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ICF Consulting Group, Inc. AIAN Early Childhood Training Assistant - On Call - Remote in Topeka, Kansas

AIAN Early Childhood Training Assistant - On Call

Home based

ICF seeks an experienced American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Early Childhood Training Assistant to support the coordination of and development of high quality training and technical assistance (TTA) that improves the capacity of AI/AN early childhood programs. The Training Assistant will support a training and technical assistance team that provides consultation services to American Indian and Alaska Native Child Care/Head Start/Early Head Start programs that reflect the diversity of languages and traditions that exist in American Indian and Alaska Native cultures. The programs are geographically diverse and provide comprehensive services to children and families that are culturally responsive and respectful of tribal sovereignty.

The ideal candidate will have both a background and experience in Child Development or Early Childhood Education with a foundational knowledge of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations and program implementation. The AI/AN Early Childhood Education Training Assistant will support the design and development of TTA resources and activities for a combination of CCDF funded and Head Start funded early childhood programs, with a focus on supporting effective CCDF administration, capacity building, and the full implementation of CCDF requirements. Assistants will be responsible for supporting the design, development, and implementation of TTA to promote, support, and improve the early development of children from the prenatal stage to five years of age using research based practices. The ideal candidate will have experience with designing and developing culturally respectful engagement strategies to Head Start directors, child care program directors, early childhood education managers, teachers and parents of American Indian and Alaska Native children.

This position is home-based and involves a commitment of 10-20 hours per week.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Take the annual reports from Teams and develop a compiled resource list by year developed by NCTECD, put into a smartsheet. Completed by May 30, 2021.

  • Attend Regional grantee calls, office hours, individual TA calls, etc. and then complete Summary Reports and close out.

  • Attend CQI of targeted TA attended.

  • Attend Team Development calls.

  • Support with technology platforms during Regional grantee calls, Peer Learning Groups, or Training for Trainers sessions, 1 hour a week.

  • Participate in the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) group meeting to analyze pre- and post-data, review recruitment materials, and develop a strategy for moving forward, 1 hour a week for 2 months (August/September).

  • Participate in NCTECD internal resource development workgroups as assigned.

  • Capture conversations including visioning and strategic planning, 1 hour a month.

  • Familiarize and follow all established NCTECD protocols and plans.

  • Attend weekly TA Team Meetings, 1 hour a week.

  • Attend weekly check-in call with contract manager, to report progress on assigned tasks, and debrief of calls attended, 1 hour a week.

  • Attend and participate in ICF/NCTECD orientation.

  • Complete required weekly and monthly reporting.

    Basic Qualifications:

    o Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development or related field.

    o 5+ years of demonstrated experience in early childhood services working with children and families from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.

    o Willingness to increase own knowledge of Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) regulations, Head Start performance standards, and all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.

    o Ability to develop reports and written materials, including excellent written and verbal communication skills.

    o Experience participating in teams and following project plans, milestones, and timelines for project deliverables.

    o Ability to maintain up to date knowledge of current child development practices and research based early childhood quality improvement methods and approaches.

    o Proficient in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, SharePoint, Skype) and other E-learning, webinar, and project management tools including SmartSheet.

    Preferred Experience/Skills:

    o Experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native federally recognized tribes and native communities.

    o Deep understanding of American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

    o Experience working in a Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)/Head Start Program.

    o Experience developing, facilitating, and conducting training at program or local meetings.

    Professional Skills:

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.

  • Team player with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

  • Demonstrated outstanding level of professionalism in providing administrative support, including the ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy.

  • Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information.

  • Works on problems of limited scope, requiring analysis to resolve issues or make recommendations, mostly within defined procedures and practices. Builds stable working relationships internally.

  • Work is closely managed. Normally receives detailed instructions, especially for new assignments. Operates somewhat independently by prioritizing own work. May exercise discretion and independent judgment, in significant matters, related to business operations.

  • Regularly interacts with functional peers within the immediate organization. May occasionally interact with clients or vendors with guidance from others. Interaction normally involves exchange or presentation of factual information.

  • Under general supervision, writes documents that display technical/functional/functional understanding and accuracy.

  • Expresses self clearly in communications and interactions with others.

  • Presents technical/functional aspects of a topic in informal, small group settings.

  • Works for solutions that all team members can support.

  • Works collaboratively to achieve challenging performance objectives and to execute plans successfully.

  • Interacts professionally and responsibly with others on technical/functional subjects as directed by supervisor.

In accordance with the EPEWA (https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-085) , based on the qualifications and experience required, the pay range for this position is $20.00 – $25.00 per hour. You will be covered by government mandated benefits including workers' compensation insurance, federal government contractor’s sick leave and you will be eligible to make 401(k) contributions to an ICF sponsored retirement plan.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy (https://www.icf.com/legal/equal-employment-opportunity) .

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law (https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf) and Pay Transparency Statement (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp_English_unformattedESQA508c.pdf) .

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