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Social & Emotional Coach

Southwestern Community Services

~~Southwestern Community Services, Inc. (SCS) is one of five community action agencies throughout New Hampshire, and part of the larger network of 70 agencies in New England and nearly 900 agencies nationwide. We have been serving the needs of our citizens since 1965 when President Lyndon Johnson waged his “War on Poverty.” Over the years our programs have evolved and expanded to keep pace with the constantly changing needs of our citizens. We strive to stay in touch with the real needs of the people and find or develop programs that will best serve those needs. We have a diverse funding base ranging from federal to state and local governments, as well as private foundations and corporations.





The Social and Emotional Coach is responsible for coaching all teaching staff  for the implementation of the  Pyramid model (CSEFEL Framework) to fidelity for supporting the behavioral/social/emotional health  of all children enrolled in the SCS Head Start program. The Social and Emotional Coach will be familiar of Head Start Performance Standards, CSEFEL Framework and will be available for staff on a regular basis. The Coach will be available for parents to offer strategies/techiniques, and resources to support social skills and emotional wellness of children at school as well as at home. The Coach will  develop goals in collaboration with teachers to increase teacher competence and  development. The Coach  will role model with the use of positive language, execution of a strategy, or guidance teachers may need to increase positive teacher child interactions. The Social and Emotional Coach is responsible for providing ongoing support for creating environments that are conducive to ensuring happiness, building self-esteem,  fostering secure attachments, and sense of wonder. The Coach will work collaboratively with the Behavior Specialist/Social  and Emotional Coach and the Education/Disabilities Services Manager. The Coach is open for acquiring continuing education to stay current and to help the program implement the best practices. 

  • Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education with extensive knowledge of Child Development.
  • Be able to apply professional knowledge and work with adult learners.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Be willing to travel within Cheshire and Sullivan Counties.
  • Creativity, flexibility, and a positive attitude working with children, staff and families
  • Extensive experience working and communicating with culturally, linguistically, developmentally age diverse groups.
  • Prior experience on working with low-income families and children in educational settings with strong communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of CSEFEL Framework and expectations are preferred.. Training will be provided on CSEFEL if not.
  • Knowledge of Practice Based Coaching model is preferred, however the training will be provided.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution skills including the ability to work as part of a team, ability communicate effectively both orally and in writing, receive and provide feedback, and manage dynamic interchanges in meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with staff or families within professional boundaries to improve effectiveness of strategies within caregiver relationship.
  • Abide by the NAEYC and the Social Work Code of Ethics including maintaining confidentiality of families with the limit of duty to report abuse or neglect. 
  • Be Familiar with the Performance Standards, NAEYC and all program delivery systems, including policies and procedures.
  • Establish comfortable respectful relationships with all staff, families and children
  • Coach teaching staff with the implementation of the Pyramid Model to fidelity (CSEFEL Framework) ensuring that teachers are providing  comprehensive, developmentally appropriate strategies to support the  Social & Emotional Development of the all children that will increase positve climate.
  • Assist teaching staff with appropriate curriculum planning, role modeling and implementation of strategies/techniques for ensuring happiness, building self-esteem,  fostering secure attachments, and sense of wonder.
  • Provide teachers and parents with appropriate resources to expand their knowledge in supporting social and emotional well being of children. 
  • Be familiar with current research and translate into class instruction.
  • Conduct observations of teaching staff of their interactions with children to create opportunities for discussion that would lead to incorporating new approaches into teacher practices.  
  • Be open to providing feedback in a supportive, instruction and non judgmental way.
  • Support staff through individualization of learning style and modeling best practices.
  • Work collaboratively with all staff and families to achieve positive child outcomes.
How to Apply:

Applications will be taken until the positions are filled

Please submit resume, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to:

Gabriela Nelson, Behavior Specialist/Social Emotional Coach

63 Community Way, PO Box 603 Keene NH 03431

Fax 603-352-3618

Email Submission preferred.  No phone calls please.

SCS is an EOE and a Partner of the United Way.

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Job Location:

Sullivan County

Date Added: June 19, 2020

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