Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities


Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3043799 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: January 17, 2019 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

Somerville Partnership for Young Children Coordinator

Job Goal: The Somerville Partnership for Young Children (SPYC) is a coordinated effort between Somerville Public Schools, the City of Somerville, Head Start, community-based early education centers and other community organizations. The SPYC supports children’s readiness to learn in a culturally responsive, inter-agency system by providing a range of academic, developmental, and mental health supports to nurture their full potential. The SPYC endeavors to provide universal access to high quality programming that enhances children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development, and promotes children’s growth in language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development, creative arts, physical development, and approaches to learning.
The Somerville Partnership for Young Children Coordinator is responsible for supporting the mixed-delivery partnership model in Somerville that provides access to quality programming for 3 and 4 year olds in Somerville. The Coordinator collaborates closely with the Director of Early Education to provide direct support for community-based early education and care programs, the center directors, and their teachers. Support the development and sustainability of the Somerville Partnership for Young Children’s mixed-delivery system.
Assure that Somerville children meet City’s standards for Kindergarten Readiness regardless of the setting.
Expected outcomes include:
• Formal and robust partnerships with center based programs.
• Identification and enrollment of income-eligible families into high quality settings.
• Consistent program quality aligned with school readiness standards.
• Systemic quality monitoring and identified assessment indicators
• Coordinated, targeted professional development opportunities for staff.

Communication and Partnership-Building
• Provide ongoing, direct, outreach to non-participating community-based child care centers and manage the onboarding of these centers into the network, including informal care networks and licensed family childcare.
• Convene directors of partnership centers and support on-going coaching and technical assistance to centers.
• Work cooperatively with other agencies to meet the full range of needs of families and children served within the Somerville Early Education Network.
• Work with SomerPromise to effectively implement the Single Point of Entry goals for all Somerville families.
• Communicate regularly with Director of Early Education, SPE Specialist, direct service staff (PIC, SFLC, SomerPromise/Wrap-Around Coordinator), coaches and consultants
• Participate in local and regional meetings as required.
• Communicate effectively to build trust.

Program Quality and Access
• Identify and enroll income eligible families into available slots in the Somerville Partnership for Young Children.
• Oversee an affordability fund for families in need of financial assistance.
• Maintain knowledge of available inventory and capacity in centers and programs.
• Assist center directors with voucher process and subsidies for income eligible families.
• Coordinate professional development to promote continuous quality improvement for participating programs in Somerville.
• Understands and supports state QRIS guidelines.
• Use expertise in early education to collaborate with Director of Early Education to plan and implement professional development and director support.
• Assess and support the design of Somerville’s mixed-delivery system that includes the Somerville Public Schools, SomerPromise and a strong, high quality cross-provider network.
• Use existing readiness standards to collaboratively develop and communicate readiness goals for children to all stakeholders.
• Understand and support the Early Childhood Instructional Coaching model to ensure quality in SPS and partner programs.
• Participate in site visits, classrooms observations, and work groups to assess program needs and planning strategies for system/process improvement and/or development of early childhood education support to include disabilities and social-emotional health of students.
• Support data collection strategies, including professional development surveys, as needed.
• Effectively support the use of student performance data to guide program quality improvements.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Experience in early care settings as both a teacher and in a leadership role in an urban setting.
• Knowledge of funding strategies, including full range of voucher programs and subsidies available to support early education.
• In depth knowledge of tools used in assessment of early learning environments (e.g. CLASS, etc.)
• Knowledge of State and Federal programs for early learning, including Head Start.
• Knowledge of Somerville.
• Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred.
• Excellent planning and organizational skills.
• Technological Facility with databases, Google documents, Excel, Word, etc.

Terms of Employment:
• This position is currently anticipated, pending grant funding.

Reports to: Director of Early Education

Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Somerville Public Schools!

Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
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    Contact Information
    Lisa Kuh
    150 Glen St
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: (617) 625-6600