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Project Director for Programmatic Assistance for Tribal Home Visiting

Job Title: Project Director Compensation: Competitive Department: Policy: Programmatic Assistance for Tribal Home Visiting (PATH) FLSA Category: Exempt FTE: 1.0 (Full-time) Reports To: Assistant Director Public Policy Work Location: Flexible Posting Date: August 24, 2017


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Summary The Director is responsible for providing leadership and direction of the Tribal Home Visiting Technical Assistance (TA) Center, as well as ensuring the effective and timely completion of contract deliverables based on work plans and budgets related to all funding years of the contract. The Director provides for oversight of all staff and consultants engaged in the performance of the work. In addition, this position serves as the primary point of contact with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct all project activities in order to successfully meet the following Tribal Home Visiting TA Center goals established by ACF, including:

  • Center management and meetings with Contracting Organization Representative (COR)

  • Technical assistance to 25 Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grantees

  • Development of TA tools and resources

  • Ongoing communication with grantees

  • Implementation of one national meeting for State, Territory and Tribal MIECHV grantees

  • Implementation of two regional Tribal MIECHV grantee meetings each year

  • Coordination and collaboration with Technical Assistance Providers and other key stakeholders, including the Tribal Evaluation Institute, the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center, the Federal Project Officers, and other federal staff

  • Coordination and collaboration with Home Visiting Model Developers

  • Developing and submitting required reports

  • Home visiting information dissemination to grantees and the field

  • Development of program related dissemination projects suited to a broad range of stakeholders and the general public

  • Ensure the provision of technical assistance that enables grantees to:

  • Improve maternal and prenatal health outcomes, infant health, and development

  • Reduce and prevent child maltreatment

  • Improve parenting practices related to child development outcomes

  • Improve children’s school readiness and academic achievement

  • Improve family socio-economic status

  • Improve coordination of referrals to community resources and supports

  • Reduce and prevent incidence of injuries, crime, and domestic violence

  • Build coordinated, comprehensive early childhood systems

  • Develop and maintain positive and effective communications and relationships with the ACF staff and with staff in partnering agencies and offices.

  • Coordinate with and oversee subcontractors’ efforts to complete assigned tasks.

  • Be responsive to the efforts of federal program staff to respond to legislative and policy issues affecting the Tribal Home Visiting Programmatic TA Center, MIECHV, home visiting, and early childhood health, early learning, parenting education/support and mental health systems.

  • Develop annual project budget in coordination with the assigned financial staff.

  • Closely monitor and manage the Tribal Home Visiting Programmatic TA Center to ensure that all activities are carried out in a high-quality manner, with the appropriate timeframe and within budget, including closely monitoring and tracking expenditures.

  • Supervise Senior/Lead TA Specialists, and Program Associate.

  • Oversee the plan and effort to collect, maintain, analyze, synthesize and evaluate technical assistance data for reports.

  • Oversee the plan and effort to review, analyze, and synthesize grantee generated data to identify and prioritize technical assistance needs.

  • Meet all reporting and other contractual performance requirements for ACF.

  • Travel, including overnight stays, required (20%).

  • Performs other duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the project.

Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated contributions to the field and a national perspective in child development, infant-early childhood mental health, public health, and family engagement;

  • Expertise in effectively communicating with, training, and providing technical assistance in the above domains to professionals and paraprofessionals in American Indian - Alaska Native (AIAN) communities;

  • At least 10 years of management experience in child and family development, with a specific focus on infant and toddler development;

  • Knowledge of TA resources that advance home visiting programs in the context of tribal sovereignty, diversity, and historical trauma and distrust;

  • Experience in managing the development and dissemination of technical assistance resources;

  • Experience with public health policy from a federal and/or state and community perspective;

  • Experience in the development of coordinated, comprehensive early childhood systems;

  • Experience managing large projects of comparable complexity with multiple partners, including working knowledge of the federal government structure;

  • Excellent verbal, written, communication, and presentation skills;

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with flexibility;

  • Excellent management and leadership skills;

  • Strong supervisory skills, including experience providing reflective supervision;

  • Ability to interpret and analyze data and complex documents;

  • Experience in overseeing a multimillion dollar budget

  • Excellent conceptual, written and oral skills;

  • Strong interpersonal skills;

  • Effective time management skills; and

  • Ability to travel.

Essential Qualities

  • Encourages and practices critical thinking

  • Is self-reflective and empathic

  • Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results

  • Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others

  • Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior

  • Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization

Education Graduate degree in child development, public health, mental health, or a related field.

Physical Requirements While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is constantly required to use repetitive motion, finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. Also, may need to remain seated for long periods of time, have the ability to perform repetitive motions, and hear well enough to detect nuances and receive detailed information. The employee may be required to walk, grasp objects, push or pull objects, bend, squat, reach, stand, or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for preparing and analyzing data. Frequently lifts objects up to 30 pounds. Occasionally lifts objects up to 60 pounds.

Working Conditions The work conditions described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. Depending on work location, the incumbent will typically work indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels or be subject to working conditions conducive to a home office. When travel is expected, the incumbent will be exposed to outside environmental conditions during those times.


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ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities


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