About This Role:
The Kansas Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research (KIECER) and Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities (KCCTO) teams, within the College of Health & Human Sciences, are looking to hire an Infant/Toddler Program Coordinator (Early Childhood Mental Health). This position will work on a statewide professional development and technical assistance project in the area of childcare and early education, focusing on early childhood mental health consultation. The Infant/Toddler Program Coordinator will oversee activities by the sub-recipient and have leadership responsibilities that include managing the planning and coordination of infant/toddler program activities while ensuring the implementation of determined policies and practices. Additional responsibilities include the development of, contribution to, and dissemination of materials specific to evidence-based practices in childcare and early education. This also includes ongoing communication and connection with program staff, directors, and state partners (i.e., DCF, KDHE, and Links to Quality) in providing an individualized support and education system to work towards and providing increased infant/toddler quality care and capacity.
The expertise of individuals will be balanced across factors and knowledge in specialized content areas. Examples include disabilities, teaming and collaboration, infant mental health, social-emotional development, and trauma-informed care. Geographic location may be considered, as the project will have staff in the Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita areas with others strategically located.
In-state travel will be required with possible out-of-state travel related to attendance at educational events for personal skill and professional development. Staff may be required to attend meetings to represent the project.
Why Join Us:
Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Inc. (KCCTO) is a state-wide training office dedicated to providing quality, accessible, professional development opportunities to family childcare providers, childcare center staff, and other early education professionals throughout Kansas. KCCTO is a sponsored project of Kansas State University and the College of Health and Human Sciences. The mission of KCCTO is to ensure high-quality early education and care through professional development and support for those who work with and on behalf of young children. As the current contracted agency by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) for the Early Childhood Workforce Development Project and the Infant Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN), KCCTO is dedicated to providing quality, accessible, professional development opportunities for family childcare providers, childcare center staff, and other early education professionals throughout Kansas.
The Kansas Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research (KIECER) is a partnership between the Division for Student Life and the College of Health and Human Sciences. The Institute is housed in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Kansas State University. The mission of KIECER is to elevate and influence practice, an equitable workforce, and family systems through collaborative efforts to advance the science of early childhood education and development. The work of the Institute falls within three main areas: workforce development, research and outreach, and engagement.
The KCCTO-KIECER ITSN project is a collaboration of the Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Inc and the Kansas Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research. This project supports programmatic evaluation of the technical assistance and training of childcare providers across the state of Kansas with specific focus on two areas: 1) early childhood mental health consultation and 2) supporting children with disabilities in childcare environments.
The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to six academic departments (Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design & Fashion Studies; Personal Financial Planning; and Kinesiology), the Center on Aging, and the Physician Assistant program. In addition, the college received approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to serve as a satellite location for the WSU nursing program. The College enrolls roughly 2,800 students (graduate and undergraduate) and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions (https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/). The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.
Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off (vacation, sick, and holidays). To see what benefits are available, please visit https://www.k-state.edu/hsc/benefits.
What You’ll Need to Succeed:
- Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, social work, psychology, special education, or related field
- Three years of relevant experience, such as:
- Development of written materials (e.g., technical assistance plans, individual professional development plans)
- Coaching other adults/professionals (e.g., mentor coaching, peer-to-peer coaching)
- Managing multiple tasks/projects
- Experience with infants/toddlers and/or young children
- Master’s degree in specialized area, preferably focusing on social-emotional development/mental health
- Three years’ successful teaching/in-service training and technical assistance experience with adult learners
- Five years of experience managing multiple tasks/projects
- Four years of experience working with young children and/or infants/toddlers
- Documented working experience with electronic and online databases
- Documented experience with public speaking and/or online instruction (conference presentations, training workshops, teaching at an in-service or preservice level)
- Documented experience working with specialized populations of infant/toddlers identified with risk factors, disabilities, or those at-risk for developmental delay or disability, and their families or other specialized populations (e.g., homeless, at-risk)
- Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment