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TECTA Manager

Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023
Position Summary Information
Position Summary
The TECTA Manager reports to the TECTA Director and is responsible for building, promoting, and growing the TECTA Early Childhood Apprenticeship (TECAP) and High School Child Development Associate (CDA) program in addition to administering the TECTA non-credit coursework.

Austin Peay State University is a four-year public, doctoral-level university, with six colleges and four Chairs of Excellence. The University has an enrollment of over 9,000 students and is located in Clarksville, Tennessee, a community of an estimated 166,000 people located approximately 40 miles northwest of Nashville, TN.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Build and promote the TECTA Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program (TECAP). This includes recruiting, conducting interviews with potential apprentices, and coordinating placements in Early childhood programs within the region.
  • Build and promote the TECTA Child Development Associate (CDA) by developing relationships with public school districts and recruiting high schools to participate in the initiative.
  • Attend community events, career fairs, conferences, and other events that offer the opportunity to promote TECTA initiatives.
  • Meet regularly with TECTA director to share ideas and progress regarding initiatives.
  • Administer and teach the TECTA non-credit coursework using statewide TECTA curriculum for specified specialty areas.
  • Conduct on-site visits for CDA students to provide technical assistance, advisement and assessment.
  • Implement TECTA Statewide Early Childhood Initiatives.
  • Promote TECTA communications through newsletters, website(s), targeted mailings, on-site visits, phone calls, personal contacts, etc., to recruit students and advance the early childhood profession.
  • Collect and report weekly and monthly data to TECTA databases.
  • Provide leadership and support to child care providers, early childhood organizations and partner agencies through committee membership, conference presentations, technical assistance and related special projects at the local, state and national level.
  • Attend professional development training through local, state and national organizations/agencies to stay abreast of early childhood trends and issues.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to travel within in eleven county region and occasionally statewide. Candidates for this position must be able to travel approximately 50% of the time.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision while in the field.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to communicate effectively with the TECTA Director on a daily basis.
  • Familiarity with the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) and their professional standards and competencies for Early Childhood Educators.
  • Ability to think critically and make informed decisions.
  • Ability to efficiently operate a personal computer and associated software (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.) and SungardHE Banner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately, in writing and in presentations.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.
  • Ability to interact in an effective and appropriate manner with diverse populations, the University community and the public.
  • Ability to detect and correct grammatical and spelling errors in written correspondence.
  • Ability to maintain files accurately, in paper and in software programs.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records and reports.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to effectively implement the TECTA Orientation Program and Statewide Early Childhood Initiatives.
  • Ability to accurately interpret national and state child care regulations/standards.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to include weeknights and Saturdays.
Physical Requirements
  • Ability to stand for approximately 3 hours at a time during events.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 points
Required Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Child and Family Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences, or a related field.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in the field of early childhood education. Teaching experience in an early childhood classroom is preferred.
  • Experience with recruiting, marketing, and program development preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • A background check will be required of the successful applicant.
  • An official transcript and names, emails, mailing addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) references will be required for the successful applicant.