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Early Childhood Specialist III
Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Washington
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Date Posted 03/21/2019
Faculty-Education-Teacher Childhood
Salary $2,899.00 - $3,255.00  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities and weekly lesson plans to meet the needs of preschool children enrolled in early childhood program. Responsible for documentation and observations of children for program planning and developmental summaries.  Routinely provide parents with information related to general program goals and their children's development. Mentor early childhood students and provide continuous feedback. Regularly assign, instruct, mentor, and check the work of staff of lower classifications and ECE students. Maintain an environment that meets both the college's early childhood education program standards and Washington state standards.


  • Observe and record behaviors and developmental skills of all children enrolled in the early childhood program; make program adjustments based on these observations
  • Work as a positive team member; assume responsibility for room arrangement, rotation of materials
  • Prepare summaries of each child's developmental program using observations and samples of child's work
  • Direct early childhood education students, volunteers, and early childhood specialist II Discuss progress of the children with their parents and respond to expressed concerns of the parents; design individualized educational materials
  • Maintain inventory of supplies in the early childhood program and replenish when necessary Know and appropriately meet and maintain Department of Early Learning child care licensing  requirements; meet and maintain DEL and MERIT requirements Maintain a healthy and safe environment for children in program
  • Provide written feedback to ECE faculty on the work of early childhood education students      
  • Perform the work of lower classified positions as necessary; perform related duties as required
  • In the absence of management, will take a leadership role
  • Regular and satisfactory attendance and punctuality


  • Associate's degree in early childhood development with 45 college credits in ECE, including toddler and preschool coursework, required
  • Minimum three years of full-time early learning work experience in a lead role, specifically with children ages 1 – 6 in a group setting, or equivalent education/experience
  • Knowledge of developmental issues related to children ages 12 to 72 months
  • Must be registered and have an updated record in MERIT (Department of Early Learning database)
  • Valid First Aid/CPR card for infants and young children, current food handlers' permit, and AIDS/HIV/bloodborne pathogens training required prior to employment
  • Proof of negative TB test within the last 6 months of hire required and satisfactory  completion of criminal history investigation required before first day of employment
  • Be physically able to lift 50 lbs.; able to participate with children in indoor and outdoor  physical activities 6 – 8 hours per day and able to respond quickly to emergency situations
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills Due to the diversity of the college population, we encourage applicants who are multilingual


Initial salary placement is $2,899-$3,255 per month DOQ; salary placement for current classified employees is per the classified bargained agreement.  Early Childhood Specialist are scheduled to work while class is in session, as a result actual salary my fluctuate depending on number of days worked. This position works 40 hours per week.  Working hours may vary, but typically between the hours of 6:15 am-6 pm Monday through Friday; schedule to be determined by the supervisor.  State Retirement Plan; sick leave begins to accrue at the rate of 1 prorated day per month; upon employment.  This is a union covered position, which requires the payment of membership dues/representation fees.
Required Online Application Materials
  • Online application
  • Current resume
  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process
Conditions of Employment
  • Official transcripts/certifications will be required upon employment
  • Job offers are contingent upon successful completion of background/reference checks
Physical/Mental Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of
those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Mobility: ability to sit, walk or stand for extended periods of time
  • Dexterity: fine manipulation sufficient to operate a computer keyboard, handle individual papers, write and take notes and/or prepare materials or equipment
  • Lifting: frequently lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects up to 10 pounds
  • Hearing/Talking: ability to hear normal speech, speak and hear on the telephone, and speak in person
  • Emotional/Psychological Factors: ability to make decisions and concentrate, frequent contact with co-workers, as well as the public
  • Visual Requirements: close vision sufficient to read files, documents, and computer screens and do close-up work; ability to adjust focus frequently
Environmental/Work Conditions
  • Frequent use of office equipment
  • Exposure to weather; corridors between building are located outdoors
Eligibility Verification
  • If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work
Affirmative Action Statement
Lake Washington Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority
groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or
Vietnam-era veteran status in is programs and activities. Questions regarding the College's
Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Meena Park, Executive Director of Human Resources, Affirmative Action Office/Title IX Coordinator, (425) 739-8212.
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