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Senior Technical Assistance Specialist Grow NJ Kids Technical Assistance Center- Northeast Region (Essex and Hudson Counties)

JOB SUMMARY: The Senior Technical Assistance Specialist – Grow NJ Kids Technical Assistance Center is responsible for overseeing the comprehensive technical assistance provided to programs participating in Grow NJ Kids in the Northeast region (Essex and/or Hudson Counties). Grow NJ Kids is a critical component of New Jersey’s Early Care and Education System to increase the quality of early care and education for all NJ children.  Responsibilities include supervising a team of Technical Assistance Specialists in their work with center-based and family childcare providers, relationship building with infant, toddler and preschool programs and personnel, developing the program as a go-to resource for early care and education programs, and carrying a partial caseload. Anticipated outcomes include positively impacting the quality of early childhood programs resulting in more effective staff, an increase in parental involvement, and ultimately improved childhood outcomes.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervise a team of full-time Technical Assistance Specialists and provide monthly reflective supervision to identify strengths, challenges, professional development needs, and to build staff skills and expertise.
  • Support, mentor and coach Program Directors, administrators, teachers and Family Child Care Providers to help them move effectively implement the Grow NJ Kids quality rating and improvement system standards. This includes providing on-site individualized technical assistance, in-class coaching and modeling, identifying and developing tools and resources that support quality, assisting the site with collecting and using data, classroom and teacher observation, supporting programs through the rating process and adhering to a Coaching Assessment Protocol.
  • Conduct ongoing performance appraisals of all assigned staff.
  • Facilitate regular team meetings.
  • Monitor program activities, documentation, data entry, and service levels. Collect and review staff quarterly reports and assess program outcomes.
  • Provide guidance to the participating early childhood education program as they complete the Grow NJ Kids Self-Assessment.
  • Assist participating early childhood education programs in identifying goals and assessing the program’s strengths and challenges. Assist participating programs through the development of a quality improvement plan, approvals of incentives, and rating request.
  • Attend training to become certified and/or reliable raters in developmental screening tools, Environmental Rating Scales (ECERS, ITERS, FCCERS), Program Administration Scale (PAS), or other identified assessment tools. Use skills and knowledge gained during training to enhance TA services provided.
  • Actively participate in monthly reflective supervision with the Program Manager
  • Coordinate and facilitate quarterly webinars, networking meetings, peer learning communities and newsletters.
  • Maintain site visit calendars to ensure obligations are efficiently planned, executed and met with quality
  • Work collaboratively with key stakeholders in region and statewide to promote & support Grow NJ Kids implementation. This includes facilitating ongoing relationships with the NJ Center for Quality Ratings, Division of Family Development, Rutgers Training Services, local CCR&Rs, the Socio-Emotional Formation Initiative (SEFI), County Councils for Young Children, the NJ Workforce Registry, Grow NJ Kids programs and other school and community based agencies.
  • Represent the program both outside and inside the agency.
  • Monitor each program’s/providers activities and progress.
  • Submit quarterly data reports to program Manager.
  • Assist Director in the preparation of annual reports for grant contracts.
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned.

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:

  • Demonstrated experience & proficiency in the following areas:
    • Infant/toddler – understanding of the Birth to Three Early Learning guidelines, knowledge of the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale and infant toddler curricula.
    • Preschool classroom expertise – understanding of NJ Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards, preschool curricula and Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale.
    • Early Childhood Program Management – familiar with best business practices and/or the Program Administration Scale.
    • Family Engagement expertise – familiarity with Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework (self-assessment, improvement planning, protective factors survey), home visiting, and parent representation on community councils.
  • An understanding of GROW NJ Kids quality rating and improvement system that includes related content knowledge, planning expertise, process expertise and topical expertise.
  • Knowledge and understanding of developmental screenings and working with children with special needs, inclusion practices, cultural competency, intervention strategies for children with challenging behaviors, national health and safety standards, nutrition and special diets, and higher level early childhood curriculum expertise.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to build relationships with persons at all levels.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural diversity and its impact on planning and provision of services.
  • Demonstrated expertise in program planning, development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated expertise in community organization and collaboration building.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve independently.
  • Pay excellent attention to detail and be timely with tasks and deadlines.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Highly organized, motivated and flexible.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

Education and Work Experience:

A Masters degree in Early Childhood (or related field) and 3+ years’ experience with early childcare and education, children and families OR Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood (or related field) and 6+ years’ experience with early childcare and education, children and families.  Experience providing professional development to other adults required. Experience building and developing community networks required. Candidates must possess practical and managerial field experience. Prior supervisory experience with direct reports is preferred.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate expertise through certification, endorsement and/or practical experience in one of the following content areas: Learning Environment and Curriculum; Family and Community Engagement; Child Growth and Development; Infant/Toddler Mental Health; Program Organization and Management: Health; Safety and Nutrition; Special Education and/or Inclusion; Family Childcare.

Preference will be given to those meeting the criteria of NJ Technical Assistance Specialist within the NJ Workforce Registry Instructor Approval System.

Bi-lingual, English/Spanish candidates preferred.

OTHER CONDITIONS: 

Travel throughout the state of New Jersey will be necessary; with a focus on Essex and Hudson Counties.  Hours will need to be flexible to allow for occasional evening and weekend work, in training, site visits or related activities.

TO APPLY:

Please submit resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position, why you are a strong candidate for consideration, and salary expectations to [email protected]  Be sure to include “Senior TA Specialist – GNJK” in the subject line.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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