FCSN // Early Childhood Training Specialist – Part Time

Family and Community Engagement Team (FACET)

Part-Time (30 hours per week)

Mission: The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.

Program Overview: The Family and Community Engagement Team (FACET), is a program of the Federation’s Family and Community Engagement Center that offers education improvement services to districts and schools in MA and trains community volunteers to act as educational decision-makers for students whose parents are not available.

Job Summary: The Early Childhood Training Specialist works in collaboration with assigned schools, programs and Federation staff to provide technical assistance, training and outreach activities to School Districts and Early Childhood Programs. S/He reports to the Program Director, FACET and also works closely with Director of Professional Development.

Essential Job Functions

  • Promote FACET and its services through public awareness activities, including but not limited to, contact with media outlets, representing FACET at meetings, conferences, school open houses, and other events.
  • Collaborate with assigned schools, programs and staff to; create partnership agreements for the provision of technical assistance, support to help implement family involvement and engagement. Provide agreed upon technical assistance, including; trainings to school personnel, family meetings, and assistance in developing action plans. Collaborate with Federation staff on the development and implementation of project planning and performance and evaluation process.
  • Create trainings (workshops, webinars, live streaming) and related materials for professionals and families. Conduct trainings for school personnel and families in school districts, early childhood programs, and other appropriate sites (such as conferences).
  • Conduct outreach activities to families, parent leaders, schools, early childhood programs, and community organizations in targeted areas, with a focus on racially and ethnically diverse families.
  • Participate in evaluation activities designed to improve the quality of trainings and increase participant satisfaction. Ensure materials and evaluations of training activities are completed and returned to the Federation.
  • Maintain accurate and complete information on families, schools, and communities served.
  • Provide reports and updates on all activities and complete required documentation of technical assistance and outreach activities provided to school districts and early childhood programs
  • Contribute to the development of training and outreach materials (i.e., writing, editing, and proof-readings), as requested by supervisor.
  • Provide effective and timely communication to staff, families and others inquiring about FACET, family and community engagement, early childhood education and other related topics.
  • Attend Federation meetings, as required (staff meetings, staff professional development).
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualification

  • A bachelor’s degree is required, master’s degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 2-3 years of experience working with families, early childhood programs and schools on parental involvement and family engagement activities.
  • A minimum of 2-3 years of experience providing presentations and training to adults.
  • Knowledge of state and federal educational laws and regulations, programs, and policies that affect students, families, educators, schools, early childhood programs and districts.
  • Good verbal and written communication, as well as, strong interpersonal skills is required.
  • Ability to; facilitate group interactions, meet designated deadlines and, work independently or as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and other office computer skills, including use of email, Internet.
  • Driver’s license and dependable transportation to be able to travel throughout the state is required.
  • Must be able to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter by mail to: FCSN Human Resources, The Shrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3, Boston, MA 02129 or by email to: jhyatt@fcsn.org.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) embraces the diversity of our staff and is committed to increasing the diversity of our organization. As an Affirmative Action/EEO employer, FCSN is also committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and candidates for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other legally protected status or designation. We welcome parents of children with special needs or those with a disability to apply!