Child Care Specialist Ii

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$54,219.36 - $90,365.81 Annually
Posted
May 16, 2021
Closes
May 29, 2021
Ref
21-00846
Function
Childcare
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Under the general supervision of the Head Start Coordinator, the Nutritionist serves as the content area specialist responsible for supervising, monitoring, and providing training and technical assistance on Nutrition in the Early Head Start/Head Start grantee operated program.

Program Management
  • Effectively guides and directs Greater Mount Vernon Community Head Start Nutrition and conducts regular program evaluation.
  • Effectively guides and directs Greater Mount Vernon Community Head Start Nutrition and conducts regular program evaluation within the School Readiness Plan.
  • Develops and annually updates Nutrition Service Area Plan in coordination with the other service areas.
  • Serves on the management team of the Greater Mount Vernon Community Head Start Program.
  • Participates in the updates and development of policies and procedures as needed, providing the necessary guidance and implementation.
  • Implements and maintains procedures for monitoring Greater Mount Vernon Community Head Start Program Nutrition service area through Child Plus to ensure compliance with federal Head Start Program Performance Standards and other local and state regulations.
  • Monitors Nutrition and safety practices of kitchen staff.
  • Provides technical assistance and training to parents and others, as needed.
  • Establishes collaborative partnerships and maintains existing partnerships to support the Greater Mount Vernon Community Head Start Program Early Head Start/Head Start children, pregnant women, and families.
  • Participates in the completion of the annual Greater Mount Vernon Community Head Start Program self-assessment and evaluation.
  • Monitors that children receive Nutrition services in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards, Virginia DSS Licensure standards and Virginia Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) requirements.

Policy Implementation
  • Correctly interprets and effectively implements program policies and procedures.
  • Monitors Greater Mount Vernon Community Head Start Program Nutrition service area through Child Plus to ensure compliance with federal Head Start Program Performance Standards and other local and state regulations.
  • Monitors and tracks the Greater Mount Vernon Community Head Start Program outcomes related to Nutrition.
  • Analyzes Nutrition findings and makes recommendations for improvements.
  • Provides follow-up and technical assistance upon completion of a review, self-assessment, and ongoing monitoring as related to the Greater Mount Vernon Community Head Start Program Nutrition service area.

Interagency/Community Liaison
  • Works effectively with staff from other agencies and the community to facilitate smooth administrative processes and to ensure that the needs of the grantee operated program and the community are met.
  • Establishes collaborative partnerships and maintains existing partnerships to support the Greater Mount Vernon Community Head Start Program Early Head Start/Head Start children, pregnant women, and families.
  • Develops and participates in training with Early Head Start/Head Start Nutrition staff.

Supervision/Leadership
  • Provides input into individualized staff development plans that include staff training needs and goals for professional development.
  • Works effectively with staff from other agencies and the community to facilitate smooth administrative processes and to ensure that the needs of the grantee operated program and the community are met.

Project Management
  • Leads or coordinates projects, ensuring effective planning and efficient use of resources, meeting of deadlines and accomplishment of goals.
  • Monitors and tracks project outcomes.
  • Uses project outcomes in program planning and improvement.
  • Ensures that Nutrition data in Child Plus is current and accurate, and generates ongoing reports.
  • Collaborates with Education Managers to integrate all education aspects of the Nutrition and nutrition services into program activities.
  • Works in collaboration with Grantee Nutritionist to ensure accuracy of monthly food vendor invoices for USDA reimbursement.


Illustrative Duties

  • Serves as the “expert” within a function, a particular field of knowledge or services (e.g., disabilities, health, education, child care referral) within a broad program area;
  • Assists in developing, enhancing, and assessing programs;
  • Recommends changes to local policies and procedures;
  • Assesses needs, and develops, delivers, and evaluates training programs;
  • Oversees delivery of technical assistance provided to providers, parents, centers, and the community;
  • Coordinates services with other governmental programs and community organizations;
  • Works with multidisciplinary teams to develop plans to best meet children’s needs;
  • Reviews research and demographic data for official county reports;
  • Maintains current knowledge of legislation, best practices, and performance measures;
  • Updates systems and resources to match current program strategies;
  • Monitors programs for compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations;
  • Assists in researching and writing grant proposals and seeking innovative funding sources;
  • Supervises other professional and support staff within the program area;
  • Prioritizes workloads of staff and manages caseload distribution;
  • Participates in the hiring and evaluation process of staff in the program area.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methodology of assigned area of accountability;
  • and/or extensive knowledge in particular area of expertise;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to keep current on the latest theories of early childhood development and education;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team;
  • Ability to manage projects and supervise others;
  • Ability to assess, deliver, and evaluate training.


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in early childhood education, psychology, social work, or a closely related field; plus two years of experience in day care administration, early childhood education, or related human service administration.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a Child Protective Services Registry check to the satisfaction of the employer.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • BS in Nutrition and Dietetics with Registered Dietitian Active Status or Registered Dietitian Eligible (RDE).
  • More than two years of experience in Nutrition related field.
  • More than two years of experience in a full-time Supervisory position.
  • Knowledge of Head Start performance standards.
  • Knowledge of VA DSS Nutrition regulations in child care facilities.
  • Knowledge of Nutrition related community resources to support families.
  • Bilingual preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Generally sedentary in nature. Ability to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items up to 25 pounds. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment and communicate verbally and in writing. Sufficiently mobile to attend meetings at various locations and make presentations to county staff and community. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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