This position is responsible for state licensing of child care organizations including family and group child care homes and child care canters within a specified geographical area of the State. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, conducting state licensing inspections, investigate complaints, provider technical assistance and consultation to applicants/licensee, initiate enforcement action, testify in hearings, and consult with other professionals such as law enforcement, fire safety inspectors, and protective services representatives. This position requires extensive field work, analysis, documentation review, and writing detail inspection and investigation reports, as well as maintaining confidentiality related to sensitive information. Inspection and investigation reports are used in enforcement action, which can result in litigation and revocation of a provider's license.
NOTE: This position will primarily serve the Grand Rapids Region (Kent, Newaygo, and Ottawa counties).
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Possession of a master's degree in child development, elementary education, early childhood education, guidance and counseling, or social work.
Two years of professional, post-bachelor's degree experience licensing child day care homes or centers, child foster care homes or facilities, child care placing agencies, or related child care facilities; or as a child day care provider trainer; or an investigator of high risk child abuse or neglect cases, or as a professional child day care or preschool education worker or teacher in a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten to third grade program.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your official college transcripts (bachelors & masters).
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