Child Care Specialist Ii

Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Salary
$54,761.62 - $91,269.57 Annually
Posted
Jul 10, 2021
Closes
Jul 24, 2021
Ref
21-01319
Function
Childcare
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Under the supervision of the Head Start coordinator, oversees the coordination of the family and community partnerships service area. Ensures that families obtain needed services in various areas, such as health, nutrition, social services, disabilities, and mental health. Provides training and technical assistance to family services staff for the early Head Start and Head Start staff, parents and the community. Participates as a member of the head start management team in short- and long- range planning activities. Leads or coordinates special family services program projects.

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;
  • Oversees a program site and manages services within that site;
  • 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: graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's 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.
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a Child Protective Services Registry to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire and every 2 years thereafter.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Spanish language proficiency.
  • Previous supervisory experience of 4 or more employees
  • Experience in Early Head Start and/or Head Start programs
  • Experience working with a diverse population
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Experience working with Database systems
  • Master's degree in Social Work or related field


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Work is 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 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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