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ICF Consulting Group, Inc. Preschool Development Grant B-5 TA Specialist in Jefferson City, Missouri

Preschool Development Grant B-5 TA Specialist-

Health, Education, and Social Programs

Early Education Services

Telecommute in the U.S.

30% Travel once COVID restrictions are lifted

ICF’s Early Education Services Line of Business seeks a Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B-5) Technical Assistance (TA) Specialist. This position will focus on providing TA to state and territory PDG B-5 grantees to support the completion of a comprehensive birth through age five needs assessment, the execution of a strategic plan that enhances parent choice and expands current mixed delivery system consisting of a wide range of provider types and settings, including child care centers and home-based child care providers, Head Start and Early Head Start, state pre-kindergarten, and home visiting service providers across the public, private and faith-based sectors.

This position is home based with up to 30% travel required to provide technical assistance and to attend related conferences and meetings.

Technical assistance (TA) is defined as both onsite and off-site activities, such as consultation, meeting/conference presentation and facilitation, support of peer-to-peer opportunities, information gathering, review of materials, participation in and leadership for work groups, strategic planning, and training design and delivery in a wide range of early childhood content areas including mixed delivery early childhood systems building efforts.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain positive, results-oriented relationships with federal, state and territory early childhood agencies and partner organizations, early childhood technical assistance system partners and other stakeholders.

  • Engage in collaborative strategic planning and implementation of efforts for early childhood system building.

  • Develop and facilitate peer linkages between states and/or territories as relevant to the system building goals and desired outcomes.

  • Participate in the delivery of TA as needed to a variety of early childhood stakeholders including national and state level child care, Head Start and state prekindergarten stakeholders.

  • Coordinate the logistics, develop the agendas, and facilitate calls and meetings

  • Support the alignment of TA plans developed by various TA partners

  • Participate in national workgroups and task forces as assigned.

  • Participate in presentations at national meetings, webinars and conferences.

  • Proactively contribute to the overall systems building resource strategy.

  • Research, develop, prepare and disseminate resources and products to advance system building, policy and practice of early childhood systems work.

  • Stay abreast of the latest trends, research, tools and resources that support early childhood system building.

  • Enter data on TA planning and provision within the TA Tracker database, adhering to established protocols and timelines.

  • Participate in regular team meetings and calls.

    Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, public administration or related degree.

  • 12+ years of relevant experience to include:

  • Experience with content knowledge related to state early childhood system building, mixed delivery systems for early childhood, publicly funded early childhood system implementation and operations, early childhood governance, quality improvement efforts including Quality Rating and Improvement systems, professional development systems, early learning guidelines, child assessment, Head Start, State prekindergarten, and other early childhood programs and initiatives

  • Provision of training and technical assistance in the field of early education, preferably to state leaders and their partners

  • Collaboration and partnership experience across early care and education systems, including state and federal stakeholders

  • Extensive experience with the development of early education materials and high-quality written products, such as TA tools, presentations, handouts, issue briefs, reports, etc.

  • Project management that includes leading a group of senior professionals and complex deliverables

  • Working with state agencies or partnering organizations specific to early childhood policy development and program implementation.

  • Proficient in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, SharePoint, Skype, and Adobe Connect) and other E-learning/Webinar tools.

Preferred Skills:

  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, public administration or related degree

  • State public sector leadership experience

  • Experience working with multiple stakeholder groups as a participant, content advisor and technical assistance provider

  • Experience as an early childhood consultant, facilitator, and coach

  • Experience across the diverse delivery system

  • Content knowledge on state governance

Professional Skills:

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.

  • Team player with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

  • Demonstrated outstanding level of professionalism in providing team support, including ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy.

  • Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information.

  • Ability to apply detailed knowledge of organizational procedures to make independent decisions and serve as a credible resource for a senior management team.

  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.

  • Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities and to work limited overtime as necessary.

  • Experience with start-up projects.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law and Pay Transparency Statement.

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About ICF

ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI) is a global consulting services company with over 7,000 full and part-time employees, but we are not your typical consultants. At ICF, business analysts and policy specialists work together with digital strategists, data scientists and creatives. We combine unmatched industry expertise with cutting-edge engagement capabilities to help organizations solve their most complex challenges. Since 1969, public and private sector clients have worked with ICF to navigate change and shape the future. Learn more at icf.com.

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