Training and Technical Assistance Associate II

  • Warwick, RI, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work.

The Center for Early Learning Professionals - inside the Early Childhood portfolio has an opening for a Training & Technical Assistance Associate (II) in the Warwick RI office reporting to the Project Director.

The Center for Early Learning Professionals is operated by Education Development Center (EDC).  EDC has extensive experience supporting the work of early childhood professionals in Rhode Island. Our staff has deep knowledge and expertise in early learning and development, early childhood program management, technical assistance, and adult learning. We are former child care and public school preschool teachers, early intervention specialists, program administrators, and adult educators. In addition to our regular staff, the Center is supported by a pool of highly experienced subject matter experts who have long worked with Rhode Island’s early learning programs.

EDC is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Job Description

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.

The Training & Technical Assistance Associate (II) provides professional development training and technical assistance; typically assigned to multiple, diverse, complex and high-impact projects, involving:

  • Expert research, needs assessment
  • Writing; editing instructional materials
  • Conceptualizing and overseeing product testing & evaluation
  • Documenting & cataloguing
  • Maintaining records, including financial
  • Leading dissemination of information
  • Modeling facilitation of adult learning and web-based learning
  • Strategizing
  • Consulting with specialists
  • Developing presentations
  • Coordinating proposal development and project implementation
  • Developing innovative techniques
  • Analyzing trends and identifying opportunities
  • Performing or supervising fieldwork
  • Facilitating group discussions and presenting content both virtually and face to face 

The Training & Technical Assistance Associate (II):

  • Builds knowledge and capacity of organizations and staff
  • Facilitates project teamwork and feedback exchanges
  • Expands contacts and strengthens client relations
  • Coordinates contract and quality adherence
  • Coordinates administrative and logistical tasks
  • Troubleshoots complex problems, proposing initiatives and recommending or negotiating solutions
  • Provides training, supervision, and guidance or administrative direction to junior staff, if applicable
  • May be responsible for parts of diverse, small to mid-size  projects or coordinate sections of larger, strategic projects
  • May travel frequently within the state of Rhode Island.

Qualifications

This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; within Early Childhood Education or preferred field
  • Master’s degree, educational certification or PhD in a related field preferred
  • With Bachelor’s degree, 7–10 years related experience in the disciplinary area, social science or public health research, education, training, curriculum design, consulting, organizational development or administrative management, including solid experience with computer applications, instructional design, and Internet research
  • With Master’s degree, 5–8 years related experience (as above)
  • With PhD, 0–3 years related experience (as above)
  • Familiarity with multimedia techniques
  • Some prior project leadership or supervisory experience preferred
  • Bilingual (Spanish & English) preferred
  • Familiarity with HeadStart
  • Knowledge and experience, 3- 5 years working with RI systems such as RI BrightStars Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), RI Workforce Knowledge and Competencies (WKCs), RI Department of Human Services Child Care Licensing, and other child care agencies/systems as applicable.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends

Additional Information

EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.