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Passion. That’s the common attribute of those who work for Connections for Children. We are dedicated to helping the children, families, and educators who live in our community and who utilize our services.

If you’re ready to make a difference, upload your cover letter and resume and tell us your interests. We’ll consider you for future opportunities.

Positions Available

Professional Development Coach

Position Summary:

With the goal of improving child care quality, the Professional Development Coach is responsible for specialized technical assistance and support to child care providers, including on-site quality improvement coaching and promotion of professional development access and attainment. The Professional Development Coach builds and maintains relationships with child care professionals, provides mentoring and resources to help providers integrate new information into child care practice, facilitates the development of an individualized professional development plan, and connects providers to professional growth opportunities.

 Qualifications
 Minimum - BA in Child Development or related field
 Minimum of 3 years of experience in a child care setting
 Experience and ability to work with adult learners and diverse client populations
 Good problem solving skills
 Familiarity with child care provider population
 Effective written and verbal communication skills
 Knowledge of R&R's and other community resources
 Familiar with various child care assessment tools
 Effective written and verbal communication skills
 Familiarity with higher education requirements
 Valid CA drivers license
 Bilingual preferred

 Primary Responsibilities
 Recruit participants
 Conduct on-site coaching visits
 Build trust with participating providers
 Observe and gather information about child care sites
 Assist providers in developing a quality improvement & professional development plan, setting goals, and selecting strategies
 Model developmentally appropriate curriculum and practice and act as a resource for participants on child development, quality child care, and professional development
 Share feedback and information and help reflect on progress
 Build connections with and maintain resources on local higher education institutions
 Maintain resources on local professional development opportunities
 Maintain records of work activities and track/monitor progress of participants
 Encourage self-reflection and provider portfolio development
 Facilitate networking opportunities

 Additional Responsibilities
 Participate in events as needed to help maintain R&R visibility
 Attend designated community meetings and other meetings as needed 
 Provide child care resource and referral services to parent
 Assist parents in choosing appropriate child care and educates them in finding quality care
 Educates parents about resources available in the community
 Updates provider records on a regular basis
 Perform other duties as assigned

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Trauma Informed Care Advisor

Position Summary:
The Child Care Bridge Program aims to increase the number of foster children successfully placed in home-based family care settings, increase capacity of child care programs to meet the needs of foster children in their care, and maximize funding to support the child care needs of eligible families.  The Bridge Program consists of the following three components: Emergency child care voucher to pay for child care, a child care Navigator, and Trauma-informed care training and coaching available for the Child Care providers.

Summary 
Under the supervision of the Resource and Referral Manager, the TIC Advisor is responsible for providing training and coaching for child care providers participating in the Child Care Bridge Program and other programs. The TIC Advisor will provide the following:

  • Increase providers’ awareness of the unique developmental, social-emotional, and attachment needs of birth to 5 foster children in a trauma context
  • Increase providers’ knowledge of Trauma-Informed strategies into the curriculum and child care to support trauma-exposed children in their care
  • Increase providers’ knowledge of early preventive strategies to decrease birth-5 foster child attrition, and prevent higher level behaviors of concern by addressing the trauma and relational needs of the child
  • Encourage providers to increase Resource Family involvement in the child care setting
  • Provide one-on-one coaching, modeling, and supportive feedback for providers at the Child Care Provider home/site

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 
Within the team structure, provide quality TIC training and coaching to support the Child Care Bridge Program, including the following:

Act as a resource and guide family child care providers in incorporating Trauma-Informed Care.
Communicate with family child care providers to gain understanding of social-emotional and behavioral concerns in the environment and develop a support plan. Conduct observations of providers and their interactions with newly placed children.
Deliver ongoing TIC training to inform providers on best practices when supporting children ages 0-5 with a history of trauma.
Coordinate and facilitate collaborative meetings with child care providers.
Provide one-on-one coaching, advising, and mentoring for the child care provider.

