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JOB #R2104008

Head Start Early Childhood Specialist - Region III

ICF seeks an Early Childhood (EC) Specialist with expertise in Head Start school readiness, family engagement, and professional development planning. The EC Specialist will provide high-quality onsite and virtual training and technical assistance (TTA) that improves the capacity of Head Start and Early Head Start programs to meet or exceed the Head Start Performance Standards and implement high-quality teaching and family engagement practices. This position is home-based in one of the Region III states and will involve extensive travel to programs within the six states identified as the Federal Region III (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV).

Basic Qualifications

  • A minimum of a BA or BS Degree in Early Childhood Education/Development from an accredited university or college.  
  • If the highest degree was awarded more than ten years ago, the resume should specify courses, conferences, seminars attended or work experience that ensure the proposed candidate remains current in the field of early childhood development. 
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in programs for young children ranging from birth to five years in age. The experience should include the provision of technical assistance to teachers, home visitors, family child care providers, coaches, and/or management team members. 
  • Experience facilitating group discussions and presenting to range of audiences. 
  • Experience analyzing data and assisting programs to make data driven decisions. 
  • Experience providing training and/or technical assistance to programs in developing and/or implementing school readiness goals or plans. 
  • Experience communicating, both orally and in writing, to various audiences. 
  • Experience facilitating group discussions and presenting to range of audiences.
  • Experience analyzing data and assisting programs to make data driven decisions.
  • Experience providing training and/or technical assistance to programs in developing and/or implementing school readiness goals or plans.
  • Experience communicating, both orally and in writing, to various audiences.

Preferred Experience/Skills: 

  • Knowledge of Head Start  
  • Experience working within a Head Start Program. 

Key Responsibilities 

The Regional Early Childhood Specialist shall within virtual and in-person settings

  • Provide TTA to grantees related to school readiness, family engagement, and professional development. 
  • Provide TTA related to the selection and implementation of ongoing child assessment, curriculum, and teaching that is age, developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate across the birth to five spectrum. 
  • Assist grantees to improve teacher/child interactions as described by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) for center-based preschool programs and other measures suitable for programs serving children from birth-to-five or children in home based and family childcare settings. 
  • Assist grantees to develop the procedures and skills to aggregate, analyze, and use data obtained through multiple sources. 
  • Assist grantees to implement a research-based coaching model. 
  • Assist grantees to develop and implement family engagement practices that support family progress as described in the Parent Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework, including coaching of family engagement staff and selection and implementation of a parenting curriculum. 
  • Assist grantees to strengthen birth-to-five transition practices, including building relationships with local preschools, elementary schools, and other partners. 
  • Assist grantees to improve their collaboration with Local Education Agencies (LEAs), state agencies, and other partners. 
  • Coordinate TTA with Grantee, Family Engagement, Health, and System Specialists to ensure effective integration of TTA across service areas, as directed by the Regional Office. 
  • Maintain regular and timely communication with Regional Office staff on delivery of TTA and progress toward corrective actions or quality improvement. 
  • Support emerging OHS initiatives and priorities. 

Professional Skills:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required
  • Experience using virtual platforms and technologies, i.e., Skype, Zoom, Adobe, Teams, etc.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities
  • Team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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