National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

Job Description

February 2018

Job Title: Regional Representative

Position Description: This volunteer position is a critical component of outreach for NAFCC. Regional Representatives are brand ambassadors, working with family child care providers, state and local organizations to spread the word about NAFCC’s mission to support and leverage a nationwide network of providers and partners in expanding and promoting the power of family child care. Through building relationships with providers and various stakeholder groups/agencies, Regional Representatives serve as a critical conduit from the field to NAFCC, and from NAFCC to the field. Regional Representatives serve as leaders in their states and help develop leaders around them.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as NAFCC’s “eyes on the ground”. Regional Representatives listen to the needs and concerns of family child care providers and other stakeholder groups, to relay information, ideas, and feedback to NAFCC so it may better serve the needs of the field.
  • Support the advancement of NAFCC’s accreditation program through provider recruitment and support, as well as promotion of the program to various stakeholder groups.
  • Serve as a brand ambassador for NAFCC via personal meetings, social media, email lists, websites, and other forms of communication, promoting all aspects of NAFCC services to the field including accreditation, membership, public policy, the annual conference, webinars, etc.
  • Support State and Local Family Child Care Associations within your Region through participation in meetings, presentations about NAFCC and accreditation at conferences, and other activities as identified when funding is available. Be a member of the largest family child care association in your home state.
  • Develop and maintain a list of relevant organizations/contacts within their regions who support early childhood education systems and families of young children. These could include family child care associations, child care resource & referral agencies, state licensing agencies, parent information centers, state and local chapters of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), State Advisory Committees, etc.
  • Maintain a basic level of knowledge about the state level regulations such as licensing and QRIS in your regions.
  • Attend monthly regularly scheduled Regional Representative Committee Meetings by teleconference or webinar.
  • Attend the largest family child care-oriented conference in your home state annually.
  • When funding is available, attend annual state conferences within your Region (but outside of your home state) and promote NAFCC by presenting sessions, participating in leadership with state association members, and networking with participants.

Required Qualifications:

  • An attitude that embraces professionalism at all times.
  • Interest and experience in establishing and maintaining relationships with local and state organizations/governments supporting early childhood education
  • Desire and willingness to support NAFCC’s mission to expand and promote the power of family child care.
  • Knowledgeable about using email, social media and other web-based tools to communicate with others
  • Proficient at writing for various audiences (family child care providers, families, and other early childhood professionals)
  • Willingness to live by the NAFCC’s organizational values. (see below)
  • Ability to meet monthly via phone with other regional representatives.
  • Ability to attend one state level conference per year.
  • Ability to attend the NAFCC annual conference at least every other year.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of experience as a Family Child Care Provider
  • Currently, previously, or in the process of becoming an accredited Family Child Care provider or part of the state QRIS system
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or advocacy skills such as a leadership position in a state level association, nonprofit organization or similar situations.
  • Knowledge of and ability to describe NAFCC, the accreditation system, the supports for providers, and the benefits of accreditation
  • Comfortable developing and delivering presentations to both large and small audiences

Benefits:

  • Opportunity to help shape family child care policy and activities in your region and nationally.
  • Enhanced professional networks to gain new leadership, communication, and advocacy skills.
  • Connections to additional resources and supports.
  • Opportunity to guide, mentor, and support other Family Child Care providers as a professional expert.
  • Professional development in leadership and networking skills.
  • Opportunity to be a strong voice within the NAFCC organization.
  • Increased visibility as a professional in the ECE field.
  • Free NAFCC membership while serving as a regional representative.
  • Free access to all NAFCC webinars while as a regional representative.
  • A small stipend to help defray the costs of attending NAFCC’s annual conference. (starting in second year of service, and budget dependent)

Supervision and Support: The NAFCC CEO is responsible for the management, supervision, and support of the Regional Representatives within NAFCC. The CEO works in partnership with the NAFCC board designated Regional Representative Coordinator/Liaison to provide the volunteer Regional Representatives with guidance, support, and direction.

Term of service: 3 Years with the possibility of a second term.

NAFCC’s Organizational Values

  • First and foremost, our primary focus is on providers.
  • We work as a team, each role in concert with the whole, in pursuit of our vision.
  • We provide equal opportunity for any who wish to advance the mission with us.
  • We consistently ask WHY.
  • We determine WHAT is right, then HOW to do it.
  • Our decisions and our message are founded in credible data.

To learn more about the Code of Ethics, see: https://www.nafcc.org/file/24921257-0119-44cc-9043-86ce97df2613