Project Specialists participate as members of a collaborative team working on a variety of projects within the TRI’s Center on Early Learning and Youth Development (CELYD). Project Specialists provide a continuum of services and products across the early learning system in Oregon. CELYD engages in Early Learning and/or Youth Development at the state level which requires a specialized knowledge and skills as well as an ability to navigate change, emergent needs and the expectations of system work. Project Specialists are expected to use culturally responsive, innovative best practices across a variety of duties including; program and process development, systems collaboration, change and alignment, program assessment and observation, system communications, leadership and facilitation, and training and technical assistance.
TRI staff are expected to engage in continual learning in anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion and outreach in order to cultivate equitable practices across all aspects of position duties and participate and engage in efforts to further develop and implement the center, projects and university’s equity work and goals.
Work collaboratively in a team environment. Facilitate, participate in and contribute to project meetings, seminars, workshops and other gatherings as needed
Provide ongoing administrative and communication support
Participate in team meetings on both the project teams and the CELYD team
Effectively communicate with a wide variety of individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds, including providing high quality customer service
Participate in internal and external meetings
Maintain confidential information
Complete duties related to assigned project/s; adapting to team needs as tasks arise
The primary purpose of this position is to provide assessments/observations using selected versions of the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) assessment tools for early learning programs. Assessment Specialists will conduct and score the assessments/observations and write reports. Assessment Specialists will also provide professional learning and technical assistance (TA) to early learning professionals in Oregon. The Assessment Specialist will be assigned a primary service area but will also be expected to travel statewide to conduct assessments and provide professional learning/TA. This position requires frequent in-state travel, occasional out of state travel, and semi-frequent night and weekend work.
Bilingual staff may be asked to use both languages across all duties and activities as needed. Bilingual staff will provide translation in a culturally responsive manner as needed for this position.
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Women, Black, Indigenous and People of Color, veterans, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply for this position, even if they do not meet qualifications exactly as listed. We are most interested in finding the best person to fulfill this role within our university community, and that candidate may be someone with transferable skills and experience rather than exact qualifications.
Western Oregon University only considers visa support for Tenure Track employees placed in specialized positions that are continuing regular university appointments for multiple years.
Required Application materials: You may submit all materials online at www.wou.edu/prostaffapp
Cover Letter that addresses your qualifications for the position.
Additional Application information:
Contact information for three professional references will be requested from finalists.
A criminal background check will be completed as a condition of employment. Education checks are processed for positions requiring a formal degree as a minimum requirement.
Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:
All WOU students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All newly hired employees must meet the vaccination requirement or file an exemption prior to their first day of employment.
Benefits: Western Oregon University offers an excellent benefits package for eligible employees which includes 95% premium paid healthcare, a generous retirement and vacation package, and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities. http://www.wou.edu/hr/benefits/
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Western Oregon University is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. We celebrate our inclusive work environment and encourage people of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. We embrace our differences, and know that our diverse team is a strength that drives our success.
Western Oregon University is committed to developing a barrier-free recruitment process and work environment. If you require any accommodations, please email us at employment[at]wou.edu and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.
Please note that due to the volume of resumes received, we are unable to contact each applicant regarding the status of each position or reply to candidates' inquiries via phone or email.
Combination of experience and education equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience related to the duties of the position
At least 3 years professional work experience in childhood care and education (birth to age 12) and/or other relevant experience such as home visiting, CCR&R, human/social services, assessment work, or child care licensing
Ability to become a reliable Assessment Specialist within 6 months of hire and maintain reliability in assessment tools (e.g. ERS, CLASS 2.0)
Proficient oral and written communication skills
Ability to take initiative and work independently
Ability to be flexible and adapt to changes and emergent needs
Ability to communicate with a wide variety of individuals and groups, including work team, providers, program personnel, and administrators from diverse backgrounds
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage a variety of task.
Bilingual positions: Proficient oral and written communication skills in English & Spanish
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. With approximately 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 80 percent of the student population being from Oregon. Approximately 25 percent of students are minorities, veterans or part of an underserved population. The university is known as Oregon’s campus of choice for those seeking a personal, supportive, student-centered learning community where every class is taught by faculty members and each student has access to diverse education opportunities. Together we succeed.