Training & Education Specialist

Portland State University Portland, OR
Many childhood care and education providers, particularly those from underrepresented communities (communities of color, communities whose first language is not English, and rural communities), face barriers preventing them from accessing high quality professional development grounded in both the latest research and science regarding child development, and the culture of the provider and the children in their care. The Early Learning Funders Circle is funding a joint professional development effort to address these barriers. A portion of that funding is being granted to the Oregon Center for Career Development (OCCD) at PSU to administer Project IDEA: Increasing Diversity, Equity and Accessibility of Oregon’s Trainers

OCCD is a non-academic unit of Portland State University that promotes the quality of childhood care and education for Oregon’s young children by providing a statewide career development system for practitioners which includes the Oregon Registry Trainer Program (ORTP). Project IDEA will enhance the work of ORTP and will include two primary goals:

1. Increase the number of trainers from communities of color, linguistically diverse communities, and rural Oregon.

2. Increase the number of advanced trainings (Set-Two and Set-Three) trainings available to childhood care and education professionals throughout the state in languages other than English.

The Training & Education Specialist will specifically work on Project IDEA to recruit and support culturally specific, linguistically diverse and rural-based trainers to develop and provide all levels of training for the childhood care and education workforce serving underserved communities. This position will collaborate with community-based organizations serving diverse and underserved populations from several regions across the state in supporting trainer and training development.

This position works closely with the supervisor, director, and other OCCD professional and support staff, as well as diverse community partners and trainers in accomplishing the essential functions of the position.

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