Early Childhood Family Learning Specialist

Nov 26, 2018

The National Center for Families Learning, a private nonprofit organization located in Louisville, KY, is seeking an Early Childhood Family Learning Specialist to provide subject matter expertise in early childhood education. Underlying expertise in effective family engagement practices in early childhood contexts and the ability to create and deliver high-quality professional development are requirements. Experience working with low income, culturally diverse and/ or American Indian populations is highly desired.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a passion for NCFL's mission to address literacy challenges by engaging all family members in intergenerational learning, with a primary focus on parents and children living in poverty.


  • Plans and delivers high quality, research-based, face-to-face and online professional development to local and national partners.
  • Plans and delivers high quality technical assistance in support of project goals.
  • Provides on-site visits to local and national partners.
  • Effectively communicates with families, program leadership educators, and community stakeholders in both written and oral formats.
  • Participates as a team member in the development and implementation of NCFL services on a variety of efforts which may include:
    • New or existing programs and resources focusing on early learning
    • Opportunities to promote reading and early acquisition of reading skills as well as the parent's role in supporting literacy
  • Supports the annual national Families Learning Conference
  • Recognizes and takes advantage of appropriate opportunities to advance the work in the fields of early learning and family literacy
  • Attends organization and industry-related meetings, as required
  • Establishes individual goals which are aligned with NCFL's mission
  • Functions as a contributing member of work teams as assigned
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Technical Qualifications/Requirements

  • Position is located in the Louisville, KY office of NCFL.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher (Master's degree, preferred) in education or education-related field.
  • Deep technical and research-based knowledge in early childhood education.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English and other languages as applicable.
  • Five years teaching (or equivalent) experience preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in designing educational materials and delivering professional development.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in program implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously and manage time effectively
  • Ability to effectively utilize technology in an educational environment
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time and work on a flexible schedule

Core Competencies

  • Consultative approach—able to ask questions to gain an understanding of needs; coach to define goals and develop action plans; facilitate awareness of barriers and strategies to achieve desired results.
  • Influence and Persuasion—able to convince others in either positive or negative circumstances; use tact when expressing ideas; present ideas to authority figures; adapt presentations to suite a particular audience; respond to objections appropriately.
  • Communication—able to clearly present information through the spoken or written word; read and interpret complex information; talk with customers and clients; listen well
  • Planning, Prioritizing and Goal Setting—able to prepare for emerging customer needs; manage multiple projects; determine project urgency in a meaningful way; use goals to guide actions and create action plans; organize and schedule people and tasks.
  • Relationship Management/ Respecting Diversity—able to develop rapport with others; build and maintain long-term associations based on trust; adapt behavior to others' style; interact with people who have different values, cultures or backgrounds; demonstrate respect.

If interested, please apply online here, or visit our website, https://www.familieslearning.org/ and click on Careers.

NCFL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to workplace diversity.  NCFL offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  For information regarding NCFL, visit our website at https://www.familieslearning.org/.

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Toyota Family Learning Program

Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $35 million, Toyota has also contributed a wealth of in-kind support — including advertising, planning and management expertise — to form one of the most progressive corporate/nonprofit partnerships in the nation.

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The National Literacy Directory contains over 10,000 educational agencies located across the United States and has a dedicated toll-free number to help support those wanting to pursue educational opportunities in their communities.

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