  • Work collaboratively with both the internal and external Emergency Child Care Program Team.
  • Participate in collaborative meetings with the Bridge Navigator and other community partners as needed. 
  • Participate in initial and ongoing trauma-informed care trainings for children 0-5.
  • Conduct Child Abuse and Serious Incident reports as needed.
  • Participate in staff meetings, roundtables, teleconferences, and monthly reporting with Bridge partner agencies.
  • Maintain proper confidentiality procedures when handling records and information.
  • Develop and maintain well-defined lines of communication and professional boundaries.
  • Possess knowledge of trauma informed care, mental health issues of foster children, developmentally appropriate practices, effective teaching strategies, regulations, licensing, and Department of Children and Families (DCFS). 
  •  Maintain provider training and coaching records for the Bridge Program.
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively as part of a team with colleagues and staff within the agency, DCFS, Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles (CCALA) as well as other agencies as required for effective program implementation.
  • Maintain records of program activities and track participation of providers.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Keep up-to-date with child development, trauma-informed care, mental health literature, research, and trends in the business and politics of early care and education.
  • Maintain and replenish curriculum materials as needed.
  • Prepare oral and written reports as needed.
  • Represent designated R&R agency and the Alliance at community events including sponsored events, community outreach, and Bridge meetings.
  • Attend designated community meetings and other meetings, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree preferred or Bachelor’s Degree in related fields of early childhood education, human services, social work, psychology with relevant work experience (relevant work experience may be substituted for education)
  • Minimum of three years relevant experience working with the following: children and families, impact of trauma with children, understanding of early childhood developmental needs (including working with children ages birth to five years), facilitating trainings
  • Experience or understanding of child care providers, family child care homes or child care/daycare is desirable 
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Ability to be flexible, innovative and adapt to the changing needs of the program, department and agency
  • Previous experience that demonstrates effective problem-solving and decision-making skills and ability to work autonomously with multiple sites
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Teams, Zoom and willingness to learn program platforms such as Bridge Builder, Emergency Child Care Bridge Portal, and the California ECE Workforce Registry is desirable
  • Effective time management and organizational skills and the ability to successfully meet position requirements
  • Strong effective written and verbal communication, and presentation skills
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks/competing priorities and to meet deadlines 
  • Must show proof of a valid California Driver's License, have use of a motor vehicle and provide evidence of automobile liability insurance
  • Must provide verification of a valid TB clearance within the last two years of employment; Current First Aid/CPR Certification; must successfully pass the Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal background check prior to first day of employment
  • Bilingual – as required to meet the needs of population served within R&Rs and Agencies

Working Conditions

  • Typical of an office environment.
  • Must have reliable transportation for local travel.
  • Local travel for site visits and meetings required. 
  • Eligible for hybrid/telework schedule upon completion of introductory period.
  • Must comply with agency health and safety protocols, including vaccination policy.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Executive Assistant

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Executive Assistant will provide a variety of skilled administrative support to the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Director of Operations & Human Resources. They will have administrative duties such as scheduling and managing meetings, preparing Board materials, managing internal and external communication, ensuring contract compliance, and undertaking special projects. 
  
Primary Responsibilities
●    Manage the Executive Director’s schedule and obligations, track deadlines and contracts, prepare correspondence and presentations, plan meetings, complete expense reports, submit timesheets, and facilitate communication with staff, Board members and external constituents.
●    Develop and maintain professional and positive working relationships with staff, Board members, consultants and external stakeholders, including funders, elected officials, community partners and clients.
●    Provide administrative support for all Board of Directors meetings, events and activities.
●    Manage all aspects of planning and implementation for Board of Directors and All Staff meetings: schedule and confirm participants, reserve facilities, develop agendas and meeting materials, track attendance, handle food and room set up, A/V and associated needs.
●    Prepare and disseminate meeting materials and presentations; attend and record meetings, generate minutes, support dissemination of follow up and action items.
●    Assist with various Human Resources tasks, such as employee recruitment, staff recognition and trainings, and benefits enrollment activities.
●    Maintain office supplies inventory; coordinate the purchasing and receiving of orders.
●    Manage usage of the agency’s conference rooms and conference call line.
●    Provide coverage at the reception desk/lobby when needed.
●    Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned. 

