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Co-Director Early Childhood CARES

University of Oregon

Co-Director Early Childhood CARES

Job no: 529523
Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Education, Executive/Management/Director

Department: Early Childhood CARES
Rank: Associate Professor, Clinical
Annual Basis: 9 Month
Salary: $85,254 - $101,150

Review of Applications Begins
June 7, 2022, position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to your online application, please include the following:
1.) A current resume
2.) A cover letter that clearly articulates how your knowledge and experience make you an ideal candidate for this position and how you meet the minimum and if applicable, preferred qualifications for this position.

Department Summary
Early Childhood CARES provides early intervention and early childhood special education services to infants, toddlers, and preschool children in Lane County. Over 1,600 children who have developmental delays or disabilities are served each year.

Early Childhood CARES services include parent consultation, parent-toddler groups, specialized preschools, consultation to children in community preschools or child care, and speech, physical or occupational therapy.

Staff who work for Early Childhood CARES have teaching licenses or state authorization to teach young children. They are specialists in early intervention/early childhood special education, speech therapy, physical therapy, autism, and behavior.

Early Childhood CARES is actively seeking to implement Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles in the work we do with children and families and in our workplace, including in our hiring practices. We have an Equity Audit underway and training opportunities that are designed to address identified agency-wide goals specific to DEI.

We welcome a broad spectrum of candidates and particularly invite applications from individuals who are underrepresented in the profession. We also recognize that evidence suggests that members of historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups self-select out of positions due to concerns over failure to meet requirements; we strongly encourage such applicants to apply even if they are uncertain about their qualifications.

Early Childhood CARES is funded by the Oregon Department of Education with state and federal dollars.
Position Summary
The Co-Director provides clinical program leadership and management of Early Childhood CARES, the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education program for young children with delays and disabilities in Lane County. The Co-Director will oversee all clinical and operational aspects of this educational program, including the development and implementation of strategic plans and yearly goals for Early Childhood CARES and its faculty and staff of more than 180 employees.

The person in this position will provide clinical and leadership for all aspects of the program.

The Co-Directors will facilitate an environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

The Co-Directors will be responsible for the hiring, design & oversight of the training, and mentoring of new clinical professors. They also will plan and oversee annual workshops and clinical training to ensure the faculty achieve their annual required professional development units as required for educators.

The Co-Directors will represent Early Childhood CARES in work with multiple campus and community partners, including researchers, schools, and community service organizations.

The Co-Director will be responsible for clinical research activities such as measuring parent and staff satisfaction and using their clinical skills to address issues with parents/staff if they are unable to be resolved at the lower level.

Additional Expectations of the Position:
This position will require a valid driver's license and the ability to obtain UO Drivers Certification and the ability to commute to various program sites and meeting locations.
Minimum Requirements

• Master's degree in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education, Communication Disorders, or related field plus six years of applicable work experience post-degree.

• Appropriate administrative licensure or authorization as required to supervise assigned licensed staff under Oregon law.

• Experience in effectively supervising and teaching diverse early intervention/early childhood special education professionals and classified staff.

• Three years of supervisory experience.

• Demonstrated commitment to supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for individuals from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups.

• Experience convening, leading, and facilitating groups (meetings such as staff, community partners, guests, school districts, mental health, and medical providers).

• Experience working in the field of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education as a licensed or professional educator with diverse child and adult populations.

• Must be enrolled in the Central Background Registry prior to the start date.
Professional Competencies

• Demonstrated ability to apply current research and best practice within the field of early intervention and early childhood special education to the delivery of high-quality services (such as primary service model, consultation model for EI/ECSE, Early Childhood positive behavior interventions and supports (ECPBIS), and trauma-informed care applications, curriculum development, inclusive practices and program design for children with developmental delays aged birth to entry into kindergarten).

• Working knowledge of current state and federal laws, policies, administrative rules, and instructional practices for children with developmental delays aged birth to entry into kindergarten in order to comply with IDEA requirements.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• Demonstrated ability to effectively delegate roles and responsibilities.
Preferred Qualifications

• Bi-lingual/Bi-cultural preferred

• An understanding of inequities in education faced by historically underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.

• Demonstrated knowledge of effective strategies for working with diverse faculty, staff, children/families, and other key stakeholders.

• Experience collaborating in the conduct of research with clinical populations.

• Experience presenting in various settings such as professional training, informational presentations, and university classes.

• Experience working in community partnerships and collaborations in a professional capacity.

• Experience with program-wide budgets and a variety of funding streams, which includes prioritizing, tracking, and monitoring expenditures.

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