Child Care Specialist Ii

Expiring today

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$54,761.62 - $91,269.57 Annually
Posted
Oct 09, 2021
Closes
Oct 23, 2021
Ref
21-02108
Function
Childcare
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Under the supervision of the Child Care Specialist III, the Child Care Specialist II is responsible for overseeing the education and comprehensive services provided to children and their families enrolled in the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) program. Designs and implements professional learning opportunities for early childhood educators in centers and family child care homes participating in VPI. Provides virtual and/or on-site mentoring and technical assistance to early childhood educators in the areas of curriculum implementation and on-going child assessment, positive adult-child interactions, and the creation of engaging learning environments. Documents the provision and tracking of all services to children, their families and early childhood professionals.

Position requires flexibility in scheduling, including some evening and Saturday hours.

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;
  • 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 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.

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 check of the Child Protective Services Registry 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:
  • Fluent in English and Spanish language, both oral and written.
  • Must be able to speak in an understandable manner in person and on the phone.
  • PreK Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) certified observer.
  • Experience working with a diverse population.


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 members. 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 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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