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Cultivate Learning fosters the quality that makes access to learning meaningful. Backed by the University of Washington, our research-powered innovations and hands-on partnership create a fertile environment for smarter teaching and learning. We advance opportunity by lowering barriers to entering the profession and guiding educators to success. And we identify the building blocks of quality along with the path to use them in Washington state and across the country. Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning. This core belief drives our work to provide talented learning professionals the support they need to build that foundation. At Cultivate Learning, we translate insight into learning opportunity.
EarlyEdU Alliance within the College of Education is a higher education collaborative for Head Start and Early Childhood teaching. The EarlyEdU Alliance brings together higher education, government, and non-profit stakeholders to strengthen the nation's early care and education workforce by increasing access to higher-education programs preparing these professionals. We work together to improve child outcomes by transforming early childhood teacher development. The EarlyEdU Alliance offers a set of competency-based courses in early childhood education, delivered in conjunction with students' field-based learning. These courses were developed by national experts led by faculty at the University of Washington.
Cultivate Learning has an outstanding opportunity for a Content Specialist. This multi-faceted Center will be leading the national effort to put evidence-based early childhood practices into everyday practice in Head Start and childcare programs by developing print and multi-media products, developing and delivering training and professional development, guiding the successful transition of students and families to elementary school, and implementing a higher education strategy to help early learning teachers meet their educational requirements.
There are TWO (2) full time positions available.
Context and Position Purpose:
Reporting to the Assistant Director of EarlyEdU, the Content Specialist will be a key member of the content development team that will be independently responsible for collaborating to conceptualize, develop, and disseminate professional development materials and higher education courses in the areas of early childhood teaching practices, assessment, working with families, and transition.
Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:
In support of this effort the duties of the Content Specialist will include, but are not limited to the following:
Develop, write, and edit professional development content for higher education and professional development materials. Formats include print, Web, digital, and others.
Translate evidence-based research materials into language that can be understood by college level students, teachers, and other users.
Research existing evidence from multiple sources to identify appropriate practices to be highlighted by the Center.
Integrate and synthesize research evidence.
Actively participate in a review and evaluation process, including peer review, to ensure creation of quality content.
Collaborate across the center with the media team, graphic design and other units.
Lead projects from inception to completion and project manage on a regular basis.
Coordinate with the Communications Specialist on marketing plans as needed. On a semi regular basis, this position will deliver instruction and training to childcare providers and early learning professionals.
Other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in education or related field AND at least 2-3 years of experience working or consulting with early care and learning environments.
Demonstrated experience in writing, developing and editing professional development materials for early childhood teachers and informational materials for parents.
Demonstrated experience in using appropriate professional style guides (e.g., APA style) and ability to communicate complex ideas in written materials.
Ability to work independently and as an integral member of a team.
Ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects and exercise good judgment in a fast paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner.
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle confidential and sensitive information in an appropriate manner.
Proficiency with personal computing environment, Microsoft Office Suite, and the Internet.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Ph,D. in Early Childhood Education, P-3, Education Leadership or Special Education.
Professional experience developing higher education courses or curriculum and training materials for early learning.
Demonstrated ability to translate research into practice for early learning professionals.
Coaching experience on effective teaching practices.
Deep familiarity with multiple early learning assessment tools and/or certified and reliable on CLASS.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.