EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIALIST
|Req #: ||141783 |
|Department: ||COLLEGE OF EDUCATION |
|Job Location: || Seattle Campus |
|Posting Date: ||02/09/2017 |
|Closing Info: || Open Until Filled |
|Salary: || |
Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
|Notes: || As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. |
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EarlyEdU Alliance within the College of Education (COE) has an outstanding opportunity for an Early Childhood (EC) Specialist. EarlyEdU Alliance is a higher education collaborative for Head Start and Early Childhood Teaching. The EarlyEdU Alliance brings together higher education, government, and non-profit stakeholders to strengthen the nation's early care and education workforce by increasing access to higher-education programs preparing these professionals. The EarlyEdU Alliance offers a set of competency-based courses in early childhood education, delivered in conjunction with students' field-based learning. These courses were developed by national experts led by faculty at the University of Washington.
Reporting to the Assistant Director of EarlyEdU, the EC Specialist will support workforce development projects at EarlyEdU and other related projects in the Childcare Quality and Early Learning Center for Research and Professional Development (CQEL). This Center within the COE is funded by Washington State's Department of Early Learning and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. CQEL provides training and research on the quality of child care and early learning in WA State. Currently, CQEL is involved in the Washington State QRIS initiative, Early Achievers.
The EC Specialist's primary responsibilities will be (1) to participate as a key member of the product development team that will develop and disseminate higher education coursework and professional development materials in early childhood instructional practices and coaching and (2) to work closely with content developers and the Media team to identify, video record, and code center-based and family childcare programs across WA State that are implementing early childhood instructional practices. These videos will be used for the development of EarlyEdU courses and other professional development materials used within CQEL.
Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities
In support of this effort the duties will include, but are not limited to the following:
Develop, write, and edit professional development content for higher education and professional development materials. Formats include print, Web, digital, and others.
Actively participate in a review process, including peer review, to ensure creation of quality content.
Translate evidence-based research materials into language that can be understood by teachers, parents, and other users.
Work closely with content developers and the ratings team to identify appropriate early learning sites for filming and photography of early childhood instructional practices.
Liaise with early care and learning sites to propose interest in video projects.
Communicate and coordinate with the Multimedia Producer and content developers on film content priorities.
Serve as onsite producer to consult with teachers/caregivers and to direct film crew to capture identified practices with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
Work with leadership, content team and WebDam administrator to review taxonomy to ensure it is comprehensive and functional.
Lead video coders in accurate and reliable coding of early childhood education teaching practices.
Other duties as assigned.
| BA in early childhood education, AND 3 years of experience working or consulting with Early Head Start/Head Start and/or other early care and learning environments. |
Demonstrated knowledge of child development, early childhood education, and teaching practices.
Demonstrated experience in using professional style guides (e.g., APA style) and ability to communicate complex ideas in written materials.
Ability to communicate effectively over the phone, via email, and in person with a variety of people.
Ability to work independently and as an integral member of a team.
Ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects and exercise good judgment in a fast paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle confidential and sensitive information in an appropriate manner.
Proficiency with personal computing environment, Microsoft Office Suite, and the Internet.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
| Master's degree in education or closely related field. |
Experience leading the work of hourly personnel.
3-5 years of experience in writing, developing and editing professional development materials for early learning professionals and the families they support.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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