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Early Learning Literacy Coach

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #89
Friday, June 28, 2019
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:   August 23, 2019 @ 8:59 pm PST

Department:   Grandview Early Learning Center
Reports To:   Assistant Director

Hours:   40 Hrs/Wk – Full Time

Salary:   Based on Salary Matrix + Benefits 
                 Minimum $28.31/Hour

Note: This position is grant funded
Position Summary:

The Early Learning Literacy Coach will provide Highly Qualified leadership in all areas of ECE literacy, interventions, consultation and program planning and provide literacy coaching and technical assistance to GELC instructional staff

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Work with the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support team
  2. Work with GELC staff in assessing needs and integrating Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for preschool literacy including coaching building-level teams in analysis of data
  3. Develop and model high quality literacy lessons and units with ECE teachers
  4. Coach one-on-one in high needs ECE  classrooms, building and maintaining confidential relationships [This language may change depending upon the coaching model used]
  5. Serve as a program resource for development and delivery of professional development related to research-based literacy strategies and interventions for GELC teachers
  6. Support the integration of technology in effective literacy instruction
  7. Participate in preschool improvement activities focused on improving instructional practices as evidenced by student outcomes in ECE
  8. Participate in required trainings for Washington State endorsed literacy coaches
  9. Remain knowledgeable about current research and pedagogical recommendations relevant to the coaching role
  10. Provide training and support with implementation of a comprehensive system of literacy instruction
  11. Assist staff in identifying strengths and needs in support of an early literacy continuum
  12. As needed for completion of duties, attend meetings outside of normal working hours
  13. Perform other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

No supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in literacy or equivalent with three or more years teaching experience at Grades P-3.  Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Ability to work well with people, and maintain productive and positive interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated success with teaching students at-risk in the area of reading
  • Washington teaching endorsement with approval or certification in Early Childhood
  • Ability to utilize data from diagnostic tools to determine additional extra supports needed in order to read at grade level by the end of 3rd Grade

Desired Qualifications:

  • Reading Specialist certification or the equivalent amount of training focused on research-based and evidence based practices
  • The administration and the use of data, including universal screening, benchmark, progress monitoring, and state assessment data.
  • Ability to use observational data and formative assessment processes to guide professional learning and coaching
  • The use of technology as an instructional and organizational tool
  • Familiarity with Parents as Teachers model, GOLD, Creative Curriculum, project based learning, and Conscious Discipline


Must be able to pass state background check clearance to work in a child care setting prior to employment and periodically during employment.  Intermediate computer skills to assist in the development of curriculum is required.


No Suspensions, Last Chance Agreement (LCA). Dismissal or Demotion within six (6) months.


  • Knowledge of current P-3 state literacy guidelines and standards
  • Instructional skills and knowledge base in early literacy components such as phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension
  • Familiarity and success with utilizing formative, screening, and diagnostic tools with students to determine appropriate reading instruction

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Licenses or Certificates

  • TB Test, First Aid/CPR certification required.

  • Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted Washington State driver’s license. Driver’s license must not contain any restrictions that would prevent the employee from driving a GSA vehicle.

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Team building approach, experience and knowledge, with an emphasis on positive managerial,

    organizational and administrative skills are required. 

  • Must be able to demonstrate an ability to create culturally relevant curriculum for the Center, with knowledge and experience of Native people, issues and culture. 

  • Strong professional skills are mandatory. 

  • Must be able to demonstrate an ability to remain flexible under sometimes stressful and challenging conditions. 

  • Must be able to handle stressful situations when dealing with distraught parents and children. 

  • Must be able to demonstrate an ability to react to changing situations quickly while exercising good judgment and decision making skills, including shifting tasks and priorities throughout the work day.   

  • Must be self-directed, motivated, and punctual, with the ability to work both independently and in a team situation. 

  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality at all times.

  • Must be willing to become familiar with the Native community and community support agencies.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, including Native students and families while demonstrating positive role model characteristics.

  • Demonstrate and practice a thorough understanding of confidentiality.

  • Must be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the students and families in the program.

  • Ability to utilize technology and familiarity with organizational software to effectively create necessary documents essential to program.

  • Ability to work independently and to exercise sound judgment.

Physical Demands

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.

  1. Requires the ability to operate a typewriter, personal computer, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and photocopier.

  2. Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.

  3. Requires the ability to concentrate and consistently produce accurate work.

  4. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, taste or smell,; and talk or hear.

  5. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  6. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

  7. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

  2. The physical exertion is moderate.

  3. There are frequent employee, child and parent contacts and interruptions during the day.

  4. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, outside weather conditions, extreme cold, and extreme heat.

  5. Work is performed in a classroom setting.


Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law

Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA