- Job Description
Classification & Regular Hours
Hours per Week: 35
Salary Grade: 14
Please note, this is a wholly grant-funded temporary full-time contract opportunity, with an expected end date of July 31, 2021.
Work location is in the South/North Peace communities of British Columbia and/or the Prince Rupert community of BC and/or the Abbotsford community.
Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities.
The BC Early Childhood Pedagogies Network (ECPN) is a public forum for the advancement of early childhood pedagogies and the establishment of an accessible provincial network of pedagogists to support early childhood educators in British Columbia through three interconnected streams: CCRR stream, postsecondary institution stream, and Indigenous stream.
The Pedagogist is a newly developed professional role focused on leading early childhood educators’ pedagogical development and their licensed child care facilities’ pedagogical projects. The incumbent works with educators, programs and staff in their local work context, collaborating with each program to organize and design pedagogical projects to meet the specific needs and context of each early years setting. The Pedagogist aims to foster democratic, experimental and socially just cultures of early learning and care aligned with the vision of the BC Early Learning Framework through dialogical processes, innovative pedagogies and courageous conversations. Pedagogists will be hired to work within the Early Childhood Pedagogy Network (ECPN) Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR) stream and will be hosted within a specific CCRR Program in British Columbia.
- Undergraduate degree in education or related field, or equivalent experience in education
- Master’s degree in education or related field is preferred
- 5 years' experience in the early years field
- Demonstrated experience in collaborative educational projects
- Demonstrated experience producing and engaging with pedagogical narrations (pedagogical documentation)
- 5 years in a leadership role in an early learning and care environment (e.g., senior educator position, practicum placement mentor, pedagogical leader/facilitator) is preferred
- Demonstrated experience supporting early childhood educators, programs and/or staff in the production of and engagement with pedagogical narrations (pedagogical documentation) is preferred
- Writing and presenting related to early childhood education and/or leadership (e.g., academic and professional journals, websites, conferences, workshops) is preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Demonstrated innovative, critically reflective early years practice
- Comprehensive understanding of postfoundational, reconceptualist, anti-racist, post-colonial theories and practices in early childhood education
- Comprehensive understanding of the BC Early Learning Framework’s vision, principles and areas of learning, and description of pedagogical narrations
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to visit all of the early years programs in their pedagogical hub (i.e., has access to appropriate mode(s) of transportation to visit programs in person)
- Ability to work well with others (e.g., coming into an early years program to visit; connecting with educators, children and families in the early years program; the CCRR program staff their pedagogist role is connected to)
- Ability to work well independently with minimal supervision (e.g., researching educator resources, writing annual reports, tracking program participation, writing feedback notes for educators)
- Ability to use word processing and computers, including navigating and participating in e-learning platforms
- Ability to research resources for enhancing and supplementing educators’ pedagogical development (e.g., finding research articles, websites, podcasts)
- Understanding the implications of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action for early childhood education
- Understanding of community capacity building principles
- Awareness of the issues within the early years community in the region is an asset
Please note, successful applicants will be required to produce a current BC Justice Ministry Criminal Check prior to commencing employment.
Western Values Diversity
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519-661-2194.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be acknowledged.
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3. Posting to close September 21, 2020 by 8:55pm PDT/11:55pm EDT