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Early Childhood Specialist
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STG International is currently looking for an Early Childhood Specialist in Puerto Rico to join our team that supports the Training and Technical Assistance work with Office of Head Start grantees in Region 2 (NY, NJ, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialist provides professional expertise in Early Childhood Education and Development through assisting Head Start and/or Early Head Start programs with consultation, training, policy and procedure development, and state-wide agency collaboration. The ECE Specialist performs these duties through on-site, telephone/conference call, email, webinar, and other instructional and consultation media and methods as appropriate. The primary training and technical assistance (T/TA) delivery method consists of on-site visits to grantees with an expectation of 50% of available service delivery time devoted to travel and on-site T/TA (other similar travel and site visit measures may be substituted on a Region by Region basis). The ECE Specialist documents T/TA services through the Office of Head Start (OHS) Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) portal. ECE Specialists will obtain and maintain CLASS reliable certification.
Technical Assistance and Consultation
* Serve as a content expert on statewide efforts with other Early Childhood Education entities to assure that Head Start/Early Head Start children are entering school with appropriate skills in language and literacy development, cognition and general knowledge, approaches to learning, physical health and well-being and motor development, and social and emotional development that will improve readiness for kindergarten; in accordance with pre-k integration and Early care standards.
* Assist grantees to develop the procedures and skills for aggregating and analyzing data obtained through their ongoing child assessment process.
* Assist grantees with the selection and implementation of a developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate curriculum.
* Assist grantees to develop and implement effective mentoring and coaching strategies aimed at improving teacher performance.
* Assist grantees with the development of Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Plans addressing the four (OHS) priority areas (School Readiness, Family Engagement, State Collaboration, and Professional Development).
* Provide content expertise in implementing national and regional priorities and initiatives.
* Work in partnership with federal Program Specialists to deliver high quality TTA services to grantees.
* Analyze Head Start data sources including the Head Start Program Information Report ( PIR ) to determine areas for improvement and recommending technical assistance strategies to address needs in Early Childhood, staffing and classroom practices.
* 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.
* Participate in National TTA Meetings/Kickoff meetings.
* Participate in meetings as scheduled by the Regional Office.
* Participate in one-on-one meetings with the ECE/Center Manager.
* Participate on regular team conference calls with other ECE Specialists.
* Collect data and contribute to the state needs assessment specific to school readiness and the training and career development needs of teaching staff; assist with annual updates.
* Contribute to development of the state TTA plan.
* Provide various progress reports including, but not limited to weekly, monthly, and other periodic reports; meetings, events, and technical assistance; and quarterly plans for activities and expected outcomes.
* Generate monthly reports as required by the Regional and Central OHS that are submitted to the ECE Manager.
* Contribute to the Monthly Travel Plan for your travel.
* Participate in staff training.
* Document TTA activities/events through the OHS State Workspace on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) web site in accordance with OHS guidance and standards.
* Develop and provide training that supports the career development needs of Early Childhood staff, such as teachers, home visitors and Education managers.
* Contribute to strategic work plans, resources lists for accredited career opportunities and tools to plan, implement, and evaluate professional development training.
* Provide resources and support to Regional Office staff and Grantee Specialists to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities in Early Childhood Education, specifically as it relates to the legislation on credentialing.
* Coordinate with Grantee Specialists team members, as directed, for deployment of TTA service delivery.
* Expand training opportunities beyond Head Start agencies to include other providers of Early Childhood development within the state.
* Provide support to the ECE Center Manager to identify sources of potential financial assistance for Head Start staff enrolled in degree or certificate programs.
* Support statewide partnerships that relate to birth-to-five program integration, such as Part B, Part C, State Child Care agencies, and institutions of higher learning.
* Provide support to the ECE Center Manager in working with the Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO), State Advisory Council, and the Head Start State Association on initiatives specific to Early Childhood tasks as defined by local and state level community assessments.
* Work with grantees and State organizations to identify and disseminate information about Education and family support programs.
* Participate on regular conference calls/meetings with members of the State s TTA Network.
* Provide progress updates to the Regional Office and state partners as requested.
* Receive calls, assess and analyze the need, and respond to inquiries with the appropriate consultation.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
* 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.
* Working knowledge of the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Other Regulations.
* Working knowledge of the Improving School Readiness for Head Start Act of 2007as 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.
* Must be fully bilingual in Spanish and English.
* Minimum of Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
* Minimum of five years working in a program
These benefits are available for full time employees.