STG International Early Childhood Specialist in New York, New York
STG International is currently looking for an Early Childhood Specialist (ECS) in the New York/ New Jersey area to join our Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) team which supports our work with Office of Head Start grantees in Region 2 (NY, NJ, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) in accordance with federal regulations.
The Early Childhood Specialist (ECS) provides professional expertise to Head Start and/or Early Head Start programs in Region 2 with a focus on high quality early childhood interactions and practices that support grantees progress toward meeting established school readiness goals, focusing on the use of child and program data to make decisions about approaches to working with teachers, home visitors, other direct-services staff and parents. The ECS utilizes consultation and other technical assistance strategies to support programs in planning, providing quality services, professional development, meeting or exceeding the Head Start Program Performance Standards, and building internal capacity.
Technical Assistance is provided through on-site visits, virtual platforms, and telephone/conference calls as needed. On-site training and technical assistance (T/TA) is the primary method of delivery with the expectation of 50% travel time devoted to on-site T/TA services.
The ECS is required to complete all documentation required in the planning, delivery, and completion of TTA services and will obtain and maintain CLASS reliability.
Technical Assistance and Consultation
* Assist grantees in the development of procedures and skills needed for aggregating and analyzing data obtained through their ongoing child assessment process.
* Assist grantees in the selection and implementation of a developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate curriculum.
* Assist grantees with developing and implementing mentoring and coaching strategies designed to improve the quality of teacher, home visitor, and family child care provider performance, classroom quality, and outcomes for children, including children with disabilities and children who are dual language learners.
* Assist grantees with the development of Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Plans addressing the current (OHS) priority areas
* Analyze Head Start data sources including the Head Start Program Information Report ( PIR ) to determine areas for improvement and the recommendation of technical assistance strategies to address needs in Early Childhood, staffing and classroom practices.
* Assist grantees with implementing family engagement approach that is systemic, integrated, and comprehensive across program systems and services.
* Maintain and disseminate a collection of training materials and resources to support Head Start program options, including research and other materials related to birth-to-five theory and practice.
* Provide content expertise in implementing national and regional priorities and initiatives.
* Work in collaboration with federal Program Specialists to deliver high quality TTA services to grantees.
* Develop and provide training that supports the professional development needs of grantee staff.
* Develop and present trainings at local, regional, and national conferences
* Participate in National, Regional and Team Meetings
* Develop and update Technical Service Plans outlining ongoing T/TA work with Grantees.
* Generate monthly reports as required by the Regional and Central OHS and as requested by management.
* Support collaborations that relate to birth-to-five program integration, such as Part B, Part C, State Child Care agencies, and institutions of higher learning.
* Work with grantees and other organizations to identify and disseminate information about education and family support programs.
* Coordinate with Grantee Specialists team members, as directed, for deployment of T/TA service delivery.
* Participate in work groups to assess needs and develop appropriate T/TA opportunities to address TA needs across the Region.
* Participate, as assigned, on regular conference calls/meetings with members of the Region s T/TA Network.
* Provide progress updates to the Regional Office and other partners as requested.
* Provide timely and professional communications (via telephone or email) utilizing appropriate etiquette.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
* Experience with providing training and technical guidance to improve teacher and child interactions
* Ability to utilize resources, research and available technology to appropriately provide guidance to staff, parents and partners regarding Early Childhood issues from the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC), National Centers and other Office of Head Start national resources.
* Ability to develop, train and provide presentations to individuals, small and large groups.
* Thorough knowledge of the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Other Regulations.
* Thorough knowledge of the Improving School Readiness for Head Start Act of 2007 as it applies to all facets of Early Childhood Education, Family Engagement, Collaboration, and Professional Development.
* Understanding of the State Early Learning Standards.
* Knowledge of software systems that hold career training data and child outcome data at the grantee level.
* Ability to review, aggregate, and present data gathered from multiple sources.
* Understanding of developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate curriculum and assessment.
* Ability to communicate (verbal and written) effectively and appropriately with others in person and remotely.
* Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
* Sustained concentration and attention to detail and accuracy.
* Ability to prioritize and manage work load and deadlines.
* Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
* Ability to maintain up to date knowledge of current child development practices and research based early childhood quality methods and approaches.
* Minimum of Bachelor s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development. Master s Degree in Early Childhood Education preferred.
* Minimum of five (5) years working in a program serving young children, i.e. infants/toddlers and/or preschool age children.
* Minimum of five (5) years of experience offering training and technical assistance within early care and education.
* Intermediate to advanced level experience with recent versions of Microsoft Suite, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Internet Explorer; ability to use current webinar technology and audio conferencing.
* Obtain and maintain CLASS Observer reliability certification in pre-school settings.
* Valid Driver s License and access to transportation.
* Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred.
Statewide, New York, United States
Employer's Job# 9539
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