Tribal Child Care/Early Childhood Education Research Associate at WRMA a TriMetrix Company

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

Job Description:

Tribal Child Care/Early Childhood Education Research Associate


Job ID: 2021-1140
Type: Regular Full-time Exempt
# of Openings: 1
Category: Professional Services
WRMA Rockville MD


Walter R. McDonald & Associates (WRMA), has executed hundreds of customized social services projects for federal, state, and local governments, as well as for the private and non-profit sectors, and international corporations. Our company has 40 years of experience and expertise in research, evaluation, performance measurement and monitoring, and data and IT analytic services. We currently have 100 employees distributed across our two main locations in Arlington, Virginia and Rockville, Maryland. Our primary mission is to support system-wide improvements in the delivery of programs social services programs for children and families, communities, and at-risk populations. With our team of top research social scientists, we are committed to the delivery of quality, evidence-based deliverables for our clients.

We are seeking an experienced and knowledgeable tribal child care/early childhood education (ECE) professional to join WRMA for a short-term position (6-7 months with potential to extend) as a Technical Assistance (TA) Specialist with the federal Office of Child Care’s (OCC’s) National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development (NCTECD). The successful candidate will be the designated liaison for OCC’s Region X-Seattle office, working collaboratively with the Regional Office and NCTECD colleagues to provide training and technical assistance on a variety of topics to American Indian and Alaska Native Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) programs within the Region’s four states: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Additionally, the candidate will serve as the NCTECD’s subject matter expert on CCDF subsidies, collaborating with NCTECD colleagues and other TA Centers to develop and disseminate culturally and linguistically appropriate resource materials on topics such as subsidy eligibility policies, provider payment practices, and equal access to child care for low-income children. The candidate chosen will be expected to contribute to a collaborative, collegial remote work environment and to maintain WRMA’s high ethical and quality standards.


  • Work collaboratively with the OCC and the NCTECD TA team to develop and execute culturally responsive training and technical assistance (T/TA) for American Indian/Alaska Native CCDF programs

  • Share tribal CCDF subsidy and program management expertise through targeted and tailored virtual and in-person presentations, expert consultation, resource development, and other information dissemination methods

  • Plan, facilitate, and support virtual and in-person meetings with OCC staff, CCDF grantees, NCTECD colleagues, and other partners and stakeholders

  • Write and edit slide decks, information briefs, training guides, reports, website content, and other materials for publication

  • Provide timely and accurate responses to requests for information and T/TA

  • Facilitate peer linkages between American Indian/Alaska Native CCDF programs

  • Build strong, collaborative relationships with other federal T/TA providers to support OCC priorities and to promote the healthy development of American Indian/Alaska Native children, families, and communities


  • Proven ability to work effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds in person and in distributed teams

  • Ability to self-manage time and prioritize tasks while also taking direction from project leaders and working collaboratively with colleagues

  • Ability to understand, apply, and communicate complex federal regulations, policies, and guidance

  • Excellent skills in public speaking and communicating with a wide range of audiences

  • Strong writing and editing skills and attention to detail

Location: Various: Resident of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon or Washington is Preferred but all qualified candidates will be considered


  • Work remotely in a home office setting

  • Long periods of sitting

  • Long periods of computer use

  • Lifting up to 25 pounds occasionally

  • Long periods of focus and detail orientation

TRAVEL: Occasional travel may be required.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Senior Research Associate


Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status