Fremont/Teller County Licensing Specialist

State Of Colorado Denver , CO 80208

Posted 2 months ago

Department Information

The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado.

THIS POSITION SERVES THE FREMONT/TELLER COUNTY (COLORADO) AREA. You will perform work in a home office and in the field. All work resources will be provided by the Division of Early Care and Learning.

Anticipated start date for this position is October 5, 2020

About Us

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful work, we offer:

In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:

  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including a PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan www.copera.org plus 401(k) and 457 plans

  • Medical and dental health plans

  • Employer supplemented Health Savings Account

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave

  • Discounted RTD EcoPass (Denver Metro locations)

  • BenefitHub state employee discount program

  • CafeWell employee wellness program

  • Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, training and more

  • Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more

information, go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service.

Our Culture & Environment:

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) provides leadership, guidance, and support to develop high quality environments for young children; promote equitable access to inclusive programs and services for all children from birth through age eight; facilitate state and community partnerships that address the needs of young children and their families; and, provide professional development, technical assistance and resources for personnel in early childhood care and education settings. Activities of the Office include the development and implementation of policy, data collection and evaluation, leadership for systems development of early childhood initiatives, collaboration among programs and agencies, and provide support for Early Childhood Councils.

The child care licensing work unit exists to reduce the risks to children in out of home child care situations (less than 24 hour care) by promulgating regulations for child care that ensure minimum standards of health and safety are met. This unit also exists to assure that minimum levels of quality child care and early education services are available to children attending these facilities. The facilities include family child care homes, child care centers, children's resident camps, neighborhood youth organizations, and day treatment centers.

Description of Job

The Office of Early Childhood welcomes your interest in the Licensing Specialist position. This position exists to inspect facilities and authorize the issuance of a license for various types of less than 24 hour child care facilities after compliance with rules and regulations has been verified, investigate complaints concerning children in care, and document facts on licensees for possible court action in order to assure safety of children in out of home settings.

Responsibilities in this position include:

  • Review and evaluate applications, supporting documents, legal documents, criminal records, etc. for license issuance

  • Conduct inspections and interviews to review and evaluate facility's programs

  • Analyze the application and program to determine whether a licensing inspection can be conducted or if a corrected action plan is required

  • Independently prioritize, workload to complete inspections and paperwork timely manner

  • Appropriately apply statutes related to the investigations and inspections of license types

  • Inspect, monitor, and evaluate less-than-24-hour child care facilities for compliance with laws and regulations prior to the business operating.

  • Physically inspect the facility for health, safety, and program standards, interviewing administrative staff qualifications and ability to provide child care.

  • Provide consultation and technical assistance on behalf of the Department.

  • Process all reports of inspection responses to ensure all violations have been corrected and scanned

  • Ensure all inspections are completed in a timely manner

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to Human Services, Early Childhood Education or a closely related field

AND

Two years of professional experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position which could include human or social services and early childhood programs

Substitutions:

Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis. Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Child Care Licensing Act, child care licensing system rules and regulations, policies and practices, and child care licensing best practice standards

  • Demonstrated experience researching, analyzing, and interpreting the law (State and Federal), constitutions, statutes, rules, applicable case law, the rules of Civil Procedure, the Rules of Evidence, and policy to advise management in developing sound legal strategies

  • Ability to effectively engage people, organizations and partners in developing goals

Essential Competencies:

  • Ability to effectively transmit ideas, instructions and information through clear and concise written and verbal communication methods

  • Demonstrated experience in adverse licensing for child care facilities

  • Proficient computer skills

  • Ability to communicate and work with people of diverse backgrounds

  • Investigative practices/techniques

  • Knowledge of Licensing principles

  • Time Management

  • De-escalation techniques for volatile situations

Conditions of Employment:

  • Possess and maintain a Colorado Driver's License

  • Travel as needed to cover caseloads and support child care licensing staff

  • Ability to pass background check

  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position. Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.

APPEAL RIGHTS:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

How to Apply (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume to their application.

Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.

Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.

Comparative Analysis Process

The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

ADAAA Accommodations:

CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at cdhs_ada@state.co.us or call 1-800-929-0791.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt upload (attach) it.

For Recruiting questions, please contact jessica.bosick@state.co.us

~THE STATE OF COLORADO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER~

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