Professional Learning Specialist

Buffett Early Childhood Institute   Omaha, NE   Full-time     Education
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Posted on May 30, 2021

Professional Learning Specialist

Position Announcement
The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the position of Professional Learning Specialist. Reporting to the Associate Director of Professional Learning, this individual will design and deliver online and in-person professional learning experiences that support early childhood educators and leaders in promoting equity, quality, and continuity in early care and education, birth through Grade 3. This includes leading live professional learning sessions, creating multimedia online learning resources, and facilitating collaboration among professionals in person and in the digital space. The goal of these initiatives is to enhance the knowledge, skills, and well-being of early childhood professionals in ways that increase opportunity to learn and reduce opportunity gaps among young children in Nebraska and beyond.

Buffett Early Childhood Institute Profile
Envisioned as a new model for how public higher education is engaged in the first years of life, the Buffett Early Childhood Institute is a four-campus, university-wide, multidisciplinary research, education, outreach, and policy institute of the University of Nebraska committed to helping transform early childhood development and education in Nebraska and across the nation. The long-term goal of the Institute is to be a leading center where scholars, practitioners, community members, and policymakers collaborate to advance a unified approach that can improve the lives of young children and families and the systems that support them. Applicants should note that the goals of the Institute are university- and state-wide, but the location of the Institute administration is at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

Job Responsibilities
In addition to periodic unique tasks, the following describes major responsibilities:
" Coordinate with internal and external partners to identify the educational needs, the content, and the facilitators for professional learning events, ensuring alignment with other professional learning initiatives.
" Design and oversee an online learning management system and related learning technology platforms.
" Create and maintain online and in-person collaborative learning spaces that support communities of practice and promote sharing of ideas and resources.
" Transform research-based content into exceptional interactive learning experiences that enhance the quality of early care and education-whether delivered live, virtually, through self-paced e-learning, or a combination of both.
" Stay abreast of research and trends involving learning science, adult learning theory, professional development, and educator training.
" Contribute to the development of documents and materials to support professional learning for early childhood professionals.
" Collaborate with staff from Communications and Marketing to promote professional learning opportunities and develop supporting materials.
" Support internal professional learning initiatives, building capacity of Institute staff to apply insights from research, practice, and policy.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's degree and five years of experience in:
" Working with children ages birth through age 8 and their families
" Designing and delivering instruction in an online learning management system
" Facilitating engaging professional learning experiences for educators both online and in person
" Working with racial, cultural, linguistic, and economic diversity

Preferred Qualifications
" Education in early childhood or elementary education, child development
" Master's degree
" Proficiency in Spanish
" Experience as an instructional coach
" Experience designing and delivering instruction in an online learning management system to educators

An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities is acquired may be considered.

Salary commensurate with experience.

The University of Nebraska is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.