Keystone STARS Specialist, Public Health Management Corporation

Posted on March 31, 2014


The STARS Specialists are a core component of the Keystone STARS program. Through the use of the Keystone STARS Standards, the Specialist is responsible for guiding and directing early education and school- age practitioners towards achieving quality by engaging them in a Continuous Quality Improvement process. This position is responsible for recruitment and promotion of participation in Keystone STARS, as well as, upward movement in the system. The Specialist acts as a resource, providing practitioners with information and support assisting them to develop and implement appropriate plans to achieve the goals of Keystone STARS. The Specialist works in conjunction with Grants Specialists to enable providers to access Keystone STARS grants and awards. The primary task of the Keystone Stars Specialist is to receive and review applications; interpret the Keystone STARS Standards; guide programs through the process of understanding the intention behind the Standards; act as an expert on available resources; and make recommendations to the early education and school-age practitioners enabling them to move through the STARS process, submit grants in a timely fashion, and annually project professional development plans. This position reports either to the Keystone STARS Manager or Keystone STARS Coordinator

• Develop and maintain working relationships with a caseload of 80-100 early care and education and school-age practitioners
• Deliver presentations to practitioners encouraging the engagement of the continuous quality improvement process and the intent and requirements of Keystone Stars
• Provide assistance to facilities interested in requesting grants or awards
• Assist practitioners in setting individualized program goals and annual professional development plans in relationship to Keystone STARS standards
• Act as a resource informing practitioners of professional development events, educational opportunities, additional grants or consultants
• Complete annual plans and projections with assigned child care and school-age practitioners to enable them to complete the work toward achievement of a Keystone STAR level
• Work with the supportive/collaborative systems to assure the practitioner is able to access additional services as are needed (e.g. Community Engagement Group, Technical Assistance, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Child Health Consultant, etc.)
• Using the available software, the specialist is responsible for recording the progress of all applications assigned to that desk (e.g., PELICAN, internal tracking system)
• Develop reports as necessary
• Responsible for ongoing reporting of the process of the program for practitioners in their caseload
• Assist as necessary to facilitate STAR level designations, grant generation, closures and audits
• Attend and participate in meetings with partners such as Certification, ERS, STARS TA, OCDEL; maintain ongoing communication with said partners
• Coordinate with Designator to schedule designation visits
• Maintains awareness of ongoing changes/improvements to the early care and school-age system
• Participates in ongoing professional development and educational opportunities to augment his/her own skills
• Coordinate and conduct meetings establishing a community of learners

Please send your resume and cover letter to:
260 Broad St
18th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
No phone calls please.

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