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Director of PITC Training and Certification

WestEd -- a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency -- works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. WestEd has offices nationwide, from Massachusetts, Vermont, and Georgia, to Arizona and California, with headquarters in San Francisco. The Center for Child & Family Studies (CCFS) is dedicated to helping children get a healthy and successful start in life--particularly dual-language learners, children with special needs, and those living in poverty. CCFS promotes high-quality, research-based early care and education and its work informs national, state, and local child and family policies. The Center's Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) is the most widely used training system for infant and toddler caregivers in the country and has received international recognition as well. PITC promotes responsive, caring relationships for infants and toddlers and employs research-based training materials and strategies to support the early care and education field. Some of PITC's major activities include trainer institutes, home visiting institutes, academies for infant/toddler program directors, graduate conferences, and webinars. As part of the trainer institutes, PITC administers a program for trainers who are interested in pursuing PITC certification. Position Description WestEd is seeking an experienced leader with a demonstrated commitment to promoting the well-being of infants, toddlers, and families by contributing to the professional development of the infant/toddler field. A strong candidate will have deep content knowledge in infant/toddler development and care, expertise in infant/toddler program implementation, and an understanding of early childhood quality improvement efforts at the local, state, and national levels. Responsibilities Provide oversight for the development and delivery of PITC trainings Oversee organizational details related to the delivery of training (e.g., faculty recruitment, preparation of training materials, contracts with vendors). Serve as host and faculty at PITC training events. Lead the development of training content, models, and strategies in selected high-priority areas for in-person and online formats. Provide oversight for the development and implementation of the PITC certification process Lead the ongoing development and implementation of PITC certification. Supervise certification evaluators and ensure ongoing fidelity to established certification criteria. Provide support to individuals pursuing PITC certification. Supervise the PITC training team. Collaborate as a member of the PITC leadership team. Engage in budget management resource development Meet regularly and communicate as needed with staff at the California Department of Education regarding WestEd's partnership with CDE in developing, continuously improving, and operating the PITC. Respond to requests for proposals. Maintain contact with current and prospective funders, clients, and partners to develop work and secure funding. Provide overall leadership and management Ensure that all deliverables are submitted on time and within budget. Employ the use of data (e.g., training evaluations) to inform continuous improvement processes. Develop and implement policies, procedures, and practices to guide the work of the PITC training and certification system. Lead strategic planning and systems development efforts to support PITC's role and presence in professional learning initiatives in California, in other states and nationally. Represent PITC at conferences and stakeholder meetings and in collaborations with local, regional, national, and international partners. Collaborate with representatives from state- and county-level agencies on the development and implementation of infant/toddler quality improvement. initiatives, including early childhood quality rating and improvement systems (e.g., Quality Counts California. Develop quarterly and annual reports to funders and other stakeholders. Collaborate with other WestEd projects (e.g., PITC Partners for Quality) to ensure coherence and consistency. Qualifications Advanced degree in child development, early childhood education, or a related field plus at least five years' experience in infant/toddler program implementation. In-depth knowledge of evidence-based early childhood training and coaching models; experience with the development and delivery of in-person and online professional development. Certification as a PITC trainer at the time of hire, or within 18 months of hire. Knowledge of national early care and education policies, research, and trends. Knowledge of the California Early Learning and Development System and Quality Counts California. Demonstrated ability to work with and lead people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Excellent written and oral (including public speaking) communication skills. Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills, including experience managing a remote staff. Ability to balance multiple tasks and priorities; flexibility in adapting to changing scopes of work and funding structures. Demonstrated experience in developing policies that foster equity. Experience in resource development and budget management. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information. Proficiency with technology, software, and databases. Ability to travel multiple times a year on week-long assignments. Bilingual preferred. Note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Successful candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. Position No: 5571
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
5 - 7 years

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