Temporary Professional - Central Massachusetts Professional Development Center Coach/Trainer

Job description

Job no: 507046
Work type: Hourly
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: UMDI - Connected Beginnings
Union: Non-Benefited
Categories: Temporary Non-Benefited

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) is a public service, outreach, and economic development unit of the University of Massachusetts, providing government, business, and non-profit organizations with effective solutions in the areas of research, organizational development, training, and technical assistance through its 9 distinct business units. UMDI has a budget of approximately $23 million per year and employs approximately 130 full-time professional employees, and 50 part-time, seasonal, and graduate student employees.

The Connected Beginnings Training Institute (CBTI) provides, coordinates, evaluates, and advocates for effective professional development and training aimed at enhancing the social emotional well-being of young children within their early childhood care and education experiences. Launched in 2006, CBTI joined UMDI in 2019 in order to continue its mission to build the capacity of infant and early childhood practitioners across disciplines to engage in nurturing relationships with the very young children and families they serve in order to promote best practice and social emotional wellness.

Through the Massachusetts Early Education and Care (EEC) StrongStart Training and Technical Assistance initiative, UMDI has led the Central Massachusetts Professional Development Center (PDC) since its creation in 2019. As a member of the Central MA PDC team, the Coach/Trainer provides training and technical assistance to the professionals of the early childhood care mixed delivery system of care, within the Central Region of Massachusetts.

Essential Functions

The essential functions of the Coach/Trainer include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Providing coaching and technical assistance to individuals working within the mixed delivery early child care system (Family Child Care, Group Child Care, Out-of-school care), referred through MA Department of Early Care and Education.
  • Providing training through the Central MA PDC, open to all professionals in the early childhood care mixed delivery system, available in multiple formats including online, in-person, and/or through a hybrid model.
  • Contribute as a team member of the Central MA PDC in provision of the Service Delivery Plan.
  • Provide information relevant to early childhood industry navigation including but not limited to PDC-provided supports and other supports available in the community such as community colleges, Early Childhood Mental Health Grantee, CCR&R, etc.).
  • Provide on-going documentation and reporting in response to the StrongStart initiative requests.
  • Participate in Central MA PDC and StrongStart meetings as requested.

Other Functions

  • Participate in business unit and UMDI meetings and initiatives as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related disciplines.
  • 5 years of relevant professional early childhood training and coaching experience.
  • Solid foundation in Massachusetts Department of Early Care and Education regulations, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Proficiency with common business software applications such as Microsoft Office.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Portuguese.
  • Demonstrated experience in:
  • Providing effective training
  • Collecting and reporting data
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to work independently and as a member of a team with varying levels of support.
  • Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

    • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, or a related discipline, and 3 years of experience of relevant professional early childhood training and coaching experience.

    Physical Demands/Working Conditions

    • Multiple hours working in a stationary position while using office equipment and computers.
    • Must be able to work from home as needed, with a physically safe workspace that is an appropriate location for the telework, with high speed internet access, sufficiently free of distraction. During remote work time, must be available for on-going contact with members of the team.
    • Must have the flexibility to travel within Massachusetts on an as-needed basis and occasionally outside of the Commonwealth to attend meetings, and/or conduct field-based data collection.
    • Ability to move and transport items up to 20 pounds from one location to another.
    • The physical/mental demands and work environment factors described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as-needed basis.

    Additional Details

    This is an hourly position.

    This position is funded by grants and contracts, and is contingent upon funding. No relocation assistance provided.

    Work Schedule

    Hourly work schedule, of up to 20 hours per week. Work performed may require evenings and occasional weekend hours to accommodate for variations in work demands.

    Salary Information


    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Along with your application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references by January 20, 2021.

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Jan 5 2021 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Jan 20 2021 Eastern Standard Time




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    Posted: 1/6/2021
    Application Due: 1/20/2021
    Work Type: Full Time