The Johns Hopkins School of Education's Institute for Innovation in Development, Engagement, and Learning Systems (IDEALS) is seeking a Workforce Registry Project Lead to provide leadership and consistent management for Tennessee's early childhood workforce registry, Tennessee Professional Archive of Learning (TNPAL). This project uses IDEALS' Registry 360 platform, the state's official system of record for qualifications, training, and professional development for child care providers licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
We are seeking a Workforce Registry ProjectLead who will be a direct liaison between sponsors, stakeholders, and other partners. Activities to support the registry and partners include coordinating and planning for registry needs through participation in leadership meetings, partner collaboration, problem-solving, coordination of effort, and planning for future enhancements and associated supports. This position reports to the Workforce Registry and Training Program Manager.
The IDEALS Institute is committed to ensuring everyone has lifelong access to high-quality human service systems. With partners across the spectrum of child and adult care, education, health, and social services, we improve the efficiency and efficacy of systems that govern and deliver services to children, families, and vulnerable adults. At the same time, we work directly with individuals to positively improve their lives by defining new evidence-based practices and services; developing and providing training; inventing beneficial technologies; engaging stakeholders through effective communication strategies; and developing and operating large-scale public policy initiatives in partnership with government, business, and other constituent organizations.
Our team of researchers, practitioners, and experts at the IDEALS Institute work to understand the complexities of large systems and transform their operations into actions that improve the lives of those who depend on those systems.
You are joining an entrepreneurial, soft-funded, non-profit unit within Johns Hopkins University. We seek to build solutions that can be shared across agencies and jurisdictions but also to drive down ongoing costs to ensure effective initiatives are sustained. Additionally, candidates who have a vision for cross-sector application of effective elements in K-12 education to other human-service sectors like healthcare and community engagement are strongly encouraged to apply.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Subject Matter Expertise (50%)
The Workforce Registry Project lead works closely with peers across teams to ensure alignment, integration, and successful implementation of Registry 360 deliverables.
Strategize with the client and provide thought leadership as a subject matter expert to support best practices in the ongoing enhancements of the registry.
Support the client in identifying design elements, functionality, and reporting capacity that best meet the client's needs.
Support the work of the client's Registry Advisory group and stakeholder representation as needed.
Coordinate communications between the IDEALS team, respective state teams, and any identified stakeholders.
Attend advisory groups and stakeholder meetings on behalf of IDEALS.
Serve as a liaison between the client and IDEALS. This includes advocating for a state-of-the-art product for the client as well as managing client expectations and priorities.
Produce and distribute training and project content, including thought pieces such as white papers and articles.
Operational Management (30%)
This position includes the following responsibilities, which ensure that project deliverables are met per the grant/contract terms and that the work reflects IDEALS' and Johns Hopkins' vision, standards, and expectations.
Help the client develop goals that are measurable and results-oriented.
Ensure project timelines are specific, measurable, and timely.
Ensure timelines and objectives are met as defined in the contract.
Support the development, implementation, and maintenance of user guides and training as requested by the client or as needed based on system updates.
Ensure client goals are communicated clearly to the IDEALS development team.
Ensure articulation of the states' needs and requests to the IDEALS team.
Assist in developing and communicating roles and integration needs.
Help the client and stakeholders manage changes as the registry evolves.
Provide leadership to manage a registry that includes early childhood professionals in partnering state agencies.
Provide leadership and support to plan discussions among partners about other quality initiatives in the state.
Conduct and communicate ongoing data analyses to identify trends, outliers, and commonalities.
Use data to help identify training needs, system enhancements, and necessary messaging.
Administrative Management (20%)
This position has the following responsibilities to support key administrative duties at the project level and serves as the point of contact for the client and external contractors.
Work with the IDEALS finance team to ensure budget spending is in accordance with the contract and with JHU terms and policies.
Maintain the project scope and ensure on-time and exemplary fulfillment of grant/contract deliverables.
Manage and coordinate registry team activities between the client and IDEALS.
Identify and advocate for new opportunities related to IDEALS work.
Coordinate with IDEALS teams to manage tasks such as help desk tickets, release items, and enhancement requests.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
Strong organizational and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities.
Ability to coordinate and collaborate with various levels of professionals within the early childhood education field, from the local to the national level.
Overall understanding of state early childhood systems.
Demonstrated experience writing content and reports, making presentations, and interfacing with high-level state/national leaders.
Experience overseeing the design and production of print materials and publications.
Experience with Microsoft 365, virtual conference/communication platforms, data management, and other technology systems.
Commitment to working with shared leadership and in cross-functional teams.
Strong oral and written communications skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects.
Willing to roll up sleeves, thrive in a start-up culture, and pitch in as needed.
Desire to make a difference and be mission oriented.
Reliable high-speed internet access.
Ability to schedule and facilitate conference calls and web-based conferencing.
Occasional overnight travel.
Availability for other virtual and onsite meetings.
Bachelor's Degree, preferably in education, early education, sociology, child development, educational leadership or workforce/teacher preparation.
Five years related experience: in designing and executing workforce development initiatives, preferably in the care and early education sectors.
Additional education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Graduate Degree or higher in education, early education, child development, educational leadership, workforce/teacher preparation, or related field.
Experience working in state departments such as health-human services or education is strongly preferred.
Experience working with early childhood systems such as QRIS, workforce development, and training/technical assistance systems.
Experience managing grant deliverables and executing grant timelines or similar projects with effectiveness.
Classified Title: Program Manager Working Title: Workforce Registry Project Lead Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME Starting Salary Range: $62,780 - $86,390 (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Mon-Fri/9am-5pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Flexible/Homewood Campus Department name: IDEALS Personnel area: School of Education
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