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Clayton Early Learning is one of the nation's leaders in early childhood education, dedicated to improving the quality of learning that children experience before they begin kindergarten. When we have positions available, we seek early childhood professionals who want to spread their wings, share their talents, work collaboratively with other leaders in early childhood and actively incorporate research-based strategies into improving their practice.



QRIS Manager, Quality Assessment Services

Department: Quality Assessment Services
Location: Denver, CO

POSITION SUMMARY:

The QRIS Manager is responsible for all aspects of the assessment work related to Colorado Shines, and when needed, for additional assessment projects or fee-for-service work pertaining to quality ratings. The Manager leads and cultivates expertise in the Quality Assessment Associates who are expected to participate in continuous professional development to maximize their capacity for conducting reliable assessments. The position actively participates in cross-functional departments and teams and reports directly to the Director of Quality Assessment Services. The position partners with the Data Manager and the Director to ensure the execution and enhancement of all quality assessment procedures and products related to the administration of Colorado Shines. The position routinely demonstrates and motivates others to show a commitment to Clayton’s activities, mission and standards of excellence in early care and education.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Develop and implement, in coordination with departmental leadership, the workplans for Colorado Shines that align with Clayton’s strategic goals. Co-establish benchmarks, timelines, and resources needed to achieve project goals and ensure that the plan includes detailed strategies for smooth implementation and customer support for all ratings and assessments.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor policies, procedures, and protocols for Colorado Shines, including quality assurance processes, with a focus on balancing empirical rigor and cost-efficiency.
  • Manage and provide leadership to Associates in their Colorado Shines and other observations in early education and/or school age classrooms throughout Colorado to assess quality using the Environment Rating Scales. Supervise engagements with statewide programs and partners. Monitors and provides clear guidelines for travel, workloads, and adherence to project standards and procedures. 
  • Ensure, develop, and maintain procedures and oversight for the collection of accurate program data during observation visits including observable standards defined by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood for Colorado Shines. 
  • Forecast rating and assessment activity across the state. Build and maintain adequate rating and assessment staffing capacity. To ensure adequate workload during times of low ratings demand, work with the director to identify ratings-related projects and projects in other departments that assessment team members can assist/lead.
  • Monitor Associates’ attainment and upholding of reliability on the appropriate Environmental Rating Scales to maintain expertise and prevent rater drift. Provide opportunities for Associates’ continuous improvement and reliability on observations. Ensure that Associates complete regularly scheduled inter-rater reliability observations with the State Anchor Team and achieve an 85% or higher every 10th-12th observation. 
  • Provide regular performance feedback for Associates, including establishing performance plans if reliability or other performance criteria are not met. 
  • Review and monitor monthly schedules for observations to plan and organize workload. Review and monitor staff calendaring utilizing Microsoft Outlook. 
  • Supervise and provide leadership to the Colorado Shines team including: hiring and termination of personnel; identifying professional development training opportunities; team-building; individual goal-setting; and conducting performance management reviews and check-ins.
  • Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders, funders, and customers including the Office of Early Childhood, the Denver Preschool Program, other government entities, and the early childhood education community across Colorado.
  • Respond to phone inquiries from local and statewide program, and stakeholders nationwide to communicate Colorado Shines expectations, documentation requirements, and Environment Rating Scale resources to prepare them for their upcoming rating or address needs or concerns.
  • Attend all required trainings and meetings facilitated by the State Anchor Team, organization, and other partners, and attend additional assigned trainings for position proficiency as needed. 
  • Review and monitor monthly schedules for observations to plan and organize workload. Review and monitor staff calendaring utilizing Microsoft Outlook. 
  • Supervise and provide leadership to the Colorado Shines team including: hiring and termination of personnel; identifying professional development training opportunities; team-building; individual goal-setting; and conducting performance management reviews and check-ins.
  • Support effective integration between ratings and assessment, quality improvement efforts, and other Clayton programs.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

Minimum education: Master’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in early childhood education, education, curriculum and instruction, or adult learning.

Work experience in positions similar to this job: Five years of experience working in an early childhood setting. Supervisory experience required. 

Special training or experience: Experience using the Environment Rating Scales and/or CLASS®as assessment tools in early childhood environments. Reliability in one or more of the Environment Rating Scales and the Pre-K CLASS®tool highly preferred.


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