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Smart Start Central Oklahoma is always looking for dynamic people who want to help Oklahoma's babies, young children, and families! 


BILINGUAL PROGRAMS COORDINATOR

Department: Programming
Reports to: Programs Director    WC Code: 8810
Type of position: ☒ Full-time  FLSA: ☒  Exempt   Position Details: ☒ Individual Contributor
        

JOB SUMMARY
The Bilingual Programs Coordinator is an integral part of Smart Start’s dynamic team working to engage and support families. The Bilingual Programs Coordinator is fluent in Spanish and English. This position plans and implements Smart Start programming that provides caregiver education and links families to community resources. The Bilingual Programs Coordinator recruits and stewards partnerships and provides partners with support to implement programs and maximize family impact. The Bilingual Programs Coordinator assists with public awareness and communication efforts and works closely with the program team to plan, implement and evaluate programs. 

RESPONSIBILITIES
Program Coordination
•    Organize information and ensure it can be easily accessed by team and partners
•    Coordinate program materials and STEAM kit packing
•    Ensure appropriate inventory management, including database management as needed
•    Contribute to program invoicing
•    Assist with evaluation, including data collection and entry 
•    Coordinate training sessions and meetings for instructors and coordinators
•    Provide technical assistance to partner program coordinators, including program planning,  scheduling of classes, class registration, data collection, and delivery of materials for instructors and families
•    Maintain and communicate class schedule 
•    Help to recruit and secure instructors 
•    Provide ongoing communication and participate in problem-solving with program partners and team
•    Evaluate processes regularly to ensure program quality and integrity
•    Translate materials from English to Spanish
•    Other duties as assigned

Communications and Engagement
•    Help collect program stories from partners and families for various audiences
•    Seek opportunities to promote Smart Start programming and build relationships with other community partners
•    Help secure and steward partners to assist with linking families to needed community resources
•    Support engagement programs through the Harbison Early Education & Kiwanis Community Center
•    Other duties as assigned

REQUIREMENTS/COMPETENCIES
A successful Bilingual Programs Coordinator:
•    Is passionate about strengths-based family engagement and support
•    Values diversity and inclusion
•    Is an excellent communicator in Spanish and English
•    Finds innovative solutions to challenges
•    Actively seeks and recognizes opportunities
•    Has strong organizational skills, including the ability to create needed systems
•    Has excellent customer service skills 
•    Seeks to build relationships and consider multiple perspectives 
•    Prioritizes and executes multiple tasks in a competent and professional manner
•    Fully engages with diverse audiences
•    Has good PC and software application skills
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Other Requirements
•    Dependable transportation (daily travel required)
•    Valid driver’s license
•    Requires some evening and weekend work


EDUCATION & WORK EXPERIENCE
•    BA or BS in business, administration, marketing, or related field or early childhood education or related field
•    Experienced in project management 
•    Experienced in building partnerships and providing customer service


TO APPLY

Send Cover Letter and Resume to Lindsey Bryan, lbryan@smartstartokc.org.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
While performing duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time in an office environment; must be able to lift/move weight up to 20 lbs. Employee is also required to accept incoming calls and must be able to hear and speak. Must have visual acuity to read and draft reports, memos, letters, etc. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision adequate for the employee to perform the responsibilities and functions of the job efficiently. Must have the manual dexterity to manually operate and use a computer. The noise level is quiet to moderate; non-smoking environment. Must be able to drive in all weather conditions; some sites may not be wheelchair accessible. 

The qualifications, physical demands, and work environment described herein are representative of those an employee will encounter and must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities.
 


EARLY BIRDS INSTRUCTOR

Early Birds, a signature program of Smart Start, is a family support and school readiness program for parents-to-be, parents and caregivers of children from birth to five. Classes are offered for prenatal, birth-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, and 4-5 age groups. After the prenatal class, families with children in each age group can attend classes three times per year with support available in between; a series of 16 classes are available. Classes cover developmental milestones, parent and child activities, everyday learning, purposeful parenting and discipline, and family health and wellness. Classes are available in both Spanish and English. With each class, families receive curriculum, activities, educational toys, and books to stimulate their child's development and learning. Early Birds Instructors build responsive parent-child relationships, promote positive early learning experiences, and empower parents and caregivers as their child’s first and most influential teacher by developing parenting, school readiness and life skills.
Complementary Background areas:

•    Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development, degree and/or experience
•    Current or previous Early Education teacher experience
•    Counseling or Psychology, degree and/or experience
•    Parent Educators
•    Parenting coach or trainer
•    Experience teaching diverse groups

Competencies:

•    Energetic, encouraging and motivating
•    Positive communication skills that build trusting relationships and promote social and emotional skills, discussion and collaboration
•    Knowledge of Positive Redirection techniques
•    Knowledge of Strengthening Families protective factors
•    Commitment to a strengths-based approach to working with families

Early Birds instructors are trained in the Early Birds curriculum and must participate in ongoing professional development. Assistance with data collection is required.

This is a contract, part-time position. Most work is during evening and weekend hours. Classes are approximately 90 minutes and are offered in-person and virtually. In-person instructors must have reliable transportation. Virtual instructors must have a reliable internet connection and equipment. 

Please submit your resume to cflores@smartstartokc.org
 


INTERNSHIP
Smart Start Central Oklahoma accepts 1-2 interns per semester. Interns may be at the undergraduate or graduate level. If you are interested in applying for an unpaid internship, please submit your resume along with a cover letter that includes your school name, the number of hours required, your career goals, and why you are interested in interning with SSCO. Applications should be emailed to Shannon Dennis at sdennis@smartstartokc.org.


VOLUNTEERS
The pandemic has changed the way we utilize volunteers. For more information, please contact Rufus Howard at rhoward@smartstartokc.org.