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Organization: WestEd
Job title(s): Senior Program Associate, Early Learning California Job#5700
Description: This individual will lead and manage all aspects of the Early Learning California project in partnership with WestEd Leadership, the Early Learning Florida Operations Manager, and other key stakeholders. 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 Project Manager will ensure that all deliverables are met and achieve the highest standards of quality and effective budget management.

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

Full Description:
Position Title: Senior Program Associate, Early Learning California
Reports to: Senior Program Associate II
Program: Center for Child & Family Studies
Salary: Level H
Location: Home Office
Time Base: 100%
Position No: 5700

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.

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.

Position Description:
This individual will lead and manage all aspects of the Early Learning California project in partnership with WestEd Leadership, the Early Learning Florida Operations Manager, and other key stakeholders. 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 Project Manager will ensure that all deliverables are met and achieve the highest standards of quality and effective budget management.

This position will be located in a Home Office in California.

Responsibilities:

Project Management
Provide overall leadership to the development and implementation of Early Learning California to ensure effective implementation of the pilot and planning for how the platform could help meet the professional development needs of the early learning and care workforce in California.

Work closely with the Early Learning Florida leadership to carefully review the Early Learning Florida system, components and quality assurance mechanisms and, in collaboration with Florida partners, adapt them for use in California.

Ensure successful implementation of the project scope of work and meet all reporting and implementation requirements.

Develop and implement, in partnership with Early Learning Florida leadership, a work plan and monthly goals to ensure successful implementation of the project scope of work.

Develop and implement a comprehensive communication plan to reach out to key stakeholders and California's early learning and care workforce about the platform, its offerings, and opportunities to participate.

Integrate lessons learned from pilot and feedback from stakeholder engagement related to developing a unified professional development platform to inform recommendations for further use of the platform to serve the early learning and care workforce.

Create, implement, and oversee communication programs that effectively describe and promote the State of California's mission and work.

Co-develop with UF Lastinger Center research staff feedback loops in the professional development courses that California early learning and care workforce members take.

Instructor Coordination:
Oversee the Instructor Coordinator and ensure successful training and implementation of the instructors and course delivery.

Collaborate with the Early Learning Florida Instructor Coordinator to develop and implement a refined system as needed.

Reporting and Contractual Management:
Co-Develop tracking system with UF Lastinger Center staff for data collection.

Prepare reports in a timely manner for internal review and external submission, using data from tracking system; identify and implement modifications of the tracking system as needed.

Collaborate with UF Lastinger Center's Finance Manager in handling the contract and invoicing procedures for both UF Lastinger Center and WestEd.

Qualifications:
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 in California.

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.

Travel required up to 20%.

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

Application Process

We invite you to Apply for this Position.

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 accommodationrequest@wested.org 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 recruitingassistance@wested.org.

Human Resources
WestEd
730 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
http://www.WestEd.org

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
Apply Online at:https://careers.wested.org/cs/jp/view/hr_pos/5700

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