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Infant / Toddler Technical Assistance Specialist (Remote)
ICF’s Early Education Services Line of Business seeks an Infant Toddler Specialist to provide training and technical assistance to CCDF Lead Agencies, their partners and intermediaries and direct service providers designed to improve the quality and supply of infant and toddler services. This position is home based with 30% travel required to provide technical assistance to assigned states/territories and to attend related conferences and meetings.
Technical assistance (TA) is defined as both onsite and off-site activities, such as consultation, meeting/conference presentation and facilitation, which may be virtual or in-person, support of peer-to-peer opportunities, information gathering, review of materials, participation in and leadership for work groups, strategic planning, and training design and delivery in a wide range of CCDF content areas including early education policy and systems building efforts, health and safety standards and monitoring, program quality improvement, professional development systems and workforce, child care consumer education and other key areas.
Develop and Maintain Positive, Results-oriented Relationships:
Build strong, positive relationships with critical Central, Regional and State staff and with multiple stakeholders to facilitate ongoing communication, collaborative planning, and shared problem solving
Utilize a relationship-based, strength based approach to build and foster strong, supportive coaching relationships and develop and facilitate peer linkages by practicing cultural competence and applying adult learning principles
Possess Technical and Content Knowledge:
Develop and maintain technical and content knowledge in core areas of capacity building dimensions and approaches, effective coaching and consultation, and early childhood systems building.
Develop and maintain expert knowledge of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) also known as the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) specifically areas that relate to infant-toddler care.
Develop and maintain expert level knowledge of CCDBG programs within assigned region.
Develop and maintain expert level knowledge of the imbedding of Infant/Toddler high quality care as a central tenet of all early childhood existing systems and systems development efforts within assigned region.
Develop core knowledge in the following content specific areas:
Infant Toddler Specialty Knowledge: Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) 6 Essential Policies
Settings of Care: EHS/HS; FCC; HV; Center-Based Care; Faith Based; Blended Programs; Group Day Care Homes
System support: QRIS; ELDS; PD; Credentialing/Higher Ed; Consumer Education; Licensing/CFOC; Development/sustainability of IT Networks
Knowledge of unique strength and needs of Indigenous programs
Deliver Coordination and Collaboration Support:
Provide and/or coordinate technical support and/or training to States and Territories upon request of CCDF Administrators’ and regional office staff.
Collaborate closely with OCC -funded technical assistance partners/peers and federal staff in the provision of training and/or TA to grantees and other primary audiences.
Identify and share state, territory and tribal practices and approaches for using CCDF funds to support development of systems that promote access to high quality infant/toddler care
Develop projects and resources
Research, develop, prepare and disseminate resources and products to advance theory, policy and practice of early childhood systems work, with an emphasis on supporting and expanding access to high quality infant/toddler care.
Develop, facilitate, and/or participate in presentations at regional, national meetings and conferences.
Document all technical assistance planned and delivered in the TA Tracker (TAT). Use established TA protocol and ensure documentation is within 7 business days of delivery.
Effectively use technology tools (such as TEAMs, Zoom) for remote meetings, collaboration on document development and enhanced communication.
Timely completion of monthly reports, updates of Infant Toddler quality Scan and other reporting
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Public Administration, Public Policy, Education, or related degree.
A minimum of 3 years of experience in the early childhood or public administration field, including experience in providing state level technical assistance.
Proficient in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel).
Effectively use technology tools (such as TEAMS, Zoom,) for remote meetings, collaboration on document development and enhanced communication.
Proficient in APA citation style
Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Public Administration, Public Policy, Education, or related degree.
A minimum of 5 years experience at state and/or national level with early childhood /Infant Toddler policies, regulations, and systems.
Content knowledge on licensing, QRIS, early childhood systems building and financing, infant toddler care and supply building.
Experience working with multiple stakeholder groups as a participant, content advisor, and technical assistance provider.
Knowledge of unique strength and needs of Indigenous programs
Bilingual (English and Spanish)
Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills.
Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision making capabilities.
Team player with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
Demonstrated outstanding level of professionalism in providing administrative support, including ability to exercise good judgment and communicate with encouragement, discretion, tact, and diplomacy.
Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information.
Ability to apply detailed knowledge of organizational procedures to make independent decisions and serve as a credible resource for a senior management team.
Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.
Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities and to work limited overtime as necessary.
Working at ICF
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