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Organization: WestEd
Job title(s): Instructor Coordinator, Early Learning California Job #5699
Description: This individual will lead and carry out all aspects of the Instructional responsibilities for Early Learning California and coordinate with WestEd Leadership, the Project Director, and the Early Learning Florida Leadership team. The project will use stakeholder feedback and other data to shape, pilot and implement a unified Professional Learning Platform for the California early learning and care system, adapting the Early Learning Florida platform through collaborative work with the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida. The Instructor Coordinator will develop and support a cadre of online/blended learning instructors who will work with California's early learning and care educators and program directors participating in Early Learning California's professional development coursework and/or resources.

This position will be located in a home office in California.

Full Description:

Position Title: Instructor Coordinator, Early Learning California
Reports to: Senior Program Associate II
Program: Center for Child & Family Studies
Salary: Level G
Location: Home Office (California)
Time Base: 100%
Position No: 5699

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 early learning and care (ELC) professionals through an updated management structure for the Quality Counts California Quality Rating Improvement System (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.


Work with the Early Learning Florida leadership team in designing, managing, and assessing the Instructor Credential program.

Work closely with the Florida-based team to review the instructor training approach and adapt training and other elements of instructor training/implementation to serve the unique needs of California.

Evaluate Early Learning California instructors using agreed upon evaluation tools.

Collaborate with Early Learning Florida leadership team (Instructor Manager, Operations Manager, Course Designers, Evaluation Team and other support team) in conducting the evaluations.

Develop and implement instructor recruitment strategy, attentive to geographic, ethnic, and linguistic diversity that is reflective of the California early learning and care workforce.

Interview potential Instructors and make recommendations for selection as contractors/consultants.

Participate in work related to research and collaboration to inform improvements to the system and instructor support.

Produce reports as required.

Instructor Collaboration:

Assign online instructors to courses and sections based on the qualifications of the instructor and the requests of the Early Learning Operations Manager and the Instructor Coordinator.

Review instructors' coursework to ensure efficient evaluation, feedback comments, and communication with early learning and care practitioners is current through term check-ins.

Co-design with Early Learning Florida professional development opportunities for instructors.

Contribute to data collection, assist with preparation of data for analysis, and analyze data.

Design and facilitate instructor learning community sessions and instructor webinars.

Mentor instructors to design and promote best instructional practices in their area of expertise.

Oversee communications between Instructors and the community stakeholders.

Identify challenges with any instructor performance and develop corrective action plan (in partnership with Early Learning Florida team as needed).

Manage the coordination of the course recruitment.

Manage enrollment, withdrawal, and mastery processes of the project.

Collaborate with the UF Lastinger Center Technology Manager to ensure the Support Desk is handling all support as required.

Handle any grievances that may arise with the assistance of the UF Lastinger Center Grievance Committee.

Instructor Responsibilities:

Teach at least one course per term.

Adhere to all instructional practices as defined by Early Learning Florida.

Work with the Early Learning Florida team to adapt the instructional practices as needed to meet the unique needs of California.


Master's degree in education, preferably early childhood.

Early learning background.

Strong written and oral communication skills.

Ability to successfully access and use an online learning management system.

Knowledge of and experience working in California's Quality Rating and Improvement System.

Minimum three years' experience providing training, mentoring and coaching to early childhood professionals.

Experience working with diverse communities.

Ability to work as a key member of a team.

High level of self-awareness and commitment to one's own professional growth and continuous learning.

Ability to take responsibility for a major project.

Ability to work well independently and under direction.

Ability to manage and balance multiple tasks and priorities.

Computer skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, project management software such as SmartSheet and electronic filing systems such as Box.

Must be authorized to work in the USA (visa sponsorship not available).

Application Process

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San Francisco, CA 94107
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