Family Development Education & Compliance Specialist
The Family Development Education & Compliance Specialist is responsible for understanding the regulations and quality standards of all grant-funded programs in the Family Development Center and for helping program staff to adhere to them. Utilizes state and federal monitoring tools to verify compliance with funding sources. Identifies gaps in services and assists in developing corrective plans. Creates and updates policies for the department that promote consistency within the department in meeting the requirements of ECHN, as well as grant funding sources. Based on knowledge of child development, ensures that all department services for children are developmentally appropriate and that they utilize best practice. Responsible for training staff on new policies and procedures and offering technical assistance to staff and childcare partners. Assists in planning and delivering department professional development plans. Coordinates program self-assessments and community needs assessments; analyzes and reports on collected data.
The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Services, Early Childhood Education, Public Policy or a related field; Masters degree preferred.
Must have at least three (3) years experience working with programs that enhance parenting skills of families with children ages birth to five years and two (2) years experience with grant funded programs/program compliance.
The position requires a working knowledge of childcare programming requirements including early childhood development, licensing, accreditation and management.
Must have experience in training and technical assistance, as well as solid organizational skills; program management experience preferred.
Strong written and verbal English communication, motivational and cross-cultural skills are required, as well as personal computer skills and proficiency in the use of Windows-based Word, Excel and Outlook.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and have access to reliable transportation to travel between multiple work sites in order to perform essential duties. Proof of valid driver license, current auto insurance identification card and a driving record free of any major violations is required to make home visits to monitor program staff, which may involve exposure to a variety of neighborhoods and home environments, young children and possible pets.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
Disclaimer: Job descriptions are not intended, nor should they be construed to be, exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job. They are intended to be accurate reflections of the principal duties and responsibilities of this position. These responsibilities and competencies listed below may change from time to time.
Maintains knowledge and understanding of regulations and quality standards of all department programs.
Creates and updates policies and procedures for the Family Development Center that promote consistency within the department and meet the requirements of ECHN.
Works with the department Manager and Program coordinators to create and update policies that meet the requirements of individual funding sources.
Disseminates policies to respective department and individual program staff.
Creates monitoring instruments for use in determining program quality and compliance with regulations.
Conducts regular home visit and socialization observations, for the purpose of facilitating age-appropriate practice and determining technical assistance needs.
Works with program coordinators to establish yearly program technical assistance and professional development plans.
Offers or arranges for training/professional development to department staff, as needed.
Collaborates with childcare partners in assessing their technical assistance needs; conducts regular onsite visits; communicates regularly to determine needs; apprises them of upcoming technical assistance activities.
Conducts community needs assessments, as required by grant programs; reports findings in writing.
Participates in program self-assessments, as required by funding sources. Shares and utilizes results of assessments for program improvement and program planning.
Upholds state of Connecticut requirements as a mandated reporter.
Maintains complete records and documentation of all assessment, monitoring, and training/technical assistance activities.
Works with program coordinators in preparing programs for review by funding agencies.