NATURE OF WORK
This is specialized child care regulatory and quality of care rating work, coordinating the varied management rated license functions in licensed child care facilities and family child care homes and supervising assigned staff.
Work involves providing administrative assistance in formulating policies and objectives, and coordinating the rating of the quality of care provided by licensed child care facilities and family child care homes in BrowardCounty.
Work includes ensuring the completeness and reliability of assessments with the Quality Rating System as well as supervision of quality rating staff and coordination of meetings with the technical assistance agency.
Supervises professional analysis staff and administrative support employees.
May also conduct site visits to monitor compliance with the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R), Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS) and Family Day Care Rating Scale (FDCRS). Work is performed with considerable independence within established policies and procedures. Work is reviewed by an administrative superior through periodic reports and evaluation of results achieved.
Achieves and maintains appropriate level of technical competence, including inter-rater reliability, on the ECERS-R, ITERS, and/or FDCRS.
Assigns new quality rating system applicants to maintain adjusted caseloads for quality rating staff.
Assists in development and monitoring compliance with Division and Section policies and procedures and in formulating program goals.
Assists in preparing the Section and Division budgets and in the contractual processes e.g., with the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc., etc.
Attends conferences, meetings and job-related activities at the request of the Division or Section Management.
Conducts statistical and program analyses and presents findings. Reviews analyses and findings prepared by staff.
Coordinates and attends system coordination meetings and regular meetings with the technical assistance agency. Attends other meetings and conferences as required.
Coordinates and facilitates training with the State and County early child care resource persons, e.g., with regard to related support services. Participates in the coordination, development, and conduct of seminars, consultations, speaking engagements and other special events/projects.
Develops policies and work rules for the Quality Rating unit and staff, including formulating Standard Operation Procedures for the Quality Rating System.
Implements training on the ECERS-R, ITERS, and/or FDCRS, including reliability training and data collection procedures for the Rated Licensing System.
Maintains knowledge of trends and developments in the field by attending workshops and seminars on early childhood development and education, etc.
May make site visits to child care facilities and/or family child care homes in support of the work of the Quality Rating Unit and staff.
Plans, assigns, and reviews the work of subordinate staff who rate licensed child care facilities and family child care homes.
Prepares complex reports including evaluation reports, using computer-based applications.
Prepares narrative and technical reports using computer based software applications. Reviews technical reports prepared by staff.
Provides technical and operational information for use in reviewing or developing new regulations to be incorporated into the County’s Child Care Ordinances.
Provides technical assistance to quality rating staff, as needed. Facilitates and coordinates inter-rater reliability on the ECERS-R, ITERS, and/or RDCRS.
Represents the Unit, Section, and/or Division concerning rating, training, and program objectives in the Quality Rating System.
Reviews assessment reports, child care files and other documents for thoroughness, quality, productivity and timeliness for quality rating staff.
Supervises staff responsible for rating licensed child care facilities and family child care homes.
Trains staff and evaluates staff performance.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Considerable knowledge of community resources related to the needs of young children.
Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of early childhood development.
Considerable knowledge of the provisions of the Florida State Statutes and County Child Care Ordinances regarding child care facilities and family child care homes.
Knowledge of child development and child care classroom best practices.
Knowledge of ECERS-R (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised), ITERS (Infant/Toddler Environment rating Scale), and/or FDCRS (Family Day Care Rating Scale).
Ability to assist owners, directors, and/or providers in meeting the standards of a Quality Rating System.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Ability to coordinate and oversee rater reliability during the assessment and/or rating process.
Ability to learn and apply knowledge of ECERS-R (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised), ITERS (Infant/Toddler Environment rating Scale), and/or FDCRS (Family Day Care Rating Scale).
Ability to maintain objectivity during the assessment or monitoring process.
Ability to plan, assign, supervise, and evaluate the work of subordinate staff in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
Ability to prepare and maintain records and to assist in preparing comprehensive reports using basic computer word processing and other applications.
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, age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or political affiliation.
Skill in applying reliability training and data collection procedures for the Rated Licensing System.
Skill in conducting quality of care assessments using the appropriate rating instruments: ECERS-R (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised), ITERS (Infant/Toddler Environment rating Scale), and/or FDCRS (Family Day Care Rating Scale).
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in early childhood development, child psychology, sociology, social work, or other field directly related to this assignment; four (4) years of experience in working with young children in a preschool or child care setting which includes two (2) years of experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity and, two (2) years of experience in applying child care quality rating scales; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
Possession 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 after appointment.
Will be required to complete training on the ECERS-R (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised), ITERS (Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale), and/or FDCRS (Family Day Care Rating Scale) and on reliability training and data collection procedures for the Rated Licensing System.
Bargaining Unit: Unrepresented
FLSA Status: Exempt
Code of Ethics Certification: No
Work Locations: Human Services, Children’s Services Administration
Class Spec.Estab./Revised: E 05/05