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The Childcare Quality & Early Learning Center for Research and Professional Development (CQEL) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of early learning environments for all children. The Center plays a critical role in efforts to improve the quality of early care and education in Washington State, and beyond, by providing training and support to the early care and education workforce and conducting research on current teaching practices in the field. CQEL is involved in the Washington State QRIS initiative, Early Achievers, and funded by Washington State's Department of Early Learning and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The EarlyEdU Alliance within CQEL is a higher education collaborative for Head Start and Early Childhood Teaching. The EarlyEdU Alliance brings together higher education, government, and non-profit stakeholders to strengthen the nation's early care and education workforce by increasing access to higher-education programs preparing these professionals. We work together to improve child outcomes by transforming early childhood teacher development. The EarlyEdU Alliance offers a set of competency-based courses in early childhood education, delivered in conjunction with students' field-based learning. These courses were developed by national experts led by faculty at the University of Washington.
The Center has an outstanding opportunity for a Part-Time Biliterate Early Childhood Specialist responsible for translating professional development materials into languages spoken by recipients of our products. Reporting to the EarlyEdU Assistant Director, the Biliterate Early Childhood Specialist will be a key member of the product development team that will conceptualize, develop, and disseminate professional development materials in the areas of early childhood curriculum and assessment, instructional strategies, and Practice-Based Coaching. This position requires fluency in English and Spanish, and skill in writing and communication with an audience that is diverse in levels of education, culture, and native language. The Biliterate Early Childhood Specialist will be independently responsible for identifying and developing culturally relevant instructional tools and curricula that will be woven into early childhood professional development materials. The work of this position will include developing products in Spanish at the same time the products are being developed in English, as well as identifying resources and processes to translate and interpret products into other major languages spoken by the early care and learning workforce. In addition, the Specialist will manage the workflow for translation, editing, and final production of the translated professional development resources.
Strong candidates will be able to manage and prioritize their workload to meet tight deadlines, work independently, and collaborate and communicate regularly with their supervisor and individual project managers of materials to be translated.
Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities
In support of this effort, the Biliterate Continuing Education Specialist duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:
Curriculum and Content Development
Independently develop, write, and edit content for print, Web, digital materials and other products.
Working collaboratively, support the development and implementation of a review process to ensure the creation of quality content for print, Web, digital materials and other products.
Translate evidence-based research materials into language that can be understood by teachers, parents, and other users.
Create an in-house dictionary of preferred terms for accurate and consistent translation of early learning related terminology.
Research existing evidence from multiple sources to identify culturally relevant appropriate practices to be highlighted by the Center.
Use evidence from focus groups to identify appropriate practices to be highlighted by the Center.
Integrate and synthesize research evidence.
Work collaboratively with team members including those at geographically distant sites to review Center products.
Other duties as assigned.
| Bachelor's Degree in education, social sciences, or related field AND 3 years of relevant experience. |
Biliterate in English and Spanish and experience translating written English to Spanish.
Familiarity with early learning and early care systems.
Ability to work independently and as an integral member of a team.
Ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects and exercise good judgment in a fast paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner.
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
Proficiency with personal computing environment, Microsoft Office Suite, InDesign, Annotation Edit, and the Internet.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
| Master's degree in Early Childhood education or related field. |
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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