Community Program Assistant - Bilingual Somali/English
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Salary: 35526.40 - 52062.40
Internal Number: 343376
This position is a 50% appointment (20 hours per week) Bilingual Community Mentor (job code 4912) position as part of the Training and Relationship-Based Professional Development Specialist Support system (TARSS) at the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) in the Institute of Child Development, part of the College of Education and Human Development. The position will report to the TARSS Project Manager.
Duties/Responsibilities: The Somali/English Bilingual Community Mentor will work closely with the TARSS Team to develop culturally-aware and culturally-responsive professional development opportunities and materials that meet the diverse needs of child care professionals throughout Minnesota. The Community Mentor also provides exceptional customer service to Trainers and RBPD specialists throughout Minnesota, via phone, email, and in-person events. The Community Mentor acts as a cultural broker, building bridges of understanding between bilingual Trainers, RBPD Specialists, and the training system while simultaneously collecting feedback from the field that can influence evaluation and decision making. Community Mentors support Trainers in the field through the mentoring process designed by the TARSS program. This includes meetings with trainers, observations of training, and other support as needed for each unique trainer. They will advise on which materials need to be translated and how/if said documents need to be adjusted to enhance cultural integration. The Bilingual Community Mentor demonstrates exceptional knowledge of adult learning and a deep connection to the cultural community. This position is an integral part of the TARSS team, offering critical feedback across different initiatives, which ensures that diverse voices are integrated, and inequities are identified within the decision-making processes. Community Mentors also assist with other projects as needed.
On-site or Virtual Mentoring and Observation (70%)
Engage current bilingual training and RBPD community through observations, mentoring, and monthly communities of practice.
Mentor current bilingual trainers using the guidelines and materials provided.
Identify and invite potential trainers to participate in the Trainer Academy.
Support trainers in the Trainer Academy.
Support trainers and RBPD specialists with Develop questions.
Administrative duties (30%)
Communicate with Project Manager on a regular basis to transmit data and reports, receive technical assistance, report any feedback from the observations.
Review content developed for Trainers and RBPD specialists and offer critical feedback.
Handle any administrative tasks related to customer service, as well as mentoring and observation work.
Attend staff meetings.
Bilingual in Somali and English.
Associates degree (AA) or higher in early childhood education or a related field.
One year experience in an early childhood education setting.
One year experience as a trainer or RBPD specialist.
Ability to work respectfully with diverse communities.
Ability to maintain data confidentiality.
Willingness and ability to travel within the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and to other statewide locations to perform onsite observations.
Ability to conduct oneself in a professional manner; prompt, can complete duties in a timely and responsible manner; works well under pressure and can follow appropriate channels of response.
Bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood education, child psychology, or a closely related field.
Completed the RBPD credential.
Have a DEVELOP membership and be an approved trainer in Develop.
At least 2 years of experience in early care and education settings.
At least 2 years of experience as a trainer or RBPD specialist.
Competent English writing and speaking skills; strong communication and interpersonal skills; strong observational skills; detailed-oriented; competence in everyday computer skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, primarily Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Comfortable using a tablet (i.e., iPad).
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.