Many childhood care and education providers, particularly those from underrepresented communities (communities of color, communities whose first language is not English, and rural communities), face barriers preventing them from accessing high quality professional development grounded in both the latest research and science regarding child development, and the culture of the provider and the children in their care. The Early Learning Funders Circle is funding a joint professional development effort to address these barriers. A portion of that funding is being granted to the Oregon Center for Career Development (OCCD) at PSU to administer Project IDEA: Increasing Diversity, Equity and Accessibility of Oregon's Trainers
OCCD is a non-academic unit of Portland State University that promotes the quality of childhood care and education for Oregon's young children by providing a statewide career development system for practitioners which includes the Oregon Registry Trainer Program (ORTP). Project IDEA will enhance the work of ORTP and will include two primary goals:
1.Increase the number of trainers from communities of color, linguistically diverse communities, and rural Oregon. 2.Increase the number of advanced trainings (Set-Two and Set-Three) trainings available to childhood care and education professionals throughout the state in languages other than English.
The Training & Education Specialist will specifically work on Project IDEA to recruit and support culturally specific, linguistically diverse and rural-based trainers to develop and provide all levels of training for the childhood care and education workforce serving underserved communities. This position will collaborate with community-based organizations serving diverse and underserved populations from several regions across the state in supporting trainer and training development.
This position works closely with the supervisor, director, and other OCCD professional and support staff, as well as diverse community partners and trainers in accomplishing the essential functions of the position.
BA/BS in Childhood Care & Education or related field and/or diversity and equity studies, cultural anthropology, or related degrees.
3 years' experience and professional competence in Childhood Care & Education and/or diversity and equity studies, cultural anthropology, or related field.
Demonstrated ability in the following areas: - Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and professional affiliations; - Extensive experience working with diverse cultural and linguistic and rural communities; - Experience facilitating and planning information gathering meetings with diverse groups; - Experience gathering and synthesizing information into strategic/action plans.
Experience developing and providing training to adults utilizing adult education principles.
Experience mentoring and supporting adults in furthering their professional development.
Experience leading initiatives/projects: - Experience working within large or statewide programs and their training requirements. - Ability to communicate, collaborate and partner with various diverse childhood care and education partners. - Proficiency using computer programs and systems including databases. - Participation in professional development systems and presentations in professional settings. - Demonstrated competence of oral and written communication skills. - Possession of a valid state-issued driver license and reliable transportation. - Availability for statewide travel.
Successful completion of a background check.
BA/BS with 3+ years of related experience.
Has experience with and/or represents an underrepresented community (communities of color, communities whose first language is not English, and rural communities) that the project is targeting.
Fluent bilingual communication skills (English/Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and/or Chinese).
More than 3 years or more of professional experience and professional competence in similar position.
Leadership or membership in professional associations at local or state levels.
Master Trainer status in the Oregon Registry Trainer Program.
Internal Number: 26440
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