Child Care Specialist Ii

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$54,761.62 - $91,269.57 Annually
Posted
Oct 09, 2021
Closes
Oct 23, 2021
Ref
21-02154
Function
Childcare
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Serves as an Infant and Toddler Specialist to provide mentoring and technical assistance to center-based programs and family child care providers serving infants and toddlers (birth to 36 months) in Northern Virginia (Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Loudoun County, Arlington County, City of Alexandria). Provides on-site quality assessment, coaching, and professional development instruction to early childhood educators as part of the state-wide Infant & Toddler Specialist Network. Fluency in Spanish (written and spoken) preferred. Duties are performed under the supervision of the Child Care Administrator I.

Position is full time requires flexibility in scheduling, including some evening and Saturday hours. Located in the Pennino Building, Fairfax, Virginia.

Note: The salary offer for this position for external candidates will not exceed the mid-point of the advertised salary range.

Illustrative Duties

  • Serves as the expert; within a function, a particular field of knowledge or services (e.g., disabilities, health, education, childcare 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.


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 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.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Not applicable.

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.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Graduate degree (master or doctorate level) in early childhood education.
  • At least two years of experience working with infants and toddlers (birth through 36 months).
  • Two or more years of experience providing professional development instruction of early childhood educators.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish, both oral and written.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Work is generally sedentary in nature. However, incumbent may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items up to 25 pounds. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment. Ability to 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 military status 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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