American Heart Association Child Care Specialist in St. Louis, Missouri
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The American Heart Association has an excellent opportunity for a Child Care Specialist (CCS) in the St. Louis, MO area! This role is instrumental in the rollout and on the ground implementation of the Child Care Technical Assistance Project, a joint program of the American Heart Association and Nemours. The CCS will work directly with child care centers, supporting analysis and assessment of child health and obesity and disease prevention strategies at the center level, significantly contributing to the development and implementation of center wellness policy recommendations, and assisting with the development, implementation, and evaluation of the program promotion and prevention strategies and practices in a specified region/location. The CCS reports to the Director Childcare Initiative in Dallas, Texas. CCS will provide hands-on technical assistance and training to 20-25 child care centers in their first year, and add an addition 10 centers per year annually thereafter (while retaining previous years’ centers) and be accountable for conducting pre and post- assessments, in partnership with centers and evaluation subcontractor, to assess level of improvement and other key measures throughout the year
With center staff, conduct an initial inventory (baseline assessment) of current policies and practices and create an action plan with center staff utilizing a wellness policy format: identifying priority areas of focus, resource analysis, and short- and long-term goals
Identify available resources for centers that support action plans and provide on-site and telephonic support as needed
Develop relationships locally with early learning coalitions/collaborative and other key stakeholders to support program implementation and success and ensure alignment with existing programs and infrastructures.
Recruit participating centers in to the program, securing Letters of Commitment from Center Management
Conduct trainings and facilitate networking for participating centers
Conduct program orientation with staff at participating centers
Conduct annual follow-up inventory with centers, refine action plan as necessary
Familiarize self and maintain knowledge of federal, state and local regulations (i.e. licensing) and/or voluntary or involuntary requirements (i.e. QRIS) relevant to nutrition, physical activity, screen time and breast feeding
Develop and set up regular integration meetings with local market staff to orient them to the National Child Care Recognition program, keep them informed about the status of the program and discuss ways to engage local volunteers and partners in the program
Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
2 years of experience in general project management, community or public health environment
2 years of experience in training or education
Proficient knowledge of child care, community/public health, prevention, childhood obesity and/or successful management and implementation of early education based programs
Demonstrated understanding of child and family behavior, health, social, developmental, education, and poverty issues
Experience supporting program evaluation and data analysis
Excellent oral and written communication. Must be an excellent face to face, email and telephone communicator
Plans, organizes, and schedules in an efficient, productive manner
Ability to travel up to
Experience in developing and managing relationships with diverse groups/environments and individuals as well as capacity building/community mobilization
Ability to serve as a mentor to program participants and internal staff while also ensuring they are accountable for performance outcomes
Ability to assess and identify significant opportunities and potential problems in communities and develop feasible solutions
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Requisition ID 2018-2987
Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs
Job Category Health Services