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Early Learning Coach (Bilingual Chinese/English, 1 year temporary position)

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$73,800.00 - $94,300.00 Salary/year




Position Title: Early Learning Coach


Organization: Kai Ming, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides free full-day full-year; full-day part-year; or part-day part-year Head Start preschool services to eligible children ages 3-5 years old in San Francisco, CA with funding from Head Start, the California Department of Education, and the San Francisco Department of Early Childhood. 


Job Summary: Under the general supervision of the Director of Learning and Development and Executive Director, the Coach works closely with the education team to provide mentor coaching, professional development, training, resources, and support to Kai Ming teaching staff and STEP substitute teachers to deliver high quality services and improve outcomes for young children.  


Job Type: Full time, Exempt. 1 year temporary position, conversion to permanent based on funding.


Report to: Director of Learning and Development


Essential Duties:


  • Develop and implement a practical coaching model and process that establishes a safe and nurturing, yet challenging learning environment for staff.
  • Develop positive, trusting, supportive relationships with center staff. 
  • Work with Regional Managers and or STEP Program Director to develop and implement ongoing professional development plan for education staff and support them to apply culturally sensitive approaches in working with each other, with children and with families
  • Ensure that program plans, policies and procedures are known, understood and being put into practice.
  • Ensure compliance in program practices to meet requirements, such as the Head Start Performance Standards and Community Care Licensing regulations, but also to move program practices from simple compliance to quality best practices.
  • Collaborate with Regional Managers to support staff in implementing and meeting the agency’s school readiness goals. 
  • Help staff take information from in-services, training, workshops, and conferences and implement it into daily practice.
  • Coach teachers on CLASS and CSEFEL. best practices and strategies.
  • Coach teachers on other curriculum, frameworks, and assessment tools as needed.
  • Support teachers’ awareness, knowledge, skills and use of effective teaching practices in classrooms.
  • Work with staff to identify individual and/or classroom goals to work on.
  • Develop individualized coaching plans for teachers/ classroom teams.
  • Provide staff with necessary materials, resources, and information to help them implement their coaching plans.
  • Conduct in-classroom observations and assessments of teaching practices, teachers’ interactions with children, and classroom environment.
  • Model appropriate practices and strategies in the classroom to engage children and improve learning and development.
  • Meet with teaching staff regularly for reflective discussions, providing constructive feedback, and planning. 
  • Document meetings, observations, progress of individualized plans, and teacher’s progress using coaching tools and Kai Ming and PFA databases.
  • Develop coaching tools and forms to be used in the coaching process.
  • Review and analyze data from assessment tools (CLASS, DRDP, ECERS, ASQ-SE, ESI, etc) to inform the management team and staff of program needs.
  • Provide staff training and technical assistance.
  • Attend PFA coaching collaborative trainings and meetings, enter coaching activities and teacher progress into the DEC system. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 





  • Bachelors Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Human Development, Social Sciences, or related field is required

  • Masters degree preferred.

  • Minimum five years experience working directly with young children in a teaching position, in an early care and education setting.

  • Demonstrated coaching experience. (practice-based and/or instructional coaching in educational settings)


Knowledge and experience:

  • Principles and practices of the ECE field, including reflective practice and dual language learning.

  • Creative Curriculum, Project Approach, Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC), or other play based/ emergent curriculum approach.

  • Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) and CLASS. Coaches demonstrate knowledge of tools by completion of 2-day observer training for CLASS and in-depth training for ERS tools (ECERS, ITERS, or FCCERS).

  • Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP), California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks (Pre-K or Infant/Toddler as appropriate), Ages and Stages Questionnaire, CSEFEL CA Teaching Pyramid framework.

  • Applicable state laws, rules and regulations related to child care licensing.

  • Curriculum development, quality improvement planning and implementation.

  • Knowledge and respect for how adults learn and develop.

  • Familiarity with using databases to track progress.

  • Bilingual (Chinese/English) preferred.

Equal Opportunity: Kai Ming provides equal employment opportunities for staff and candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military status or disability in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines. We strongly encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce.