Technical Assistance Specialist
I. Primary Function
The Program and Policy Analyst II (PPAII) or Technical Assistance Specialist (TAS) position resides within Nemours National Office of Policy and Prevention. This is a grant funded position funded yearly, for up to three years. Nemours and the funder are collaborating to implement a national technical assistance approach for childhood obesity prevention in early care and education (ECE) settings. The TAS will work on the national level to share best practices, implementation strategies and partnership approaches with other organizations to encourage a greater focus on childhood obesity prevention. The TAS will support states in making policy and systems level changes in their child health and ECE system that promote healthy eating and physical activity. The TAS will help states develop and implement practice/provider level initiatives for early care and education programs to help them implement changes in the areas of nutrition, breastfeeding and physical activity.
II. Essential Functions
The TAS will be responsible for:
· Providing technical assistance remotely and in-person to national partners and state level policy makers.
· Developing materials, curriculum, and webinars to share information about policy and practice changes necessary to support childhood obesity prevention in ECE settings.
· Analyzing existing materials from various sources to inform the development of program materials/resources, including documents, resources and workshops related to nutrition, physical activity, screen time and infant feeding;
· Developing program technical assistance resources and curriculum;
· Supporting the development and delivery of training to national and state level partners;
· Assisting with strategies and work plan development for center functioning;
· Working with project team from Nemours and subcontractors to improve overall project implementation and support evaluation activities;
· Providing content expertise as needed related to in the areas of: early childhood development, quality improvement, nutrition (food and beverage), infant feeding, physical activity and screen time recommendations and standards for children ages 0-5;
· Participation in regular project team meetings (including virtually);
· Other duties as needed.
III. Non-Essential Functions
1. Conduct analysis and research to support health promotion, disease prevention and organizational capacity building strategies of organizations. Help develop recommendations for health promotion and prevention strategies.
2. Present program strategies and protocols to internal and external stakeholders.
IV. Performance Skills
1. Background in education or working in the ECE field and the practice and systems level. Have a strong understanding of child and family behavioral, health, social, development, education, and poverty issues.
2. Ability to serve as information resource and work with partners and networks through identified strategies and expertise and the ability to provide effective customer service.
3. Demonstrated success developing and delivering training and providing technical assistance. Must have the ability to communicate effectively with, and develop culturally relevant communications for persons from multi-cultural communities and nonprofit organizations with minimal resources that target underserved populations.
4. Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.
5. Exceptional oral and written communication skills. Must be comfortable describing and presenting complex issues related to health to informal and formal groups. Skilled in written and oral presentation.
6. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work independently in a matrix organization including the ability to plan and organize with little assistance and to integrate work across the organization. Must be comfortable working collaboratively with a team virtually and with volunteers, staff and public stakeholders.
7. Availability for travel, including occasional evenings and weekends.
Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Julie Shuell at firstname.lastname@example.org.