This is a full-time, exempt, grant-funded, professional position for a motivated individual with a high level of initiative possessing expertise in early childhood education and/or child development. This position supports United Way’s Quality First (QF) Redesign work, by providing consultation services and specialized technical assistance to programs enrolled in Quality First Redesign and reports to the Director of Quality First Redesign project at United Way of Tucson and Southern.
This is a grant-funded position.
Salary Range: $47,000 to $50,000
Program Administration and Implementation
- Attends all Southwest Human Development (SWHD) meetings of the Quality First Redesign program, as requested.
- Provides consultation services and collaborates with early care and education providers to enhance their understanding of and capacity to meet the behavioral/emotional/mental health needs of the children (age birth to five years) and families they serve.
- Provides intensive technical assistance to support program participation and independent engagement in the continuous quality improvement process.
- Creates a Consultation Plan with the participant that focuses on supporting the participating program to engage in the Quality Pathway.
- Creates a Consultation Plan with each participating early childhood center or home that focuses on strategies that will support the individual program’s participation in the Quality Pathway.
- Coordinates and prepares reports from data collection sources as relevant to reporting timelines.
- Analyzes information from the statewide web-based Quality First Extranet system as well as other project data collection sources.
- Provides staff support for presentations at SWHD and/or First Things First (FTF) Regional Council meetings.
- Attends and assists with coordination, including providing staff support, of monthly meetings/training that include all state and local participating and partnering agencies (e.g., United Ways, coaching and assessment agencies, FTF, etc.).
- Creates and edits a variety of written documents, correspondence and reports, including quarterly program narrative report to Grantee.
- Monitors, tracks, and reports all Quality First Redesign assigned site enrollment status and/or site changes including reporting, communicating, and tracking enforcement actions to Grantee, etc.
- Responsible for general office duties as assigned, including ordering food for meetings, general office supplies or equipment, and creating/copying agendas or packets as needed.
- Shares program information with United Way, Southwest Human Development, and other community agencies to ensure access to all programs, resources, and services available to assist centers and homes in quality improvement efforts.
- Collaborates with other directors and managers at United Way by participating in internal committees to make connections across areas of work.
- Participates in United Way activities to support special events and projects (e.g., Days of Caring, FFK Business Breakfast, and other FFK events).
- Develops positive working relationships with government and philanthropic organizations.
- Assists with the development and distribution of Quality First Redesign information.
- Participates in local community and FTF-related events.
- Assists with activities related to public education, research, and advocacy efforts, and other community projects as related to Quality First Redesign.
- Provides excellent customer service as a component of all job duties.
- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with United Way staff at all levels, volunteers from diverse backgrounds, donors, community partners, independent contractors, and others.
Other Duties as Assigned
Minimum Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:
- Master’s Degree (preferred) or Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education, early childhood special education, child development or related field (i.e. Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Early Childhood Special Education)
- At least three years of experience working in an early childhood setting with children birth-to 5 years of age.
- Experience working in an early childhood education setting with infants, toddlers or preschoolers.
- Early childhood program director experience is preferred.
- Must have specialized content knowledge and experience in at least one of the following areas:
- Business administration practices, specifically for child care programs serving children birth-to 5 years of age.
- Implementation of Curriculum and ongoing child assessment in an early childhood education program serving children birth-to 5 years of age.
- Early Childhood Mental Health.
- Inclusion of Children with Special Needs in programs serving children birth-to 5 years of age.
- Early Childhood Health and Safety.
- Bilingual preferred.
- Advanced MS Office software applications (Excel, Word, Outlook) and database management skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated customer service, grant administration, problem solving, research, and information management skills.
- Demonstrated financial knowledge and budget management skills.
- Demonstrated ability to tactfully handle stressful situations, negotiate and resolve conflicts, maintain confidentiality, and to respect and observe organizational protocol.
- Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule (including working early mornings, evenings, and/or weekends) and adjust it as required by changing activities.
- Must possess a current and valid driver’s license, current automobile insurance, and daily access to a reliable vehicle.
- Ability to travel to work in a variety of locations throughout the metropolitan Tucson area whenever required
- Ability to occasionally lift 25 lbs.