In the Office of Early Childhood this class is accountable for directing the agency program planning and development activity.
Receives executive direction from the Commissioner or other administrative official of higher grade.
Directs staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs staff and operations of the Office of Early Childhood related to strategic planning;
Coordinates, plans and manages program activities;
Formulates program goals and objectives;
Develops or assists in development of related policy;
Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
Prepares or assists in preparation of unit budget;
Maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of unit who might impact on program activities;
Develops methodologies for determining priorities in accomplishing short and long range agency goals and objectives;
Identifies early childhood service offerings relevant to meeting needs of Connecticut families and their young children;
Reviews and evaluates availability and uses of federal and state funds;
Develops and recommends service expansion, modification and capital improvements to meet needs;
Reviews and recommends human resourcing and organizational changes as needed;
Recommends other program changes necessary to implement, coordinate and integrate early childhood services across the agency;
Designs and develops assessment techniques for evaluating responsiveness of program and activities;
Provides proposed programmatic changes to meet federal, state and local requirements and standards;
Analyzes future population trends and human resourcing requirements and service needs;
Recommends legislation and regulations necessary to implement changes;
Prepares comprehensive reports on planning, development and maintenance of early childhood programs;
Works with federal, state and community agencies in developing and implementing new or modified programs;
Develops and evaluates methods and protocols to provide for quality and cost effective delivery of early childhood services;
Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
needs of young children and their families;
current developments and practices for delivery of early childhood services;
state, federal and community based early childhood programs and services;
principles and practices of public administration;
management principles and practices;
relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
oral and written communication skills;
in planning and program development;
to deal effectively with all levels of professionals in the field;
in research and data collection techniques and methodology;
Considerable organizational and administrative ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Ten (10) years of experience in the delivery of social, medical, early childhood, education or human services programs involving the planning and administration of services.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have primarily involved health or human service administration for early childhood, early childhood education or planning for early childhood services.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training in business administration, public administration, early childhood, education, health, social science or a closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
A Master's degree in business administration, public administration, education administration, health or human services planning or development or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Office of Early Childhood Director of Strategic Planning in Salary Group MP 65 approved effective October 14, 2016. (Revised to add Acknowledgement section and modify content) Final 22-007