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Child Care Licensing Specialist II

Recruitment #190128-H24B-I03


Position is located in the Sequoyah Building, but is not a state office position .


Announcement #: 19-M011
Organization: CCS Oklahoma D-Licensing 
Address: 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105Travel: Extensive

Job Description, essential functions:
Manages a caseload located in Oklahoma County and surrounding areas, monitors and assesses child care facilities to ensure compliance with licensing requirements and certification criteria for the differential quality rate and special needs rate for children with disabilities. Conducts complaint investigations, identifies and investigates unlicensed facilities. Provides necessary training for caregivers.

Job description, marginal functions:
Will attend all meetings, required training and workshops.

Preference Statement
May be given for early childhood/child development background &/or bilingual candidates with written and conversational skills in Spanish and English.

This position may be filled at the alternate level of the JFD depending upon the qualifications of the recommended applicant.

Alternate hiring options must be utilized for potential promotional appointments which result in salary inequities within the JFD.


Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving providing professional services to child care facilities, families and children.  Services include on-sight monitoring of child care facilities to ensure compliance with licensing requirements; reviewing and recommending/approving case actions; and investigating complaints involving violations of the Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act and violations of licensing requirements, including abuse and neglect of children in both licensed and unlicensed facilities; and assisting child care providers in meeting minimum requirements and attaining optimum quality by providing on-going technical assistance and consultation to the facility.


This job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the level of complexity and diversity of the specific job assignments, the extent of responsibility assigned, the expertise required for the completion of the duties assigned, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I:     
This is the basic level where employees are assigned beginning level child care licensing activities in a training status to build their knowledge and abilities in providing licensing services to clients.  In this role they will be assigned tasks which involve managing a caseload of moderate complexity, learning to conduct on-site monitoring of facilities to evaluate compliance with licensing requirements for children in child care, approving plans of correction with supervisory review and consultation, and working cooperatively with state and local fire, health and zoning officials and federal food program sponsors.  Employees at this level receive complaint intakes and complete complaint investigations under the direction of Level IV Licensing Specialists and learn to initiate procedures to close a child care facility if children are in immediate danger.  Learn procedures for issuance or denial of initial license, renewal or revocation of a license.  With Level IV guidance, initiates procedures and works with district attorney and law enforcement entities when children are in immediate risk.  Additional duties include preparation of reports pertaining to emergency closure orders and/or injunctions for closure of unlicensed facilities, and participation in training sessions, individual conferences, case staffings and group meetings; also attends workshops to stay abreast of current trends in child care services; reads and maintains reference materials such as professional publications and handbooks to remain current in job practices.

Level II:
This is the full performance level where employees perform Child Care Licensing Specialist duties which include receiving complaint intakes and completing investigations of violations of licensing requirements, assesses conditions of facilities, makes decisions on degree of risk of harm to children in care with supervisor consultation, initiates procedures to close the child care facility if children are in immediate danger, coordinates with law enforcement entities and the district attorney’s office regarding criminal activity.  Recommends issuance or denial of an initial license, the renewal or revocation of a license or temporary permit, emergency closure order based upon an evaluation of the record, compliance history and degree of risk to children.  Additional duties include preparing and coordinating reports and legal documents for presentation to the court; attending court hearings and providing testimony; informs court of agency policies and procedures and may be an expert witness in certain situations.  Develops, provides and arranges training or services to child care facilities to assist them in meeting licensing requirements.  Assists in the planning of statewide professional conferences.  Coordinates training or services in response to special circumstances such as SIDS death, a natural or man-made disaster or other crisis.  Represents the agency in the community including public speaking or participation on committees, task forces, or advisory boards.  Promotes public awareness of quality child care and the Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act.


Level I:     
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree.

Level II:     
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in early childhood education, child development or social work; or a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, child development or social work and one year of professional level experience in child care licensing, early childhood education or social work; or a bachelor’s degree and two years of professional experience in child care licensing, early childhood education, social work, or in a licensed childcare or formal early childhood setting.


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