Do you enjoy providing consultation and assistance to people seeking
career development opportunities in Early Care and Education
Does a career in public service excite you?
If so, please read below & apply today!
What We Can Offer You:
- To work for a Forbes top company: 'Forbes' State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023- State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule
- Comprehensive Benefits which include industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
- Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
- Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
- Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities
- A healthy work-life balance to all employees
Discover the Opportunity to:
- Work collaboratively with a team to guide the Early Care and Education community toward resources to support career advancement
- Engage with Early Care and Education providers through meetings, and one on one, to increase use of career advancement resources
- Participate as a team member in collection of information on the Early Care and Education workforce
- Verify and document data to inform decision making, reporting, and future planning for workforce supports
- First shift
- Alternate work schedules, flex schedules, and telework opportunities available
- Location: Hartford, CT
Our mission is to partner with families of young children to advance equitable early childhood policies, funding and programs; support early learning and development; and strengthen the critical role of all families, providers, educators, and communities throughout a child’s life. We will assertively remove barriers and build upon the strengths of historically disenfranchised people and communities to ensure fair access to OEC resources.
- In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
- The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.
- Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
- Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
- All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
FOR ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING:
Important Information After You Apply:
- This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
- Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
- Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
- Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.
Connect With Us:
Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Sharon McIntosh, at Sharon.McIntosh@ct.gov.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Office of Early Childhood this class is accountable for independently providing consultation and assistance to participants seeking career development opportunities in Early Care and Education programs.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
- Advises participants in the formulation of career development plans, goals and professional development opportunities;
- Analyzes educational transcripts to determine placement on career development ladder;
- Assesses deficiencies and recommends educational plan to develop competencies;
- Guides participants through the process of identifying navigating, obtaining and coordinating educational opportunities;
- Instructs participants in the utilization of the Registry system;
- Monitors progress through Career Development ladder;
- Assesses eligibility for Scholarship Assistance;
- Assists participants with finding other resources that would remove barriers to achieving educational goals;
- Serves as a liaison between colleges, students and academic advisors;
- Provides information about the agency to participants and invested parties;
- Keeps current with organizations that provide specialized training and institutions of higher education;
- Prepares reports and maintains relevant documentation;
- May recommend necessary testing, accommodations or educational modifications to further plan and develop a successful educational plan;
- May present at workshops and attend conferences;
- Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
- Considerable knowledge of early care and education programs, training opportunities and alternative scholarship programs;
- Knowledge of
- relevant agency policies and procedures;
- career development milestones;
- community resources that would eliminate barriers to career development success;
- interpersonal skills;
- oral and written communication skills;
- Ability to
- support diverse ability levels, learning styles, cultures and languages;
- assess participants experience and education and develop attainable career development goals;
- solve problems that interfere with the participant’s ability to advance through the career development goals;
- conduct presentations and facilitate workshops;
- utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of professional experience in a customer service setting performing functions to assist clients or customers with documentation verification and/or career development guidance.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
- College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
- A Master’s degree in education, education counseling, rehabilitation counseling, vocational guidance or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish in written and verbal communications
- Experience providing customer service, including responding to complaints
- Experience implementing career development opportunities in an educational setting
- Experience with Microsoft Office such as Word, Excel, and Teams
- Experience interpreting State of Connecticut operational policies of the Office of Early Childhood registry
- Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
- Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
- Incumbents in this class may be required to possess fluency in a foreign language for designated positions.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
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.