Youth Policy Institute

  • Mentor Coach Consultant

    Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
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  • Overview

    The Mentor-Coach Consultant will provide teaching staff with individualized coaching and support to enhance the quality of early childhood classroom services. The Mentor-Coach will provide ‘hands on support’ to teaching staff as additional professional development. The Mentor-Coach works in collaboration with the Education Service Area, including the Program Manager and Site Supervisor who directly supervise teaching staff and develop the Professional Development Goals. Professional development goals support the School Readiness Goals for all children enrolled. Mentor-coaching will be aligned to assessment data from DRDP, CLASS, ITERs and any other sources selected by Administration.


    • Conducts classroom visits for the purpose of observing classroom activities, teacher-child interactions and applies YPI coaching model to provides on-site support to teaching staff.
    • Applies Practice-Based Coaching (PBC) to deliver coaching strategies.
    • Conducts observations using tools such as CLASS and ITERS, as well as classroom observations to ensure that school readiness goals for enrolled children are addressed with appropriate individualized activities.
    • Provides training and technical assistance to teaching staff.
    • May confer with teaching staff regarding child’s behavioral or learning difficulties, and recommend teaching strategies to encourage learning experiences.
    • Provides input for teaching staff development.
    • Establishes effective line of communication with Director, Program Manager and Site Supervisor.
    • Participates in team meetings at sites with management and teaching staff. May participate in other agency meetings as requested.
    • Prepares and submits reports on site visits, classroom/teacher observations and center activities promptly and accurately.
    • Develops and maintains a calendar of mentor coaching activities and provides updates to supervisor.
    • Participates in the Teaching Practices Strengths and Needs Assessment for teaching staff.
    • Attends trainings and meetings, as scheduled and/or assigned.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s or advanced degree required in early childhood education [648(a)(B)(i)] or a related field from an institution of higher learning accredited by a regional accreditation association recognized by the Council for Higher Education (see ACF-IM-HS-08-12 for related fields).
    • Completed 6 infant/toddler units.
    • Minimum of four years’ experience in teaching children birth to five years, as well as expertise in the theories and principles of child growth and development, early childhood education, and family support.
    • Training in a research-based coaching model and possess experience in adult learning and using assessment data to deliver coaching strategies aligned with performance goals.
    • California Child Development Site Supervisor permit or higher.
    • The capacity to offer assistance to teachers in the implementation of curricula to meet the group and individual needs of the children.
    • Knowledge of Head Start / Early Head Start, Including the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, required.
    • Ability to work effectively with a variety of adults and have experience in adult learning theory.
    • Ability to provide training in principles of child growth and development, School Readiness.
    • Understanding of various cultural backgrounds of Head Start families.
    • Ability to meet physical requirements of the position per attached Physical Demand Analysis, with or without reasonable accommodation.
    • CLASS Infant and CLASS Toddler Reliable Observer Required (CLASS Infant and Toddler Trainer preferred).
    • Experienced with Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales (ITERS and ECERS).
    • Knowledge of professional development practices for early childhood educators, such as Practice Based Coaching.
    • Must complete annually at least 15 hours of (classroom focused) professional development and have a yearly individual professional development plan. 
    • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
    • Must have intermediate knowledge of computer programs in a Windows environment, including Word, Excel and E-mail; Internet software; Spreadsheet; Word Processing and Power Point.
    • Must pass a criminal background check (Live Scan fingerprinting), with both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), prior to the beginning employment.
    • Complete and signed statement of any pending or prior criminal arrests/charges/convictions related to child sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, and/or violent felonies.
    • Must pass a review of child abuse and neglect state registry check.
    • Successful completion of an initial health examination, performed by or under the supervision of a physician, to determine ability to perform all duties outlined in the position description.
    • Must present proof of being free to active Tuberculosis (TB) prior to beginning employment. All TB clearances must be conducted no more than 60 days prior to start of employment.
    • Must present documentation of current immunization against influenza, pertussis, and measles. Updated influenza immunization shall be required annually.
    • Must complete Pediatric/Infant CPR and Pediatric/Infant First Aid Certification within 30 days of employment.
    • Must be physically able to lift up to 50 pounds and perform duties that require constant squatting, kneeling, sitting on the floor, climbing on children structures and maintain visual of children at all times which may require acting/moving quickly including running in order to assure children remain safe.
    • Must have access to reliable transportation to arrive to work site at scheduled time consistently. If applicable, will be required to provide proof of current California driver license, acceptable driving record (current DMV H6 printout), and current liability auto insurance.


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