Coordinator – Great Starts Program – 0.75 FTE, potential 1.0 FTE

Posted by: Parent Trust for WA Children

Seattle, WA, US

Great Starts Program Coordinator – 0.75 to 1.0/Full Time Equivalent

Program Description:

Great Starts is a program of Parent Trust for Washington Children (PTWC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, parenting support organization. Great Starts Program has offered childbirth and parenting classes in the Seattle area for families, and Childbirth Educator Training for professionals, since the early 1960’s. The program’s focus is to provide current/up-to-date information, using engaging and impartial/non-judgmental methods, to help families make informed decisions about their healthcare and their babies healthcare through pregnancy, birth, and early postpartum: we educate parents about their options, and encourage them to choose the ones which best meet their personal needs, values, and priorities. For more information, see

Position Description:

This position is expected to be filled at 30 hours per week with full medical/dental benefits and the opportunity to train to become full-time Program Manager for those who are Certified Childbirth Educators, or with similar experience. The Program Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the Great Starts program logistics and scheduling, new-hire orientation, facilitating meetings and public outreach events. Additional duties will be progressively assigned as capable (annual event scheduling and program budgeting, supervision of timesheets and contracts, etc.). Functions as a member of the overall PTWC team and provides appropriate leadership for the Great Starts program.

  • Registration and Class Coordination (30%): Provides oversight of classes, schedules, registration, customer service, and program policies.
  • Reporting (20%): Data and statistical reporting of program registrations, evaluations, and outcomes, etc.
  • Staff, Instructor, & Trainee Support (15%): Provide support to program and organization staff, instructors, contractors and certification trainees, ensuring high quality service and performance is being maintained.
  • Public Interface (10%): Serves as a representative of PTWC to program partners and the broader community through meetings, conferences, networking, public speaking, outreach and marketing. Maintain our online presence with social media and update website content in coordination with PTWC staff and affiliates.
  • Office Support (10%): Works as the lead for the Great Starts team to ensure a smoothly functioning office environment, enabling us to provide efficient service to clients. Serve as back-up for registration if the registration staff is not available during office hours (out sick, vacations, etc.).
  • Training Development (5%): Certified Childbirth or Perinatal Educators, or as Manager – Manage Professional Childbirth Educator Training program: assist trainees with steps related to the Great Starts Certification process, manage and perform public outreach efforts to targeted audiences. Oversee program meetings & continuing education events.
  • Curriculum Oversight (5%): Certified Childbirth or Perinatal Educators, or as Manager – Collaborate with staff and Education Committee to review program materials on a regular basis, to ensure quality content and presentation methods.
  • Budgeting (5%): as Manager, only – Oversees budget for classes to ensure the financial sustainability of the programs. Work with Assoc. Director to accommodate necessary changes.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with reliable attention to detail.
  • Able to independently prioritize daily, weekly and monthly work activities.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft office programs, email and online skills. Prior experience with Mac-based systems also helpful, but not required.
  • Ability to use/learn online scheduling software system.
  • Proficiency with Excel.
  • Must have reliable transportation, appropriate auto insurance, and a valid WA State driver’s license (or able to obtain these within 30 days of hire).
  • Must have ability to safely lift and carry at least 35 pounds for loading/unloading class materials.
  • Must pass background check.

Recommended Qualifications

  • Experience with scheduling, coordinating a team, and providing program administration support.
  • An ideal candidate will be an experienced childbirth educator already certified by Great Starts, ICEA, or Lamaze (other certifications may be considered.) If a candidate is chosen who does not already have skills as a childbirth educator, then as part of their training the candidate will be required to attend our professional CBE workshop and a full series of our birth and parenting preparation classes to increase their knowledge about our field and the work that we do.
  • A strong candidate would have the following:
    • a passion for working with new families
    • knowledge about pregnancy, birth processes, and parenting, plus an interest in learning more
    • a knowledge of health education or other teaching skills for adults

Job Logistics

  • To be hired at 30 hours a week, with a potential of increasing up to 40 hours a week for experienced perinatal educators.
  • Must be available for 30 hours Monday-Friday during regular business hours.
  • Must be able to work at Parent Trust offices located at 2200 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144.
  • Requires occasional evenings or weekends for class observations or meetings.

Payrate: Salaried equivalent of $17.73-$19.23/hr (maximum payrate is $19.23/hr – non-negotiable), plus full medical, dental, and vision, 3 weeks of vacation, 11 personal holidays, accumulating sick leave, and other benefits.

Closing date: Position open until filled. Priority deadline: Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

Parent Trust for Washington Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital or family status.

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