Volunteer – Pathways LA

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Join our team and be part of a meaningful organization!

Our goal is to attract and retain a highly talented and qualified workforce who can meet the needs of the children, families and child care providers we serve. If you enjoy working in a healthy yet challenging and innovative work environment and are motivated by providing excellent services, we encourage you to apply for a position with Pathways LA.

Pathways LA believes in promoting health, balance and peace of mind among its employees so we provide medical, dental and vision benefits; generous retirement contributions; paid vacation, sick and holidays; employer-paid life, accident and long-term disability insurance; flexible spending accounts; an employee assistance program (EAP) and more.

Child Development Specialist

Job Title
Child Development Specialist
Job ID
Los Angeles,  CA 90010
Other Location

Pathways LA gives back to the community. We pride ourselves in strengthening low-income and vulnerable working families, promoting high quality early care and education services for children of all abilities, developing knowledgeable early care providers, and promoting economically resilient communities.

If you are a talented professional with a passion for children and families, please consider applying for the following positions currently open:

Official Title: Child Development Specialist

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 37.5 hours per week

Starting rate: $18 - $20.00/Hour DOE + BENEFITS (see below for full details)

Start Date: Immediately

Primary Duties: Provide child development training, technical assistance and guidance to community residents with children 0-5. Plan and implement developmentally appropriate play and learn activities, model positive adult/child interaction, and promote family engagement.

Other Essential Duties:

  • Partners with community organization leadership, local stakeholders, Early Childhood leadership, local faith-based institutions, medical clinics and WIC centers to identify the needs of caregivers with children 0-5 to develop and integrate relevant programs and services that focus on trauma and resilience.
  • Conducts developmental screenings with caregivers for children 0-5 years of age such as the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ and ASQ-SE) and reviews them with caregivers to create ongoing strategies for additional support.
  • Understands the challenges facing children with developmental disabilities and their families and can make appropriate referrals and provide ongoing support.
  • Develops developmentally-appropriate activities for children who are experiencing trauma.
  • Interacts with parents and families individually or in a group setting.
  • Develops and facilitates caregiver/child (day, evening, and weekend) classes on specific child development topics i.e. developmental milestones, behavior modification, socialization, etc.
  • Develops parent child attachment and bonding activities.
  • Provides expertise and support in developing high quality childhood educational environments, materials and practices.
  • Coordinates efforts to link staff and families with appropriate community resources to support early childhood development particularly families experiencing high levels of toxic stress as a result of multiple traumas.


  • Bachelor's degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Education preferred, or related field from four-year college or university and at least 24 college credits in Child Development.
  • Program development experience in the areas of curriculum, training, compliance, and supervision preferred.
  • One year of teaching or supervising in a child development or social services program.
  • Experience working with parents and children ages 0-5 preferred.
  • Knowledge of parent-child attachment theory; knowledge regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, and how trauma impacts child development; knowledge about resiliency interventions preferred.
  • Experience and ability to work with adult learners and diverse client populations. Familiarity with Family Engagement Programs.
  • Familiarity with Family Engagement Programs
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.
  • Must have knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, client database software, and Internet search engines.
  • Must be able to work weekends and evenings to accommodate for community resident availability.
  • Must have the ability to nurture respectful relationship with clients and children.
  • Must successfully pass the Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal background check prior to first day of employment.
  • Must be CPR/First-Aid Certified or become certified within the first three months of employment.
  • TB test clearance at start of employment and to be renewed every two years.
  • Valid CA Driver’s license and insurance. Must have use of a motor vehicle

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. No sponsorship is available for this position.


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 403b Retirement Contributions:
    • 3% of salary contribution by Pathways for all employees (whether you contribute or not)
    • 50% match by Pathways on employee contributions up to 3% of salary
  • Life Insurance - paid by Pathways for all employees
  • Accident Insurance - paid by Pathways for all employees
  • Long Term Disability Insurance - paid by Pathways for all employees
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (pre-tax accounts) available to all employees
    • Medical Account
    • Dependent Care Account
    • Commuter Expenses
    • 10 days of vacation per year for the first 2 years of employment (increases)
    • Sick Leave
    • 10 Holidays per year
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    • Counseling Services
    • Child and Elder Care Referrals
    • Financial and Legal Advice
    • Balancing Work and Life Issues
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • ...and more

We are an EEO and Fair Chance Process Employer

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