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ICF Consulting Group, Inc. Equity Technical Assistance Specialist in Topeka, Kansas

ICF’s Early Education Services Line of Business seeks a Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B-5) Equity TA Specialist who will work with PDG B-5 grantees (states and territories) on equity in early childhood systems building. This position is home based anywhere in the United States with 25% travel required to provide technical assistance to the assigned states/territories and to attend related conferences and meetings once COVID restrictions are lifted.

The PDG B-5 specialist will serve as an equity subject matter expert to advance equity, particularly racial equity, in systems building and finance. Multifaceted technical assistance strategies will be used, including the creation of products and resources that support equity in the development of early childhood systems; the development and delivery of group technical assistance (e.g., meeting/conference presentation and facilitation, communities of practice, etc.); and the development and delivery of individualized technical assistance that is customized to a PDG B-5 grantee. To support technical assistance, information gathering, review of materials, analysis, and materials preparation is required.

PDG B-5 grantees work includes execution of a strategic plan that enhances parent choice and expands current mixed delivery system consisting of a wide range of provider types and settings, including child care centers and home-based child care providers, Head Start and Early Head Start, state pre-kindergarten, and home visiting service providers across the public, private and faith-based sectors.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the PDG B-5 lead subject matter expert and technical assistant for equity in the development of early childhood systems, with a particular focus on racial equity and finance.

  • Research, develop, prepare and disseminate written resources and products to advance equity in system building, policy and practice of early childhood systems work.

  • Plan for and deliver targeted group technical assistance (e.g., workshops, communities of practice, etc.) focused on equity and systems building in early childhood.

  • Plan for and deliver tailored, individualized technical assistance with a particular focus on equity and systems building to states and territories.

  • Develop and maintain positive, results-oriented relationships with federal, state and territory early childhood agencies and partner organizations, early childhood technical assistance system partners and other stakeholders.

  • Engage with states and territories to meet their goals for planning and implementation of efforts for equitable early childhood system building through strategic planning, results-based facilitation, active listening, analysis, strategy, resource and policy development, and reflective thought partnership.

  • Provide technical assistance and consultation in a manner that is responsive to state, territory and tribal needs; meets states, territories and tribes where they are; uses a relationship-based approach that includes consultation, coaching, mentoring, etc.; incorporates evidence based facilitation, active listening and cultural humility; incorporates analysis, data, strategy, resource provision, research, and reflective thought partnership; identifies outcome as well as partnership responsibilities of states, territories and tribes as well as TA staff, cocreating plans and activities; incorporates a systems building perspective; incorporates one of more dimensions of capacity building; establishes and uses communication protocols; and incorporates continuous quality improvement from evaluation data and other feedback loops into the work.

  • Engage in collaborative strategic planning and implementation of efforts for early childhood system building.

  • Develop and facilitate peer linkages between states and/or territories as relevant to the system building goals and desired outcomes.

  • Participate in the delivery of TA as needed to a variety of early childhood stakeholders including national and state level child care, Head Start and state prekindergarten stakeholders.

  • Coordinate the logistics, develop the agendas, and facilitate calls and meetings

  • Support the alignment of TA plans developed by various TA partners

  • Participate in national workgroups and task forces as assigned.

  • Participate in presentations at national meetings, webinars and conferences.

  • Proactively contribute to the overall systems building resource strategy.

  • Stay abreast of the latest trends, research, tools and resources that support early childhood system building.

  • Enter data on TA planning and provision within required databases, adhering to established timelines and protocols.

  • Participate in regular team meetings and calls.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, public administration, public policy or relevant field

  • 12+ years of relevant experience to include:

  • Experience with content knowledge related to equity in state early childhood system building such as mixed delivery systems for early childhood, financing of early childhood systems, publicly funded early childhood system implementation and operations, early childhood governance, quality improvement efforts including Quality Rating and Improvement systems, professional development systems, early learning guidelines, child assessment, Head Start, State prekindergarten, and other early childhood programs and initiatives

  • Experience with equitable systems, more connected communities, and relationships with people from various economic and geographic backgrounds.

  • Experience facilitating equity-based conversations and designing inclusive learning environments with large and small groups

  • A working knowledge of systemic inequity and/or social change practices

  • An orientation towards creativity and innovation in supporting states to address equity in systems building

  • Provision of training and technical assistance in the field of early childhood, preferably to state leaders and their partners

  • Collaboration and partnership experience across early childhood development systems, including state and federal stakeholders

  • Extensive experience with the development of early education and early childhood materials and high-quality written products, such as TA tools, presentations, handouts, issue briefs, reports, etc. including materials on equity

  • Project management that includes leading a group of senior professionals and complex deliverables

  • Working with state agencies or partnering organizations specific to early childhood policy development and program implementation.

  • Proficient in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, SharePoint, Skype, and Adobe Connect) and other E-learning/Webinar tools.

Preferred Skills:

  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, public administration or related degree

  • State public sector leadership experience

  • Experience working with multiple stakeholder groups as a participant, content advisor and technical assistance provider

  • Experience as an early childhood consultant, facilitator, and coach

  • Experience across the diverse delivery system

Professional Skills:

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills.

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.

  • Team player with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.

  • Demonstrated outstanding level of professionalism in providing team support, including ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy.

  • Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information.

  • Ability to apply detailed knowledge of organizational procedures to make independent decisions and serve as a credible resource for a senior management team.

  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.

  • Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities and to work limited overtime as necessary.

  • Experience with start-up projects.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy (https://www.icf.com/legal/equal-employment-opportunity) .

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law (https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf) and Pay Transparency Statement (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp_English_unformattedESQA508c.pdf) .

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