Technical Assistance Specialist
ABOUT ZERO TO THREE
Founded in 1977, ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society with the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential. Our Core Values Statement: We believe that how we do our work is as important as what we do. To learn more about ZERO TO THREE, please visit our website at zerotothree.org.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
ZERO TO THREE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring, advancement, and professional development. It is dedicated to diversity in its work, its staff, and with community partners. This is an exceptional opportunity for a professional who shares our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and supports our mission to enhance outcomes for all children.
The Technical Assistance (TA) Specialist provides support to Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (TMIECHV) grantees in implementing the goals of the Tribal MIECHV program, including the following:
- Supporting the development of happy, healthy, and successful American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children and families through a coordinated home visiting strategy that addresses critical maternal and child health, development, early learning, family support, and child abuse and neglect prevention needs
- Implementing high-quality, culturally relevant, evidence-based home visiting programs in AIAN communities
- Expanding the evidence base around home visiting interventions with Native populations
- Supporting and strengthening cooperation and coordination and promoting linkages among various early childhood programs, resulting in coordinated, comprehensive early childhood systems
- Assist Project Director, other TA staff, ACF staff, and consultants to plan and deliver all levels of technical assistance activities to grantees
- Maintain an ongoing and responsive relationship with a portfolio of 4 – 6 assigned grantees, including development of individualized TA plans and provision of intensive, relationship-based technical assistance
- Implement grantee communication strategies as directed by ACF including participating and notetaking on grantee monthly calls
- Actively participate in the development and implementation of an annual, national grantee meeting, and regional grantee meetings as assigned.
- Participate in the implementation of targeted TA activities including Communities of Learning and webinars.
- Identify best practices and disseminate lessons learned to promote the adoption of tribal home visiting core strategies to a broad audience through written products, presentations and other dissemination mechanisms
- Utilize electronic media, virtual communication technology and other technology resources to plan, deliver and track all technical assistance activities within time frame defined
- Contribute to the evaluation of Tribal Home Visiting Programmatic TA, including tracking TA performance data, sharing observations of lessons learned in the planning and delivery of TA, and participating in quality improvement efforts
- Coordinate with the MIECHV Tribal Evaluation TA provider, the MIECHV Technical Assistance Resource Center and other TA providers, as appropriate
- Make in-person TA visits to grantees as assigned
- Performs other duties as assigned to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the project
ESSENTIAL SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- A minimum of six years of experience in home visiting, early childhood, mental health, public health or related field
- Expertise in effectively communicating with, training, and providing technical assistance in the above domains to professionals and paraprofessionals in American Indian-Native Alaskan communities
- Strong knowledge of home visiting, child development, early learning, family support, and the prevention of child abuse and neglect
- Experience planning, coordinating and providing individualized technical assistance to states, communities and/or programs
- Ability to work collaboratively with individuals representing a range of backgrounds, diversities and skill levels
- Experience in facilitating groups, including decision-making and managing conflict
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable to dynamic changes in the work environment
- Excellent writing and verbal skills with a proven ability to publish articles, develop materials, and communicate issues around home visiting, child development, early learning, family support, and the prevention of child abuse and neglect
- Ability to work with a team as well as independently
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents
- Ability to manage multiple tasks
- Travel, including overnight stays, required
- Encourages and practices critical thinking
- Is self-reflective and empathic
- Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results
- Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others
- Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior
- Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization
Master’s degree in early childhood, mental health, public health or related field recommended.
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is frequently required to use finger dexterity and sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. Also, they may need to remain seated for extended periods, can perform repetitive motions, and reach for objects. An employee is frequently required to hold a writing instrument, communicate verbally, and hear well enough to detect nuances and receive detailed information. They may be required to grasp objects, push, and pull objects, bend, stand, walk, squat, or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for data preparation or analysis, and expansive reading. May need to lift up to 30 pounds.
The work conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounter while performing this job. Depending on work location, the incumbent will typically work indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent, and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels or be subject to working conditions conducive to a home environment. When travel is expected, the incumbent will be exposed to outside environmental conditions during those times