P arent Trust staff members are uniquely committed to really listening and responding to families, building on strengths and helping families at every stage of a child's life -conception to college.
Employment Parent Trust for Washington Children is a statewide, family support agency serving thousands of families each year. We appreciate your interest in becoming a member of our team.
We have the following position announcements:
Title: Great Starts Childbirth Educator
Great Starts is a program of Parent Trust for Washington Children, a non-profit, 501(C)(3) agency serving 15,000 family members each year. Great Starts (once known as the Childbirth Education Association of Seattle) has offered childbirth and parenting classes in the Seattle area for over 60 years. Our focus is on informed choice: we educate parents about all their options, and encourage them to choose the ones which best meet their personal needs, values, and priorities.
The Great Starts classes are offered throughout the Puget Sound region, currently as far north as Edmonds and as far south as Renton with 8 individual teaching locations. Our emphasis is on providing unbiased, research-based information, using interactive and engaging teaching techniques. The outcomes we want for our family participants include: increased confidence, knowledge of labor coping techniques, knowledge of maternity care options and how to make informed choices, understanding of the needs and capabilities of a newborn, and a stronger connection to other parents and resources in the community.
To learn more about our classes, go to our class registraion page >>
Childbirth educators teach two formats:
- Full Series, which includes 12 hours of instruction time: ten hours of content on pregnancy, labor and birth, and two hours on newborn care (formats include two-hour weeknight classes, or 3.5-hour weekend classes). Breastfeeding instruction is included in the Full Series as an additional 2-hr class taught by Lactation Educators.
- Mini-Series, which last 8 hours totaland include pregnancy, labor, birth, newborn care and breastfeeding (2 weekend sessions, 4 hours each) We have a standardized curriculum includes specific content required by Medicaid. Instructors have flexibility with teaching methods and presentation. Instructors teach a wide range of non-medicated coping techniques, and also cover medical interventions and pain medications in an unbiased, research-based. Class size is typically 7 - 13 couples.
Locations and Days/Times:
Multiple locations: Seattle (Rainier, Capitol Hill, U District, Northgate), Bellevue, Edmonds, Renton.
Classes are evenings (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays), Saturday mornings, and Sundays.
We schedule classes several months in advance.
Experienced childbirth educators preferred, who are certified by Great Starts, ICEA, and/or Lamaze. Others will be considered, but all applicants must have completed a childbirth educator training workshop that was 20 or more hours in length, and included multiple practice teaching sessions. Preference given to candidates who have experience with birthing mothers (such as a labor and delivery nurse, doula, midwife, or other professional roles). Preference is also given to candidates who have demonstrated positive experience working with culturally diverse populations. Educators must be committed to collecting critical program data. Must pass background check and be able to carry equipment/materials as needed to set up classroom.
Pay rate for CERTIFIED EDUCATORS ranges from $18 - 28 per hour, dependent on experience. Set-up and clean-up are paid at half that rate. Educators who are not yet certified will be required to complete the steps required for certification (e.g. class observations, student teaching, birth observations, exam). They will be paid minimum wage for class observation for one series and student teaching, but will be responsible for obtaining other types of experience, and for their own certification fees.
Instructors are required to teach a minimum of 3 series per year and attend at least three in-service meetings annually. Beyond the minimum three series, teaching load is based on a combination of instructor preference and agency needs. Our current instructors may teach as few as 3 series a year, or as many as 15.
Applications are accepted anytime. Hiring is conducted periodically, as needed, through the year to fill vacancies or as classes are added. We will contact those who have active applications on file when a position is available.
Please email resume and cover letter to Audrey Miles Cherney, Great Starts Program Coordinator, email@example.com.