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Career Development Specialist
Employment Type:12 Month
Hours Per Week:40
Location:Multiple Locations, MN - Contact Hiring Manager
Spanish Bilingual Skill:Preferred (Not Required)
Hiring Supervisor Email:christina.vega@tvoc.org
Job Description:

The Career Development Specialist is responsible for assisting, supporting and monitoring professional development for staff and parents of children enrolled in the program. The Career Development Specialist assists service area managers in providing resources, technical assistance and support to staff as needed in regards to professional development. Supports classroom staff with CDA professional development efforts. Assists service locations in advertising employment opportunities. Serves as a liaison between Head Start Child & Family Programs and the Marketing Communications Specialist for the agency. Works with colleges to provide internship opportunities. This role will coordinate professional development program and related activities, providing information to others, and implementing and maintaining services within established guidelines and standards.  Helps recruit potential parents by providing information to them about various program services and benefits offered to enrolled children and families. 


Systems and Services

  1. Collaborates under the leadership of the management team in developing and maintaining an effective training system.
  2. Collaborates with the Education & Disability Services team with CDA professional development systems.
  3. Collaborates with the Marketing Communications Specialist to advocate the needs of Head Start Child & Family Programs in regards to social media and the website.
  4. Utilizes ChildPlus, collects, enters, and monitors necessary data, ensuring data is current, complete, and accurate.
  5. Provides onboarding support to Center Managers, Specialists and manager positions.
  6. Represents the Head Start Program in the community to advertise open positions.
  7. Identifies training needs and/or coordinating professional development services within the Head Start program.
  8. Monitors professional development services (e.g. courses, materials, training consultants, etc.) for the purpose of developing new programs that meet staffing needs.
  9. Researches a variety of information (e.g. courses, materials, training consultants, etc.) for the purpose of developing new programs that meet staff training needs.
  10. Monitor, evaluate, or record training activities or program effectiveness.
  11. Keep up with developments in area of expertise by reading current journals, books or magazine articles.
  12. Evaluate training materials prepared by instructors, such as outlines, text, or handouts.
  13. Obtain, organize, or develop training procedure manuals, guides, or course materials, such as handouts or visual materials.
  14. Offer specific training programs to help workers maintain or improve job skills.
  15. Design, plan, organize, or direct orientation and training programs for employees.
  16. Assists in identifying and coordinating job fair participation for Tri-Valleys Head Start Child & Family Programs.


  1. Utilizes effective communication and collaboration skills; building trust, demonstrating confidentiality, careful listening, and asking questions to achieve clarity.
  2. Facilitates effective communication, problem solving, planning, cooperation, and follow-through among staff as appropriate.
  3. Supports staff in finding solutions when vacant position problems arise by selecting strategies for remedying the situation.
  4. Models effective approaches and encourages positive change through reflective practice in a supportive and respectful environment.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  1. Observes monitors and documents compliance with federal, state and program requirements and progress toward professional development goals.
  2. Supports Education & Disabilities Services team in reviewing CDA progress in a timely manner, and identifying the need of further evaluation, referral, or intervention.
  3. Supports the Marketing Communications Specialist with ensuring Head Start Child & Family Programs information is shared on the website as well as social media.
  4. Monitors and evaluates the onboarding process as well as the training system.

Professional Development

  1. Provides technical assistance through regular visits to service locations to support in staff professional developments and recruitment.
  2. Develops training system for Child Development Associate (CDA) Trainee Program.
  3. Provides and supports CDA candidates with enrolling, training schedule, travel arrangements and center assignment.
  4. Supports trainers in providing group, pre-service, in-service, and post-service training and presentation as necessary.
  5. Provides information, resources and materials to staff as needed regarding professional development.
  6. Identifies and utilizes appropriate resources to enhance the quality of professional development for recipients.
  7. Supports the program’s “Grow Your Own” CDA efforts.
  8. Develops training plan and systems in conjunction with Service Managers; and facilitates its deployment.
  9. Provides individual feedback, modeling and coaching toward the goal of effective performance.
  10. Involves the Policy Council in all policy level decisions
  11. Supports effective transition for potential staff into and learning the Head Start program by providing training, resources and support. Provides accurate quarterly reports and Program Information Report.
  12. Reviews information collected for professional development requests and supports staff as appropriate with a plan.

Staff Recruitment

  1. Leads the creation of a recruiting and professional development plans for staff.
  2. Researches and recommends new sources for staff recruiting.
  3. Works with Human Resources to post positions to appropriate Internet sources.
  4. Works with Marketing Specialist to improve the agency website recruiting page to assist in recruiting. Researches new ways of using the Internet for recruitment.
  5. Networks through industry contacts, association memberships, trade groups and employees.
  6. Coordinates and implements college recruiting and professional development initiatives.
  7. Attends career fairs for recruiting and company recognition.
  8. Gives presentations at colleges, attends student group meetings, and increases college awareness of the company before and after career fairs.
  9. Works as a liaison between hiring supervisors and Human Resources to ensure an efficient/structured recruitment and selection process.

Minimum Requirements:
  1. Associates degree or two years equivalent experience in Public Relations, Business, Communications, or field consistent with essential functions of the job.
  2. Comfortable working with computers, willing and able to learn program specific systems as needed for position.
  3. Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
  4. Proof of valid driver’s license and current vehicle insurance coverage.
  5. Experience coordinating or managing the work of others and/or working in a team environment to reach a common goal.
Benefit Package: