Technical Assistance and Training Specialist

Job Type

Full Time




33 W Monroe St.
Suite 1200
United States



Promotes skill development in work with home visiting programs to advance the overall educational impact, quality and professionalism of the home visiting field. The TA/T works in collaboration with others to develop and deliver quality-focused learning experiences based on competencies, research and best practices. The TA/T is knowledgeable about program systems and structures and conducts technical assistance site visits to home-based programs to provide support to community based agencies in various stages of program development.

Essential Job Duties

·      Acquire and advance expertise in modalities of learning, model development and methods of consultation and technical assistance for supervisors of direct service staff and providers of outcome oriented early childhood and family support services.

·      Acquire and maintain certification as a model-specific core trainer.

·      Develop and facilitate training as related to OI audience needs and areas of professional expertise.

·      Collaborate with Division staff to review, develop and update models of training follow- up and technical assistance to program supervisors and staff.

·      Facilitate and participate in work groups, and leads project teams, networks and learning communities as needed.

·      Coordinate and support event planning with co-trainers to ensure development of working agendas, assistance with presentation outlines, design and content focus, development of appropriate pre and post training methods and activities.

·      Contribute to content and design of event related correspondence, training handbook, certification materials and reports.

·      Schedule, conduct and document technical assistance provided to programs.

·      Assist in the development of methods for improving technical assistance in the areas of program design, model fidelity, home visiting, parent group meetings, developmental screening and case management, or other specific program areas.

·      Serve as a consultant as requested to Ounce staff in the ongoing training and technical assistance of established programs.

·      Perform other job-related duties as requested.

Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)

·      Master’s degree in Early Childhood, Family Studies, Social Work, Human Services, Education or other related field OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

·      Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience.

·      Minimum of 2 years as a home visiting supervisor or home visitor.

·      Early Head Start, Healthy Families America and/or Parents As Teachers program experience required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.


·      Working knowledge of adult learning styles, issues in staff development and supervision strategies. 

·      Must have foundational understanding of prevention of child abuse and neglect, child and adolescent development.

·      Experience in reviewing documentation and providing feedback

·      Intermediary computer literacy with word processing software.

·      Ability to design, plan, and provide competency based training, consultation and technical assistance.

·      Work independently on site and collaboratively in a team environment to coordinate planning, training content, logistics and technical assistance.

·      Travel independently in diverse communities across Illinois as necessary with some overnight stays required (up to 30%).

·      Must have organizational skills sufficient to effectively manage multiple events and training projects simultaneously which are in various stages of development and implementation.

·      Ability to promote and maintain effective internal and external communication among a diverse group of staff, consultants and sites.

·      Must have foundational understanding of prevention of child abuse and neglect, child and adolescent development.

·      Must possess a valid driver's license and have ongoing access to an insured vehicle.

·      Experience with culturally diverse staff and populations.


Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Frequently works in confined spaces.

·      Frequently exposed to varying weather conditions, while driving.

·      General office conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.

Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Required to frequently sit and regularly use repetitive wrist, hand and/or finger movement for extended periods of time operating a computer.

  • Must be able to frequently stand, walk and drive when transferring baggage and supplies.
  • Must also be able to stand for extended periods of time during trainings or workshops.
  • Must be able to reach for, grasp, and carry items such as supplies while traveling to and fro different sites.
  • Regularly required to be able to listen to presentations.
  • Regularly required to speak clearly and effectively during trainings, workshops and other duties throughout the day.
  • Must be able to use close vision and be able to focus while working on computers.
  • Required distance vision of over 20 feet when driving.
  • Must be able to lift up to 10 lbs.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree