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Quality Childcare Partnership Specialist

Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative


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Quality Childcare Partnership Specialist

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Quality Childcare Partnership Specialist

About NECC:
Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative is a nonprofit that supports parents and childcare providers by giving them the resources they need to give children the education they deserve. Our programs and services reach more than 500 childcare business owners in Nebraska, creating impact for children, families, and communities across the state.

What it’s like to work here:
NECC provides its employees with a casual work environment (no traditional dress code policies here!), excellent benefits, and all the technology and tools needed to do the mission-focused work that we do. We know that to best serve our mission, our employees need a healthy work-life balance. We provide work-from-home flexibility, 9 holidays off per year, a lengthy winter break, plus Summer Fridays. (Be sure to ask about Summer Fridays during your interview – they’re awesome!) Since we’re all about children here, we encourage creativity, learning, and fun in the workplace! We hold frequent employee events as well as multiple training and development opportunities throughout the year. We also take Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion seriously here at NECC; we currently have several DEI initiatives underway. Ultimately, NECC is a forward-thinking organization that hires mission-driven people who are dedicated to using their various talents to serve families and children in our community; we hope you’ll be one of them.

About the job:
We currently have an opening for a Quality Childcare Specialist. The QCCP Specialist aids and mentors childcare programs in accessing supports, programs, and initiatives to further their growth as a small business owner.

Duties include:
• Provide information and help potential participants determine whether opening their own childcare business is the right choice for them.
• Recruit family childcare providers to participate in the Business Training Series (BTS).
• Train family childcare providers utilizing the All Our Kin BTS model.
• Serve as a contact for future and/or potential childcare providers seeking licensure; recruit potential childcare programs to participate in the Licensing Toolkit program.
• Assist individuals in navigating the childcare licensing process and perform mock inspections to ensure childcare spaces are set up properly and meet state health, safety, and quality standards.
• Support new childcare providers in obtaining their state licenses and successfully opening their childcare programs.
• Assist in enrolling childcare providers in the Wonderschool platform and provide on-going technical assistance.
• Conduct Quality and Safety Vision mentoring sessions with childcare providers.
• Aid childcare providers in accessing all QCCP services.
• Support the program offerings of the NECC and QCCP in collaboration with others.
• Respond to individual inquiries and connect them to all available NECC and community resources as appropriate.
• Collaborate with internal departments and external partners to further the growth and development of NECC, QCCP, and the Childcare Network.

About you:
We are looking for the following qualifications:
• Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Business Administration, or related field required; bachelor’s degree preferred.
• Minimum two years’ experience in early childhood education, adult education, or related field required.
• Prior experience working with family- and/or center-based programs highly preferred.
• Prior experience working with Omaha childcare programs highly preferred.
• Prior experience or education in business, economic development, entrepreneurship, small business development, management, adult education, or related field preferred.
• Skilled in teaching classes to adult learners.
• Knowledge of best practices and community resources for early care and education.
• Mission-driven with a commitment to making high-quality early care and education available to all children.
• Strong written and oral communication skills, along with good listening skills.
• Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.
• Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
• Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to learn.
• Highly motivated, taking initiative to achieve goals.
• Strong creative problem-solving skills, highly organized, and independent.
• Ability to multitask in a fast-paced work environment.
• High degree of discretion dealing with confidential information.
• Ability to work individually as well as collaboratively in a team environment.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook) and other forms of technology.
• Ability and willingness to travel in-state and to work some evenings and weekends.

***An equivalent combination of education, work experience, and lived experience will be considered if the above qualifications aren’t fully met, so long as that combination is sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the job.

If you’d like to be part of something special, please apply!

Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibits discriminatory hiring practices. We are committed to the equal treatment of all employees and applicants and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity/expression, and sexual orientation), age, disability, veteran status, parental status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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Posted on:
January 5, 2024

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