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Learning & Development Specialist

CHS Central Office - Hershey, PA
Full-Time

The Learning and Development Specialist will be responsible for designing new, and enhancing existing professional development programs, evaluating external training resources, and facilitating dynamic and engaging training programs for Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning. This individual will report to the Learning and Development Manager and partner with them to ensure Professional Development Program materials are successful and meaningful. The Learning and Development Specialist will spend the majority of their time in program facilitation with center-level staff. The salary range for this position is $51,943 - $69,344, based on experience. 

Responsibilities:

  • Program Facilitation 
    • Assist the Learning and Development Manager in developing and facilitating employee training programs including experiential and formal classroom learning elements as needed or requested
    • Assist in coordinating the delivery of training facilitated by various internal and/or external resources to meet the organizational needs of the center
    • Develop, facilitate, and evaluate specialized organizational initiatives or programs such as the Seeds to Lead Professional Development Program -
      • Assist with developing and delivering training content to pre-operational centers
      • Assist the Learning and Development Manager in researching and preparing materials to conduct workshops and training sessions for CHS centers and S2L programs
      • Assesses training and development needs through surveys, interviews, focus groups, and communication with the Learning and Development Manager
    • Maintain knowledge of the latest trends in training and development
    • Collect and analyze data related to needs assessment for development and training outcomes
  • Work with Curriculum & Instruction Coaches at the center to identify and coordinate Professional Development
  • Model the CHS educational philosophy
  • Represent CHS as the leader or facilitator in internal and external training (professional conferences, provider and funder events, work groups, and committees)
  • Create train the trainer materials to train additional CHS staff to build organizational training capacity
  • Member of the CHS Steering Committee to plan and coordinate Seeds to Lead professional development programs
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in ECE or related field required
  • PQAS Certification and/or PD Certificate preferred
  • 3 - 5 years' experience with teaching and training adult learners required
  • Previous ECE classroom experience preferred
  • Previous experience working with curriculum within a childcare center preferred
  • Previous experience working in/with a NAEYC accredited childcare setting preferred
  • Adept with a variety of multimedia training platforms and methods
  • Ability to evaluate and research training options and alternatives
  • Ability to design and implement effective training and development
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Extremely proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and related program software
  • Strong communication skills, comfortability speaking to diverse audiences
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Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning does not discriminate against applicants or employees, in hiring, promotion or any terms or conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion or religious creed, veteran status, disability or use of a guide or support animal because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals, or any other status protected under applicable federal or Pennsylvania law.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning are subsidiaries of Milton Hershey School and will be staffed and operated independently of the Milton Hershey School core model.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.