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Child Development Specialist, Columbia


The United Way Neighborhood Zone at Columbia seeks to strengthen the communities in and around Columbia alongside residents and partners by utilizing a community informed approach. Integral to this strategy is the United Way Family Center at Columbia, which will be licensed by MSDE to provide early childhood education and supportive, wrap around services to families in need. This is a new center with a capacity of 76 children ages 8 weeks through 4 years.

In accordance with the needs of the ages of the population served, the Child Development Specialist is responsible for the overall management, coordination and administration of the center’s early childhood development program. This includes overseeing all childcare staff, developing and implementing classroom plans that align with the center’s curriculum, and using screenings and assessment tools to track each child’s developmental progress.

This position is a full-time, 12-month position, supervised by the Family Center Director.

Critical features of this position are described under the headings below, but are subject to change at the discretion of management. This job description reflects the designation of essential job functions but does not provide an all-inclusive list of duties that may be assigned.

Child Development Specialist Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the overall management, coordination, and administration of the center’s early childhood development program.
  • Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all children
  • Ensure Center maintains fidelity to established model
  • Plan and implement a developmentally appropriate program using
  • Teaching Strategies’ Gold Curriculum; ensure data is input into online system
  • Support child development staff in the effective implementation of child development curriculum and family support
  • Supervise Child development staff and drivers (teachers/aides)
  • Assess and track each child’s developmental progress using Teaching Strategies Gold and the Ages and Stages Questionnaires, supporting staff in the use of the results of the questionnaire
  • Develop and supervise the implementation of individualized plans for each child to help them improve developmentally
  • Refer all children who display developmental delays or disabilities to the Maryland Infant and Toddler Program
  • Ensure lesson plans are completed in a timely manner and are appropriate for participants; in line with curriculum
  • Work with the Family Services Coordinator to provide parenting coaching and support for all parents including those children who display developmental delays or disabilities
  • Work with the Family Center Director to coordinate the purchase and tracking of supplies
  • Conducts ongoing training for all early childhood staff to ensure proper care and developmental opportunities for participants and families
  • Ensures MSDE licensing standards and permits are maintained.
  • Maintain accurate client files and ensure daily participant documentation is complete
  • Ensure staff stay up to date on all certifications and trainings; maintaining documentation and sharing with HR
  • Responsible for reporting participant outputs and outcomes to funders
  • Manages the selection, formulation and dispersion of materials related to child development
  • Counsel families on topics pertaining to child development and parenting in concert with Family Services Coordinator
  • All other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood education or related field from an accredited institution, master’s preferred.
  • Minimum of two years of experience working directly with young children from birth to 24 months with a minimum of one year of supervisory experience.

General Qualifications:

  • Understand and be committed to the overall philosophy of Family Support.
  • Maintain respect for the confidentiality of information divulged by or on behalf of participants.
  • Possess the ability to relate to people of diverse educational, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
  • Be willing and able to do aggressive outreach and recruitment.
  • Model appropriate interaction with young children and parents.
  • Have the ability to work independently and as a team member and leader.
  • Be willing to submit to a criminal background investigation.
  • Have current medical evaluation, including a tuberculosis screen within 6 months before the individual begins work in the Center.

Specific Qualifications:

  • Have a thorough knowledge of child growth and development of the first years of life from birth to four years of age.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of community resources related to the needs of young children and a willingness to help families access them.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and understanding when relating to parents' situation and feelings.
  • Possess basic management skills to include:
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge and ability to design and maintain an appropriate environment for infants and toddlers.
  • Ability to plan and implement activities for children individually and as a group.
  • Ability to maintain records and reports on young children.
  • Ability to reinforce health and safety standards in the child development room.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via email to:
United Way of Central Maryland
Attention: Human Resources
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 340
Baltimore, MD 21230


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