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**This position requires extensive travel up to 50% of the time throughout Region III.**
The Regional Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Network extends the work of the Office of Head Start (OHS) to individual grantees and groups of grantees within Region III (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV).
ICF seeks an experienced Infant/Toddler Early Childhood (EC) Specialist to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in developing and implementing high quality services in accordance with federal regulations. The Specialist will provide professional-level expertise though a process consultation approach that leads to realistic and sustainable strategies for achieving program and school readiness goals.
This position is home-based in one of the Region III states and will involve “Extensive” travel, including some overnight, to provide training and technical assistance to Head Start and Early Head Start grantees and participate in state, regional and national TTA meetings, and professional development opportunities.
Continue and extend the work of the OHS by targeting the work of the National Centers and Head Start initiatives to individual grantees and groups of grantees within the region.
Under the direction of the Office of Head Start Regional Office, provide training and technical assistance per the contract deliverables related to the:
implementation of an age, developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate curriculum and ongoing child assessment;
improvement of teacher/child interactions as described by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) for center based preschool programs;
skills necessary to aggregate, analyze, and use data obtained through multiple sources including but not limited to ongoing child assessment, CLASS, child health, PIR, and family engagement data for the purpose of informing teaching, curriculum implementation, progress reports for parents, staff development and training, and other aspects of program improvement;
development and implementation of mentoring and coaching strategies;
implementation of family engagement services that are systemic, integrated and comprehensive; and
understanding of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education and the ability to support its use in school readiness goals
ability to review, aggregate, and present data gathered from multiple sources
Be assigned to serve as a member of a national network of infant toddler specialists. In that capacity this specialist will serve as a liaison between the OHS and the National Centers on issues related to the provision of services to grantees serving infants and toddlers.
Serve as a resource to other TTA specialists on comprehensive services to programs serving infants and toddlers
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development or related field, with coursework specific to infant and toddler development (If related field, transcripts must show evidence of 18 ECE credits). *Submit transcripts with all related degrees.
A minimum of five years’ experience in programs for young children with experience with programs serving infants and toddlers.
Experience providing training and technical assistance to teachers/home visitors and/or education managers in early childhood programs, related to supporting family engagement and/or family wellbeing.
Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
Must have valid driver's license and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check
Master’s Degree in Early childhood Education or Child Development (If related field, transcripts must show evidence of 18 ECE credits). *Submit transcripts with all related degrees.
A minimum of five years of experience working in a Head Start and/or Early Head Start program in a leadership role that may include:
implementation of the Head Start Performance Standards and applicable rules and regulations;
participation in state early care and education systems including QRIS and child data systems;
implementation of a researched based curriculum and assessment;
mentoring/coaching for professional development;
service to special populations (dual language learners, children with disabilities, homelessness and foster families); and
collaboration with diverse early care and education programs and service delivery options such as center-based, home-based and family child care.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to maintain up to date knowledge of current child development practices and research based early childhood quality methods and approaches.
Ability to review, aggregate, analyze, and present data gathered from multiple sources.
Ability to document TTA activity in a technical reporting format.
Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities.
Ability to work within a fast-paced, team environment.
Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.
Ability to use various technology platforms and web-based programs for tracking and reporting.
Ability to develop and implement strategic and viable plans.
Ability to work independently within a virtual environment.
ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce.
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