Child Care Specialist I

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$49,873.82 - $83,122.21 Annually
Posted
Oct 23, 2021
Closes
Nov 06, 2021
Ref
21-02250
Function
Childcare
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Provides services to families eligible for participation in the Child Care Assistance and Referral program (CCAR). Facilitates child care placements. Contacts vendors and families to determine that child care arrangements are appropriately meeting the needs of the family and the child. Provides documentation of case management activities in state and local automated systems. Negotiates vendor agreements for participation in CCAR. Provides one-on-one training and group workshops for providers and also refers them to other training resources. Analyzes and mediates child care issues and problems. Participates in planning, developing, and monitoring program standards which meet applicable state regulations and local policies and standards. Provides child care resource and referral services to residents of Fairfax County. Conducts outreach activities and holds informational sessions with potential child care providers and center staff. Works on special projects. Duties are performed under the supervision of the Child Care Specialist III, CCAR.

Note: This position is located in the Pennino Building in Fairfax, Virginia, with possible weekly assignments in one of the Department of Family Services Regional offices: Alexandria, Reston, or Annandale.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)

  • Assists providers with improving the quality of their child care environments by providing them with information on child development and child care issues;
  • Provides training and technical assistance to family day care providers and day care centers;
  • Conducts research and gathers data for the development of training and program materials;
  • Recruits new family day care providers to meet child care needs throughout the county;
  • Conducts outreach activities and holds informational sessions with potential providers and center staff;
  • Assesses homes for participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and /or the Child Care Assistance Program;
  • Provides orientation sessions for program participation;
  • Educates parents on types of available care and assists with placements in family day care;
  • Prepares vendor agreements for providers who participate in the Child Care Assistance Program;
  • Reviews billing reports to verify eligibility and participation;
  • Prepares monthly reports for assigned geographic area;
  • Participates in gathering information and writing grant proposals;
  • Writes articles for newsletters and other publications and produces flyers and brochures on a variety of child care topics;
  • Investigates complaints and makes recommendations regarding the disposition;
  • Assists with special programs that foster Office for Children programs;
  • May supervise paraprofessional and administrative support staff.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

  • Knowledge of the basic principles, concepts, and methodology of assigned area of accountability;
  • 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.


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education and 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 one year of experience in school age and/ or early child development programs.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Valid driver's license.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in early childhood education, early childhood development, social work or family studies.
  • Experience working with subsidy programs.
  • Excellent oral and writing skills.
  • Some responsible experience in child care administration, early child development programs or working with low income families.
  • Demonstrated experience handling caseloads/doing caseload management; and providing training and guidance to child care center staff and family child-care providers.
  • Proficiency in using human services database(s)/automated system(s).

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, Child Protective Services check, and driving record check. Must also satisfactorily complete a tuberculosis screening at time of employment and every two years thereafter.

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Sufficiently mobile and ability to operate a motor vehicle to travel to and visit family day care homes and centers as required. Ability to operate keyboard driven equipment and input, access and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to lift up to 10 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodation. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview.

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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