Job Title: Early Childhood Screening and Assessment Specialist
PVN ID: VA-2205-004783
Category: Instruction and Social Service

Job Description

General Description


Children need to spend their most critical years with dedicated, educated, trained, and well-compensated individuals in order to thrive. The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute leads the work to establish and implement an early childhood workforce system to ensure funding, standards and competencies, career development resources, qualifications and credentials, professional development (training and strengths-based coaching), and program quality assurance and improvement for individuals who work with young children throughout New York. Housed at the City University of New York, the Institute is a fast-paced, dynamic public/private partnership that is committed to the early childhood workforce across New York State. 


The Early Childhood Screening and Assessment Specialist will provide screening and authentic assessment professional learning (PL) and support for the New York City Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE). This training and support will enable teachers and leaders in all program types to use screening tools and to implement an authentic assessment system. Equipped with a solid understanding of child development and adult learning theory, the ideal candidates will also have strong critical thinking, content development, communication and training skills.

This is a grant-funded position with the possibility to be renewed on an annual basis. Multiple positions available. 



Screening and Assessment Professional Learning and Support

  • Provide consultation and support in the development of professional learning related to early childhood developmental screening and assessment systems. 
  • Develop and create synchronous and asynchronous content for professional learning experience
  • Lead large-scale professional learning facilitation for professional development providers, educational leaders, teachers and family child care network staff.  
  • Provide targeted developmental screening and assessment support across the five boroughs (in person or virtual)

Data Tracking and Communications

  • Submit a log documenting each visit in a timely manner. 
  • Review and analyze survey data to inform ongoing practice.
  • Provide outreach to programs regarding DECE developmental screening and assessment policies.   

Other Duties

  • Attend staff meetings and trainings as required.
  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related area.
  • 3+ years of experience as an early childhood teacher in a program that utilized an online Authentic Assessment tool.
  • 2+ years of experience creating content and providing professional learning experiences for teacher educators. 
  • 1+  years of experience facilitating virtual professional learning experiences via Zoom, or MS Teams
  • Ability to think critically about assessment systems 
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of equity within early childhood practice and systems 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of early childhood developmental screening and assessment tools. 
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, interpret and communicate about data.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Google Suites, Microsoft Teams, PowerPoint, and Zoom 
  • Strong organizational skills, managing multiple tasks, and multiple source of communication
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and commitment to own professional learning and development
  • Ability to develop and sustain successful collaborative partnerships.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual in Spanish or Mandarin 
  • Familiarity with Learning Stories
  • Experience teaching or leading in sites that implements NYC DOE Division of Early Childhood Education policies and curriculum


Physical Requirements

  • This position operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, laptops, tablets, smart phone, photocopiers, filing cabinets and other presentation materials
  • While performing these duties, the employee is required to perform physical activities such as, but not limited to, lifting items (up to 40 pounds), bending, reaching, sitting for prolonged periods of time. Reasonable accommodations will be made for employees with disabilities or other needs per RFCUNY policies.
  • Ability to travel to other sites as needed.


How to Apply

Provide a resume and cover letter specifying your qualifications, experience, and interest relevant to this position.


EEO Info

We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people of any race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expressions, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, or protected veteran status to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.  CUNY is an EEO/AA Employer.

About the Research Foundation

The Research Foundation of The City University of New York (RFCUNY) was established as a not-for-profit educational corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1963. RFCUNY supports CUNY faculty and staff in identifying and obtaining external support (pre-award) from government and private sponsors and is responsible for the administration of all such funded programs (post-award).

RFCUNY stands between CUNY’s principal investigators (PIs) and the sponsors who support them and strives to fulfill its essential responsibilities to both groups. Working closely with individual PIs and Grants Officers on the campuses, RFCUNY oversees employment, accounting, audit, reporting, purchasing, and special responsibilities that include management of a planned giving program; liaison with governmental agencies and foundations; negotiation of agreements; facility construction and renovation; protection and commercialization of intellectual property; and compliance with applicable standards in research involving human subjects, animal care, environmental and radiological safety, and conflicts of interest.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer. It is the policy of the Research Foundation of CUNY to provide equal employment opportunities free of discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record, criminal conviction history, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

Key Features

Part Time
Pay Range
Hour(s) a week
Closing Date
Oct 19, 2022 (Or Until Filled)
Bargaining Unit