Childcare Development Associate Instructor, Congreso

Posted by Congreso de Latinos Unidos on October 3, 2016

Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc. is currently seeking a Full-time CDA Instructor for their Education and Workforce Division (EWS). Congreso is seeking a full-time Instructor for its Childcare Development Associate (CDA) Program with a degree in Early Childhood Education (Bachelor’s preferred) and several years of management level experience working in child care. The CDA Instructor will provide the 120-hours of mandatory education that the Council of Professional Recognition ( requires of all applicants seeking the nationally recognized CDA credential. This position will report to the Business Development Director, and will partner with job developer and case managers to deliver comprehensive CDA Training Program. In addition to developing and delivering classroom instruction, this position requires support in the areas of CDA credentialing, student-internship support, team planning meetings, student consultations, and facilitating new-student orientations.

About Congreso
Congreso is a multiservice nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen Latino communities through social, economic, education, and health services; leadership development and advocacy. Founded in Philadelphia in 1977, Congreso has grown into a national thought leader on nonprofit performance management with an expert focus on the Latino community. Congreso is anchored by its innovative Primary Client Model (PCM™), and provides direct services to residents of the Philadelphia region while providing consult to other nonprofits and government systems nationally.

Essential Functions
1. Prepare and deliver comprehensive CDA Program academic curriculum to TANF population.
2. Deliver in classroom the principles and standards as designed by the Council of Professional Recognition for CDA credentialing.
3. Provide instruction related to teaching infants, toddlers and pre-k aged children activities designed to promote social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth needed in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility.
4. Utilize technology including Microsoft Office software, email, and web-based applications to deliver curriculum.
5. Proven skills in curriculum development and teaching methodology.
6. Develop mastery of CDA Exam materials and subject matter through research, data analysis, and professional development trainings.
7. Develop mastery of CDA testing and registration process and requirements.
8. Demonstrate instructional expertise in all of the Keystone Stars credentialing system.
9. Serve as coach and mentor to students regarding academic progress, life skills, internship success, professionalism, and pursuing post-secondary education / employment.
10. Work with team members to evaluate student academic progress, identify solutions to students’ academic and social barriers, assess project performance, and participate on selection panel for student internship interviewing.
11. Work diligently to achieve program outcomes as related to staff performance evaluation.
12. Attend regular staff, team, divisional, and individual supervisory meetings, as scheduled.
13. Participate in agency activities, quarterly meetings, and committees in order to share information that will promote the purpose and mission of Congreso.
14. Excellent organizational and communication skills with a strong degree of patience and ability support adult learners who are making the transition from welfare into the workforce.

Experience, Education, and Licensure
Minimum Experience:
 3+ years of management level experience working in child care or providing direct educational services to young adults, the community, or related experience.
 Experience teaching subject matter associated with CDA credentialing exam and experience working in alternative education settings preferred.
 Candidate should have excellent oral and written communications skills.
 Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly in Word and Excel, required.
 Classroom facilitation abilities are required.

Minimum Education:
 Associate’s degree in Education, Early Child Education, or related field. Bachelor’s in Education (preferred).

 PQAS credential a plus

A Career with Congreso: Your talent and passion + our mission = outcomes

Come grow our reputation. Employees come to Congreso because they hear the positive things our clients, employees, and supporters say about us. Congreso has served the neighborhoods of eastern North Philadelphia since 1977. We have built our reputation on trust and high-quality human service
delivery. And now our expertise in client-centered, outcomes-informed service delivery is extending our reputation beyond local borders to regional and national renown.

Come serve the community. Employees come to Congreso because of their passion to work directly with members of a vibrant and diverse community towards greater self-sufficiency. We have grassroots in Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican community and a commitment to strengthen all who live in the communities we serve. Our campus is located in the heart of the Eastern North Philadelphia neighborhoods we serve and includes a charter school that houses college courses at night.

Come celebrate culture. Employees come to Congreso because of the diversity of our employees, clients, and community we serve. We seek to serve all clients through practices that show inclusion, empathy and understanding regardless of cultural identities.

Come be part of our “familia.” Employees come to Congreso for a working culture that reflects our family-centered service approach and our commitment to balance work and family. Our “mi casa es su casa” welcome extends to employees and all who seek services from us. Our employees value the feeling of being “like family” and the close and supportive relationships they have with co-workers.

Come grow professionally. Employees come to Congreso to gain experience, learn new skills, and grow professionally. Our Primary Client Model™ provides employees with continuous education and professional development in client-centered, data-informed, and culturally appreciative service delivery. We recognize supervisors as leaders and an essential link between retention and service quality. All supervisors engage in regular professional development and organizational strategy conversations with Congreso’s President/CEO. Congreso has a reputation for leadership development, with many former employees now in leadership positions at the local, regional and national level.

To Apply
To apply for this position please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements here.

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Congreso is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Congreso is strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and all applicants for employment. All employment decisions at Congreso are made without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability or military/veteran status, or any other protected class as set forth under applicable State, Local and Federal Civil Rights Laws.

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