.
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job. Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this description. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.