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Quality Improvement Specialist-Suffolk County

New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
Date Posted: 10/01/2021
Salary / Wage: $72,000
Location: Long Island, New York
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Description:

QUALITYstarsNY is New York State’s voluntary 5-Star early childhood quality rating and improvement system. Since its inception, QUALITYstarsNY has focused its evidence-based practices to ensure that young children in participating programs have access to excellence and families can trust the level of quality in the program they choose. Assessment, coaching, professional development, and a wide range of resources are made available to each site, enabling QUALITYstarsNY to support early childhood programs to earn higher star ratings.

Applicant should reside in Nassau or Suffolk counties to be considered.

The Quality Improvement (QI) Specialist is responsible for providing key support in the implementation of QUALITYstarsNY.  The QI Specialist is assigned a caseload of participating programs to provide ongoing technical assistance and resources to as part of continuous quality improvement. The QI Specialist works in partnership with the leadership of participating programs to effectively use data to create and implement an individualized Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). The QI Specialist works in their assigned region(s), visiting participating program sites to support their continuous QIP.  The central office provides each QI Specialist with the equipment needed to manage extensive record keeping and filing timely reports.  QI Specialists also participate in regular virtual meetings and on-site meetings as needed. The Director of Quality Improvement and Regional Quality Improvement Coordinator supervise the QI Specialist. The QI Specialist collaborates with regional QI Specialist teams as well as the central office staff.

Responsibilities:

Leadership & Case Management 

  • Deliver on-site/in-person technical assistance and mentoring to program leaders (FCC Providers, Directors, Principals, Supervisors) aligned with QUALITYstarsNY program standards
  • Provide ongoing support to program leaders throughout the participation process; technical assistance and mentoring
  • Maintain up-to-date Quality Improvement Plans (QIP) in partnership with participants; analyze and monitor progress towards quality improvement
  • Provide orientation sessions, trainings, and develop ‘learning communities’ to support programs in meeting their goals
  • Build collaborative relationships with community partners to connect participants with necessary resources and professional development opportunities
  • Represent QUALITYstarsNY at local and regional events and conferences

Budget & Data Management 

  • Maintain accurate records for allocating and tracking expenditures
  • Develop efficient systems to carry out responsibilities using effective time management strategies
  • Maintain an accurate and complete QIP for each participant that reflects goals, tasks, and appropriate expenditures
  • Research local and state resources that support continuous quality improvement efforts 

Communication 

  • Prepare timely updates about progress and challenges with participants for regularly scheduled supervision meetings
  • Manage schedule of visits and other priorities
  • Plan, prepare, and participate fully in regularly scheduled regional meetings 
  • Plan, prepare, and carry out recruitment efforts to build QUALITYstarsNY waitlist and expand services
  • Participate in outreach efforts to increase awareness of QUALITYstarsNY

Other Duties

  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as required
  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in early childhood education, early childhood administration and supervision or child development
  • At least 6 years of experience in similar work, including mentoring and/or early childhood teacher preparation
  • Knowledgeable about NYS early learning documents, including the NYS Prekindergarten Learning StandardsNYS Early Learning Guidelines, and the Core Body of Knowledge: New York State’s Core Competencies for Early Educators
  • Experience with the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and designing technical assistance and mentoring based on data and assessment results
  • Comprehensive understanding of a variety of early childhood settings, including center, family child care and school-based programs
  • Demonstrated competencies in delivery of technical assistance, on-site consultation and mentoring
  • A complete and current profile in The Aspire Registry, New York’s early childhood workforce registry
  • Excellent and effective oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organization and case load management skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations
  • Ability to listen and respond to others with insight, diplomacy, and respect
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Proven accuracy entering information into databases and ability to track, analyze, and report on data
  • A car, valid driver’s license and insurance are required outside of NYC
  • Ability to travel regularly to various QUALITYstarsNY locations, and other agencies/partners locally and across the state.

Preferred Qualifications
 

  • Bilingual, Spanish/English preferred

Physical Requirements

  • This position operates in a professional off-site office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, laptops, tablets, smart phone, photocopiers, filing cabinets and other presentation materials
  • While performing these duties, the employee is required to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting items (up to 40 pounds), bending, reaching, sitting for prolonged periods of time. Reasonable accommodations will be made for employees with disabilities or other needs per RFCUNY policies.
  • Ability to travel to other sites including QUALITYstarsNY locations.

Application Instructions:

How to Apply

Please click the link below to apply. Provide a resume and cover letter specifying your qualifications, experience, and interest relevant to this position.

 

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About Goals

Your goals describe specific areas that you are working on (or plan to work on) to improve or maintain the quality of your program. Goals connect your quality improvement work to the QUALITY standards and your rating and allow you to schedule and prioritize chunks of work in your progranm. Goals group together and organize related action items (tasks) and provide a narrative framework to keep you, your program, your QIM and Central Office on the same page.

Goal Scope and Scale

You have a lot of flexibility in developing QI Goals, but some rules of thumb help keep Goals useful, readable, and manageable:

  • Time: A Goal should be achievable roughly within a rating cycle, If you are struggling to put even an estimated end date on a Goal, it may be too broad. Ideally, several Goals will fit (with some overlap) within a rating cycle.
  • Standards: A Goal should roughly fit within a standard subcategory. This is flexible, of course, but if your Goal is spanning multiple standard categories, it may be too broad.
  • A Goal may be too small if it can be accomplished in one or two small steps.
  • A Goal may be too broad if you can't define concisely how you will know when it is complete.
Goal Label

The goal label is simply a brief title that allows you to distinguish this goal from others in a list or report. The more robust description of the Goal comes in the Goal statement below.

Think of it like naming a file on your computer so that later you can recognize it. This label will appear on your goal as a "title" along with your Goal statement, as well as being the identifier in drop-down or selection lists for viewing/using Goals.

Goal Statement

What is your goal?

Goal Rationale / Inspiration

Where did this goal come from? What in your rating and/or conversations about the program led to the development of this Goal? Why is this particular area of quality improvement a priority?

Quality Impact

How will the quality of the program improve? What will be different about the way the program works, looks and feels? How will children, families, the director and staff experience the program differently?

Goal Activity Summary

Summarize / brainstorm the actions you think you'll need to take to accomplish this goal. You'll be defining specific action items as you go, but record the big picture here. What practices will need to change? Who will need to be involved? What will need to be purchased? What training/coaching will be needed?

Goal Existing Resources

What existing strengths and resources will help this goal be successful?

Goal Barriers

What factors, events or concerns might prevent you from accomplishing this goal? If you've attempted to make these changes in the past, what barriers arose and prevented you from following through? What resources or information could help you overcome these barriers and accomplish this goal?

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