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The NC Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Program Coordinator will lead the Resources, Curriculum Development, and Training (RCDT) Working Group of the NC Farm to ECE Initiative. This working group is a cross-sector team, with representatives from GO NAP SACC, NC Cooperative Extension, Shape NC, Wake County Smart Start, Natural Learning Initiative, the NC Division of Public Health, and the NC Farm to Preschool Network. The Program Coordinator will synthesize the expertise in this working group to create training programs for statewide Farm to ECE Technical Assistance providers including but not limited to Cooperative Extension, the NC Partnership for Children, and other partners with expertise in the ECE setting including Child Care Health Consultants. The Program Coordinator will also work with the project’s evaluator to evaluate the effectiveness of the training.
The incumbent will lead this working group in creating, disseminating, and evaluating Farm to ECE professional development materials and training programs for early education teachers and their TA Providers. The incumbent will also work to integrate Farm to ECE concepts into materials being developed at the state ECE level where feasible and reasonable. The training programs will include train the trainer modules, as well as modules for virtual learning platforms.
The incumbent also will work with the Program Manager to plan and implement the second Farm to ECE Collaborative, a professional development hub that connects counties to one another, each forming community teams that work toward Farm to ECE best practices and become model sites for the state and nation. In partnership with the Project Manager, the Program Coordinator will recruit counties to participate, visit teams to answer any questions they may have and help them build their teams, and organize learning sessions and professional development opportunities for participants.
- Facilitate regular Resource Curriculum Development & Training (RCDT) working group meetings.
- Working with project partners to develop a training program and training modules for Cooperative Extension, NC Partnership for Children, and other technical assistance providers.
- Secure contact hours credit for workshop participants through credentialing organizations.
- Provide strengths-based training, consultation and coaching to technical assistance organizations across the state.
- Attend conferences statewide to train various ECE stakeholders in Farm to ECE.
- Coordinate trainings and workshops for teams in the Farm to ECE Collaborative.
- Amplify the Farm to ECE Initiative’s resources by identifying training needs of Collaborative participants and working with project partners to develop resources that meet those needs.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with partners across the state to successfully develop and sustain Farm to ECE model sites.
- Preparing publications and reports and present results at conferences and educational workshops statewide.
- Willingness to travel statewide and occasionally out of state in order to disseminate successful strategies and lessons learned.
- Understanding of Farm to Early Care and Education environments and settings.
- Experience working with growers or working in the Farm to ECE supply chains.
- Ability to develop professional relationships and work as a team member.
- High level of initiative, creativity, and flexibility.
- Outstanding training, presentation and facilitation skills.
- Ability to identify and assess knowledge gaps and communicate recommendations for improvement.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills Training and Education:
- Master’s degree in early education, public health, food systems, health education, or related field and work experience, or a Bachelor’s degree in above noted disciplines with at least 3 years of relevant related work experience.
- Knowledge of how racial equity shapes our education and food systems, and willingness to continue to gain understanding in this area and integrate this understanding into work products.
- Understanding of early care and education system in NC.
- Understanding of North Carolina geography, communities, and their local assets.
- 4+ years of related work experience.
- Experience developing curriculum and training modules.
- Knowledge of adult learning principles.
Primary function of Organizational Unit:
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.
NC Farm to Early Care and Education (NC F2ECE) connects local farms with local childcare centers to empower the development of community-based, equitable food systems. To achieve this goal, CEFS and its partner organizations assist in developing food procurement systems, connecting resources and people across food systems and early childhood education, and providing children with experiential ways to engage with food.
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