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Child Care Professional Development Coordinator

United Federation of Teachers

The United Federation of Teacher (UFT) represents approximately 200,000 members, including New York City public school teachers and other school employees, child care providers and registered nurses. In 2007 over 20,000 New York City home- based Family Child Care Providers became the UFT members and gained collective-bargaining rights with the State. The UFT represents all Licensed, Registered and Legally Exempt Family Child Care Providers serving subsidized families in New York City. Family Child Care Providers care for children age 6 months up though age 12. Depending on licensing and staffing Family Child Care Providers can care for two to fourteen children at a time in a home-based setting.

The Child Care Professional Development Coordinator will be responsible for the UFT Child Care Providers Professional Development Program. The UFT is aggressively scaling up the professional development opportunities that the union provides to its child care providers. The UFT currently offers a range of courses including those mandated by licensing requirements or for enhanced rate of pay qualification. In addition, the union has trained providers in a UFT developed, innovative literacy curriculum for 3 and 4 year olds designed specifically for use by home-based child care providers. The UFT is also developing new training opportunities to further improve the quality of child care in the City.

The UFT Child Care Provides Professional Development Program is an integral component the union's effort to increase school readiness and to close the achievement gap. This position is an exciting opportunity to aggressively scale up high quality training opportunities for a mostly low paid, predominately women of color work force who have traditionally been denied access to professional development opportunities. The position will report to the Directors of the UFT Teacher Center, and work closely with the UFT Child Care Providers Chapter and other UFT staff.


• Design and implement the UFT Providers Professional Development Program.

• Develop and implement trainings for UFT child care providers.

• Manage and support a roster of over 20 part-time trainers, including their mastery of the training content as well as their training delivery.

• Maintain a high level of training quality through observation of trainings, identifying areas in need of strengthening, and ongoing feedback to the trainers

• Identify and review appropriate professional development materials.

• Help to identify child care workforce professional development needs.


• Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood or Child Development or a related field with 24 credits in Early Childhood or Child Development or Childhood related course work. Master’s degree is preferred.

• 5 - 8 years of experience as a certified teacher and/or as a child care professional with state certified training experience.

• 5 - 8 years of experience with adult education and adult learning. Can be concurrent with teaching or child care experience.

• Demonstrated skills in communication (oral and written), team building, and group dynamics.


• Background in managing professional development activity sessions.

• Knowledge of Family Child Care.

• Familiarity with organized labor and/or union training programs.

Send cover letter and resume to Jeremy Hoffman, Director of Child Care Policy at



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