Specialist, Early Childhood Programs–Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas
negotiable Expires in 2 days

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Summary

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 five 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 supports Early Steps program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation at assigned partner sites.

 

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.

 

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in area of expertise
  • High School or Technical/Vocational Degree
  • Professional level of specialized knowledge to manage complex tasks, programs or projects.
  • 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.
  • Ability to 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 50% regularly in the state and out of state is required.
  • Valid driver’s licensed 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 facing economic/financial challenges.
  • Experience working in communities with a variety of populations.
  • Experience in training, coaching, and mentoring.
  • Experience developing and implementing training, including distance learning.
  • Demonstrated experience in building effective relationships within their immediate or peer workgroup.
  • Bilingual in Spanish

 

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

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About Save the Children

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.

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