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Training Coordinator

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Providence, RI, USA


The SEIU Education & Support Fund is on a mission to empower workers, raise standards, and promote high quality jobs. We do this by designing and facilitating worker-centered, relationship-based, and accessible education and training programs.  Within early childhood education, our goal is to ensure that all early childhood education professionals feel engaged and empowered in their profession; are respected and well compensated; and have access to educator-centered professional development and training. We work closely with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the labor union that represents over 80,000 early childhood educators across 8 states, and are currently piloting innovative programs around peer mentorship, advocacy, substitute pools, and apprenticeship.

We are seeking a RI-based Training Coordinator with a broad set of relational and program development skills to create engaging learning experiences for improving the quality of early child care and empowering family child care educators. This is a full-time position working as part of a small but mighty team of smart and empathetic self-starters who value you for your "Sí, se puede" attitude and your commitment to justice and equity.

Areas of Responsibility: 


  • You will cultivate strong, trusting relationships with family child care educators in order to develop programming that is responsive to their needs, culture, and learning style. This will include conversations over coffee, friendly visits to homes, and welcoming phone calls.

  • You will build and lead a diverse and engaged facilitation and coaching team. This will include flexing your own muscles as a program designer and facilitator as well as recruiting, training, and supporting contract-based trainers to work in alignment with our training principles. Perhaps the most exciting opportunity here is the chance to build a “grow our own” program to train family child care educators to be qualified providers of professional development for their peers.

  • You will organize an annual calendar of bilingual professional development offerings for family child care educators on topics including peer mentorship, peer facilitation, curriculum development, child development, health & safety, and more. You will also coordinate the We Empower Providers Assembly (WEPA), an annual gathering of learning, reflection, and community-building for family child care educators. This will include all the back-end work of scheduling, logistics, marketing, registration, and partner coordination.

  • You will strategically plan with partners (including the RI Department of Human Services, the RI Department of Labor and Training, SEIU 1199NE, and other community-based professional development providers) to ensure that family child care educators have equitable access to high quality professional development and training. This will include reading research reports, attending advisory meetings, becoming fluent in professional competencies and standards for family child care, and advocating for fairer policies and practices.

  • You will establish SEIU ESF as leader in professional development for family child care in RI.  This will include communicating frequently and professionally to diverse stakeholders, project managing multiple projects at once, and innovating on excellence.

Training Principles:

  • Worker-centered. We believe that family child care educators possess deep wisdom, experience, and assets and should be decision-makers regarding program and policy decisions impacting their profession and livelihoods. All trainings will be designed  to center the voice and needs of providers. We will harness the wisdom of educators by supporting them to be designers and facilitators of training for their peers. 

  • Focused on Healthy Outcomes for Children and Families. We believe that all children deserve high quality early care and learning experiences. All trainings and technical assistance will be designed to ensure that educators have the tools they need to continuously improve outcomes for children.

  • Culturally Responsive. We believe that the training and professional development experience for educators will be most effective and relevant if we listen to and celebrate their lived experiences. The majority of facilitators will be Spanish-speaking and all trainings will be facilitated in both English and Spanish, utilizing the evidence-based I-BEST model of ESOL and job training.

  • Application of Theory into Practice. We believe that educators will learn best through doing. We will bring together research and practice experts to ensure a well-rounded context for learning. We will prioritize the demonstration of best practices through modeling and the sharing of resources. 

  • High Expectations and High Support. We believe that providers will do well if they have clear and high expectations, reduction of structural barriers, and multiple layers and modalities of support. We will utilize a relational-based approach to learning, coaching, and mentoring to create a cohesive web of support for educators and increase preparedness for advancement in the state’s QRIS system. 



  • Teaching and/or facilitating experience in diverse group settings, preferably within the early childhood education field; a dynamic and collaborative facilitation style

  • Experience developing engaging and rigorous curricula that integrates theories of popular education, adult learning styles, and peer education

  • Deep belief that family child care providers in RI, a majority of whom are immigrant women from Latin America,  possess deep wisdom and assets and should be decision-makers regarding program and policy decisions impacting their profession and livelihoods. 

  • Excellent organization and communication skills; demonstrated initiative, flexibility, creativity, humility, and empathy

  • Digital fluency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and Dropbox 

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends required

  • Bilingual Spanish/English required

  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in Early Childhood Education or a related field


$50,000 a year and amazing benefits. 

How to Apply: 

Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by 12/20/19


Organization Info

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Nov 26 2019
Active Until: 
Dec 26 2019
Hiring Organization: 
SEIU Education and Support Fund