Child Care Licensing Specialist

Recruitment #031620-MDDX01-370600

Summary Statement

A class incumbent performs full performance level administration in the licensure of out-of-home programs for children on a regional or statewide basis.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Evaluates the facility and programs for compliance with child care licensure requirements based on evaluation of applicant interviews, on-site observations, collateral contact and review of records. 
  • Coordinates fire, health and safety inspections with other regulatory agencies.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of policies and procedures for various programs. Coordinates the activities of other regulatory agencies.
  • Investigates complaints and assists licensee in developing appropriate corrective action plan.
  • Provides on-going technical assistance and education/consultation to licensee for improvement and expansion of specific program areas as well as the physical plant.  Provides orientation and training to prospective licensees.
  • Participates in appropriate community advisory committees, seminars and workshops. 
  • Provides program information and interpretation to the community.
  • Prepares documentation of non-compliance and participates in decisions and appeals of decisions to take adverse action against licensees not complying with the law.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Child Care Licensing Specialist
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Education, Behavioral or Social Science or related field.
  2. Six months experience in program evaluation which includes evaluating programs and services to identify problems, determine compliance and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency to ensure program goals and overall objectives are met.
  3. Knowledge of childhood development program design and implementation.
  4. Six months experience in interviewing using structured or unstructured interview techniques to obtain facts, explore issues and identify courses of action.
  5. Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
  6. Six months experience in narrative report writing.
  7. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving). 

Additional Posting Information

Writing Exercise: A writing exercise will be given at the time of interview.

Conditions of Hire

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.

Pre-employment Drug Testing:  Upon a conditional offer, you must undergo pre-employment drug testing as part of the hiring process.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.