American Heart Association Child Care Specialist - Child Care Programs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Child Care Specialist - Child Care Programs

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Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact everyday?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

We have an excellent opportunity for a Child Care Programs Specialist at our National Center office located in Cape Cod, MA (Home base office opportunity within Cape Cod, MA region) to support one of the most important and critically acclaimed departments, Kid’s Market at AHA. The Child Care Specialist (CCS) will be responsible for supporting the Childcare Initiatives Director and Healthy Way to Grow, a joint program of the American Heart Association and Nemours. The CCS will work directly with child care centers, supporting analysis and assessment of child health and obesity and disease prevention strategies at the center level, significantly contributing to the continuous development of center wellness policy recommendations and evaluation of program promotion, prevention strategies and practices in a specified region/location. This is a two (2) year grant funded, full-time, benefit eligible position. This team is very passionate about the AHA mission and you will get to work with some excellent talent. Are you ready to be a part of our Kid’s Market team? Other responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Develop relationships locally with early learning coalitions/collaborative and other key stakeholders to support program implementation and success and ensure alignment with existing programs and infrastructures

  • Recruit participating centers in to the program, securing Letters of Commitment from Center Management

  • Conduct program orientation with staff at participating centers

  • With center staff, conduct an initial inventory (baseline assessment) of current policies and practices and create an action plan with center staff utilizing a wellness policy format: identifying priority areas of focus, resource analysis, and short- and long-term goals

  • Conduct trainings and facilitate networking for participating centers

  • Identify available resources for centers that support action plans and provide on-site and telephonic support as needed

  • Conduct annual follow-up inventory with centers, refine action plan as necessary

  • Familiarize self and maintain knowledge of federal, state and local regulations (i.e. licensing) and/or voluntary or involuntary requirements (i.e. QRIS) relevant to nutrition, physical activity, screen time and breast feeding

  • Develop and set up regular integration meetings with local market staff to orient them to the National Child Care Recognition program, keep them informed about the status of the program and discuss ways to engage local volunteers and partners in the program.

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Health Education, Nutrition, Business or Management

  • At least two (2) years of relevant experience

  • Experience in general project management, community or public health environment

  • Training or educational experience and knowledge of child care, community/public health, prevention, childhood obesity and/or successful management and implementation of early education based programs

  • Proven understanding of child and family behavior, health, social, developmental, education, and poverty issues

  • Experience supporting program evaluation and data analysis

  • Excellent oral and written communication. Must be an excellent face to face, email and telephone communicator

  • Plans, organizes, and schedules in an efficient, productive manner

  • Must be comfortable working with a team virtually

  • Experience in developing and managing relationships with diverse groups/environments and individuals as well as capacity building/community mobilization

  • Ability to serve as a mentor to program participants and internal staff while also ensuring they are accountable for performance outcomes

  • Ability to assess and identify significant opportunities and potential problems in communities and develop feasible solutions

  • Ability to travel locally on a daily basis and ability to travel up to 5% overnight stay

Required Background Investigations: Medical and background investigations required specific for the state of MA:

  • Current for all immunizations routinely recommended for adults by their health care provider.

  • Must submit to the center a medical statement, signed and dated by a licensed physician or other health care professional, verifying that they are in good mental, physical, and emotional health appropriate for the position for which they have been hired. This statement must be dated no more than 6 months prior to employment or within 30 days after the date of employment.

  • State & Federal Fingerprints

  • Criminal History

  • Child Abuse Registry

Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.

To apply for this position or to see other opportunities with the American Heart Association please visit . We no longer accept mailed, faxed or e-mailed resumes. Please apply for positions directly through our website. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.

The American Heart Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and works to prohibit discrimination and to assure fair and uniform treatment of applicants and employees in all aspects of Human Resources administration without regard to political or religious opinions or affiliations, membership or non-membership in employee organizations, age, sex, disability, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital status or any other non-merit factor.

Job Location

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Health Quality

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