Apr 01, 2019
Illinois Action for Children is developing a high quality teaching and learning system in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development. The goal is to enhance the capacity of early care and education professionals and their cross-sector partners to build strong community systems that ensure more children from priority populations begin kindergarten safe, healthy, eager to succeed, and ready to learn.
Illinois Action for Children is looking for a driven, outgoing professional motivated to impact systems through collaborative work and innovative thinking. Ideal candidates will enjoy taking initiative in presenting new ideas and bring an eagerness to understand complex systems. Candidates should possess a positive attitude and strive to see the best in children and families, especially those from priority populations.
Under the direction of the Director, Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3), the Community Systems Trainer/Coach develops content and delivers resources, training, coaching, and technical assistance to local early childhood collaborations, community leaders, and state agency leaders in the community systems practice area. In addition to developing and delivering supports (in-person and virtual) to local collaboration members, this position is responsible for building strong relationships and serving as a primary communication channel between local communities and IAFC to inform opportunities for systems improvement.
The ideal candidate will create quality professional development opportunities and effectively promote them amongst community collaboration members across the state. The candidate will also take the lead in supporting peer learning communities focused on his/her areas of expertise, and will contribute articles to the community systems development website and learning management systems. He or she will work with the Director of CS3 to ensure diverse participants are able to access training opportunities, particularly those in underserved areas of the state, and/or targeted high need communities. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with Company standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In close collaboration with IAFC’s community systems team, identify, develop, and deliver training and technical assistance supports to local collaborations and stakeholders to deepen their skills and knowledge of community systems.
Create systems to improve quality of and access to training and TA opportunities by integrating user feedback, data from evaluations and reflective action learning using continuous quality improvement methods.
Support local collaborations to embed action learning and develop systems change strategies that align with their vision and expected outcomes.
Provide coaching and technical assistance supports online, web-based, in-person, or over the phone, while recognizing and respecting the unique abilities and contributions of individuals.
Assist collaboration members to structure systems, routines and interactions that contribute to positive outcomes for the children and families in the community. Encourage, support, motivate, and work interactively with collaboration members to develop and implement ongoing goals.
Assist local collaborations in gathering, organizing and interpreting data to inform their planning, including demographic and service data available through the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map and local sources of quantitative and qualitative data.
Work closely with the Program Manager to support logistics and planning of the organization’s annual events, conferences, and trainings for community systems.
Actively promote online and in-person trainings in coordination with Program Manager and External Relations, using diverse outreach methods, including but not limited to social media, blog articles, website, email marketing, and print.
Collaborate with team in developing powerful online engagement strategies to support the collaborations in building their capacity in community systems development. Facilitate and participate in peer learning opportunities to develop cross-system sharing of resources and knowledge statewide.
Develop and manage organizational relationships with local collaboration leaders, community members, early childhood programs, and other stakeholders.
Support the organization’s evaluation and assessment activities, including the development and dissemination of training surveys and feedback forms. The position must be able to analyze and collect qualitative and quantitative data to inform training design and delivery. Work with Community Impact Analyst to use Salesforce, Google Analytics and other software tools to measure and report impact of training and TA.
Develop and maintain an inventory of trainings, toolkits, and resources for local collaborations – including managing web-based online learning resources – using ActionForce (IAFC’s Customer Relation Management system), learning management systems, and other appropriate online/software solutions.
Develop and maintain expertise on system-building and collective impact strategies by staying on top of current research and resources and issues across the early childhood development system. Attend conferences and Early Learning Council meetings to inform practice and build relationships with statewide partners.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college required. Master's degree (M. A.) or equivalent preferred; or two to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in early childhood, public health, community organizing and/or public education preferred.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Experience in adult training and learning
Proven ability to facilitate and coach leaders individually and in large groups, in-person and distance learning, and maintaining collaborative partnerships
Knowledge of the early care and education landscape in Illinois
Excellent writing, telephone and communications skills
Advanced Microsoft Office skills; intermediate skills in software including GotoWebinar, Zoom, Basecamp3, WordPress, Salesforce and Smartsheet (or similar software)
Strong organizational, project management and problem-solving skills with strong multi-tasking abilities
Exceptional interpersonal skills, especially with diverse personalities
Friendly and professional demeanor
Willingness to work and communicate within team environment
Location: 4753 N Broadway, Chicago, IL Salary: $53,900 IL Action for Children is EEO/M/F/V/D employer.
IL Action for Children
4753 North Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA