Curriculum Specialist, Thirty Million Words

United States, North America
Mar 07, 2014
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About The Unit: The University of Chicago Department of Surgery is one of the nation's leading programs comprised of 125 full-time faculty and postdoctoral researchers and more than 40 part-time and volunteer appointments. We constantly strive to provide the highest level of complex and innovative surgical care, comprehensive surgical training for tomorrow's leaders as well as groundbreaking basic science and clinical research. The Thirty Million Words Program aims to enrich children's early language environments by integrating early childhood development research, adult learning strategies and stakeholder feedback into interventions with and for caregivers of young children in diverse urban settings.

Unit Job Summary: Curriculum & Outreach Specialist: Thirty Million Words Initiative seeks an experienced curriculum designer and professional development trainer to conceptualize, write and deliver programs that will support the creation of a Thirty Million Words training and professional development program. The individual will collaboratively plan, coordinate, and support all activities necessary to ensure successful training of professionals to deliver the TMW program across a range of settings including: homes, home-based child care, pediatrician offices and community and faith-based organizations. As the program grows this individual will be responsible for supervising and evaluating trainees to ensure program fidelity. Candidate must be a creative thinker, a strong writer, a good storyteller and a team player. Experience with professional development for adults is required; experience working with young children and cross-cultural settings is desirable. CORE RESPONSIBILITIES Curriculum Development: *Conduct formative testing with select participants to inform the development of the training program. Formative testing will include recruiting participants and coordinating all aspects of their participation; *Collect qualitative data on curriculum development to refine Thirty Million Words curriculum; *Create instructional activities, refine activities, develop training resources and materials based on the 12-module Thirty Million Words program; *Design and develop curriculum content, training materials, training plan and training modules, teaching aids ; *Develop an evaluation and feedback rubric to ensure TMW program is implemented with fidelity; Training and Supervision: *Develop a training plan and deliver training to home visitors, research associates involved in implementing the TMW program in a variety of settings including home-based child care settings, homes, pediatrician offices and faith and community-based organizations. *Supervise trainees in implementing the TMW curricula through regular observation and reflective feedback. *Ensure fidelity to TMW strategies and pedagogy. *Provide guidance to trainees on how to observe and collect relevant data *Serve as a liaison between trainees and TMW senior staff in order to contribute to overall program development and refinement.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in a curriculum development, early childhood education, education, social work, or relevant field required. Advanced degree in a field relevant to the research being conducted preferred.

Unit Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant research experience required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to train others required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Strong verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Keynote required. Teaching in cross-cultural settings preferred. Bilingual in English and Spanish or native Spanish speaker preferred. Access to reliable transportation and be willing to drive to participants' homes in the greater Chicagoland area required.