Licensing Specialist 1/2

State of Louisiana - Shreveport, LA3.6

Supplemental Information
This vacancy is located in the Shreveport (Caddo Parish) Area.

This position may be filled as a probational appointment or a job appointment that may last up to 48 months. Job appointments may convert to probational appointments. Also, it may be filled as a detail and promoted within 12 months.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. You must include all relevant education and experience on your official State application.

Applicants qualifying based on college training or receipt of a baccalaureate degree will be required to submit an official college transcript to verify credentials claimed prior to appointment. Please make every effort to attach a copy of your transcript to your application. The transcripts can be added as an attachment to your online application. The selected candidate will be required to submit original documentation upon hire.

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as a Licensing Specialist 1 or a Licensing Specialist 2 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). The maximum salary for the Licensing Specialist 2 is $80,267. Please refer to the 'Job Specifications' tab located at the top of the LA Careers 'Current Job Opportunities' page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.

Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for 8100-Professional Level Exam in order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy. If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being considered.

Applicants without current test scores can apply to take the test here.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process by selecting the 'Applications' link after logging into their account. Below are the most common status messages and their meanings.

Application received - Your application has been submitted successfully.

Checking for required test score - We are making sure you have an active, passing score for the required written test.

Written Exam – See History – Click on the History link for test results. Candidates with an active, passing score will designate as "Pass". Candidates with a failure on the written exam designate as "Fail". If no information is present, you have no present written exam results.

Evaluating experience - Your application is being reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Minimum Qualification Review – See History – Click the History link for the results of your application review. Passing candidates will designate as "Pass". Failing candidates will designate as "Fail".

Eligible for consideration - You are among a group of applicants who MAY be selected for the position.

Eligible Pending Supplemental Qualification Review - Only candidates meeting the supplemental qualification will be eligible for referral.

Referred to hiring manager for review - Your application has been delivered to the hiring manager. You may or may not be called for an interview.

Position filled - Someone has been selected for the position.

Position canceled - The agency has decided not to fill the position.

The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers (Download PDF reader), and at the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.

(Please note: Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process. Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process. Such questions should be directed to the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available. Information is also provided on our job seeker website at

For further information about this vacancy contact Joy A. Legeaux via


A baccalaureate degree plus two years of professional level experience in hospital, nursing home, or day care center administration; public health; social services; family life education; early childhood development regulatory experience; administrative services; or teaching at the elementary or secondary level.

A baccalaureate degree in early childhood education; early childhood administration; child development; Pre-K-3 education; general education/studies with a concentration in early childhood education/child development; early childhood education/elementary education; family & consumer sciences; family/child life & family studies; special education; elementary education or human ecology w/early childhood education will substitute for one year of the required experience.

A master's degree in any field will substitute for one year of required experience.

Specialized and advanced degrees with less than a Ph.D. will substitute for a maximum of one year of the required experience.

A Ph.D. in any field will substitute for all of the required experience.

Travel is required. Applicant must possess a valid LA Driver's license at time of appointment.

Day care center – a licensed facility caring for seven (7) or more children.

Early childhood development concerns children from birth to eight (8) years.

Daycare Center Administration is the operation of facilities whose primary business is the care of a child by a person other than the child's legal guardians. This work involves directing and overseeing the business operations of the center as well as assuring compliance with state and federal regulations.

Teaching/direct care giving is not qualifying.

Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Job Concepts

To conduct surveys of social care facilities, such as child care centers, residential homes and juvenile justice detention centers, to determine conformity with program requirements or state and/or federal licensure regulations.


Direct from a Licensing Supervisor or other higher level personnel.


Department of Children and Family Services.

Differs from Licensing Specialist 2 by the absence of advanced level duties.
Examples of Work


Conducts statewide surveys of child day care centers, adoption agencies, foster care agencies, residential facilities, maternity homes, juvenile detention facilities and other facilities that are licensed by the state.

Chairs exit conferences with facility administrators and other officials to discuss inspection findings.

Studies the facility relative to construction, policies and procedures, organization, administration, and quality of services to determine the extent of compliance with program requirements or state licensure standards and/or federal standards.

Obtains information from review of records, personnel interviews, resident interviews, and personal observations relative to the operation of the facility and compliance standards.

Compiles information derived from surveys, prepares reports on results of surveys, describes findings and need for improvements or revision of facility operations, and formulates recommendations to enable the supervisor to determine whether licensure or star rating should be granted, denied or deferred.

Explains and interprets state and/or federal licensure and/or star rating standards to officials and staff or providers of service.

Furnishes explanation and consultation to administrative and direct care staff on rules and regulations found out of compliance during inspection visits.

Cooperates with administrators of facilities and professional groups in the preparation and presentation of educational programs for social care personnel.

May assist in training of new staff in performance of full range of tasks.

Assists providers on requested selected topics.

Conducts special investigations in response to complaints and prepares reports on findings.

May participate in legal proceedings, which includes testifying in court and appeal hearings.