The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) within the Institute of Child Development is seeking a Relationship-Based Professional Development (RBPD) Specialist with extensive experience working in childcare programming, childcare coaching, and relationship-based professional development. This individual will serve as the RBPD Specialist for a statewide childcare coaching and RBPD specialist project, co-facilitate an online learning community around RBPD, organize and implement the RBPD Credential training each year, and conduct coaching observations. This person will be a critical member of the Trainer and Relationship Based Professional Development Specialist Support (TARSS) project. This person will work closely with the other TARSS team members to design, implement, and evaluate this project.
The University of Minnesota encourages a healthy work life balance for employees. CEHD is committed to an excellent employee experience, offering a flexible work environment that meets the needs of students, staff, faculty, and the communities we serve. Flexible work arrangements may include flexibility in schedule and/or work location, within the state of Minnesota. All UMN employees are expected to follow applicable public health and safety procedures.
The individual in this position works under an annually renewable contract contingent upon performance and available funding. This position will report to Ann Bailey, Director, Center for Early Education and Development.
Project Management (90%):
Serve as the RBPD specialist in a statewide childcare coaching and relationship-based professional development specialist training project
Create and disseminate online and in-person learning opportunities for adult learners
Develop and implement at least one statewide conference per year
Co-facilitate an online learning community on RBPD best practices
Lead the day-to-day operations and collaborate with the team to implement project deliverables
Coordinate with external partners
Collaborate with the Principal Investigator on budgeting, project timelines, and resource allocation
Collaborate with team members to collect, analyze, and report program data
Teaming and Collaboration (10%):
Contribute to the mission of professional advocacy, policy making and outreach activities that support CEEDâ™s mission
Participate in meetings to generate new ideas to meet future project goals
Attend professional conferences, colloquia, and symposia
Ensure IRB policies are followed for all research involving human subjects.
Complete other tasks as assigned.
A masterâ™s degree in early childhood development, child psychology, early childhood education, early childhood special education, social work, human development, psychology or closely related field; or a BA/BS with at least 6 years of relevant post degree experience.
A minimum of four years working as an RBPD specialist within early childhood programming, including having completed the RBPD credential
Experience leading projects or programs in early childhood
Experience with adult learning, coaching, and relationship-based professional development
Experience developing and disseminating online and in-person coursework and with leading online learning communities
Ability to work respectfully with diverse communities.
Ability to maintain data confidentiality.
Willingness and ability to travel within the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and to other statewide locations to perform on-site observations.
Ability to conduct oneself in a professional manner; prompt, can complete duties in a timely and responsible manner; works well under pressure and can follow appropriate channels of response.
Evidence of success in leading a team of people to meet project objectives and deliverables
Direct practice/work experience with infants, young children, and families
Training in early childhood education/development or developmental psychology
Demonstrated experience working on large-scale projects
Demonstrated skills in interpersonal communication, administrative leadership, project management, and team building Demonstrated commitment to and experience in working with community partners, such as child care programs, non-profit organizations that serve diverse families with young children, local schools, state and local health, human service and education agencies, and other community-based organizations supporting families at risk
Demonstrated success in working in collaborative, multi-disciplinary environments
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.