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Cultivate Learning fosters the quality that makes access to learning meaningful. Backed by the University of Washington, our research-powered innovations and hands-on partnership create a fertile environment for smarter teaching and learning. We advance opportunity by lowering barriers to entering the profession and guiding educators to success. And we identify the building blocks of quality along with the path to use them – in Washington State and across the country. Every child deserves to flourish from a foundation of quality learning. This core belief drives our work to provide talented learning professionals the support they need to build that foundation. At Cultivate Learning, we translate insight into learning opportunities.
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Cultivate Learning has an outstanding opportunity for a Resource Development (RD) Production Manager. This multifaceted Center leads local and national efforts to put evidence-based early childhood practices into everyday practice in Head Start, childcare, and other early learning and out of school time program settings. We do this by developing accessible, high-quality professional development (PD) materials in print and multi-media products and synchronous and asynchronous training, modules, and higher education courses for face-to-face and virtual settings. These professional development activities support the professionalization of the workforce - guiding the successful implementation of practices in early learning settings, the transition of students and families to elementary school and out of school time settings, and implementing a higher education strategy to help early learning teachers meet their educational requirements.
Reporting to Assistant Director of Multimedia Communications, the RD Production Manager will be a key member of the resource development team that will be independently responsible for leading, developing, implementing, and sustaining systems and processes to support the successful, on-time and within budget production and dissemination of professional development materials that are culturally sustaining, accessible, and relevant to the early learning and out of school time workforce. Professional Development material includes content for in-person and virtual live trainings, asynchronous learning modules, higher education course work, research reports, and web-based applications. The RD Production Manager will participate in the strategic planning and implementation of all aspects of the Center’s work related to increasing access to high-quality professional development materials as well as contributing essential content and budget projections for all grant and contract proposals that include product development. The RD Production Manager will oversee the administrative and operational functions of the resource development unit which include but are not limited to; budget development, grant writing, aligning staff with project deliverables and ensuring contract and funder requirements are consistently maintained and deliverables achieved. Additionally, the RD Production Manager will be responsible for overseeing the programmatic operations and evaluation of resource development.
Production, Programming, and Content Development Oversight
•Create project plans, create PD material concepts and prototypes, and identify outreach and distribution channels for final project with project lead and external stakeholders.
•Ensure that PD material are delivered, distributed, and product development processes are established and followed to ensure that content continues to reach broad audiences for increased participation and use of the materials.
•Implement evaluation processes of PD material tied to funded deliverables and integrate feedback into trainings, courses, and other related products.
•Establish and manage a PD material life-cycle review and revision process that engages internal and external review partners from early learning and out of school time stakeholders.
•Manage PD material development for use by trainers, faculty, and practitioners, and oversee development in alignment with Cultivate Learning product development guidelines.
•Communicate regularly with external stakeholders, project leads and unit leads teams to ensure that PD material is delivered on time.
•Establish accessibility standards and lead accessibility check processes that meet federal guidelines and Cultivate Learning values.
•Direct quality assurance and quality control standards and processes (QA/QC).
•Review and approve final PD material for delivery and distribution to project lead, funders, and early learning and out of school time providers. Ensure that content is appropriate for final audience and aligned with applicable and state and/or national standards.
•Distribute PD material, i.e., trainings, course material, video exemplars of teaching practices – to project leads, funding partners and early learning and out of school time providers.
•Develop and implement a process for gathering, evaluating, and analyzing end-user data and feedback to inform PD material development and revisions. Ensure PD material feedback is communicated to unit leads and development teams for future revisions.
•Design and implement process for PD material development and distribution to funding partners and early learning and out of school time providers.
•Coordinate with internal and external project stakeholders to draft PD material description and outreach materials.
•Conduct focus groups, interviews, and surveys with internal and external stakeholders to inform product development.
•Procure, implement, and manage project management software system that facilitates PD material development projects from across Cultivate Learning.
•Oversee Resource Development team operations including assessing current processes, developing improved protocol, and implementing continuous quality improvement initiatives and evaluation mechanisms.
•Lead administrative oversight of the Resource Development product development activities in collaboration with the center-wide Finance, IT, Operations, and Senior Management.
•Provide regular and as needed detailed updates to the Associate Director of Resource Development and the Senior Management team to inform high level decisions with center wide implications on the form and function of professional development materials for funders.
•Participate in scoping projects for new funding opportunities.
•Meet regularly with Resource team unit leads and project leads to review project status, problem-solve and plan for future projects.
•Launch project teams with materials and tools needed for successful on-time project delivery.
Work with project leads to launch project kick-off meetings.
Work with project lead to develop timelines.
Ensure test plans are part of the project timeline.
Gather project specifications for accessibility requirements.
Discern/consult on project design and final shape of deliverable.
Track project requirements and ensure requirements are clear to prevent confusion or scope creep.
Proactively identify ideas to adapt and streamline processes and efficiency.
•Manage copyediting and translation workflow, processes, and standards.
•Manage relationships with external vendors such as printing and translation services.
•Manage copyright and trademark processes with UW CoMotion, publishers, and other external entities.
•Develop and implement a process for documentation of decisions and reviews.
•Manage end of project life cycle through project review and reflection processes.
•Establish and manage a PD material life-cycle review and revision process.
•Coordinate with budget managers and fiscal specialists for purchasing, contract, and procurement activity.
•Coordinate and expedite rush projects.
•Supervise and lead the work of 2 direct reports, performing all supervisory functions. This position will have the authority to hire staff, evaluate job performance, and take corrective action if performance is not acceptable.
•Supervise staff, complete performance reviews for staff, and work with them to design plans for skill enhancement and disciplinary actions as needed.
•Ensure that training and guidance to staff in their duties to help them develop to their optimum level work is available.
•Provide ongoing leadership and direction to the team while also mentoring and providing growth opportunities for professional development.
•Provide direction to assure completion of tasks and projects.
•Ensure team members are current on the latest trends, issues, and advances in creating professional development material for the early care and education workforce.
•Other duties as assigned.
•Bachelor’s degree in Education, communications, or related field, AND 4-5 years’ experience in project management, managing end-to-end workflow, publishing, or professional development. •Process-oriented – with a focus on making processes work in an academic setting. •Ability to work independently, make decisions, and participate as an integral member of a team. •Ability to assess project risk, problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects, and exercise good judgment in a fast paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner. •Organized, detail-oriented, clear written and verbal communication. •Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle confidential and sensitive information in an appropriate manner. •Proficiency with personal computing environment, Microsoft Office Suite, the Internet, and other tools related to project management and production processes.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
•Exceptional skills with Excel and experience using project management software. •PMP training or certification •Biliteracy in Spanish or Somali
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