Child Development Associate (CDA) Navigator - Northern Region
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Purpose:  This position supports early childcare educators in obtaining the Child Development Associate Credential. The CDA Navigator will perform a wide range of tasks to ensure the CDA candidates earn their credentials. 

Position Status: Full Time/Exempt

Reports To: Early Childhood Professional Development Senior Director 

Classification: Program Managers I



1. Bachelor’s degree in early childhood/child development or related Human Services field required. Master’s degree preferred.

2. Minimum of three years’ work experience in training, staff development, or program administration.

3. Demonstrated experience with the Child Development Associate Credential process. 

4. Must be certified, or obtain certification, as a Professional Development Specialist with the Council for Professional Recognition.

5. Good communication skills and ability to work well with a diverse client population.

6. Independent/self-starter with the ability to assume responsibility for completion of assignments.

7. Computer literate, preferably Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access experience.

8. A reliable automobile at her/his disposal and a valid driver’s license. 

9. Able to travel throughout the state and attend evening meetings. Ability to stand or sit for long periods.

10. Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds.

11. Perform other tasks as requested.




Job Responsibilities:

1. Provide outreach and recruitment for CDA in partnership with T.E.A.C.H, Non-Formal CDA, OECOSL Technical Assistance Vendor, and CCR&R in assigned geographic region(s). 

2. Provide technical assistance to members of the early childhood workforce as they move through the CDA process.

3. Evaluate training certificates/transcripts for education needed.

4. Create a timeline for CDA Completion for CDA Candidates

5. Assist with the creation of a portfolio and corresponding written statements/gathering of resources.

6. Documentation of progress toward the CDA credential

7. Ensure completion of CDA for candidates

8. Prepare the candidate for what to expect on the Professional Development Specialist visit and CDA exam.

9. Perform Professional Development Specialist visits for CDA Candidates in another region.

10. With the Early Childhood Professional Development Senior Director, provides leadership and positive vision for the Child Development Associate credential in the state of Indiana.

11. Assist the ECPD Senior Director by connecting and collaborating with all community-based CDA programs, and higher education institutions in the state with programs where students are working toward their CDA Credential. 

12. Serve as a resource for EC Workforce Coordinators working with public and private high schools interested in and/or implementing the High School CDA.

13. Serve on statewide committees to support an Early Childhood Career Pathway that embeds and recognizes the CDA. 

14. Works closely with the T.E.A.C.H. Advisors and Non-Formal CDA program to support the successful completion of the CDA credential. 

15. Works closely with the OECOSL Technical Assistance Vendor to provide outreach and knowledge on the CDA credentialing process. 

16. Works with the ECPD Senior Director to provide support and information to the INAEYC Professional Development Committee. 

17. Complete monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on the outcomes of CDA Credential completion identifying challenges and barriers. 

18. Provide support for early childhood educators in their native language. 

19. Other duties as assigned.

 The Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children is an equal-opportunity employer.  Indiana AEYC is committed to the practice of fair employment, compensation, and promotion without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, ancestry, age, status as a veteran or any other category protected by Federal, State and local laws.