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Close Date: August 31, 2017



Position Title:            Practice Based Coach

Department:              Head Start Program

Supervisor:                Children’s Services Advisor

Position Status:        Non-Exempt, 40 hours/week

Starting Wage:          Grade 7

Last Reviewed:          


Provide on-the-job guidance, coaching, training, and technical assistance to classroom teaching staff who work in classrooms serving Head Start children.  Work with program staff to improve the quality of teaching, assist programs to promote positive, significant and sustained outcomes for children, and promote career development for teaching staff working in the Head Start programs. 


  1.  Evaluate classroom and classroom staff using a variety of methods including but not limited to:  CLASS tool, informal and formal observations, and personal interview in order to determine training and mentoring needs for each classroom, staff member, and site team.
  2. Work with Children’s Services Advisor to provide new staff training and support to all new classroom staff.
  3. Develop Individual Mentoring Plans with staff as needed and submit Individual Mentoring Plans to be reviewed with Children’s Services Advisor.
  4. Set up and follow mentoring schedule that meets the individual needs of classroom staff
  5. Help facilitate planning meetings, model lesson plans, and help teams find a successful observation method.
  6. Work within the classroom setting when needed to model best practice with children, families, and co-workers.
  7. Work with Children’s Services Advisor to evaluate and analyze child outcome data 3 times yearly.
  8. Instruct classroom staff on how to interpret children outcomes data and how to use it for improved outcomes for children and continuous program improvement.
  9. Work with classroom staff on modeling and implementing classroom interventions.
  10. Work with the Head Start Leadership team in the planning of trainings for classroom staff.
  11. Work with Center Managers, Classroom Staff, and Children’s Services Advisor to up-date yearly written Professional Development Plans for all classroom staff.
  12. Position requires travel to training and to assigned classrooms/sites as needed.  Overnight training may be possible.
  13. Requires sitting, standing, bending, stooping and reaching with manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, calculators, copy machines, telephone and other office equipment.
  14. Must be able to handle diverse work problems on a daily basis.  Requires the ability to set priorities and work schedule, yet adjust to changes necessitated by last minute assignments and deadline requests that may prove stressful.
  15. Maintain positive work atmosphere by modeling and communicating in a manner that fosters good relations with families, children, co-workers, and supervisors.
  16. Treat families, children, co-workers, and the public in a respectful and courteous manner at all times.
  17. Maintain confidentiality of agency issues at all times.
  18. As an employee of EICAP you will assume the responsibility of understanding your role in accomplishing the strategic goals and performance measures of the Agency. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  • Baccalaureate in Early Childhood Education or related field which includes 6 or more courses in Early Childhood Education and 3 – 5 years of teaching experience with Head Start or equivalent education and experience.
  • Must have extensive knowledge of early childhood education, including all domains of learning and development.
  • Must be familiar with current research and understand how that research can be translated into classroom instruction.
  • Must have working knowledge of The InvestiGator Club, Teaching Strategies Gold, DECA, ASQ-3, Second Step, and Talk about Touch as well as be willing to become knowledgeable of any other curriculums used by Head Start.
  • Must be CLASS reliable (or willing to become reliable within 6 months). 


  1.  Ability to individualize according to mentees learning style and background.

  2. Must be able to use a computer to develop work documents, charts and letters, research information and used web-based programs.

  3. Telephone access is an agency requirement for this position.

  4. Must be able to crouch, bend, stoop, crawl, kneel, climb, push and pull, and sit on the floor to work at the child’s level with frequency.

  5. Must be able to lift 40 pounds. 


  • Knowledge of behaviors of children 3 to 5.
  • Working knowledge of available community resources and Head Start Performance Standards.
  • Ability to help classroom staff adapt curriculum to meet the needs of all the children.
  • Ability to work at a rapid pace in a hectic environment.
  • Ability to work with specific computer software, including word processing and spread sheet programs.
  • Adequate typing skills are necessary for this position. 


  • Must have a valid Idaho driver’s license, and have reliable transportation with proof of current automobile insurance.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check, physical exam and Tuberculosis (TB) screening required.
  • Must possess current CPR and First Aid certification, or be able to re-certify within 90 days of employment. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical equipment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee may occasionally be exposed to biohazards and/or hazardous chemicals; appropriate personal protective equipment must be worn at such times. 

Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership is and EEO employer. 

My signature below indicates that I have read this job description and understand the requirements of the position and am able to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined. 

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