WestEd — a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency — works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. We have more than a dozen offices nationwide, from Massachusetts, Vermont, and Georgia, to Illinois, Arizona, and California, with headquarters in San Francisco.
Throughout WestEd’s over 50-year history we have maintained a strong commitment to staff diversity. Individuals of different ethnicities, races, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations, as well as from different cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, work at all levels of the organization. We value the range of perspectives provided by this diverse workforce and the ways in which those perspectives enrich and inform our agency and the work we do. Read more about WestEd’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As a community of over 800 researchers, practitioners, consultants, and administrative professionals from all backgrounds and life experiences, we are committed to making a qualitative difference in the lives of youth, children, and adults. We conduct and apply research, develop evidence-based solutions, and provide consulting services across the country in both rural and urban communities to improve equitable outcomes for individuals from infancy through adulthood. Serving as trusted partners in the areas of education, health, and justice, our teams enhance capacity within communities and school districts to prioritize impact — asking the right questions, customizing methodologies, developing relevant tools, and implementing best practices specific to a diverse range of stakeholder needs.
Furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion is core to who we are and how we work. We are committed to working with our clients to illuminate and address disparities, value and elevate diverse voices, and ensure equitable access to our resources and services. Come and join us!
The Center for Early Learning is seeking a Program Associate to work with a team of researchers and specialists. This work will include early-intervention research projects aimed at supporting school readiness and school achievement of young children in public preschool programs and elementary schools.
The ideal candidate has a strong background and interest in teaching and teacher learning. Responsibilities will include the monitoring of teaching and curriculum coaching in field settings such as preschool or elementary school classrooms. Research responsibilities also include management of project data and assistance in the preparation of grant proposals and reports.
Work responsibilities for this position will primarily be situated in San Diego County, CA. Occasional trainings in other parts of the country may be required.
Provide Professional Development (65%) – Work collaboratively with project directors and staff and external project partners to plan and conduct trainers’ institutes and teacher workshops; monitor and support for local curriculum coaches and teachers in public preschools and elementary schools who are conducting interventions with children
Collect Implementation Data in School Settings (25%) – Collect data and monitor collection of implementation data (e.g., quality of coaching, fidelity of teachers’ instruction)
Program Recruitment and Dissemination (10%) – Assist in the recruitment of preschool and school teaching and coaching staff for trainings; participate in workshops at regional or national conferences for educators
- Master’s or doctoral degree in child development, early childhood education, or related field required
- Experience providing professional development to pre-kindergarten or kindergarten teachers preferred
- Experience training curriculum coaches or other education trainers is preferred
- Experience teaching and implementing content-based curricula in pre-kindergarten or early elementary school preferred
- Experience working on early intervention projects preferred
- Knowledge of early mathematical development and education
- Valid driver’s license, insurance, and access to a personal vehicle for transportation to the school sites required
- Proof of negative TB test will be required upon hire
- Ability to pass a criminal background check
Note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Successful candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary for this role is competitive, set at a WestEd level F, and commensurate with experience. WestEd offers a very generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage, as well as Life, AD&D and Disability insurance. We also offer various retirement plan options and Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, childcare, and commuter expenses. WestEd offers generous paid holidays and paid time off (PTO), among other benefits.
Perks and Benefits
In addition to WestEd’s comprehensive benefits, our team values flexibility and offers flexible work hours. WestEd aims to provide you with a safe and comfortable work environment and offers ergonomic evaluations to make your work environment the best for you! Committed to the diversity of race, ethnicities, perspectives, and opportunities, WestEd offers a variety of ways to build community, including Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), affinity groups (e.g., WestEd Parents), and professional learning communities (PLCs) for Data Intelligence, Insights, Innovation, and Women in Tech, just to name a few. We hope you’ll consider joining us to build better schools, communities, learning pathways, and more!
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