Project Program Specialist
Proposed Salary Range
Commensurate with experience
Type of Employment: Staff
Employment Status: Full time (29-40 Hrs)
Location: Employee's Home
This position has been created to increase the capacity of A-State Childhood Services and the Arkansas Out of School Network (AOSN) in supporting an expanding network of Out-of- School Time (OST) professionals and stakeholders.
The role of the Out of School Time Professional Development and Leadership Coordinator is to facilitate the development of a comprehensive OST, community-school based learning community with an intentional focus on professional development and quality systems by fostering multiple pathways for professional development opportunities, technical assistance, and research-based practices that meet the needs of a diverse field of OST professionals and stakeholders.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Promote expanded usage of the Arkansas Standards for Program Quality by OST programs statewide by implementing and supporting strategies identified by the Quality Committee and identify appropriate measurement tools and assist with updating the standards and indicators as needed.
Expand and refine the AOSN Quality website resource links (resource library) to promote best practices (evidence-based curriculum, core standards alignment, policies, and other quality/professional development resources)
Work in tandem with the OST Quality Supports Coordinator, the AOSN Quality Committee, and other stakeholders to inform the identification of protocols for a comprehensive OST program evaluation system including uniform indicators to track youth outcomes and data collection methods.
Inform and engage OST practitioners about the use of data and how to contextualize data in the instances of program quality, building partnerships, and public policy advocacy.
Assist A-State Childhood Services in the promotion of the Arkansas Out-of-School Time Credential and provide ongoing feedback in the evolution of the Credential as an applicable and relevant certification for non-formal educators in the OST/Positive Youth Development field.
Facilitate regular meetings with the AOSN Quality and Professional Development Committees comprised of key afterschool/community school stakeholders and leaders to promote the implementation of a multi-layered, integrated approach to professional development and quality systems building.
Assist with coordination and implementation of the professional development offerings of AOSN and A-State Childhood Services related to specific contract deliverables of the primary funding sources and identify new and potential areas for growth in the professional development portfolio including Best Practices Academies, STEM Consortium, the Leadership in Action Cohort, and Summer Learning supports.
Determine appropriate linkages between the A-State/AOSN professional development and quality portfolio to the Arkansas Department of Education's K-12 Professional Development System.
Assist the AOSN Network Coordinator with the implementation of the AOSN OST Leadership Academies in 3 regions of the state with school/community partnership teams comprised of principals, OST providers, parents, community partners, and district level leadership.
Specific tasks related to Leadership Academies include:
Coordinating interactive learning sessions (Institutes) with national and local experts and researchers in the afterschool/community school, youth development and family involvement fields.
Institute content incorporates research-based concepts while addressing individual team goals, needs and strengths.
Facilitating ongoing communication and technical assistance.
Monthly check-ins, on-line reflection forums providing participant progress and feedback, and linkages to needs-based resources.
Networking and cross-team sharing and responsive training.
Field visits, webinars, state and local conferences and leadership events.
Defining Leadership Academy Evaluation Framework.
Assist with grant writing and fund development to support the quality systems building efforts of A-State Childhood Services and AOSN.
Other duties as assigned to support the missions of A-State Childhood Services and AOSN.
Strong knowledge base in current research in the OST field and emerging trends in program quality and professional development.
The ability to work independently or as part of a team.
Strong written and verbal communication skills and experience, along with an analytical skillset.
Experience in organizing and facilitating workshops and training with diverse audiences.
Availability to work after hours and weekends as requested or needed.
Work experience in OST youth development programs, K-12 education/ higher education systems, or community-based non-profit organizations.
Experience in conducting or participating in quantitative and qualitative research and familiarity with data collection systems.
Experience in Out-of-School Time program development and/or management.
This position requires moderate in-state travel and out-of-state travel on a limited basis, and provides the opportunity to work remotely.
Formal education equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree in Education, Human Development, or related field.
Three (3) years of experience in classroom/out-of-school time program; at least one (1) year should be in an administrative role.
Experience working with out-of-school time program evaluation tools and state quality standards, and supporting the professional development of other adults as a trainer and mentor/coach.
Arkansas State University is a public, multi-campus higher education system with enrollment in excess of 22,000 students. Approximately 14,000 students attend the Jonesboro campus where the student body is diverse. The campus has a renewed focus on international student recruitment and capital campaign development. Jonesboro has a population of approximately 67,000 and is located 70 miles northwest of Memphis (www.jonesborochamber.org).
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