Early Childhood Program Assistant
Position Number: 00106633
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) is a research and design assistance unit in the College of Design at NC State University. NLI is funded by research grants, training, and design assistance education projects from a wide range of clients interested in improving outdoor environments for children and families. Current clients include childcare centers, children's museums, schools, botanical gardens, and park systems. The majority of clients are in North Carolina. Comprehensive projects (combining design assistance, training, and research) are supported by industry and foundations such as the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, John Rex Endowment, and Kate B. Reynolds. NLI's design assistance and education work represents a direct implementation of the land-grant mission of NC State University.
Essential Job Duties: The Early Childhood Program Assistant will: 1. Contribute early childhood expertise on developmentally appropriate outdoor environments for young children to the content of participatory design workshops. 2. Advise childcare centers participating in sponsored projects on developmentally appropriate practice and provide related technical assistance during the implementation and upgrading of their outdoor learning environments. 3. Assist childcare centers participating in sponsored projects in creating action plans, organizing installation events, engaging parents in implementation tasks and learning processes, identifying potential funders, and developing local networks of sustainers. 4. Create content on developmentally appropriate outdoor environments for young children and deliver related professional development activities (workshops, webinars, and online distance education certificate programs). 5. Contribute to the design of evaluation protocols for outdoor environments for young children and assist with data gathering. 6. Contribute to the compilation and reporting of professional development activities and outcome data for annual reports. 7. Contribute to the creation and dissemination of print and online materials addressing developmentally appropriate outdoor environments for young children. 8. Collaborate in the creation and upkeep of website resources and materials related to early childhood outdoor environments.
Department Required Skills: Consistent attention to detail and effective time management skills. Excellent social relation skills and ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences: faculty, students, clients, sponsors, and funders in written and oral form. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Master's degree in Early Childhood Education; Youth, Family and Community Sciences; Social Services; or related field. At least two years of professional experience in early childhood teaching, technical assistance, academic, non-profit, or children's organization. Knowledge of data base management software. Knowledge of distance education software.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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