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Job Class Description

Class Code:PA069

CHILD CARE LICENSING SPECIALIST



General Description

Performs 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.

Works under general supervision, independently developing work methods and sequences.

Duties and Responsibilities

The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job as necessary.

Conducts inspections to the childcare arrangements a minimum of three (3) times a year. Conducts revisits to follow up on outstanding issues as often as necessary to ensure compliance with the required State Statutes and County Ordinances.

Prepares inspection reports on a laptop computer using a specialized program and software.

Performs administrative functions assisting clients, providing technical assistance, updating master files, processing and archiving reports and processing license/registration renewal applications.

Conducts on-site investigations of complaints or allegations of licensing/registered child care arrangements.

Works collaboratively with various outside agencies and municipalities such as the Fire Department, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO)/Child Protective Investigators, the Health Department, local law enforcement and Division of Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection.

Provides technical assistance to childcare providers regarding program improvements.

Assists in the preparation and delivery of the licensing seminar to prospective childcare owners/operators.

Prepares evidence for administrative hearings, depositions, and administrative staffing. Confers with the Broward County attorneys in preparation for the hearings, depositions and staffing.

Investigates and reports findings of complaints or allegations regarding licensed Family Child Care Programs through field visits.

Maintains all databases (public and private) related to licensing, pre-licensing, caseloads, status changes, services, owners, operators, of all programs under the Childcare Licensing Enforcement (CCLE) umbrella.

Takes appropriate action to fine/close/prosecute unlicensed/illegal arrangements as necessary.

Disseminates public and private database information and ad-hoc queries as needed internally and externally by request and as scheduled for industry and County requirements.

Investigates unlicensed child care arrangements, to include homes, facilities, churches, after-school programs, private programs, enrichment programs, for the whole County.

Collects evidence for review and verification of compliance with State and County regulations.

Consults with the Assistant County Attorney in preparation for testimony and evidence sharing and participates in hearings involving child care arrangements in violation of the State Statues or County Ordinances.

Acts as Level 2 or 3 Facilitator and Employee Development Trainer for County Employees, Agencies and Partners.

Orients and approves, licenses potential Family Child Care Home and Large Family Child Care Home providers.

Maintains knowledge of developments in the field by attending workshops and seminars on early childhood development and education.

Assists other agencies in public information sharing, investigations, referrals and technical support when appropriate and as needed.

Participates in special projects related to budgeting, process improvement, data maintenance, quality control, licensing and pre-licensing, emergency management, ordinance review and modification, inter and intra-agency trainings as needed/requested/determined.

Assists clients with the selection of appropriate child care and responds to telephone calls from the public, providing technical assistance or referring calls as appropriate.

Performs related work as assigned.

Physical Demands

Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Performs light work that involves walking or standing most of the time and involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis, or skill, adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operation electronic office equipment such as computers and laptops within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy.

Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)

Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.

Involves routine and frequent exposure to traffic; moving machinery and potential exposure to pathogens.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Requires a Bachelor's degree with major coursework in early childhood development, child psychology, sociology/social work, elementary education, pediatric nursing or closely related field.

Requires one (1) year working with young children in a preschool or child care setting or investigating complaints and providing licensing visits to child care facilities or closely related experience.

Special Certifications and Licenses

Must possess a valid Florida driver's license at time of appointment and have a vehicle or access to a vehicle. Must be able to drive and to obtain and maintain authority to drive on County business.

Requires: Passing and maintaining a Level 2 Background Screening.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

Broward County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The ADA requires Broward County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

Emergency Management Responsibilities

Note: During emergency conditions, all County employees are automatically considered emergency service workers. County employees are subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned.

County-wide Employee Responsibilities

All Broward County employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies. 

All Broward County employees must 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.