Knowledge and Skill Requirement
●    Minimum of five years of experience in high-level administrative support preferred.
●    Associate’s degree or equivalent from an accredited two-year college or technical school in the field of business administration or a related academic field preferred.
●    Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
●    History of punctual and consistent attendance in the workplace.
●    Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
●    Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
●    Well-organized and able to self-manage competing priorities.
●    Ability to exercise discretion and practice good judgment at all times.
●    Excellent interpersonal skills, flexible and collaborative; ability to work effectively with all levels of staff, supporters and community members.
●    Commitment to the mission and goals of Connections for Children.

Please submit a cover letter and resume online.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Human Resources Assistant

Position Summary:

Connections for Children is seeking a collaborative, adaptable, and enthusiastic professional to join our mission-driven organization. Our mission is to build a stronger future for children, families, and communities through high quality child care resources, education, and guidance.

With more than four decades of experience, Connections for Children is a leading expert on early education and child care in the Westside and South Bay communities of Los Angeles County. We help thousands of parents each year find the solutions they need to help their families.

Position Summary 
Reporting to the Deputy Director (DD), the Human Resources (HR) Assistant will perform a variety of skilled administrative and clerical duties related to human resources activities.  These include maintaining employee files; processing status changes; assisting with employee benefits; screening resumes/application forms; scheduling interviews; checking references; providing information to employees on policies and procedures; and participating in employee activities. The HR Assistant will demonstrate excellent judgement, discretion and confidentiality of employee and agency matters at all times.
  
Primary Responsibilities
●    Supports the Deputy Director to track deadlines, prepare correspondence and presentations, plan meetings, complete reports, and facilitate communication with staff, agency leadership, and external constituents related to human resources.
●    Develops and maintains professional and positive working relationships with staff, agency leadership, and consultants.
●    Assists the DD in recruitment (i.e., job postings, application screenings, interview questions, initial interviews/screens) and identification of top candidates.
●    Provides the DD support in the review and implementation of the agency’s process for onboarding new hires and exiting staff.
●    Coordinates and supports the review and updating of agency job descriptions, as needed.
●    Assists the DD in the planning, staff training, implementation of annual performance evaluations and performance improvement plans.
●    Assists the DD in the planning and implementation of agency-wide training plan and professional development activities.
●    Maintains accurate and confidential records and files of employees in accordance with legal requirements and organization policies and procedures.
●    Updates human resources records by recording new hires, transfers, terminations, changes in job classifications, and merit increases.
●    Coordinates and assists the DD in the annual review of existing agency policies and procedures (e.g., telework, workplace health & safety, etc.) and recommends the establishment of new policies, as appropriate.  Provides recommended language for updates to existing policies and draft language for new policies.
●    Serves as agency’s onsite HR resource in partnership with—and in the absence of—the DD.
●    Participates and assists in coordinating employee relations strategies.
●    Performs benefits administration, including change reporting.
●    Performs HR-related research and prepares reports, as needed.
●    Prepares and disseminates meeting materials and presentations; attends and records meetings, generate minutes, and follows up on action items related to HR.
●    Assists with agency-wide events, such as Staff Appreciation Luncheon, staff holiday events, recognition and trainings. 
●    Assists with conducting HR investigations, as needed.
●    Participates in regular HR trainings and briefings. Supports DD in the monitoring and compliance of HR rules and regulations.
●    Provides ongoing human capital recommendations to the DD for implementation of HR project plans, best practices, and resolution of issues.
●    Keeps the DD up-to-date on COVID-19 related laws and requirements relevant to the agency. 
●    Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Knowledge and Skill Requirement
●    Minimum of three years of experience providing human resources support required.
●    Associate’s degree or equivalent from an accredited two-year college or technical school in the field of business administration or a related academic field preferred.
●    Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
●    History of punctual and consistent attendance in the workplace.
●    Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
●    Experience completing HR-related reports with exceptional attention to detail and accuracy.
●    Well-organized and able to self-manage competing priorities.
●    Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion and practice good judgment at all times.
●    Excellent interpersonal skills, flexible and collaborative; ability to work effectively with all levels of staff, supporters and community members.
●    Prior experience maintaining confidentiality of HR and agency matters.
●    Commitment to the mission and goals of Connections for Children.

