Details: Salary depends on ability to meet or exceed the above desired employment criteria
1225 S. Weller
The Family Engagement Specialist provides project support to the Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) Program and will be a key contributor to the Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Program.
The Family Engagement Specialist is a member of the Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) team, which is part of the Family Services Department, and whose mission is to support and advocate for family, friend, and neighbor caregivers, including parents. This position will do this primarily through actively supporting the Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Program (a program under FFN) across the State. The Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Program, based on scientific evidence, supports families in their neighborhoods and in their home languages through weekly, facilitated play groups. As the home of the program, Child Care Resources provides community based organizations who implement weekly Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups with training, consultation/technical assistance, connection to resources, and materials. The Family Engagement Specialist I will support community based organizations, schools, libraries and other agencies in providing Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups in their communities. This position is key to ensuring program quality and to building and maintaining supportive working relationships with our community partners in Washington State.
Specific responsibilities of the Family Engagement Specialist are, but may not be limited to:
Technical Assistance & Training
• Provide technical assistance and consultation regarding start-up and continued operation of Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups. The Family Engagement Specialist I will be expected to provide consultation and guidance on outreach to FFN caregivers and families furthest from opportunity; implementation of the caregiver engagement and education components of the program; providing developmentally- and culturally-appropriate activities for children; supporting families from a variety of cultural, language, and economic backgrounds, etc.
• Provide technical support to affiliate organizations in data collection for annual evaluation and quality assurance measures.
• Promote and recruit agencies to provide Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups, particularly those that align with our goal of supporting families furthest from opportunity.
• Provide the Kaleidoscope Play & Learn training of new facilitators and ongoing continuing education to current facilitators through in-person and web-based training.
• Assist with data collection and evaluation for use in program development and grant requests.
• Collaborate with KP&L Lead to ensure quality standards, consistency and evaluation within the state and nationally
Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Work or a related field and 4 years related work experience; or a Masters of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and 3 years related job experience.
Minimum requirements include at least 3 years relevant experience:
• Demonstrated experience with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, cultural relevancy, and inclusion;
• Experience in presenting trainings, providing formal presentations and facilitating meetings is also required;
• Ability to work under deadlines, work on many tasks simultaneously, and organize and prioritize work quickly in response to changing needs;
• Excellent interpersonal skills including demonstrated ability to constructively manage conflict; the ability to respond clearly and effectively to inquiries from stakeholders and the public;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to write a variety of documents for various audiences;
• An understanding of early learning and family support issues;
• Experience working with low-income families;
• Ability to communicate and actively participate in CCR team meetings and committees and external community groups; proven ability to work in a team environment;
• Washington State Driver's License, automobile insurance, and access to a reliable automobile are required;
• Demonstrated experience in using Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook);
• Willingness to travel throughout the State to provide technical assistance to our community partners and offer training workshops to KP&L affiliates.
Desired Qualifications Include:
• Previous experience in facilitating play groups (KP&L groups in particular) or other family support programs involving children and their caregivers;
• Knowledge of child care program best practices, curricula and assessment tools; knowledge of family engagement principles;
• Knowledge of Washington State regions and resources;
• Strong attention to detail and project management experience;
• A rich understanding of equity and social justice issues and policy and systems-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations.
$36,926 - $46,157 depends on experience
Salary depends on ability to meet or exceed the above desired employment criteria.
For more information on Child Care Resources, please visit our website at www.childcare.org.
Level of Language Proficiency
Native language speaking abilities in Spanish, Chinese and/or Somali.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter detailing how your experience and interest is a match for this specific position to firstname.lastname@example.org