NATURE OF WORK:
This is specialized child care regulatory work. Work involves making site visits to child care facilities and family child care homes to monitor for compliance with the State Statutes and the County Child Care Facility and Family Child Care Ordinances. Responsibilities also include participating in overall planning for the child care facilities and/or family child care homes and providing the community with best practices in early child care and development. Work includes investigating complaints, providing technical assistance, and providing in-service training. Work may also involve investigation of suspected unlicensed child care arrangements. Work is performed with considerable initiative and judgment. Employees in this class may serve as lead workers and may assist in the training, development and supervision of subordinates. Work is reviewed by a professional superior through conferences, reports and observation of work results.
This classification is distinguished from a Child Care Licensing Specialist I by the requirement for greater experience and by the responsibility for assisting in the training, development, and supervision of subordinates.
Makes site visits to facilities and family child care homes licensed by the County to monitor for compliance with State Statutes and established Child Care Facility and/or Family Child Care Ordinances standards of education and training, health, safety, sanitation, and nutritional requirements. Prepares inspection reports using a laptop computer.
Investigates and reports the findings of complaints or allegations regarding licensed or unlicensed child care facilities or family child care homes through field visits. Confers with child care facility or family home owners, directors, and/or staff to make compliance recommendations for quality improvements. Prepares investigation reports based on findings using computer-based office applications.
Coordinates with State or County resource persons with regard to related support services.
Provides technical assistance to child care providers regarding program improvements. Maintains knowledge of trends and developments in the field by attending workshops and seminars on early childhood development and education.
Participates in the development and conduct of seminars, consultations, speaking engagements and other special events or projects.
Prepares reports of violations in preparation for hearings. Participates in hearings involving child care facilities or family child care homes persistently in violation of the State Statutes or CountyOrdinances.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS:
Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of early childhood development.
Considerable knowledge of the variety of community resources related to the needs of young children.
Considerable knowledge of the provisions of the Florida State Statutes and County Child Care Ordinances regarding child care facilities and family child care homes.
Ability to assist owners, directors, and/or providers in meeting State and local Child Care regulations.
Ability to conduct investigations of complaints or allegations regarding licensed and unlicensed child care facilities or family child care homes, exercising courtesy and judgment to obtain information through interviews.
Ability to supervise the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
Ability to maintain records and to prepare comprehensive reports using computer-based applications.
Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Ability to use a personal computer.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of BrowardCounty's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in early childhood development, child psychology, or related field; two (2) years of experience working with young children in a preschool or child care setting or in investigating the welfare of young children; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:
This is field work and requires driving. Must possess of a valid Florida driver’s license at time of appointment. Must be able to drive and to obtain and maintain authority to drive on County business.
Must take and pass (score of 70 points or higher) the Playground Safety Certification Training class within one (1) year of hire.
Bargaining Unit: GSA-P
FLSA Status: Non exempt
Code of Ethics Certification: No
Class Spec. Estab ./Revised: E9/82 R 07/13