About the Organization Founded in 1977, ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential. Our Core Values Statement: We believe that how we do our work is as important as what we do. To learn more about ZERO TO THREE, please visit our website at www.zerotothree.org.
Summary The Technical Assistance (TA) Specialist provides support to ITCP grantees in implementing infant-toddler court teams. Supportive services include various levels of TA delivery including (1) targeted (remote) and intensive (onsite) technical assistance to individual grantees, (2) coordination of and involvement with forums of learning to regional or other defined groups (including in-person regional meetings, monthly regional calls, and communities of practice), (3) facilitating connections with technical experts, (4) supporting the development of universal TA, and (5) identifying best practices and disseminating lessons learned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assist with site selection activities (e.g. RFP development, proposal review).
Participate in the investigation of evidence-based and evidence-informed programs and practices for families with young children in foster care.
Work with the ITCP Project Director, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, subcontractors, other TA Staff, and consultants, as needed, to plan, support, coordinate, and provide all levels of technical assistance to grantees.
Maintain an ongoing and responsive relationship with assigned evaluation, implementation and outreach sites, beginning with development or review of individualized action plans.
Assist evaluation, implementation and outreach sites with implementing high-quality, culturally-relevant, evidence-based services/curricula/interventions.
Assist evaluation, implementation, and outreach sites with agenda development.
Maintain regular communication with assigned grantees.
Support the development of universal technical assistance activities as appropriate such as webinars and e-newsletters;
Plan, deliver and track all technical assistance activities in cooperation with project evaluators.
Make in-person TA visits to each evaluation/implementation site as budgeted.
Work with grantee staff and leaders to provide widely available community training by project consultants.
Contribute to the evaluation of the ITCP including tracking TA performance data, sharing observations of lessons learned in the planning and delivery of TA, and participating in quality improvement efforts.
Performs other duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the project.
Skills and Experience
Demonstrated knowledge of child welfare system; state and federal policies related to abuse/neglect of young children; and Infant/toddler social-emotional development and impact of abuse and neglect.
Excellent public speaking, group facilitation, and writing skills.
Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple responsibilities effectively.
Ability to travel (overnight and occasional weekend stays required).
Strong interpersonal skills.
Supervisory experience, including experience providing reflective supervision.
Ability to communicate court teams’ issues quickly and as needed to a wide variety of audiences.
Ability to be flexible and adaptable to dynamic changes in the community environments in which the work is done.
Ability to work collaboratively with individuals representing a range of backgrounds, diversities and skill levels.
Ability to build relationships with a variety of people, from agency heads to case workers and family members.
Ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary experts.
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work independently.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate effectively to people of varied professions, personal backgrounds, and cultures.
Experience working with juvenile and family court judges.
From 5 to 7 years of documented professional experience/accomplishments focusing on services for young children and families and systems level collaboration across the service delivery systems focused on vulnerable children and families.
Encourages and practices critical thinking.
Is self-reflective and empathic.
Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results.
Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others.
Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior.
Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization.
Education Minimum: undergraduate degree in discipline related to child welfare practice; Master’s degree preferred.
Physical Requirements While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is frequently required to use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. Also, may need to remain seated for long periods of time, have the ability to perform repetitive motions, hold a writing instrument, communicate verbally and hear well enough to detect nuances and receive detailed information. The employee may be required to walk, grasp objects, push or pull objects, bend, squat, reach, stand, or kneel.
Working Conditions The work conditions described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. Depending on work location, the incumbent will typically work indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels or be subject to working conditions conducive to a home office. When travel is expected the incumbent will be exposed to outside environmental conditions during those times.
ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities
About ZERO TO THREE
Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.
OUR CORE VALUES STATEMENT
We believe that how we do our work is as important as what we do.
By embracing our values, every member of the ZERO TO THREE community contributes to a healthy and positive culture, a more successful organization, and better outcomes for infants, toddlers and their families.
Passion and persistence in helping infants and toddlers thrive
The centrality of healthy positive relationships, including:
A commitment to family in our work and in staff work-life balance
Consistent and authentic collaboration
Respectfulness, inclusiveness and diversity
The highest standards of excellence in our work, including:
Integrity, openness, honesty and transparency
Opportunities for leadership and professionalism
Evidence-based learning and reflection
The freedom to make and learn from mistakes