Program Assistant: Bilingual Spanish/English
- Job posted by Habla Conmigo Academy, Stanford University
Details: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
227 North Murphy Avenue
Habla Conmigo Academy
The Habla Conmigo Academy program is a unique science-and-service collaboration between the Language Learning Lab at Stanford University and community partners in the San Francisco Bay Area. This innovative program is designed to provide Latino parents from low-resource families with new knowledge, skills, and confidence to nurture their children’s potential for learning. The long-term goal is to prevent gaps in school achievement that begin to emerge very early between advantaged and less advantaged children.
The Habla Conmigo Academy program consists of group workshops and coaching sessions that are deeply grounded both in Latino culture and in scientific research on child development. Children’s language outcomes are assessed using measures of their emerging language proficiency. After four years of foundational research and development, we are now expanding the Habla Conmigo Academy by designing new programs for parents of Spanish-learning children from 1 to 4 years of age.
The Habla Conmigo Academy program seeks a Program Assistant to support our Spanish-language parent-education programs at community organizations in San Jose. Latino families participate in a 12-week program of weekly workshops with parents focused on child development, in combination with weekly parent/child coaching sessions.
The PA will be based at our Community Lab in Sunnyvale, with weekly trips to community partner organizations in the San Jose area and bi-weekly team meetings at Stanford University. This position offers the opportunity to develop valuable skills in an innovative early childhood program designed to support parents and children in vulnerable immigrant families.
• Work collaboratively with the Habla Conmigo Academy team to help support and implement an innovative parent-engagement program with community partners in Santa Clara County.
• Support the Director of Curriculum and Innovation on administrative tasks such as ordering and organizing program supplies, maintaining records on workshop attendance and program expenses, and assisting with translation and production of teaching materials.
• Coordinate, train, and supervise childcare staff at community-partner organizations during Habla Conmigo workshops with parents.
• Assist in coaching sessions with parents and children.
• Organize community-based events for our growing Habla Comunidad network of families who have participated in the program.
• Demonstrate a strong commitment to continuous improvement and innovation, which is shared by all members of the Habla Conmigo team.
• Contribute to the development of instructional videos, outreach to families through social media, and other innovative uses of technology to support the Habla Conmigo program as a blended learning experience.
• Be an active learner and take initiative in seeking out opportunities to learn more about child development relevant to improving the Habla Conmigo curriculum.
• Perform other duties as needed.
• Education and training in Psychology, Education, Early Childhood Development, Social Work or other related field
• Polished Spanish/English bilingual skills, with strong written and oral skills in both Spanish and English.
• Previous experience working with young children in diverse populations.
• Computer skills: Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
• Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and structure plans to achieve both long- and short-term goals and milestones.
• Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment that requires making wise decisions and managing competing tasks, deadlines, and requirements.
• Flexibility, resourcefulness, persistence, and a positive attitude in facing new challenges as they come up.
• Commitment to social justice and a passion for improving outcomes for children.
• Valid driver’s license and access to a car: This position requires local travel, and occasional evening or weekend hours.
WHAT YOU BRING
• You are mission-driven and passionate about improving life opportunities and academic outcomes for children in vulnerable families.
• You have a high degree of energy, creativity, patience and a sense of humor.
• You are able to manage overlapping projects and deadlines effectively.
• You like to get things done and are willing to take on whatever tasks are needed to ensure success.
• You are poised and professional in interacting with a diverse range of participating families and staff at community -partner organizations.
• You are kind, collaborative, and a team player; people love working with you.
Stanford University offers excellent health/dental/vision insurance, educational support, generous paid leave, and many other staff benefits.
Level of Language Proficiency
Polished Spanish/English bilingual skills, with strong written and oral skills in both Spanish and English.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply, please send both a resume and a cover letter in which you address the following questions:
1. How do your skills and training fit the requirements of this position?
2. Why are you interested in this position and how would it fit with your career goals?
3. What experience have you had working with Spanish-speaking families and/or diverse populations?
4. How did you learn Spanish? If you are not a native speaker, what qualifies you to work with Spanish-speaking families?