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Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.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 professional the support they need to build that foundation. At Cultivate Learning, we translate insight into learning opportunity.Cultivate Learning is funded by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and provides training and research on the quality of childcare and early learning in Washington State. Currently, Cultivate Learning is involved in the Washington State Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) standards initiative, Early Achievers. Cultivate Learning is an essential part of Washington State's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge initiative to give childcare providers the support and skills they need in order to help children develop the skills they need to be successful in school. Cultivate Learning has an outstanding opportunity for 2 Full-Time Community Liaisons.1 - Community Liaison for King County, language fluency in Somali required.1 - Community Liaison for King County, any language.The Community Liaison position has the challenge of establishing relationships and setting the groundwork for collecting data as efficiently and objectively as possible within the constraints and comfort level of individual providers, and acting as a liaison between the individual providers and the project team. The Community Liaison serves 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. This role is independently responsible for the coordination and planning efforts of each 8 week cohort of the research project(s), 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.Duties & ResponsibilitiesResearch Activities (70%): Understand, communicate, and promote principles for quality early learning that help children 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 and education programs serving young children. 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 Early Achievers 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 Cultivate Learning 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 Cultivate Learning 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 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 Ratings Manager 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 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 Early Achievers partners such as Child Care Aware of Washington (CCA). Explain Cultivate Learning's Rating process to CCA Regional Coordinator, Regional Manager, and CCA Coaches as needed. 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 Early Achievers partner needs. Obtain information from Web-based Early Learning Systems (WELS) before each visit to expedite the Community Liaison visit as well as the onsite data collection visit. Maintain active partnerships, communication, and liaise with Child Care Aware, Regional Coordinators, Technical Assistants, Assessment Supervisors, and 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. Be available for morning phone calls from Data Collectors and or Scheduling Team on the day of data collection or post data collection if questions arise. Serve as the contact person for all sites during the entire rating process. Conduct Community Liaison Phone calls with providers and ensure that all information is accurate and submitted to Cultivate Learning Scheduling Team in a timely manner. Provide weekly updates to the Community Liaison Lead, and attend and participate fully in all Partnership Meetings. Work with providers to update changes prior to data collection of birthdates, block out dates, or other pertinent information changes. Communicate changes to Department of Children and Families Quality Rating Information System mailbox and key staff as necessary. Maintain the rating queue following established protocol. Develop agenda with King County Community Liaison and Child Care Resources Regional Manager and team prior to monthly joint partnership meeting. Maintain strong partnerships with CCR Regional Manager or designee. Reach out to fellow Community Liaison to support or ask for support as needed while keeping Community Liaison lead informed.Requirements Bachelor's degree or higher preferred, with significant coursework in early childhood education and care, child development and learning, early childhood assessment, and family systems AND 2-3 years of experience working on a large-scale research project and working with kids in a childcare environment. Demonstrated reliability on the Environment Rating Scale Assessment Knowledge of and experience with child assessments and program assessments. Ability to follow rigorous data collection protocols and procedures. Experience with ERS, CLASS measures and working with children. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational skills. Ability to work effectively in a team environment. Willingness to travel and a valid driver's license. 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. Ability to prioritize work duties and ensure work product is timely within the entire Data Collection teams processes.Desired Master's degree Additional 2-3 years of relevant work experience BilingualEquivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.BenefitsAs a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed
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