Working Conditions

  1. Typical of an office environment.
  2. Must comply with agency health and safety protocols, including vaccination policy.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP) Coordinator

Position Summary:
The Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP) Coordinator is responsible for compliance of the CCIP contract administered through Connections for Children. Funded through the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), the goal of CCIP is to improve and expand access to healthy, safe, and enriching care for infants and toddlers. The project includes funding for start-up costs to support those looking to open a family child care home and for guidance through the licensing process. The CCIP Coordinator will support family child care providers by coordinating the distribution of CCIP resources and providing technical assistance to eligible child care providers. The CCIP Coordinator will outreach to new providers to participate in program and will assist with timely updates of provider data in the agency database My Child Care Plan. 

Primary Responsibilities
1.    Executes distribution of CCIP resources 

  • Develops and leads implementation of CCIP grant expenditure plan. 
  • Brainstorms CCIP expenditures with Resource & Referral staff. 
  • Ensures the timely execution of CCIP contract by collaborating with Resource & Referral and Subsidy Department staff as well as external vendors.
  • Maintains accurate records of project activities and expenses.

Drafts and submits project reports as needed. 

2.    Facilitates community outreach to build CCIP Provider network

  • Hosts group discussions and initiatives to survey provider needs.
  • Recruits potential family child care providers and family, friend, and neighbor providers to participate in implementing infant/toddler care activities or capacity building.
  • Prepares and collaborates on the design of brochures, flyers, website information, and schedules as needed for grants, conferences, and trainings. 
  • Contacts providers by phone, email, and mail to inform them of ongoing stipends, workshops, and resources.
  • Communicates CCIP program information to providers and community partners.

3.    Provides program support to potential and existing CCIP Providers

  • Collaborates with Resource & Referral staff to support providers in improving best practices with children.
  • Provides technical assistance, information, and on-site support as needed to CCIP program participants. 
  • Updates provider records in My Child Care Plan on a regular basis.
  • Stays current on CA Title 22 and CA Title 5 regulations. 
  • Offers support, on-site technical assistance, and information to program participants. 
  • Provides excellent customer service to internal and external customers by working cooperatively within the department, the agency, and with the agency’s community partners.
  • Represents the agency with professionalism in all interactions. This includes over the phone, in person, using electronic media, and written correspondence. 
  • Exercises good time management skills in the execution of all coordinator duties. 
  • Utilizes resources to maintain industry knowledge including, but not limited to the use of technology, attending workshops, classes, and meetings.
  • Contributes to the team effort by meeting set department goals within departmental deadlines. 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Participates in visibility events as needed.
  • Attends all staff meetings, trainings, and annual retreats.
  • Performs other duties as needed and assigned. 

Knowledge and Skill Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or related field and minimum four years of professional experience in child care field. 
  • Familiarity with Resource & Referral agencies, Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP), and Child Care Licensing regulations highly desirable. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects and meet deadlines.  
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for children.
  • Language Skills: Excellent Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication are required. Bilingual Spanish highly desirable.
  • Experience working with diverse populations in a culturally sensitive manner. 
  • Proven ability to work independently, maintain confidentiality and discretion. 
  • Ease speaking in front of small and large audiences.
  • Computer skills: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Teams, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) required. Comfort using Zoom or other video conferencing platforms required. 
  • Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends. 
  • Must have personal transportation. 
  • Must have good driving record with proof of liability insurance. 
  • Regular attendance and punctuality are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Exceptional organizational skills are needed to meet designated deadlines. 
  • Must have visual, physical, and technical ability to independently use a computer and copier, requires occasional stooping, kneeling, crouching; requires regular standing, walking, sitting, talking and hearing.

Working Conditions

  1. Typical of an office environment.
  2. Must have reliable transportation for local travel.
  3. Local travel for site visits and meetings required. 
  4. Eligible for hybrid/telework schedule upon completion of introductory period.
  5. Must comply with agency health and safety protocols, including vaccination policy.

This position is time limited through June 30, 2023.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.