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Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  199151
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  UNIVERSITY
Date:  Nov 19, 2022

Duke University:


Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.


Job Description
ITTI Care Project Coach
Program Coordinator (DUKE TITLE)
Center for Child & Family Policy
Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University


Occupational Summary

Center for Child and Family Policy Mission
The mission of the Center for Child and Family Policy is to contribute to solutions to important problems affecting today’s children and families, through an integrated system of scientific research, debate and dissemination, public service, and teaching. The Center emphasizes the bridge from basic research to policy and practice.


Position Description
The Duke Center for Child & Family Policy has current state funding to pilot the Infant-Toddler Trauma-Informed Care (ITTI Care) Project. This project involves providing training on the stress response system and trauma-informed practices to early childhood professionals in coaching roles (technical assistants, mentors, consultants & practicum supervisors) serving center directors, teachers, and family childcare professionals who serve children under 3. Using a “coach the coach” model, project staff then support these early childhood coaches as they incorporate trauma-informed content into their work. In addition, the ITTI Care project team will be working with a state-level advisory team to draft guidelines for workforce standards that support workplace wellness for early childhood educators and administrators. This component of the project will involve reviewing workplace policies in early childhood education and service provision across the country, conducting focus groups with relevant stakeholders and educators, and piloting standards in a small group of sites. The ITTI Care project maintains a strong focus on organizational-level change, staff wellness, and relationship building. 

We are seeking an early childhood professional with experience as an infant/toddler teacher or supervisor of infant/toddler teachers and as a coach to teachers, family childcare home providers, and/or center directors to join our team. This is a full-time position. Work for this position can be based from a person’s home or in the Durham office, with travel to meet with Project Director and Project team, visit project childcare partners across the state, conduct onsite training, and meet with coaches.  Contact with project staff, coaches, and childcare providers will be primarily via Zoom, but regular face-to-face contact will be prioritized.


Work Performed
A detailed description of functional areas and tasks follows:

  • Co-facilitate training on trauma-informed childcare. This will include collaboration on the creation of training materials as well as in-person facilitation at childcare teacher workdays/retreats.
  • Plan, organize, and facilitate virtual focus groups with various groups of stakeholders across North Carolina. Assist in analyzing data gathered from these groups.
  • Compile and review policies and practices related to workplace standards for early childhood within programs and systems across the country.
  • Collaborate in convening advisory group meetings to discuss, draft, and review potential workplace standards for licensed childcare programs in North Carolina. 
  • Provide onsite and virtual coaching to coaches.  This will require travel to each project childcare partner at least once per year for in-person observation and coaching and will require travel to conduct in-person training for childcare staff. 
  • Document coaching activities using project-specific templates. This will include tracking the visits to each site and individual and group coaching sessions for a caseload of coaches, to include content of coaching sessions, and strengths and goals for each coach.
  • Collaborate closely with project team on project implementation, revision, and expansion.  This will include periodic meetings, communication about barriers and challenges that arise.
  • Support data collection for project evaluation to include working with coaches to ensure teacher/family childcare home provider & center director data collection follows project protocols and minimizes negative impact on child care partner operations 
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified. 


Duke Minimum Qualifications

Work requires analytical, communications and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.


Work requires one year of experience in program administration or involving academic, instructional or counseling activities to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR



Work requires a Bachelor's degree in a field related to child development and early childhood education, with significant coursework or training in trauma-informed practice and/or early childhood mental health.


Work requires 1 year of experience as a teacher or family childcare provider in licensed childcare and 2 years of experience coaching teachers of children under three.  Experience as a childcare center director and/or early childhood mental health classroom consultant and knowledge of Infant & Toddler CLASS, TIPITOS/TPOT, environmental rating scales (ITERS), and the Pyramid Model preferred OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE


In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following qualities/attributes:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity
  • Extensive knowledge of high-quality infant/toddler care/developmentally appropriate practice with children under three
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, reflective supervision and motivational interviewing
  • Eligibility for Level 11 on the Early Educator Certification Scale through the NC Institute for Child Development Professionals
  • Strong skills as a trainer/presenter and coach/technical assistant



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