Specialist, Early Childhood–Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi
negotiable Expires in 1 week



The Early Childhood Program Specialist is the on-the-ground Save the Children staff member who assists Save the Children and school district staff in implementing the Early Steps to School Success™ Program. Early Steps is a prenatal to age 5 early childhood program that provides education and family support through home visits for families with infants and toddlers, group meetings, home/school connections, a book exchange, transition-to-school activities, community collaborations and intensive staff training and support. Under the supervision of the State Director/Deputy Program Director and working as a member of the state team in collaboration with the national Early Childhood Management team, the Early Childhood Program Specialist provides field-based leadership and support for Early Steps staff connected to participating school sites, and oversees and supports Early Steps program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation at assigned partner sites. Specific duties and responsibilities are outlined below.


What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

· Coordinate with the State Director/Deputy Director and the Early Childhood Management team to lead new site start-up and ongoing management of Early Steps to School Success™ programs connected to assigned school sites implementing this prenatal to kindergarten intergenerational model.

· Coordinate with the Early Childhood Management team to ensure fidelity in the implementation of the Early Steps to School Success™, providing orientation, training, technical assistance and coaching consistent with the model.

· Visit each participating site on a regular basis (four to six hours per month), to support Early Childhood Coordinators as they implement Early Steps to School Success™. This involves providing training, coaching, reflective supervision and technical assistance to the Early Childhood Coordinators on early development, supporting responsive parent-child relationships and parenting education. It also includes building a professional learning community among Early Childhood Coordinators.

· Assist Early Childhood Coordinators to collect and report data required for progress monitoring and project evaluation, and oversee the quality of data collection.

· Provide consultation to school leaders to assist with supervising of Early Childhood Coordinators and to support the implementation and monitoring of the Early Steps program.

· Assist the Early Childhood Management team in designing and delivering pertinent, timely professional development and support to ensure fidelity of program implementation; including

timely, accurate data collection, responsive communication, and other needs that arise during Early Steps implementation.

· Lead partner management activities related to Early Steps, including but not limited to annual partner planning, sub-award budget and spending, grant budgets and reports, annual district/site stakeholder meetings, partnership performance management, sponsorship, and emergency/disaster communication and reporting.

· Identify and consult with the State Director/Deputy Director and/or the Early Childhood Management team to resolve complex issues and problems.

· Assist State Director/Deputy Director with VIP visits and other duties as assigned.

  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 50%

Required Qualifications

· Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in early childhood development and education.

· High School diploma and/or certification in early childhood development.

· Knowledge of infant/toddler development and early language and literacy.

· Home visiting experience with families with infants and toddlers.

· Experience working in communities with limited resources.

· Professional level of specialized knowledge to manage complex tasks, programs or projects.

· Exercise independent judgment and discretion on significant matters related to functional area.

· Accountable for setting clear objectives and measures for self.

· Ability to use MS Word, Excel, PPT and on-line technologies proficiently.

· This position is remote, willingness to travel regularly in the state and out of state is required.


Preferred Qualifications

· A Bachelor’s degree in a field related to early childhood development and education with an emphasis on infant/toddler development.

· Experience working in rural communities with limited resources and with families who are economically challenged.

· Experience working with diverse children and families.

· Experience in training, coaching, and mentoring.

· Experience developing and implementing training, including distance learning.

· Builds effective relationships within their immediate or peer workgroup.

· Assist in developing short term plans and organizes resources to get things done

· Bilingual in Spanish

What’s in it for you?

· Aetna Medical and Dental insurance with a concierge service

· Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

· Vision Insurance

· Life insurance

· Employee Assistance Program

· Commuter Benefit Program

· Vacation and Sick leave

· Paid holidays


What makes us special!


· Generous Retirement Savings with matching company contributions of up to 8%

· Family Leave – 10 additional days of paid time off for you to use to care for your family members

· Additional Maternity and Paternity Leave – 30 days where parents can take additional paid leave (beyond short-term disability and FMLA) at the birth or adoption of a child during that critical first year!

· Critical Child Illness Leave – We hope you never have to use it, but we will provide an additional 30 days of paid leave per year should your dependent child be faced with a critical illness.

· Pet Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, Identity Protection, Home, Auto and additional Life insurances

· Summer Fun Fridays – During the summer months, early release at 1:30 pm every other Friday!

· Volunteer Day – One paid day a year to support the causes that matter to you!

· Leadership and Employee Development Training Provided.


Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.  We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited  from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.