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Richmond, Virginia, United States of America
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States of America
JOB #R2201409

Head Start Family Engagement Specialist - Region XI

ICF seeks a Family Engagement Specialist for the Head Start Training and Technical Assistance (OHS TTA) contract, reporting directly to the Regional Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for Region XI. The Family Engagement Specialist provides subject matter expertise on a broad variety of topics related to Parent Family and Community Engagement (PFCE).  FES’ provide support and consultation both internally and externally, to TTA team members, recipients, Regional Offices and State and regional partners. FES serve on the National PFCE Content Implementation Team (CIT), as well as other national and local committees based on need and expertise. FESs will serve as liaison to the National Center on PFCE.

This position is home-based anywhere in the US but there will be 50% travel anywhere within the US, after COVID restrictions are lifted.

Basic Qualifications:

The Family Engagement Specialist shall have:

  • A minimum of a BA or BS from an accredited university or college in social work, human services, family services, counseling or a related field
  • If the highest degree was awarded more than ten years ago, the resume should specifically detail courses, conferences, seminars attended or relevant work experience
  • A minimum of three years’ experience providing training and technical assistance to management teams and program staff related to parent, family and community engagement
  • Experience working within programs and services for families with children birth to five
  • Experience analyzing data and helping programs make data driven decisions related to providing services to families with young children
  • Experience in facilitating group discussions and presenting to a range of audiences
  • Experience working with diverse children, families, staff and communities and training and facilitating groups of learners
  • Experience communicating, both orally and in writing, to various audiences
  • Must have valid driver's license and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check

Preferred Skills:

  • Tribal experience highly desired

Key Responsibilities:

The Family Engagement Specialist shall provide the following in-person or virtually as determined by the regional office:

  •  Serve as a liaison between the OHS and the National Center responsible for parent, family and community engagement
  • Provide subject matter expertise, strategies, and resources to Regional Office and TTA staff on comprehensive parent, family, and community engagement, including strategies for engaging families
  • Serve as a member of a national peer group of Family Engagement Specialists from each of the twelve regions
  • Develop and implement strategies for connecting with grantee PFCE managers and/or coordinators in the Region
  • Aggregate, analyze, and disseminate regional and grantee data from existing government systems to identify emerging trends impacting Head Start grantees
  • Develop and provide presentations and trainings on topics related to family engagement
  • Provide training to groups of recipients at regional and state events, as directed by the Regional Office
  • Provide direct service to individual recipients, at the direction of the Regional Office
  • Support emerging OHS initiatives and priorities
  • Attend meetings with State Collaboration and State Associations for Networking meetings as assigned by Regional Office 
  • Participate in Regional TTA Leadership Meetings per guidance by the Management Team

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.

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 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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Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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