The College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) at The Ohio State University is looking for a Child Development Content Writer to support the Department of Defense Virtual Lab School team within the Department of Human Sciences. This is a one-year Term position.
The College of Education and Human Ecology values learning as a lifelong process. The educators, researchers and professionals we help grow are critical to shaping academic success and health and wellness for generations to come. EHE embodies the mission and goals of OSU, and is committed to:
Creating and discovering knowledge to improve the well-being of our state, regional, national and global communities;
Educating students through a comprehensive array of distinguished academic programs;
Preparing a diverse student body to be leaders and engaged citizens;
Fostering a culture of engagement and service;
Understanding that diversity and inclusion are essential components of our excellence. We are led by our core values of excellence; diversity in people and of ideas; inclusion; access and affordability; innovation; collaboration and multidisciplinary endeavor; and integrity, transparency and trust.
About the Virtual Lab School
Created by experts at The Ohio State University, the Virtual Lab School (VLS) addresses a critical need for an easy to navigate online professional development and resource system that empowers professionals to build their knowledge and skills around research-based practices in child care and youth development. Supported by an extensive repository of professional development videos, research-based content, and relevant, interactive learning materials, the VLS simulates the enriching learning experiences found in university lab school settings.
The VLS system offers distinct tracks for center-based professionals including direct-care providers (infant/toddler, preschool, and school-age), training and curriculum specialists (coaches), and management personnel, as well as a track for home-based care providers who typically care for mixed- age groups. Anchored by 15 Core Content courses that include the 13 Functional Areas of the Child Development Associate competency standards used in early care settings around the world, the Core Content covers research-based developmentally appropriate practices for working with children from birth to age 12 across all the functional roles in child and youth care and education settings.
In addition to the Core Content, the VLS features a series of special topics and other resources that support the development of a highly trained and effective workforce.
The Child Development Content Writer for the DoD Child Development Virtual Lab School (DoDVLS) project (https://www.virtuallabschool.org/) will update and write content designed for professionals working in childcare programs, including activities and related materials. The Child Development Content Writer will help to keep the DoDVLS up-to-date with the latest child development research and early care and education best practices by updating the DoDVLS to clarify language, activities and policies relevant for military-affiliated and public users. This position will also assist with website maintenance by finding and replacing broken links, updating relevant attachments, helping with grammatical edits, responding to user comments regarding the content, etc.
The Child Development Content Writer reports to the DoDVLS Content Coordinator. The position is also an active team member and works closely with others providing content as well as Project postdocs. This position will work with child, family, and youth programs serving the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. This is an opportunity to build and maintain a training platform to better serve teachers, trainers, and program directors working in the military child-care system. This position will work from Bevis Hall on the university's West Campus.
In the first 60 to 90 days of employment, the successful candidate for this position will accomplish the following: -Develop a comprehensive understanding of college and university policies and procedures -Establish pivotal relationships within the DoDVLS client groups, college, and across the university's child development and research resource units -Develop an in-depth understanding of current DoDVLS content, implementation strategies, and website, as well as relevant research which supports the program A long-term goal of this role is to maintain the quality and relevance of the DoDVLS website to ensure an effective, current and research-based user experience.
The selected candidate for this position will have demonstrated success in several areas, including:
-A Bachelor's Degree in Education, Early Childhood Development, or related social science field. -Ability to review journal articles, position statements, and policy briefs and synthesize this information into a written format for a non-research audience. -Knowledge of early care and education research and practice. -Familiarity with national and state level policies and/or regulations, early learning standards, and evidence-based practices; -Ability to work collaboratively with a team that may include related Services personnel, project, and video staff. -Skilled in using appropriate office automation technology and software such as Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel. Working proficiency of APA format.
Desired requirements include:
-Experience creating web-based professional developmental materials and knowledge of adult learning principles. -Master's Degree in Education, Early Childhood Development, related social science field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.
Target Salary: $18.27 - $19.71 Hourly
Job Category: Administrative and Professional
Job Appointment (FTE%):
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, and protected veteran status.
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