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WestEd Position Announcement

Benefits Highlights

  • All health benefits effective first of the month following date of hire
  • 15% contribution toward retirement effective day one of employment
  • 15 vacation days, which will increase to 20 days per year beginning the 4th year of employment
  • 12 holidays
  • 12 days sick leave per year
Position Title: Infant-Toddler Specialist
Reports to:Project Director
Program: Center for Child & Family Studies
Salary: Level H - $90,400 - $113,000
Location: Home Office
Time Base:100%
Position No: 5115

WestEd — a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency — works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. WestEd has more than a dozen offices nationwide, from Massachusetts, Vermont, and Georgia, to Illinois, Arizona, and California, with headquarters in San Francisco.

WestEd's Center for Child & Family Studies (CCFS) is dedicated to helping America's children get a healthy start in life. It does this by promoting research-based, high-quality early care and education services for children and families, with special attention to those living in poverty, dual language learners, and those with disabilities or other special needs.

Position Description

The Infant-Toddler Specialist/Senior Program Associate (ITS) will join the WestEd team of the Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC), Infant-Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) and will serve as the ITS for the Office of Child Care (OCC) Region IX states, tribes, and territories (Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, N. Mariana Islands). The ITS will work in conjunction with the State Systems Specialist (SSS) for Region IX, OCC regional staff, federal TA partners, and each state/territory to help prioritize approved Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) technical assistance goals, assess readiness and ability to implement solutions, make recommendations for specific technical assistance resources and activities, and determine possible strategies for measuring results. In addition, the ITS will utilize their deep expertise and knowledge of early childhood development, systems, and policies to provide technical support and training to States and Territories.

Position will be located in a home office in Region IX.


Build strong, positive, strength-based relationships with critical Regional and State staff and with multiple stakeholders to facilitate ongoing communication, collaborative planning, and shared problem solving

Build strong, positive relationships with OCC central and regional office staff, OHS central and regional office staff and with Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System (ECTTAS) colleagues.

Develop and maintain expert level knowledge of the imbedding of infant/toddler high quality care as a central tenet of all early childhood existing systems and systems development efforts within Region IX.

Research, develop, prepare and disseminate resources and products to advance theory, policy, and practice of early childhood systems work, with an emphasis on supporting and expanding access to high quality infant/toddler care.

Develop and maintain technical and content knowledge in core areas of capacity building, effective coaching and consultation, early childhood development, policy and systems building.

Develop and maintain expert level knowledge of change management theory and assessment of systems’, programs’ and individuals’ readiness to change.

Develop and maintain an understanding of state, territory and tribal practices and approaches for using CCDF funds to support high quality systems of care for infants and toddlers, meaningful and effective infant/toddler center-based and family child care, provider/teacher quality improvement, and supply building activities, including approaches for use of the 3% set aside and understanding the use of grants and contracts to support quality expansion efforts.

Develop and maintain expert knowledge of the CCDF purposes, priorities, and requirements, with special attention to infant-toddler components, to support effective communication of goals and vision of CCDF defined by the OCC.

Develop and maintain expert level knowledge of CCDBG programs within Region IX. This includes understanding the nuances of each state/territory’s CCDF services and grantee-specific policies and practices.

Develop and maintain expert level knowledge in the delivery of technical assistance including: coaching, mentoring and consultation models.

Develop and maintain an understanding of and apply an Implementation Science Approach to new program and policy development and implementation.

Stay abreast of the latest research, tools, and resources that support the activities of the SSS in order to be effective and understand the challenges the CCDF grantees face.

Provide meeting planning, coordination, and facilitation in order to enhance communication with TTA partners, OCC/OHS central office and regional office, and state/territory administrators.

Collaborate closely with OCC and OHS-funded technical assistance partners/peers and federal staff in the provision of training and/or TA to grantees and other primary audiences. As needed, coordinate training/TA with information services project staff, and/or other TA partners.

Assist lead agencies to facilitate partnerships with Early Head Start and other early childhood education programs to support the coordination of services.

Proactively contribute to the overall systems building resource strategy for the State Capacity Building Center.

As assigned, serve as lead for project and/or work product development and implementation, either working independently or with a team.

Support OCC designated priorities and special projects, including development of TA materials (e.g. issue briefs, handouts, brochures, presentation kits, and webinars).


Master’s degree in child development, early childhood education, public policy, or related field

Deep expertise in early childhood systems and policies, including both federal policies and funding streams such as CCDF, and state-level systems and implementation frameworks

Expertise in child development or early childhood education programs and systems, particularly infant and toddler development

Experience in developing and delivering training and technical assistance at the state and national level to support the infant/toddler workforce and families of infants and toddlers

Experience facilitating strategic planning between multiple stakeholders

Certification in the Program for Infant/Toddler Care a plus

Familiarity with Head Start and child care policies (i.e., Head Start Program Performance Standards, Child Care Development Fund)

Experience leading the development of training and technical assistance resources preferred

Teaching experience (Infant/toddler/preschool/PreK/Kindergarten) or equivalent/ preferred

Extensive familiarity with state and national early childhood initiatives and research

Strong analytical skills and attention to detail

Strong command of oral and written language

Ability to work independently and as a team member

Ability to lead a small group of colleagues to complete tasks

Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities

Ability to interact with a variety of internal and external groups and clients

Skill in the use of a computer and information technology

High comfort level with ambiguity and shifting priorities

Ability to travel

Bilingual-Spanish preferred

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