at ICF in Augusta, Maine, United States
ICF seeks an experienced American Indian and Alaska Native Regional (AI/AN) Early Childhood TA Specialist to provide high quality training and technical assistance (TTA) that improves the capacity of AI/AN early childhood programs. The Early Childhood Education Specialist will support 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 extensive knowledge of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations and program implementation. The AI/AN Early Childhood Education TA Specialist will provide TTA to a combination of CCDF funded and Head Start funded early childhood programs, with a focus on supporting effective CCDF administration and the full implementation of CCDF requirements. Specialists will provide professional-level expertise and TTA to promote, support, and improve the early development of children from the prenatal stage to five years of age using research based practices. Understanding of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education and the ability to support its use as well as cultural and linguistic responsiveness in the classroom is required. The ideal candidate will have experience with providing 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 will involve 25% travel within home state and clusters of states where the candidate is assigned.
+ Support Office of Child Care (OCC) designated priorities and special projects, including development of TA materials (e.g. issue briefs, handouts, brochures, presentation kits, and webinars).
+ Identify and share culturally-responsive promising practices and approaches for using CCDF funds to support meaningful and effective center-based child care, family child care, in-home child care, and provider/teacher quality improvement and supply building activities, including effective CCDF administration and the full implementation of the CCDF regul
Augusta, Maine 04332