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Early Childhood Workforce Engagement Specialist

Company: Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
Location: Eau Claire
Posted on: November 23, 2022

Job Description:

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association is a statewide, nonprofit association serving as a professional association whose members care for and educate Wisconsin's children, aged birth to eight. We are affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association works to build a foundation for a lifetime of learning for Wisconsin's young children by promoting excellence in early education programs, supporting professionalism in the early childhood workforce, and calling for greater investment in quality early child care. WECA's mission is to meet the professional needs of adults who nurture and teach Wisconsin's young children through a rich continuum of services.

The Early Childcare Education Workforce Engagement Specialist will play a critical role in increasing WECA's membership, engaging ECE providers and supporting Raising Wisconsin's advocacy efforts throughout the state. WECA works to advance positive change for children by supporting the professionals who provide care for well over 70% of Wisconsin's children. The ECE field is in crisis mode with a much-needed state investment and support given to sustain their programs. This position is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with the early childhood workforce, WECA chapter leaders, members, and others to achieve WECA and Raising Wisconsin's membership and advocacy goals.

_*This is a hybrid position with you working from your home office and going out into the community to meet with early childcare providers. This position covers the state of Wisconsin*_

_*Living in the state of Wisconsin is required for this position.*_

By joining our amazing team, you help WECA carry out its important mission and in return, here is what we will do for you.

Benefits:

- 10 days of vacation - *in your first year*

- 12 Sick days- *per year and can bank up to 240 hours*

- 13 paid Holidays

- Life insurance, Short term & Long term Disability-*all company paid*

- Medical Insurance with HRA- *company pays 70% of your medical deductible and prescriptions*

- Dental Insurance- *company paid*

- Vision Insurance

- Flex Spending/Dependent Care Account

- 401K- Company matches up to 3%

- WECA is closed the week between Christmas and New Year's all paid as holiday.

*Duties & Responsibilities: *

- Work in partnership with Director of Raising WI, WECA Advocacy committee and Membership Director to engage ECE workforce in advocacy efforts and fully participate in local, regional and statewide membership activities

- Serve as an ambassador to and a voice for the early childhood workforce at all levels of the organization and represent Raising Wisconsin in ECE meetings when appropriate (i.e. Child Care associations).

- Directs activities to increase ECE workforce and member participation in membership and/or advocacy efforts.

- Plan and design regional and chapter membership and advocacy events based on the interests generated by the workforce and members. This could include member participation in advocacy efforts, and regional and chapter events.

- Conducts presentations and training sessions at local, regional, state, and chapter events and meetings on behalf of WECA and/or Raising WI on membership, advocacy and/or public policy efforts that impact the ECE profession.

- Provides regular updates and reports on member advocacy developments to WECA leaders, members, WECA advocacy committee and/or Raising WI teams.

- Increase chapter engagement within key legislative districts

- Partner with WECA departments to engage ECE providers in membership and advocacy opportunities

- Assist with the other duties as requested

*WECA Community Responsibilities: *

- Contribute to the creation of a positive work environment, reflecting a team environment.

- Demonstrate constructive interpersonal skills.

- Participate in professional development relative to work performance and professional growth.

- Participate actively in team and organizational functions.

- Conduct self in a professional manner within the Early Childhood Education community and WECA's extended network.

*Education & Required Skills: *

- Associate degree in Early Childhood or related field with 1 to 3 years of experience working in the early care and education field.

- Strong working knowledge and connections in the early childhood care and education systems statewide.

- Ability to communicate effectively in person, facilitating meetings, presenting workshops, on the phone and in writing

- Ability to work independently, attend to detail-oriented work and multiple tasks, identify needs, contribute to creative solutions, and problem solve

- Familiarity with computer usages and programs

- Ability to travel within the state, (reliable automobile at their disposal and valid WI driver's license), attend evening meetings and occasionally travel out of state as program representative

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, development disability, sexual orientation or national origin.

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:
* 401(k)
* 401(k) matching
* Dental insurance
* Employee assistance program
* Flexible schedule
* Flexible spending account
* Health insurance
* Life insurance
* Paid time off
* Retirement plan
* Vision insurance
Schedule:
* Monday to Friday

Application Question(s):
* Do you have a strong working knowledge and connections in the early childhood education system statewide?

Education:
* Associate (Preferred)

Experience:
* Early childhood education: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location: On the road%58047475%

Keywords: Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, Eau Claire , Early Childhood Workforce Engagement Specialist, Other , Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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