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Organization: WestEd
Job title(s): Project Liaison, Preschool Development B-5 Project Job#5692
Description: This project liaison position includes managing the complex collaboration between cross-agency project directors, managers, and staff, as well as key stakeholders. Management aspects will include the collaborative and coordinated development of detailed timelines and processes and managing the implementation of those plans; monitoring and coordinating contracts, finance, and business administration activities as needed; and facilitating client, partner, and stakeholder communications, as well as the delivery of all project deliverables to ensure client satisfaction.

Full Description:
Position Title: Project Liaison, Preschool Development B-5 Project
Reports to: Senior Program Associate II
Program: Center for Child & Family Studies
Salary: Level H: Competitive (DOE)
Location: Sacramento, CA; San Francisco, CA
Time Base: 100%
Position No: 5692

WestEd - a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency - works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. WestEd has offices nationwide, from Massachusetts, Vermont, and Georgia, to Arizona and California, with headquarters in San Francisco.

The Center for Child & Family Studies (CCFS) promotes high-quality, research-based early care and education, informing national, state, and local child and family policies. CCFS's acclaimed Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) is the most widely used training system for infant and toddler caregivers in the country. CCFS collaboratively developed the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP), an observational child assessment, and provides professional development on its use. CCFS also provides a variety of technical assistance and policy support services to public agencies, including ongoing work with First 5 California (F5CA) and the California Department of Education-Early Care and Learning Division (ELCD) to support the development of an aligned system of high-quality early childhood services and infrastructure across the state.

Project Description:
California's 12-month Preschool Development Grant B-5 (PDG) will enable the State to strengthen systems for young children by conducting a statewide needs assessment to analyze gaps in existing services, creating a detailed strategic plan, sharing best practices and strengthening supports for ELC professionals through an updated management structure for the Quality Counts CA QRIS and an integrated professional learning platform, creating a new parent information portal to support parental choice, and improving quality through expanded participation in the Quality Counts CA QRIS, including building the capacity and quality of Tribal early learning and care. Under contract with the California Department of Education, WestEd-CCFS will manage the statewide PDG effort, ensuring that all necessary data are collected, all reporting requirements met, and all deliverables completed on time and within budgetary constraints.

Manage coordination, communication, and collaborative efforts with PDG cross-agency managers, coordinators, and stakeholders to ensure task activities are operating effectively.

Lead strategic planning, systems development and service delivery, including ongoing monitoring of project and subcontractors' goals and deliverables and project quality.

Provide effective team leadership and strategic input to the program/project support team to ensure efficiency in all operational functions.

Develop and maintain routinely updated, detailed work plans and tracking systems for project activities such as work planning, communication, and reporting.

Manage the financial performance and reporting requirements of Preschool Development Grant (PDG) project.

Oversee and coordinate the preparation, monitoring, and invoicing of contracts for consultants and subcontractors on an as-needed basis. Monitor project budgets in collaboration with project budget manager.

Ensure the highest standards are practiced by both projects; deliverables arrive on or before schedule, and assigned projects stay within budget.

Communicate and clarify project processes and roles with staff, and develop and maintain group norms to create consistency and order in project operations.

Oversee internal and external communications systems and web-based applications. Interface on a regular basis with internal staff and high-level clients and partners. Build effective relationships.

Participate in internal coordination activities with project director, project manager, and other key WestEd project staff.

Represent PDG at required state level meetings, collaborating with project partners, facilitating in-person and virtual meetings, and supporting systems work.

Maintain knowledge and awareness of current state and federal funding cycles that impact the implementation of California's Quality Rating and Improvement System both at the state and local/regional level.

Master's Degree and equivalent experience in relevant areas.

Demonstrated success in leading, developing and coordinating a complex project with cross-agency partners, consultants, and staff.

Demonstrated ability to communicate in a collaborative manner with colleagues and partners at all levels, from front-line employees to executives and external representatives.

Demonstrated knowledge of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems.

Strong experience working effectively with staff, clients and colleagues.

Experience coordinating high-profile local and statewide activities.

Solid experience in project and budget management.

Excellent writing skills for academic and field-based audiences along with strong presentation skills.

Deep and broad foundational knowledge of early childhood initiatives, programs, and systems.

Demonstrated capacity to ensure that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; to carefully prepare for meetings and presentations; and to follow up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.

Identify and think through all necessary steps of a project, set appropriate deadlines, move seamlessly between prioritized tasks, identify required participants and hold self and others accountable to outcomes and deadlines.

Demonstrated ability to design and implement systems anchored by research and analysis of current practices, structures, protocols, and documentation, identifying needs and issues, and facilitating collaboration. Minimum of seven years' experience in position with similar duties and experiences.

Travel required up to 20%.

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants live in California

Previous experience working on Early Childhood initiatives and state and regional systems work

Application Process
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If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation to complete the online application process, please call 415.615.3170. Please leave a message and a member of our Human Resources team will return your call within three business days. Alternatively, you may send an email to with "Applicant Accommodation" in the subject line of the email. Please note that this phone number and email are only for those individuals with a disability who would like to request an accommodation to apply for a job. If you are not an individual with a disability and have a question or comment, please email

Human Resources
730 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

WestEd is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veterans' status or other status protected by applicable law.
Contact: Human Resources

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