Voices of Tomorrow (VOT) was founded in 2012 by East African professionals who came together achieve one goal: “Helping today’s children for a better tomorrow.” VOT works closely with community partners to eliminate inequities in the early learning system which deeply affect our East African children’s growth, development, and academic performance. To achieve these outcomes, VOT is committed to increasing access to quality early childhood education in East African immigrant communities. This is achieved by structured educational programs, providing environmental assessments, and professional development trainings for the childcare operators.
Under the King County initiative, Best Start for Kids, Voices of Tomorrow will be launching a pilot project to expand developmental screening and referral programs in the county. Under the direction of the Program Manager, two certified Training Specialists will instruct two cohorts of 20+ East African childcare providers to become proficient in Ages & and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ – 3 and ASQ:SE – 2). The trainings will include a series of classroom-style workshops followed by ongoing technical support and coaching. Trainers will be responsible for assessing the provider needs, assisting in designing and delivering appropriate curriculum for target community, creating learning materials, and managing all phases of training process.
Program: The ASQ training program will run from January to October 2019. Applicants must be available during the lifespan of the program. Workshops are expected to be help during the evening or on weekends to accommodate provider availability.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Specific responsibilities of the Trainer include, but are not be limited to:
Attend mandatory ASQ training and certification courses
Assist Program Manager with the development of ASQ training modules.
Participate in VOT team meetings and discussions during the project lifespan.
Assist with recruiting individual East African childcare providers to participate in Ages & Stages Questionnaire training sessions as needed.
Translate ASQ material into bi-weekly training workshops that may include demonstrations, group discussions, and practice sessions.
Oversee the production and implementation of training material, including handouts, case studies, worksheets, PowerPoints, manuals, etc.
Assess and monitor training effectiveness through participant progress; adjust material when necessary.
Offer provider support through conducting meaningful check-ins to ensure competency in using both ASQ tools.
Develop expertise in Washington state resources and referral protocols for family and provider support services.
Maintain comprehensive documentation and complete progress reports
Complete weekly check-ins with supervisor
Maintain highest degree of confidentiality in all project matters
Advocate for parents in accessing needed resources and support services.
Participate in “Community Cafés” to reflect on the effectiveness of the project.
Other special projects as assigned
Early childhood education certification required.
Requires at least two years of related work experience.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, cultural relevancy, and inclusion.
Familiarity with traditional and modern training methods, tools and techniques
Established interest in early childhood development and a desire to improve quality access to early childhood education.
Excellent written and verbal communication.
Ability to present complex information to a variety of audiences.
Excellent external and internal customer service skills
Proven ability to work independently and in a team environment.
Must pass Department of Early Learning’s Portable Background Check (PBC).
Bilingual applicants with knowledge of English and Somali, Amharic, or Oromo oral and written communication skills preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field preferred.
Three years of experience in related field preferred.
Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Knowledge database management and reporting.
Hiring Process: To apply, please email your resume, cover letter and three references to Hana Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-466-1229. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
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