The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is an agency that represents an exciting opportunity to build a coordinated, comprehensive system of early education and care in Massachusetts.
The services that EEC provides to the children and families of the Commonwealth can be divided into the following three main categories:
Information and referral services for all families in Massachusetts, including parenting information, and resource and referral services for early education, child care and after school opportunities to the families of approximately 1 million children under the age of 13.
Licensing, regulation, and comprehensive quality improvement support for all child care providers, serving approximately 250,000 children daily.
Financial assistance to help low-income families pay for child care and early education. EEC provides subsidies on a sliding fee scale basis for approximately 53,500 children.
The Funded Program Monitor is directly responsible for the implementation of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) requirements, and any requirements that may otherwise be determined by the Board or Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), for funded programs that are not licensed by EEC. Programs that are not licensed by EEC but receive funding for providing subsidized child care are subject to annual unannounced monitoring under federal law. This includes summer camps, public schools, private organized educational systems, and informal non-relative care providers. Activities include enforcement and monitoring of the CCDBG requirements for funded child care programs; investigation of complaints within funded programs; assisting and participating in the development and design of the statewide funded program monitoring; coordination and alignment with family child care and group and school age child care licensing programs; unlicensed child care investigations; supporting family child care and group and school age licensing staff, and performing related work as required.
Determines compliance with the CCDBG requirements for funded programs by: conducting onsite inspections and interviews, including observation of the physical condition of facilities; observation of children and staff/relative interactions with children; assessing the care received by children; reviewing staff/relative, children’s and administrative records for compliance with BRC, qualifications of staff, staffing patterns, and ratios, staff training plans, emergency and preventive health care procedures, emergency contingency plans, health and safety training requirements, access to care/open door policies, nutrition, transportation, consumer rights, sanitation and safety, program’s (educational) plan to include curriculum, equipment, supplies and procedures for supervising children.
Provides consultation and technical assistance to funded programs to facilitate compliance with federal and state requirements, and provide information and guidance regarding EEC policies and quality improvement initiatives.
Investigates complaints of alleged non-compliance made against funded care providers, and, when determined by the supervisor, licensed and unlicensed family child care and group and school age child care programs.
Documents findings gathered during inspections and investigations of funded programs by identifying and recording deficiencies, and by writing reports of a legal and technical nature, in order to recommend issuance of corrective enforcement action.
Participates in the development and implementation of legal actions, pre-hearing conferences, hearings, and court proceedings by providing documentation of deficiencies, by providing testimony at legal proceedings and conducting follow-up inspections in order to provide evidence of violations and to enforce corrective or legal actions.
Designs and assists in the development of workshops, conferences and seminars on funded programs, family child care and group and/or school age child care for the owners and staff of such programs as well as for state and local officials and interested citizen groups.
As assigned, assists in the formulation of statewide policy concerning policies and working procedures.
Works with funded programs, and with related state and local agencies, to coordinate regulatory compliance activities, and facilitate implementation of related initiatives aimed at improving cross-agency coordination and maintaining access for EEC-subsidized children.
Train funded programs on the requirements under state and federal law.
As assigned conduct visits during evening hours or on weekends.
Other duties as assigned.
Schedule varies. Travel to providers and Early Education and Care Offices is required. Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or equivalent from another state.
Has a degree with a major in social work, early childhood education, psychology, child care, kindergarten or elementary education.
Has a degree with a major in social work, early childhood education, psychology, child care, kindergarten, elementary education or other related field.
Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, trends, standards, prototypes and organization of public or private schools, summer camps, or other license exempt programs.
Ability to communicate technical information clearly and concisely in writing and orally.
Ability to gather and analyze information through observation and interviewing and by examining records and documents.
Ability to be organized, self-motivated, self-directed and to work independently toward the accomplishment of short-term objectives and long-range goals.
Ability to make decisions (including decisions about health and safety of children) in stressful situations.
Ability to deal constructively with conflicts and confrontations.
Ability to deal tactfully and maintain harmonious working relationship with staff of funded programs, external stakeholders and co-workers.
Ability to prepare detailed written reports which represent facts accurately and objectively.
Ability to maintain accurate records.
Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of regulation and investigation procedures.
Knowledge of interviewing techniques.
Use of Microsoft Office; familiarity with databases and comfortable with technology.
For any questions on this posting, please contact Meaghan Lazarovich at Meaghan.Lazarovich@State.MA.US or 617-988-6621.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher and (A) at least five (5) years of full-time or equivalent part-time professional experience in the childcare field, including early childhood education in a nursery school, kindergarten, child development center or educational institution, family childcare or school age childcare; in residential or human services; or investigative, law enforcement or regulatory administration work, of which (B) one (1) year must have been in a leadership or supervisory capacity which may include classroom supervision and operating a child care program.
Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Official Title: Child Care Licensing Spec I
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Taunton-1 Washington Street
Job: Community and Social Services
Agency: Department of Early Education and Care
Job Posting: May 3, 2019, 4:27:49 PM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 62,827.96 - 85,866.82 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Sarah Harding - 617-988-6604
Bargaining Unit: 08-SEIU - Local 509 - Social/Rehabilitation