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Early Childhood Coach/Technical Assistance Specialist

Early Childhood Coach/Technical Assistance Specialist
Grow NJ Kids Technical Assistance Center- Central Region
Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Counties

JOB SUMMARY: The Early Childhood Coach/TA Specialist is responsible for coaching, mentoring, and providing support to childcare centers participating in the Grow NJ Kids Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS). This individual will guide childcare centers and family childcare providers serving children from infancy to kindergarten while working to improve the quality of their care in five categories: Safe, Healthy Learning Environments, Curriculum and Learning Environment, Family and Community Engagement, Workforce/Professional development, and Administration and Management.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Support, mentor and coach childcare center directors, administrators, teachers, center staff and Family Child Care Providers to help them improve quality by meeting the Grow NJ Kids quality rating and improvement system standards. This includes providing on-site, individualized technical assistance for multiple providers.
  • Support programs through a self-assessment process, quality improvement planning, identification of needed training and resources, and ultimately support the program as they prepare for quality rating.
  • Use a variety of assessment tools to support program improvement in various areas including environment (ECERS, ITERS, FCCERS), family engagement (Strengthening Families Self-Assessment), and program administration and business practices (PAS)
  • Attend ongoing training to become certified and/or reliable raters in developmental screening tools and Environmental Rating Scales (ECERS, ITERS, FCCERS). Use skills and knowledge gained in training to enhance TA services provided.
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of webinars, peer learning communities, networking meetings and newsletters.
  • Maintain site visit calendars to ensure obligations are efficiently planned, executed and met with quality.
  • Collect data and maintain documentation of all activities to guide performance and support outcomes.
  • Work collaboratively with key stakeholders in region and statewide to promote & support GROW NJ Kids implementation. This includes facilitating ongoing relationships with, Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies, partner TA Centers, Grow NJ Kids Training Services, County Councils for Young Children, NJ Workforce Registry, NJ Center for Quality Ratings, Health Consultants, Socio-Emotional Supports, 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 monthly/quarterly data and progress reports.

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 Environment 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, 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.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Highly organized, motivated and flexible.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Work Experience: A Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood (or related field) and 3+ years’ experience with early childcare and education, children and families. Experience providing professional development to other adults is required.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate expertise through certification, endorsement, or practical experience in 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 Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Counties. Hours will need to be flexible to allow for evening and weekend work, training, site visits or agency 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 history/expectations to [email protected] . Be sure to include “Technical Assistance Specialist – GNJK Central Region” in the subject line.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

 

 

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District/Head Start Technical Assistance Specialist – Grow NJ Kids Technical Assistance Center – Hudson County

One Position Available – covering Hudson County

This position is responsible for providing assistance and guidance to programs participating through public schools or Head Start in the New Jersey Quality Rating Improvement System – Grow NJ Kids.  The individuals will work to develop collaborative relationships with Head Start and District staff in Hudson County to ensure they are knowledgeable about the Grow NJ Kids process, implement and maintain the quality standards and successfully achieve a quality rating.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

 Work collaboratively with DOE master teachers and HS quality specialists/coaches using various approaches such as:

  • Quarterly networking meetings
  • Bi-Annual webinars
  • Frequent phone and email support; and,
  • On-site visits and consultation as needed
  • Provide DOE/Head Start partners with consultation and training to ensure they are knowledgeable about the Grow NJ Kids process, from enrollment to rating and throughout their continuous quality improvement (CQI) journey.
  • Reflect with DOE and Head Start representatives as thought partners on their based coaching practice with teachers to ensure continuous improvement. 
  • Provide guidance on the ERS tools and how they are utilized in the Grow NJ Kids system for quality improvement, TA and rating.
  • Collaborate with TAC State Anchors to coordinate accountability sessions to support proper use and success with ERS tools.
  • Provide coaching, resources and strategies to DOE Master Teachers and Head Start Specialists so they can successfully support schools in the quality improvement process (for e.g.: tracking PD of staff, tracking the various family meetings held and when, tracking timing for teacher assessments, understanding training requirements, documentation, etc.)
  • Assist with clarifying any standards/documentation required for rating and quality improvement process.
  • Continually provide all up-to-date resources from DFD and NJCQR around the rating process. Essentially, keeping them “in the loop.”
  • Support CQI efforts post-initial rating to ensure ongoing improvement and continuation of quality efforts.
  • Maintain regular communication and collaborative relationships with regional TAC Head Start/District TASs.
  • Monitor each program’s/providers activities and progress and submit quarterly data reports
  • Represent the program both outside and inside the agency.
  • 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 Environment 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 in-depth 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, 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and foster collaborative relationships.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and facilitate meetings with proficient public speaking 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.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Highly organized, motivated and flexible.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

Education and Work Experience:  A Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood (or related field) and 3+ years’ experience working in district-based, former Abbott and/or Head Start Programs. Must have a minimum of 1-year experience working as a Grow NJ Kids TA Specialist/QIS and/or have worked in a position responsible for supporting program(s) through the Grow NJ Kids Process. Candidates must have demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the Grow NJ Kids quality improvement process from enrollment through rating.

OTHER CONDITIONS: 

Travel throughout the state of New Jersey will be necessary; with a focus on Hudson County.  Hours will need to be flexible to allow for evening and weekend work, training, site visits or agency 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 “District/Head Start TAS – Hudson County” .

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Early Childhood Coach/Technical Assistance Specialist Grow NJ Kids Technical Assistance Center- Northeast Region (Essex and Hudson Counties)

JOB SUMMARY: The Early Childhood Coach/TA Specialist is responsible for coaching, mentoring, and providing support to childcare centers participating in the Grow NJ Kids Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS). This individual will guide childcare centers and family childcare providers serving children from infancy to kindergarten while working to improve the quality of their care in five categories: Safe, Healthy Learning Environments, Curriculum and Learning Environment, Family and Community Engagement, Workforce/Professional development, and Administration and Management.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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.
  • Provide on-site, individualized technical assistance for up to 40 providers.
  • Support programs through a self-assessment process, quality improvement planning, identification of needed training and resources, and ultimately support the program as they prepare for quality rating.
  • Use a variety of assessment tools to support program improvement in various areas including environment (ECERS, ITERS, FCCERS), family engagement (Strengthening Families Self-Assessment), and program administration and business practices (PAS)
  • Attend ongoing training to become certified and/or reliable raters in developmental screening tools, Environmental Rating Scales (ECERS, ITERS, FCCERS) and Program Administration Scale (PAS). Use skills and knowledge gained in training to enhance TA services provided.
  • Assist in the development and facilitation and development of webinars, peer learning communities, networking meetings and newsletters.
  • Maintain site visit calendars to ensure obligations are efficiently planned, executed and met with quality.
  • Collect data and maintain documentation of all activities to guide performance and support outcomes.
  • 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.
  • Monitor each program’s/providers activities and progress.
  • Actively participate in monthly reflective supervision with the Senior TA Specialist.
  • Represent the program bout outside and inside the agency
  • Submit monthly/quarterly data and progress reports.
  • 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 Environment 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 Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood (or related field) and 3+ years’ experience with early childcare and education, children and families. Experience providing professional development to other adults is required.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate expertise through certification, endorsement, or practical experience in 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 evening and weekend work, training, site visits or agency 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 “Technical Assistance Specialist – GNJK” in the subject line.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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