Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development located in downtown Chicago, is seeking to hire an Field Trainer/Site Liaison for the FUSSY BABY NETWORK®. The Fussy Baby Network Field Trainer/Site Liaison will work as part of an interdisciplinary team to train Healthy Families Illinois Supervisors and Home Visitors in the Fussy Baby Network® Approach. The Field Trainer/Site Liaison will participate in the initial stages of relationship building with new Healthy Families Illinois sites by making site visits and running focus groups, and will be the primary liaison for five HFI sites (TBD). The Field Trainer/Site Liaison and co-trainer(s) will provide Fussy Baby Foundational Training to HFI supervisors and staff as well as bi-monthly Practice Training per site following the Foundational Training. The Field Trainer will also participate in training materials development and will monitor administrative/budgeting issues pertinent to his/her assigned sites as necessary. The Fussy Baby Network® Field Trainer/Site Liaison will be supervised by the Project Director and will participate in regular staff meetings in the office (Erikson Institute), as well as other meetings with project consultants/contractors, and funders.
Roles & Responsibilities:
A. Responsibilities as a Field Trainer
i. Develop supportive, respectful, culturally responsive and collaborative relationships with Healthy Families Illinois site directors, supervisors, and home visitors
ii. Provide (with co-trainers) Supervisory Training prior to Foundational Training
iii. Schedule, plan, and execute Fussy Baby Foundational Training (with co-trainers) at each assigned HFI site
iv. Schedule, plan and execute Practice Training sessions (with co-trainers) following Foundational Training in accordance with Fussy Baby Approach Learning Objectives
v. Maintain timely and accurate documentation of Practice Training sessions
vi. Evaluate training effectiveness periodically at assigned sites; make adjustments to training under the supervision of Project Director and Principal Investigator
vii. Schedule, plan and lead Supervisor Practice Training sessions
viii. Participate actively during team meetings
ix. Other duties as assigned
B. Responsibilities as Site Liaison
i. Understand, assess, and document staff/supervisor training needs
ii. Coordinate site visits, meetings, and trainings with site supervisor/director
iii. In initial stages of relationship building with sites, shadow program home visitors.
iv. Establish and maintain supportive relationship with HFI sites and serve as the primary Fussy Baby Network contact with assigned HFI sites.
v. Assist sites in incorporating Infant Mental Health consultant and Health/Developmental Specialist
Founded in 1966, Erikson Institute is one of the nation's leading graduate schools in child development and early childhood education. It is a private, independent, NCA-accredited graduate school offering master's degrees, a Ph.D., graduate certificates, and professional development courses in child development and early childhood education. Erikson provides a variety of employee benefits, including excellent health and dental plans, life/disability insurance, transit stipend, matching retirement contributions, and more. To learn more, visit our Web site at www.erikson.edu
Erikson Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, marital or parental status, sexual orientation including gender identity, gender expression, military discharge status, physical or mental disability, or any other status or characteristic protected by law. In addition, Erikson Institute provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws (including during the application or hiring process).
Mandatory Job Qualifications
• Minimum master’s degree; background in psychology, social work, early childhood education, child development, occupational therapy or related field with specialized training, reflective practice, and supervision in infant mental health;
• Knowledge of infant development, attachment theory, family dynamics, psychodynamic theory, and relationship-based practice preferred; knowledge of and experience with early regulatory issues; and short-term and longer-term interventions
• Understanding of adult development and learning
• 3-5 years home visiting experience working with infants, young children, and families
• Prior successful experience teaching/training/professional development
• Prior experience working with culturally, linguistically, ethnically, socioeconomically and/or developmentally diverse individuals;
• Flexible, creative, collaborative, focused, empathic, experienced, organized, self-directed. Able to tolerate ambiguity and manage change
How to Apply
Please email, fax or mail a cover letter and resume to:
Dhara Thakar, Ph.D.
451 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Absolutely NO phone inquiries accepted.