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 CHILD CARE SPECIALIST - Arlington, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$52332 - 79996
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Health - Psych/Behavioral/Mental
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2371030 / Latpro-3670014 
Date posted: Mar-08-2019
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$52,332.80 - $79,996.80 Annually


(Sequoia Plaza) *ART Bus Accessible*, VA

Job Type



Department of Human Services

Job Number



3/21/2019 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Human Services (DHS), an agency that is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and informative manner, has a vacancy in the Child Care Office of the Child & Family Services Division for a Child Care Specialist. This Child Care Specialist will be responsible for ensuring that child care facilities and programs located within the County meet licensing requirements and will spend approximately 65% of the time traveling within Arlington to perform on-site visits and investigations.

Specific duties include:

  • Enforcing County and State child care regulations at private homes and in public and private early childhood programs, including child care centers and other institutions;
  • Using investigative measures to determine the validity of child care complaints of both family child care providers and child care centers;
  • Developing written corrective plans which identify any violation(s) and following up with providers to ensure compliance;
  • Making referrals to appropriate agencies such as Child Protective Service;
  • Providing technical assistance and training to child care providers;
  • Liaising with professionals from agencies and organizations connected to the early childhood education and child care population;
  • Promoting public awareness of parent/daycare provider responsibilities through orientations which provide information and give assistance to those applying for childcare licensing; and
  • Collaborating with divisional contract specialists to initiate new and to renew contracts.

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, be able to work independently and be committed to delivering excellent client services ensuring that clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of County policies and procedures.

Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.
Selection Criteria

NOTE: This recruitment may be used to fill other comparable Child Care Specialist positions which may or may not require bilingual speaking and writing ability in English/Spanish;

Minimum: A Bachelor's degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Child Psychology, or a closely related field, plus two years of experience in child care administration involving one or more of the following areas: administering or enforcing child care regulations; managing a child care facility or school; managing a licensed private child care business; and/or implementing government-sponsored early childhood education programs.

Substitution : Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Licensing child care services;
  • Conducting and/or coordinating technical assistance and/or training for child care providers;
  • Providing guidance and counseling on child care issues to the general public and/or to social services clients; and/or
  • Bilingual speaking and writing ability in English/Spanish.

Special Requirements

This recruitment is for a non-bilingual Child Care Specialist. However, employees filling bilingual positions must have the ability to communicate in Spanish, both orally and in writing, as he/she will interact with a culturally and ethnically diverse population. An assessment of oral Spanish proficiency will be required before a candidate can be appointed to the bilingual position(s) if any are being filled and the incumbent in the bilingual position will receive the language pay premium on all hours worked and on paid leave hours.

Applicant must possess (or obtain by time of appointment) a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain (or the applicant must provide) a copy of the applicant's official state or district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A pre-hire background check will be made on candidates selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. Candidates may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain background information.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Information

Work Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Occasional evening and weekend hours will be required for training sessions with child care providers and staff.

Arlington County offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package including a Defined Benefit (pension) plan. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits, click here .

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered .

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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