Specialist, Early Childhood–Kentucky 68 views


The Program Specialist is the on-the-ground Save the Children staff member providing training, technical assistance, and management support to program partners to ensure quality program implementation and results for children. Early Childhood Program Specialists focus on prenatal through age five programming. Under the supervision of the State Deputy Director and working as a member of the state team and in collaboration with the national program team, the Program Specialist oversees and supports program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation at assigned partner sites.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Program Implementation 55%:

Guide and support program staff to ensure quality implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Save the Children’s program models according to established standards.
Provide in-person and remote training and technical assistance for program staff; maximize the use of technology to do so.
Train program staff in various areas including child development, observation and assessment, data collection, and home visiting.
Visit each assigned site in compliance with the program model to conduct observation, coaching, and mentoring. Complete site visit reports.
In state travel will be required up to 70%
Ensure accurate and up-to-date data collection and reporting for each assigned site.
Consult with the Senior Specialist about program questions and needs.
Regularly communicate with the State Deputy Director and Senior Specialist about program implementation challenges and successes and how to resolve complex issues.

Partner Operations and Management: 20%

Support the State Director and Deputy Program Director with partner management including but not limited to annual partner planning, subaward budget and spending, grant budgets and reports, annual district/site stakeholder meetings, partnership performance management, sponsorship, and emergency/disaster communication and reporting.
Meet regularly with each site supervisor.
Ensure timely and accurate incident reporting and necessary follow-up.
Provide new sites with start-up support including but not limited to hiring and training program staff, technology and program materials, and Partner Portal usage.

Local and State Relationships/Advocacy: 10%

Support the State Director, Deputy Program Director, and program partners as appropriate, with local, regional, and state community engagement activities, community partnerships/coalitions, and state level relationships.
Support the program team with local, regional, and state program presentations.
Support program partners with media opportunities to highlight Save the Children programs.

Professional Development: 10%

Participate in Save the Children Program Specialist calls, meetings, and trainings.
Stay current on relevant national standards and best practices
Share knowledge and experience with the national program team and program specialist colleagues.

Participate in national program team projects and USPA work groups.

Other: 5%

Work in collaboration with USPA teams (e.g., Early Childhood; National Directorate; Technology, Monitoring and Evaluation; Sponsorship; Policy and Advocacy; Resource Development; Marketing, Communications, and Media).
Provide stories from the field to national staff.
Support, and contribute as appropriate and requested, to Save the Children priorities and initiatives.
Provide support to the state team in the management of Gifts in Kind donations to program sites.

Support State Director and Deputy Program Director with VIP visits and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in area of expertise
High School or Technical/Vocational Degree
Professional level of specialized knowledge to manage complex tasks, programs or projects.
Ability to use MS Word, Excel, PPT and on-line technologies proficiently.
Willingness to travel regularly within the region.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a field related to early childhood development and education with an emphasis on infant/toddler development.
Five years+ home visiting experience with families with infants and toddlers.
Knowledge of and experience with home visiting programs.
Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated capacity as a team player and relationship builder.
Demonstrated organizational and management skills related to program implementation.
Experience developing and delivering training and technical assistance in-person and remotely.
Proven experience working effectively with limited-resource communities.
Strong written and oral communication skills including through the use of technology.
Working knowledge of financial and subgrant management.
Ability to be flexible and adaptable to dynamic changes in the work environment.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…
Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.
Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!
About Save the Children
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.
Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.
We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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