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Cultivate Learning fosters the quality that makes access to learning meaningful. Backed by the University of Washington, our research-powered innovations and hands-on partnership create a fertile environment for smarter teaching and learning. We advance opportunity by lowering barriers to entering the profession and guiding educators to success. And we identify the building blocks of quality along with the path to use them in Washington State and across the country. Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning. This core belief drives our work to provide talented learning professionals the support they need to build that foundation. At Cultivate Learning, we translate insight into learning opportunity.
Cultivate Learning is dedicated to enhancing the quality of early learning and Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) formerly known as Out of School Time for all children environments for all children and eliminating the achievement gap that exists so clearly among our nation's children. Our mission is to play a critical role in efforts to improve the quality of early care education and out of school time in Washington State and beyond, by providing training, support, and research on numerous research-based assessments and quality standards.
Cultivate Learning has an outstanding opportunity for a Community Liaison.
The Community Liaison serves as an important point of contact between early learning providers who are participating in Early Achievers and other members of the ELO Team. The Community Liaison position establishes trust with local providers and sets the ground work for collecting data as efficiently and objectively as possible, explains the rating process and what will happen during data collection visits, works with the local contact at each agency to create a procedural outline for the evaluation visit based on the characteristics and comfort level of each agency, creates strategic quarterly plans for Community Liaison and evaluation visits, maintains materials used for data collection, and provides a line of communication from local providers to the Cultivate Learning office.
This position is integral in representing the University during first contact with childcare providers and in explaining the data collection process. This position must conduct work in a professional and organized manner while demonstrating the ability to work well independently, as a team, and with people of various racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds, as well as with community members of our partner agencies. The collection and organization of data and the ability to establish rapport and trust with providers is paramount for successful scheduling and execution of the data collection process. This position will be expected to participate in the development of research designs and revisions to data collection processes and overall reliability, will be responsible for protocol management, and are responsible for composing and editing technical reports and presentations. As a Community Liaison, this position will serve as an independent subject matter expert through informing the providers regarding upcoming data collection process, gathering critical information to ensure a streamlined collection process, and to work with varied and diverse populations of providers across Washington while representing Cultivate Learning and University of Washington.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Research Activities (60%):
Understand, communicate, and promote principles for quality measures that help programs to provide engaging opportunities for children and youth to succeed in school and beyond.
Apply scientific knowledge of standardized assessments, coding for reliability, child development and early learning and care environments gained through formalized training.
Demonstrate understanding of the rationale behind Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) Standards and local and state requirements for early care education and ELO programs serving young children and youth.
Assist in identifying research problems and developing data collection plans for each data collection region on a quarterly basis.
Develop, revise, and implement protocols and procedures for ELO Provider Sites and related and varied applications.
Informing, adapting, and following Cultivate Learning Community Liaison protocols and procedures which include tailoring data collection to individual site needs.
Create strategic quarterly plans for evaluation visits with Data Collectors and Assessment Leads to ensure that the research study design and metrics/quotas are successfully met.
Create, revise and follow ELO procedures and protocols and complete UW-in-field-checklists.
Independently interview and coordinate preliminary screening and setup for Data Collection visits.
Collaborate with the Assessment Leads in the implementation of a rating and improvement system to support training and technical assistance efforts.
In line with ELO protocols, communicate rationale underlying QRIS standards in the field and provide a clear and responsive line of communication between local providers and the Cultivate Learning central office.
Participate in both the short and long-term creation of strategic plans for visits in coordination with Cultivate Learning and ELO staff.
Coordinates with multiple providers in varied locations in completing the post-evaluation survey.
Develop reports, presentations, and as needed, compose technical reports for publication.
Meet and correspond regularly with Community Liaison Lead and Assessment Leads to report on progress and any challenges encountered in the field.
Create and share weekly updates with Community Liaison leads and ELO Director about whether cohort programs are proceeding within the allotted schedule and related processes.
Under the guidance of Community Liaison Lead and Assessment Lead Team, liaise with local CCA and SOWA staff in terms of documenting questions about measures, projections, bringing these questions to the Community Liaison team, and communicating information provided by the Cultivate Learning office.
Maintain data collection equipment and materials; maintain inventory of rating materials and return materials to UW including inventory.
Keep weekly record of travel. Document and submit travel claims according to Cultivate Learning policy.
Other duties as dictated by the evolving needs of the project.
Community Outreach (30%):
Develop and administer childcare contact procedures to arrange visits and document scheduled visits in assigned region.
Establish and maintain positive relationships with local ELO and Early Achievers partners such as School's Out Washington (SOWA) and Child Care Aware of Washington (CCA).
Use independent judgment in the field to solve emergent research problems that arise during before and after data collection.
Develop reports and presentations based on ELO and Early Achievers partner needs.
Maintain active partnerships, communication, and liaise with SOWA and CCA Regional Coordinators, Technical Assistants, Assessment Leads, Data Collectors.
Communicate Cultivate Learning's mission, program, and procedures in a strong, positive way to the public.
Facilitate safe and efficacious data collection.
Willingness to schedule Community Liaison visits outside of business hours (during evening and weekends), as needed, depending on the availability of providers within targeted region.
Meet reliability on all assessments per instrument and/or ELO requirements.
Participate in the development of research design and revisions to data collection and community liaison processes.
Assist with the training and development of regional data collectors as needed by the project.
Bachelor's degree or higher preferred, with significant coursework in early childhood education and care, child development and learning, child and youth development, early childhood assessment, and family systems AND 2-3 years of experience working on a large-scale research project and working with children and youth in a child care environment or in afterschool program settings.
Demonstrated reliability on various program quality measurement tools such as the PQA.
Knowledge of and experience with child assessments and program assessments.
Ability to follow rigorous data collection protocols and procedures.
Experience with ELO quality measures and working with children and youth.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Willingness and ability to travel.
Experience with data entry, working with databases, paperwork management, and working within project deadlines.
Ability to work with people of various racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Willing to work evenings and weekends as provider's request.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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