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First Things First (Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board) is one of the critical state partners in creating a child and family‐centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high‐quality early childhood system that supports the development, health and early education of all Arizona’s children. Created by voter initiative in 2006, First Things First is governed by a state Board with 28 regional partnership councils. First Things First is a decentralized organization that engages diverse constituencies to accomplish its mission. Organizational values include a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; a focus on accountability, transparency, coordination and collaboration; and an emphasis on improving outcomes to ensure young children start kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life.


Job Location:

Address:  4000 N Central Ave., Ste. 800, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Posting Details:

Salary: $54,000 - $58,000 

Grade: 22

Job Summary:

The Quality First (QF) Program Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Quality First Director and the general guidance of the Senior Director of Early Learning. Quality First is Arizona’s Quality Improvement and Rating System and a FTF funded statewide strategy that measures and provides support to improve the quality of early care and education settings in Arizona, as well as provides information to assist families to select quality care for their young children. Through an Intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES), a 3-year grant-funded expansion effort of Quality First Expansion is made possible, enrolling an estimated 800 licensed and regulated early care and education providers over the course of three years (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024).

The candidate for this position must have direct knowledge of the early childhood field and will work in collaboration with FTF staff and external agency partners, as well as grantees implementing the work. Primary areas of responsibility include project management and program coordination of Quality First. The candidate will also have a strong attention to detail and have impeccable interpersonal skills in order to support collaborative data-driven decision making among diverse groups of stakeholders, including internal and external program implementation staff, program evaluators, information technology staff, and early care and education providers.

Job Duties:

● In coordination with FTF staff, assist with outreach, recruitment, and engagement of licensed and regulated early care and education providers to apply and participate in Quality First, through the expansion efforts.
● Assist in creating outreach and recruitment marketing/communication materials.
● Assist with implementation of Quality First with identified grant partners, in collaboration with Quality First Director and other Quality First programmatic staff.
● In coordination with programmatic team members, provide ongoing training and technical assistance to Quality First grant partners to ensure all Quality First expansion requirements are met
● Coordinate with QF research and evaluation staff, Quality First program staff, and Quality Assurance staff to review data for recommendations of programmatic quality improvement.
● Prepare and organize Quality First qualitative and quantitative data for reports and presentations.
● Attend and participate in agency meetings, such as Quality First project meetings, staff meetings, and stakeholder meetings as appropriate.
● Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

● Bachelor's degree in early childhood or education, social science, public health, psychology, or related field.
● A minimum of three years of experience in a professional setting affiliated with early childhood, quality improvement coaching, and/or quality improvement rating systems.
● Strong communication skills, including the ability to write and speak clearly, succinctly, and in a manner that appeals to a wide audience.
● Project management and critical thinking skills.
● Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and experience with virtual meeting platforms (i.e GoogleMeet, Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc.).
● Ability to manage multiple and often simultaneous tasks, and create a work environment that is recognized for a high level of ethical integrity, timeliness, cost-effectiveness, accuracy, and results.
● Ability to problem-solve, analyze, think creatively and draw conclusions.
● Ability to work effectively in a team environment and cooperative working relationships.
● Attention to detail, specifically overseeing contractor/grantee implementation of work identified in scope of work and standards of practice and intergovernmental agreement (IGA) documents.
● Comfortable working with minimal supervision and maintaining multiple responsibilities.

Selective Preference(s):

● Master’s degree in early childhood or education, social science, public health, psychology, or related field

Pre-Employment Requirements:




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State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.