Early Childhood Program Specialist 1

  • Full-Time
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Applications have closed

Website Clark College

Clark College

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a classified Early Childhood Program Specialist 1. This is a full-time cyclic, 9.5-month position in the Child and Family Studies Program for rotating support in the Child and Family Studies program.

The Early Childhood Program Specialist 1 (ECPS1) working under the direction of the program supervisor and the general direction of the lead teaching staff assists in implementing the educational curriculum and the general operation of a toddler or preschool classroom. The ECPS1 engages with the children in the classroom, building trusting and respectful relationships with each child. Responsibilities include: applying licensing regulations, national NAC accreditation standards, theory of best practices in Early Childhood Education, adhering to CLASS, ECERS/ITERS, and keeping current with yearly Early Achievers trainings.

The ECPS 1 shares in the responsibility of maintaining the health and safety of the children and upholding the Department of Early Learning policies, protocols and procedures. The ECPS1 support the classroom operations by facilitating the daily rituals and routines set by the lead teaching staff, management of children and direction of staff and volunteers.

At Clark, we value equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to growing, learning, and supporting our employees.


  • Supervise children at all times in developmentally appropriate activities both indoors and outdoors.
  • Guide children in the daily schedule of routines such as choice time, rest time, meals, toileting, outdoor exploration, etc.
  • Perform classroom management duties and assist with the maintenance of a healthy and safe environment.
  • Model appropriate guidance techniques and communication skills.
  • Be familiar with, implement and maintain the Washington State Licensing requirements.
  • Maintain daily and weekly USDA and NAC/QRIS paperwork.
  • Consistent attendance to support continuity of care required.
  • Perform related duties as required.


  • A healthy work/life balance for our employees with the opportunity for flexible work schedules and remote work depending on position and college needs.
  • McClaskey Culinary Institute offers fast, fresh, and healthy dining options for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The space, located in Gaiser Hall, features three kiosks, a full-service retail bakery and barista bar, grab-and-go items, and a student-run restaurant.
  • Coffee Lounge in Hannah Hall and Clark Café in Joan Stout Hall.
  • Campus bookstore offers snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies.
  • On-campus childcare.
  • Gym and recreation facilities.
  • Clark promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events


Candidates will be evaluated based on application materials, including the supplemental questions and personal interview(s), and will be required to demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

  • One (1) year experience working with young children in a child care setting.
  • Thirty (30) hours in Early Childhood Education.
  • Valid Merit satisfactory background check and ongoing training hours current.
  • Valid certification in adult, infant and child CPR/First Aide.
  • Current food handlers permit.
  • Proof of negative TB test and proof of MMR immunization.
  • Vaccination requirement: Per Washington State Proclamation 21-14.1: college employees must be fully vaccinated. Your COVID-19 vaccine status must be validated by the Human Resources office prior to the commencement of work. Requesting a disability or religious exemption would be done through the Human Resources office.


  • Ability to lift moderate amounts of weight up to 50 lbs.
    Ability to stand, stoop, kneel, bend, and work with children on the floor for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
  • The initial appointment will include a 6-month probationary period and the employee will earn permanent status after successfully completing probation.
  • This position is represented by Washington Public Employees Association.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Starting Salary: $2,591/month (amount will be prorated during breaks)          Range:  30                           Code:  256A

Benefits package includes insurance, retirement, annual and sick leave, disability, flexible spending account, and tuition waiver.


Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., October 19, 2022.


  • Clark College online application
  • Current resume, with a minimum of three (3) references listed
  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process

Please apply online at www.clark.edu/jobs.

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.


Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360) 992-2105 or by video phone at (360) 991-0901.


The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on or near college property, and crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133 or security.requests@clark.edu. The most recent Annual Security Report, written in compliance with the Clery Act, can be reviewed here: http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-support/security/report.php.


If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.

Clark College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) supports individuals with their academic, personal, and professional development, as well as provides training and educational resources for all members of the college community around diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, social equity, and social justice. The college offers further professional development for our employees through opportunities such as Employee Resource Groups, Social Justice Leadership Institute, Cross Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship program, Administrators of Color Leadership Program, and Faculty and Staff of Color Conference.

Clark College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply.  Clark College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, vision and values of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community. The college provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, and Affirmative Action: Gerald Gabbard, Director of Labor and Compliance, 360-992-2317, ggabbard@clark.edu, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Baird 142, Vancouver, Washington 98663. Clark College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.  This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.
Clark College Human Resources

September 28, 2022




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