Professional Development Specialist - Statewide
The Professional Development Specialist provides professional development supports and services to early educators and early childhood education programs to improve the quality of early childhood education in Alaska.
- Provide professional development services to early childhood and school age professionals including training, Child Development Associate (CDA) support and verification, technical assistance, consultation and coaching around a variety of early care and education topics.
- Provide on and off-site professional development services and support informed by formal and informal assessment tools to early childhood and school age professionals and to early childhood education programs throughout Alaska.
- Create, implement and facilitate professional development training following principles of adult learning best practices including in-person and distance delivery.
- Support early childhood educators in work toward and obtaining a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential through the Council for Professional Recognition.
- Provide professional development career guidance to early childhood and school age professionals (i.e. working toward the Alaska Early Childhood Administrator Credential)
- Perform on-site assessments of environment and operations as requested using a formal assessment tool.
- Gather, input and maintain program data and reports through database systems and shared office communication and documentation tools.
- Support early childhood educators and, at times, families to accommodate children, family members, and staff with special needs and/or challenging behaviors in the early childhood education program setting.
- Support early childhood education programs in continuous quality improvement including working towards national accreditation standards.
- Provide professional development services following Learn & Grow, Alaska’s Quality Recognition and Improvement System, procedures and practices.
- Provide professional development services following team policies and procedures including data entry and document management.
- Develop, coordinate or lead team projects as assigned.
- Represent thread and promote thread services in community, events, partnership meetings and committees as assigned.
- Other duties as assigned.
- BA/BS required, MA/MS preferred, in child development, education, health education, social work or related field.
- Prior professional experience in an early childhood setting preferred.
- Previous experience coaching and teaching adults preferred.
- Previous experience with early childhood development, mental health, or related work preferred
- Previous experience with early childhood and school age program assessment tools.
- Current driver’s license required, Alaska driver’s license preferred.
- Must pass background check; references and valid identification required.
- Passion and commitment to thread’s mission and the importance of early childhood education.
- Flexibility and adaptability as organizational needs change.
- Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
- Strong interpersonal skills required.
- Knowledge of early care and education, inclusive child care, children’s health and social services and community resources.
- Knowledge of child development, early childhood best practices and effective professional development models.
- Knowledge of adult education practices and previous experience training and consulting; comfortable with public speaking.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of early childhood and school age professionals, parents, staff and members of the community.
- Ability to engage in collaborate teamwork with members across the state.
- Ability to use database systems and general office programs with comfort and ease including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Zoom, PowerPoint, Salesforce, shared project management tools, and Outlook.
- Ability to travel to meet job requirements, including travel to rural communities via small planes (generally 1-4 times per year).
- Ability to work a varied schedule based on service delivery needs, including evenings and weekends as required.
- Bilingual in speaking, reading, and writing a plus.
Schedule and Compensation:
Position Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, occasional evenings and weekends required each month (generally 2 to 5 times).
Position Type: Part- and Full-Time positions available
Classification: Exempt, Permanent
Supervisor: Professional Development Team Leader
Supervises: Position may require supervision of program staff
Compensation: $55,000 - $60,000/year
Full Time Benefits: 20 days of PTO (starting), 13 paid holidays, 403b match, High-Deductible Health Plan with HSA option (employer contributes $750/year to HSA), Dental, Vision and Life. All premiums covered 100% for employee’s health, dental, vision and life. Free thread services.