Job Title: Training Specialist/Senior Training Specialist, Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN)
Job Type: Full-time
Functional Grade: Specialist/Senior Specialist
Starting Salary Range: $60,000 - $82,000
Reports to: Quality Manager
Voices for Georgia’s Children (Voices) amplifies the needs of Georgia’s youngest residents in the chambers of the General Assembly, as well at the federal and local levels of government. Voices is an independent, non-partisan, information clearinghouse and coalition builder. We promote pragmatic policies that recognize children’s needs are interconnected and best met holistically. Voices champions the “whole child” approach and is leading a movement of public and private stakeholders to advance systemic change on behalf of Georgia’s children.
We achieve our influence through advocacy with elected and appointed officials and through extensive collaboration and engagement of local, state, and national organizations. We partner with academic and nonprofit organizations with deep knowledge of key children’s issues to ensure a research-base to our policy agenda. We convene leadership teams of organizations with common objectives for collective advocacy; and we engage and educate a broad network of individuals and organizations to encourage a community culture that gives priority to children. Through traditional and social media, we educate and encourage the larger community to support the needs of children.
The Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN) is a public-private collaborative dedicated to advancing, connecting, and supporting quality afterschool and summer learning programs to promote the success of children and youth throughout Georgia. GSAN’s mission includes providing access to professional development, best practices, and enrichment for current programs, engaging families, communities, businesses, and local and state leaders while educating them on the positive impacts of afterschool programing and supporting the development of policy priorities and advocacy strategies at the local, state, and federal level. Since 2013, Voices for Georgia's Children (Voices) has served as GSAN’s home.
The Training Specialist will lead the development and delivery of training, quality supports, and professional development for out-of-school time programs. The specialist will write, develop and deliver online webinars and in-person training events, as well as support the development of curricular materials and quality improvement resources for Georgia’s out-of-school time programs. Applicants should have experience in or with out-of-school time programs, strong experience developing and delivering training, and thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
- Develop training content, curricula, and facilitator’s guides on various youth development topics.
- Deliver training to out-of-school time professionals, both in-person and virtual offerings.
- Deliver and facilitate 1-on-1 and small group coaching to out-of-school time professionals, both in-person and virtual coaching cohorts.
- Lead the development of activities, curricular resources, quality improvement and enrichment toolkits and other materials for out-of-school time professionals.
- Conduct research, analyze and synthesize best practices in the field, and draw upon evidence to inform all training, coaching, and resources.
- Serve as an external program quality assessor to support quality improvement in out-of-school time programs.
- Track and analyze data from training and coaching offerings and utilize data to inform future quality supports.
- Support the Georgia Afterschool & Youth Development (ASYD) Initiative, including supporting state agency partners and promotion of quality standards.
- Build partnerships and submit proposals to present workshops at conferences and train organizations.
- Collaborate with key training partners and subject matter experts.
Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, youth development or a related field. High quality, relevant experience may substitute for some of the educational requirement.
- At least five years of experience in a nonprofit or educational setting.
- Demonstrated experience developing and delivering training and curriculum.
- Experience working in or with youth development organizations.
- Strong organizational and project management skills.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively with multiple organizations and responsiveness to their input and experience.
- Values working in a small organization and maximizing his/her resources and talents for the team.
Desired Skills and Attributes
- Experience with systems of continuous quality improvement and quality assessment tools.
- Experience providing program coaching or other types of instructional support.
- Strong facilitation skills and experience.
- Specific experience promoting educational equity and quality.
- Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
- Flexibility and a collaborative strong team player.
- Willingness to change tasks on short notice and pitch in on team products when needed.
- The ideal candidate must be a self-starter who brings creativity and vision to the task and takes initiative in seeking information from state agencies, nonprofit partners, Georgia afterschool professionals and state and national associations.
Occasional and primarily within the state of Georgia