The Child Care Service Specialist is responsible for monitoring compliance of child carefacilities and providing technical assistance to facility operators. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Inspects and evaluates existing and proposed child care facilities to monitor compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Provides technical assistance to facility operators by conducting workshops, answering inquiries, and providing child care related information. Recommends licensure, re-licensure with provision, and denial or revocation of license for facilities to Child Care Facility Review Board. Investigates and documents abuse and/or neglect or licensure complaints in conjunction with social service personnel, when necessary, to determine credibility. Informs and explains deficiencies requiring corrective action to facility operators, determines a recommendation for appropriate corrective action, establishes time frames for corrections and examines whether corrective action occurred. Prepares and maintains a case file on each facility and compiles the data into a monthly report. Works with the division and information technology group to maintain data regarding child care licensing. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
Frequent in-state travel is required.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations relating to child care facilities. Knowledge of agency, local, and state resources applicable to child care. Ability to inspect and evaluate child care facilities. Ability to identify deficiencies and provide technical assistance to child care operators. Ability to investigate complaints and recommend appropriate action. Ability to prepare and present information and reports in oral and written form. Ability to maintain case files and related documentation.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, early childhood education, child and family development or a related field; plus one year of experience in a social service program or a related field.
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Sociology, Early Childhood Education or closely related field preferred. A background working with juveniles, regulatory experience, or investigative experience is preferred.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Must possess a valid Arkansas drivers license. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Agency Specific Information
Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education
Special Work Condition
THE STARTING SALARY IS: $36,155.
Must be able to lift and carry up to 25lbs. This position is responsible for the licensing and oversight of Residential Facilities and Residential Treatment Facilities that provide services to children. Duties include monitoring of programs for compliance with published standards. Monitoring consists of on-site inspections of buildings and grounds, reviewing of records, and investigating complaints related to licensing violations.
The position is located in Camden and covers multiple counties. Frequent to extensive travel may be required
Special Application Information
All DHS applicants must complete drug screening, as outlined in DHS Policy 1087, prior to being hired.
Applications are prescreened according to the state application, addenda, résumé, transcript, licenses and any other information that is submitted. Only transcripts should be submitted at the time of applications; reference letters, certificates, and licenses should be brought at the time of interview. Failure to complete the application form according to instructions with complete and accurate information will adversely impact your comparison to other candidates. List all prior work experience, including military service, with most recent employment first. You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week which you performed these duties.
False, misleading, or incomplete statements may result in disciplinary action and possible termination.
Benefits package may include: health & life insurance, vacation & sick time, paid holidays, credit union membership, retirement, career bonus, and deferred compensation.
CONTINUOUSLY ADVERTISED POSITIONS:
Submitting an application for a continuously advertised position does not guarantee that a job is available for that position title; e-mails stating that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for a position are for future reference. Applications submitted for continuously advertised positions are kept on file for 60 days. As jobs for that position title become available, eligible applications in that file that match the county and division criteria will be considered. On your application you should have designated in which counties and divisions you are willing to work. Please keep in mind that you will not appear on hiring lists for counties you do not designate. Do not select statewide from this county list.
FOR ALL FAMILY SERVICE WORKER POSITIONS ONLY:
Applicants must submit an official transcript by mail in addition to applications for all levels of Family Service Worker positions except for Family Services Assistant positions. Transcripts will remain on file for future applications. The following Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees are valid for such Family Service Worker-type positions:
Child and Family Development
Counseling (any field)
Education: Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary, or Special
Family & Consumer Science
Human Development & Family Studies
Mail your transcript to the following address:
Arkansas Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 1437, Slot W301
Little Rock, AR 72203
The transcript must be an official transcript sent from the university or college you attended. The transcript must still have the envelope sealed with the security seal affixed. Once the seal is broken, the transcript is considered void.