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FT - Director of Professional Development

  • Association of Infant Mental Health Anywhere in Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37909 United States (map)

Overview: The Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN) promotes the healthy social and emotional development of children from birth through age 5. Infant and early childhood mental health is rooted in the science that asserts that a child's early experiences have lifelong consequences. We know that responsive and consistent caregiving relationships support the development of healthy social-emotional skills, which become the foundation of a young child’s mental health. Therefore, it is crucial that caregivers for young children have the necessary knowledge and skills to promote healthy development and be able to identify and appropriately address early signs of risk and delays. We aim for all Tennessee infants and young children to reach their fullest potential through nurturing and consistent relationships within the context of family, community and culture. AIMHiTN is seeking someone who is a creative, critical thinker with strong attention to detail and follow through to join our team as Director of Professional Development. This professional will partner effectively with stakeholders across agencies and disciplines, write well, and understand how relationship building supports and grows AIMHiTN’s mission.

General Summary: The Director of Professional Development will be responsible for:

· Developing and coordinating AIMHiTN’s Professional Development trainings and efforts related to developing workforce capacity with IMH-E competencies®

· Identifying gaps in current trainings and training/technical assistance needs related to IMH

· Overseeing development of crosswalks between IMH Competencies® and existing trainings and curricula across systems

· Supporting operations and outreach for the Infant Mental Health Competency and
Endorsement® System application process

Essential Functions:
Professional Development Activities:

· Develop and implement surveys and other data gathering methods on professional
development needs related to the IMH Competencies®

· Develop a schedule of trainings and informational sessions to support professionals in gaining
experience and education towards IMH-E Competencies®

· Work with the Executive Director to identify gaps and needs in IMH Competency training and
professional development and strategies to meet those needs

· Provide Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health presentations at conferences and to AIMHiTN partner agencies statewide to support professional development in experience and education towards meeting IMH Competencies®

· Work with the Executive Director and other AIMHiTN staff to identify opportunities to further promote or improve professional development and develop strategic plans and action steps to reach short- and long-term goals

· Collaborate with state and local partners to identify opportunities where Endorsement® and the IMH Competencies® can be promoted and integrated into existing programs, training, conferences and other infrastructures

· Support professional development activities across the state to increase professionals’ capacity in IMH Competencies®

· Assist in the development of resources, products, and processes aimed at increasing awareness and interest IECMH

· The Director of Professional Development will support staff and consultants whose primary roleis supporting candidates applying for Infant Mental Health Endorsement® by:

o   Providing outreach and education to professionals and agencies about Endorsement® and the IMH Competencies®

o   Encouraging individual and agency-wide application for endorsement through additional outreach and specific agency support

o   Developing creative ways to use technology or other means to provide broader access to various means of Endorsement® support to individuals and groups

o   Providing support and technical assistance to professionals working to complete

o   Assisting with marketing the Endorsement® competency system

o   Helping to build and improve the IMH Competency and Endorsement® System Infrastructure

Public Awareness:

· Collaboratively develop a public awareness plan to promote recognition of the unique social and emotional needs of the target population and the benefits of optimal social and emotional development

· Support the development and operation of the AIMHiTN messaging including website, social media, and marketing materials

Qualifications and Characteristics

· Minimum Master’s degree in human services, social work, early childhood, or related field with significant program development experience

· Understanding of characteristics, service needs, and programming for target population

· Experience in early childhood programs

· Understanding of systems development and training needs for staff of early childhood
education and infant and early childhood mental health populations

· Effective leadership skills, experience in working in collaborative environments, excellent
communication skills

· Minimum of three years’ experience in infant and early childhood mental health

· Hold or eligible to hold IMH Endorsement® (preference- Infant Mental Health Mentor category)

· Experience receiving or providing reflective practice/consultation

· Knowledge and experience in multiple systems working with infants, toddlers and young
children (i.e. early intervention, child care, early education, Head Start/Early Head Start, child
welfare, home visiting, mental health)

· Familiarity with result-based accountability practices

· Excellent coaching, teaching and instruction skills

· Excellent public speaking and writing skills

· Detail oriented and strong organizational skills

· Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple sources and types of information

· High degree of comfort and competency in using MS Office Suite, Outlook, and Social Media


· This position is supervised by the Executive Director.

· This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Working Conditions: This position will be remotely based from any location within the state of Tennessee. In person presence for regular staff meetings and other responsibilities is required.

General Information: A required willingness to travel within the state 30-50% of time; valid driver’s license and insurance. The position salary range is $45,000 to $58,000 FTE annual salary. Benefits include a health insurance stipend and generous paid time off. In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, the above is intended to summarize the essential functions of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list of miscellaneous duties and responsibilities that may be requested in the performance of this job.

AIMHiTN is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. As a nonpartisan organization, the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN) supports ALL Tennessee babies and their families, and ALL professionals who work with or on behalf of families, without regard to race, disability, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, country of origin, heritage, or political affiliation.

How should someone apply?: To apply send a resume, cover letter addressing the question “What do you bring to AIMHiTN that will allow for programmatic growth in 2019?” and a 1-3-page professional writing sample to Angela Webster ( by January 4, 2019.

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