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Organization: Clayton Early Learning
Job title(s): Assessment Associate
Description: Responsible for all aspects of the assessment work related to Colorado Shines as well as additional assessment projects or fee-for-service work when needed. Assessment Associates are expected to maintain their expertise by continuous professional development and the capability of conducting reliable assessments.

Full Description:

Conduct observations in early education and/or school age classrooms throughout Colorado to assess quality using the Environment Rating Scales. Visit classrooms, unobtrusively observe for approximately three hours, and record detailed notes on designated scoresheets. Caseloads vary each month, expect roughly 8-10 observations per month.
Collect and check program data during observation visits including observable standards defined by Colorado Shines. Note physical evidence accessible, ask follow up questions of the program staff when needed, and record detailed notes on the checklist.
Attain and uphold reliability on the appropriate Environmental Rating Scales to maintain expertise and prevent rater drift. Complete inter-rater reliability observations with the State Anchor Team and achieve an 85% or higher every 10th-12th observation.
Provide orientation phone calls to program staff, communicating Colorado Shines expectations, documentation requirements, and Environment Rating Scale resources to prepare them for their upcoming rating.
Attend all required trainings and meetings facilitated by the State Anchor Team, organization, and other partners, and attend additional assigned trainings for position proficiency as needed.
Produce quality feedback reports, explaining the observational data collected to inform classroom teachers and program staff. Describe strengths, areas of improvement, and recommend solutions. Generate reports 24-48 hours after each observation.
Provide phone consultations to teachers and program staff, communicating assessment results and answering questions. Contact programs the month following their rating window to schedule a consultation. Caseloads vary each month, expect approximately 4-5 consultations each month.
Establish monthly schedules for observations to plan and organize workload. Review calendar utilizing Microsoft Outlook the month prior to assigned caseload, select observation dates based on program information, and enter all details of each appointment.

Edit feedback report content for various projects as part of a peer editing process.
Conduct assessments using the CLASS® tools.
Certify coaches across Colorado in the Environment Rating Scales.
Facilitate training for early childhood professionals across the state on various topics relevant to the field.
Assess young children using the Woodcock Johnson, Bracken, PLS, and PPVT.
Assist with various research projects, both internally and externally.
Conduct playground audits and complete appropriate follow up in early education settings using CPSI credential.
Assist with various fee-for-service work related to assessments and training.
Administer PAS or BAS assessments using required certification(s).
Performs other duties as assigned to ensure the quality of the Quality Ratings department.

Project a professional appearance and attitude at all times
Demonstrate strong ethic attributes
Provide excellent customer service to teachers, program staff, and the community
Communicate with colleagues, teachers, program staff, and the community clearly and professionally
Monitor email communication and respond in a timely manner
Participate in Clayton-wide professional development days
Operate as an office-based employee
Commitment to your team

Minimum education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in early childhood education, education, curriculum and instruction, or adult learning.

Work experience in positions similar to this job: Three years of experience working in an early childhood setting.


Valid driver's license with evidence of vehicle insurance.
Special professional and/or job-related requirements:

Current PPD-TB and physical examination, background check, and compliance with other regulatory requirements as applicable.

Special training or experience:

Bilingual (Spanish-English) preferred.

Experience using the Environment Rating Scales and/or CLASS® as assessment tools in early childhood environments. Reliability in one of the Environment Rating Scales and PreK CLASS® certification preferred.


Telephone, calculator, computer, SMART technology, mobile devices, projector, camera, copier, scanner, fax, and similar other business/office equipment. Educational tools and equipment for use in early childhood education.


Intermediate knowledge and experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint. Basic knowledge and experience with Microsoft Excel and Access.


Conduct activities involving stooping, kneeling, bending, crouching, crawling, twisting, and reaching on a frequent basis.
Ability to stand for up to three hours with moderate sitting.
Carry and hold for an extended period of time up to five pounds of assessment materials.
Lift, carry, push and/or pull training equipment and materials weighing up to 25 pounds.
Grasp and manipulate office equipment, art equipment and similar tools and materials.
Participate in routine conversation in person or via telephone, and distinguish telephone, radio/pager signals, alarms and other auditory tones in a noisy environment.
Distinguish small objects at near and far distances in conditions of bright or low light. Distinguish color and depth and see objects in a wide field of vision.

This position is classified as a Category I risk within the Clayton work environment. The majority of this position's duties are performed within an indoor or a protected environment. Employees in Category I are those whose primary job responsibilities involve daily potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids or tissues, or potential exposure to spills or splashes of blood. And involves exposure to medical/health conditions of known and unknown origin. See exposure control plan for further details. The incumbent may be exposed to sun, loud noises, odors, dust, and animals. The incumbent may be exposed to adverse weather and congested traffic conditions while traveling on Clayton business. May be exposed to the threat of direct or indirect violence/conflict by other individuals, and other unanticipated circumstances associated with the profession.


Interpret/understand intermediate level information received as well as prepares and transmits it. Involves ongoing interaction with other employees, the general public, and children and parents within the community. May involve interaction with persons whose first language is not English and from many different cultural backgrounds.
Develop, read and understand intermediate level written materials, and compose information/instruction in written form.
Create and remember schedules, programs, policies, and other details and apply strong time management and organizational skills.
Understand and perform intermediate level mathematical computations.
Apply intermediate level analytical skills for assessment and evaluation responsibility, with the ability to remain objective.
Employ intermediate level problem-solving skills essential in developing solutions for unanticipated issues and challenges.
Remain calm and calm others in an emergency, stressful and/or confrontational situation.
Identify conflict and develop the procedures and take the steps necessary to resolve the issues or inform those who can.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced, complex environment.
Maintain reliable transportation and a valid driver's license and be able to travel for business, both in and out of state, when needed.
Work with other people taking into consideration, among the dynamics, their needs, their personal style, and the requirements of their jobs and assist the staff in doing the same.
Develop, understand, and apply intermediate level organizational theories and practices essential in the development and implementation of policies, practices, programs, and employee communications


Ability to speak a foreign language, especially Spanish, preferred.
Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. I understand I am to become familiar with its contents. If I have any questions regarding this job description, I understand that I should talk to my supervisor.

Clayton Early Learning is an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity. We strive to create an inclusive work place that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. We prohibit discrimination of employees or applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

I understand that this job description in no way modifies my status as an at-will employee and in no way implies, infers, or guarantees my continued employment for any definite term and that I may be terminated at the discretion of the employer.

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