The City of Madison's Community Development Division (CDD) is seeking a qualified, motivated professional to fill an important position on our Child Care Team. The CDD plays a central role in the City's efforts to promote the general well-being of its residents and the neighborhoods in which they live. We collaborate with a broad network of community partners on programs and activities that seek to make available to all Madison residents the basic resources and services that can materially affect their quality of life and open doors for future success.
The CDD Child Care Section seeks to impact the lives of Madison's youngest residents through our work with child care and school-age programs in which they are served. We are driven to provide resources and supports that will increase the opportunities for child care and school-age programs to foster child and youth development and succeed in school and life.
This is entry-level professional program development and evaluation work in the Child Care Section of the Community Development Division, Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development. Employees in this classification serve as generalists dealing in a range of program areas. The work at this level is characterized by more standardized assignments relative to the assessment and accreditation of child care centers and family child care systems to determine eligibility for City financial support and technical assistance. The work also involves assisting higher level staff on more complex program reviews and projects; participating in the revision of accreditation standards; assisting in the provision of professional training and consultation to providers; and providing technical and administrative support to groups and committees associated with child care programs and services for children, youth and families. General supervision is received from the Child Care Program Coordinator with closer oversight from higher level staff on specific activities. The work is reviewed through periodic reports, conferences, and staff meetings, with regular input from higher level child care staff.
BILINGUAL (SPANISH-ENGLISH) APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
Assess child care centers and family child care systems for infant through school age children and recommend accreditation. Hold or assist with orientation meetings to describe the accreditation program and process to management and staff.
Perform on-site observations of programs and classrooms, interview center personnel, review required written submissions, and perform other data gathering. Ensure compliance with State licensing requirements and City rules and regulations.
Participate in the review and revision of accreditation standards.
Respond to complaints from parents and the public about City of Madison accredited child care programs.
Assist with the provision of training, technical assistance, and consultation to child care providers and after-school programs in such areas as: supervision, financial management, grant-writing, program development, and inter-agency team development.
Consult and assist centers with hiring processes, environmental design, communication systems, equipment purchasing, curriculum development, and other related issues.
Provide staff assistance to boards, committees, and commissions such as the Early Childhood Care and Education Committee.
Assist with policy development and help child care providers implement policy decisions.
Assist with the development of educational programs in community agencies, child care and youth programs and other groups concerned about issues pertaining to children from birth through 12 years of age.
Participate in and provide training through workshops, on-site help, videos and other training methods. Participate and provide leadership in community collaborative efforts to improve the quality of life for children and youth.
Assist in the review of proposals and the preparation of recommendations for agencies receiving funding through the Community Development Division.
Participate in the monitoring of the performance of selected programs, contracts, and budgets for services to children and youth.
Perform related work as required.
At least three (3) years professional experience working with early childhood or school-age programs. Ideally, this would include one (1) year of professional experience involving the management of an accredited child care facility and full-time staff, program development, and the assessment of child care programs and activities carried out by others.
Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's degree in early childhood development, youth education, related social work field or a closely related area.
If an applicant does not possess the specific requirements outlined above, HR will review the application materials to determine if the applicant possesses the following equivalent experience:
Four (4) years experience in applying the following:
Principles of the growth and development of children 0-12 years, child care administration, and educational programming.
Child care agency management, policy development and implementation.
Two (2) years experience in applying the following:
Financial Management and budget development within child care programs.
The laws, regulations and standards that pertain to child care in the State of Wisconsin and the City of Madison.
Child growth and development from birth to age 12 years.
Educational needs of children with and without special needs.
Early childhood curricula and early childhood environments.
Computers and ability to use computer software applicable to the duties of the position.
The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its residents and visitors. Therefore successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to effectively work with multicultural communities.
For a complete list of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, please see the class specification.
Possession of a valid driver's license.
The incumbent will be expected to physically visit and inspect child care facilities throughout the City of Madison.
Additional Salary Information: The City of Madison offers excellent pay and benefits for employees.
The City offers a competitive benefits package, including a generous leave package, a variety of insurance options, and non-traditional benefits such as a bus pass for all employees and the possibility of flexible work schedules. A brief summary of benefits is listed below.
Vacation is earned upon starting employment and can be used after completion of probation.
Employees earn 3.5 personal days in addition to vacation.
Employees receive seven official paid holidays, as well as 3 paid leave days.
Employees also earn 13 sick days annually that may accrue to a total of 150 days.
The City of Madison participates in the Wisconsin Retirement System through the State of Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds.
The City of Madison offers a variety of optional insurance programs including:
•Income Continuation Insurance (for short and long-term disability)
•Long Term Care Insurance
The City offers numerous other benefits and programs for employees, including:
•457(b) deferred compensation plans
•Employee Assistance Program
•Bus Pass on Madison Metro
•Flexible Work Schedules
Internal Number: 2018-00332
About City of Madison Community Development Division
The City of Madison Community Development Division plays a central role in the City's efforts to promote the general well-being of its residents and the neighborhoods in which they live. We collaborate with a broad network of community partners on programs and activities that seek to make available to all Madison residents the basic resources and services that can materially affect their quality of life and open doors for future success.