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Home Visitation Program Specialist

SUMMARY:

Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey provides the training, technical assistance, quality assurance and sharing of best practices to 43 home visiting programs throughout the state. All of the home visiting programs adhere to the Healthy Families America and Parents as Teachers National evidence based model requirements. Home visiting programs provide structured visits by trained professionals to parents who are pregnant or have young children. These programs support families by providing developmental/health screenings, referrals, parenting advice, and guidance with navigating other programs and services in their community.  Please Note: This is not a direct service role.

 

  • Develop expertise in the requirements of each national model
  • Provide technical assistance and site development for programs
  • Conduct site visits to the home visiting programs
  • Develop and provide trainings and education to provide to individuals, programs, and organizations
  • Provide on-site quality assurance through shadowing of supervision and home visits; conduct coaching
  • Monitor program activities and service levels
  • Submit outcomes reports as needed
  • Data analysis to help drive continuous quality improvement initiatives
  • Facilitate program site involvement with its supporting community organizations
  • Support sites in stabilizing or expanding their program service to families in collaboration with program developers and funders
  • Oversee web-based data collections tools and systems; create new forms and reports for data systems as needed
  • Attend various meetings with various stakeholders (funders, committees, community advisory boards, etc.)
  • Assess needs, identifies gaps, and takes initiative to strengthen program implementation
  • Perform other related duties as required

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • B.A./B.S. required, M.A. preferred
  • A minimum of 1-3 years work experience is required for those at the Bachelor’s level; internship experience may be substituted for work experience for those with a Master’s degree
  • Experience with children, families or at-risk parenting populations, is desired
  • Experience in training groups of all sizes
  • Strong skills in public speaking, training, and group dynamics
  • Ability to build relationships with persons at all levels of human service
  • Awareness of cultural diversity and its impact on planning and provision of services
  • Knowledge of community organization and collaboration building
  • Strong ability to problem-solve
  • Strong computer literacy skills. Experience with web based data collection/MIS preferred
  • Well organized, motivated and flexible
  • Candidate must possess a strong desire to learn and a commitment to professional development in all of the above areasMust have valid driver’s license and car. Travel throughout the state of New Jersey will be necessary.  Hours may need to be flexible to allow for evening and weekend work, in training, site visits or related activities. Travel outside of New Jersey for initial trainings is required.

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 “HV Program Specialist”.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Program Specialist – Adolescent Programs FULL TIME

JOB SUMMARY: The Program Specialist will be responsible for providing technical assistance, training, and site development for programming to prevent child abuse. The focus area will be adolescent programs, which include teen parenting programs and programs to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of adolescents. The Program Specialist will ensure effective replication of several program models. The specialist will assist with the development, organization and delivery of trainings and meetings for service providers.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILTIES:
1. Provide training and education to individuals, programs, and organizations • become trained in program models; • use standardized materials to prepare for and conduct trainings; • provide education and trainings on program issues and related topics; • plan and coordinate trainings with support staff; • pursue certification to become trainer in program model when applicable;
2. Provide technical assistance to programs • communicate with sites to ensure program is replicated as per model; • maintain documentation on all site related contacts, including site visits and technical assistance reports; • communicate with “home offices” to represent programs sites as appropriate to share information by: o attending national conferences and seminars o communicating through written and oral communication; • distribute and maintain program materials as appropriate for site development • assist with the development of educational materials and training modules to support the replication of prevention programs
3. Monitor program activities and service levels • track and collect levels of services and program outcome data; • analyze levels of service and outcomes under supervision to understand program strengths and challenges and shape provision of technical assistance accordingly; • forward information to supervisor for reporting purposes.
4. Actively participate in monthly program team meetings.
5. Fulfill other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Education and Work Experience: A Bachelor’s degree with at least two years work experience is required. Experience with children, families or at-risk populations is desired. Experience providing technical assistance and/or trainings strongly preferred.
2. Skills and knowledge required: • excellence in written, oral, and presentation skills, • good skills in public speaking, training, and group dynamics, • ability to build relationships with persons at all levels of human service, • awareness of cultural diversity and its impact on planning and provision of services, • strong rapport building skills; particularly with youth • ability to integrate leaders from various organizations to collaborate for a common goal, • strong ability to problem-solve, • computer literacy, • understand data collection methods and analysis and • well organized, motivated and flexible. • proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Candidate must possess a strong desire to learn and a commitment to professional development in all of the above areas. Knowledge of human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation of children, primary prevention of violence preferred, early childhood education, infant/toddler development, and/or adolescent development strongly preferred.

OTHER CONDITIONS: Travel throughout the state of New Jersey will be necessary. Hours may need to be flexible to allow for 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 history/expectations to [email protected] . Be sure to include “Program Specialist – Adolescent Programs” in the subject line.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Early Childhood Coach/Technical Assistance Specialist – Newark Area

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 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 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) and Program Administration Scale (PAS). 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 monthly 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, Central Intake, County Councils for Young Children, NJ Workforce Registry, NJ Center for Quality Ratings, 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.
  1. 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
  2. Strong written and oral communication skills.
  3. Proven ability to build relationships with persons at all levels.
  4. Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural diversity and its impact on planning and provision of services.
  5. Demonstrated expertise in program planning, development and implementation.
  6. Demonstrated expertise in community organization and collaboration building.
  7. Demonstrated ability to problem solve independently.
  8. Computer proficiency.
  9. 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.

REPORTS TO:

Sr. TA Specialist- Northeast Region

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 NE” in the subject line.

Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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