Pathways Trainer and Coach

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Position Overview

The Pathways Trainer and Coach supports Pathways program students and staff through content and skill development training and on-going coaching support. The Pathways Program Trainer and Coach will support Next Door’s new and existing teachers through design and delivery of required and bespoke trainings delivered through a variety of learning platforms (in-person, asynchronous, and/or hybrid). The Pathways Program Trainer and Coach will support all Pathways participant learning and understanding.


Working with the Workforce Development team, the Pathways Program Trainer and Coach will:

  • Collaborate with school leadership to ensure training, coaching and guidance meets the identified needs of teacher training at Next Door and drive toward mastery of established competencies and school readiness goals.
  • Serve on and lead a variety of committees supporting best practice within our agency, including Accelerating Equity, teacher Pre-Service, New Teacher Collaboration, and other project teams as assigned.
  • Promote a culture of professionalism, collaboration, and continuous improvement.
  • Facilitate the use of technology to aid in the tracking of coaching and teacher practice outcomes.
  • Attend and participate in trainings and meetings as assigned.
  • Support implementation of all Head Start/Early Head Start performance standards, state and local licensing requirements, Young Star/accreditation and other funder requirements related to teaching practices.
  • Maintains coaching documentation that provides a primary focus upon data-driven high quality practice.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ensures all assigned program area reports are completed and submitted on a timely basis.
  • Provide individual and large group workshops, training and/or technical assistance as needed for Pathways participants.
  • Meet regularly with Pathways participants to reflect on and examine practice, solve application challenges and promote continuous learning and improvement in professional practice, research, and child outcomes.
  • Document and track participant progress via associated checklists and spreadsheets, to ensure Next Door remains in compliance with the associated programs.
  • Implement a variety of coaching strategies for increasing early educator skills and competencies, including modeling, observing, and providing feedback and resources as needed.
  • Develop and implement a training plan for all Pre-Apprentices.
  • Work with the Pathways Success Coach and Pathways Program Coordinator to plan for on-going support of all Pathways program participants.
  • In collaboration with the Workforce Development team, coordinate and facilitate monthly community of practices for Dual Enrollment and Pre-Apprentice participants throughout their first year of the program.
  • Work with Site Directors and Education Managers to find appropriate classroom placements for Pre-apprentices after completion of the training portion of the program.
  • Directly supervise Pre-apprentices while in the training portion of the program.
  • Communicate with Education Managers to ensure any Pathways participants are getting release times as needed, defined by agreements as applicable.
  • Provide on-going follow up and support for any Associates Degree Pathways participants.

Accountability and Performance Requirement

All staff members are accountable for knowing and performing the responsibilities associated with their individual position in an efficient and effective manner, understanding that each of us plays an integral role in the success of our mission. All staff will support the agency mission, vision, standards of conduct/code of ethics and strategic directions and support administrative decisions. This must be demonstrated by maintaining a positive work environment, and by behaving and communicating in an appropriate manner with children, families, coworkers, supervisors and the public while achieving performance expectations.


  • Bachelor’s Degree Early Childhood Education, Education, Interdisciplinary Studies-emphasis Early Childhood Education, Family Studies-emphasis Early Childhood Development, and/ or related degree with at least 18 credit hours from an accredited university/ college designating that the course work meets or exceeds Early Childhood Coursework requirement.
  • Direct experience working with children birth to five and their families (at least 5 years of experience).
  • Registry Level 14.
  • The incumbent must have access to a personal vehicle to use on a daily basis, maintain a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance with liability limits of $300,000 (bodily injury) and $25,000 (property damage for each occurrence).

 Special Position Requirements/Competencies

  • Communication Skills – Oral and Written
  • Cooperation/Teamwork
  • Customer Service – Internal and External
  • Dependability
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Professionalism
  • Flexibility
  • Mentoring/Coaching


  • Experience facilitating Early Childhood Training or coaching of Teachers/ Child Development Staff preferred.

Safety and Health

Next Door is committed to providing a safe work environment and fostering the well-being and health of its employees. An essential part of all employees’ job is the development of safe working practices and the observance of safety rules, including:

  • Following safety warnings and directions at all times.
  • Using personal safety devices when required.
  • Reporting any unsafe conditions to their supervisor.
  • Following process for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Reporting unsupervised children, after ensuring child’s safety.
  • Implement active supervision practices at all times, including transitions.

 Physical Demands

  • Primarily active work; occasionally lifting, holding or moving up to 50 lbs.
  • A biannual physical exam, drug screen and TB test are required as a condition of initial employment and continued employment.
  • Must be able to physically interact with children, including bending, kneeling, sitting on the floor, climbing and walking.

Physical Activity

  • Bending, stooping, kneeling, walking/transporting, handling, reaching, climbing, balancing, crouching, talking and speaking clearly, hearing conversation level, smelling and seeing.
  • Mainly working in classroom/office setting and travel to various sites for meetings.


  • Ability to make frequent, significant decisions to understand and react to the apprentice employees.
  • Ability to respond quickly and competently to an emergency or crisis situation in order to keep children and staff safe.
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