We are seeking a Director for the Office of Child Care, Principal Executive/Manager F, within the Early Learning Division!
This is a Permanent, Management Service, full-time position located in our Salem, Oregon office.
Please apply now if interested, our first review of applications will be at 8 am, Monday, March 22, we may not consider applications past this date if we have received an optimal pool of interested candidates.
More about us:
The Early Learning Division prides itself on supporting all of Oregon’s young children and families to learn and thrive. When you consider a career with us, you will be joining a team that values equity, making a positive impact for children and families, dedication, integrity, and collective wisdom to benefit Oregon children and families. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.
At the Early Learning Division, we believe it is critical that we continue efforts to make the commitment to embed an equity focus throughout the organization. As our state, counties, and cities become more diverse, it is imperative now more than ever that the Early Learning Division focuses on evolving practices to achieve increased equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of our offices. As always, our goal is to lead with courage externally and internally. This means challenging ourselves to do things differently and refining current practices that ensure we continue to make strides towards Equity.
The Office of Child Care, as Oregon’s child care agency, is also responsible for the design and implementation of the state’s child care work serving children, birth through age 12, and their families. This mission-critical office includes the licensing program, professional development, and quality improvement (Spark) along with responsibilities for the development and implementation of the state’s child care plan pursuant to the federal Child Care and Development Fund. Staff members are located in a central office in Salem and in field offices in various parts of the state.
More about this exciting role:
As the Director of the Office of Child Care, you will lead an office that is responsible for advancing goals related to child safety and partnerships with providers to implement best practices in child care regulation. You are a key member of the Early Learning Division leadership team in support of strategic planning and advancing cross-cutting work across the Division to advance equitable access to child care for Oregonians.
This position oversees Oregon’s child care licensing system. This leader is responsible for advancing goals related to child safety, partnerships with child care providers to implement best practices and streamlined processes; leading the development of policy, procedures, and regulations related to child care licensing, ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws; establishing systems that ensure consistent and equitable monitoring and enforcement; and supporting quality assurance and continual improvement.
The Director supervises the Office of Child Care’s management team, which is comprised of field operations, legal, compliance, enforcement, and quality assurance. This position will also work closely with the Early Learning Division leadership to drive cross-cutting work to advance the goals for the early care and education system outlined in Raise Up Oregon, the state’s early learning system strategic plan. The Director contributes to the desired outcome for Oregon’s early care and education sector – eliminating race, income, and zip code as a predictor of whether children and families have access to culturally responsive, healthy and safe, and joyful early learning and care opportunities.
Office of Child Care Director tasks (At-a-glance)
- Advance priorities related to racial equity in child care regulation and all facets within the role of the Office of Child Care Director. Learn and apply knowledge and skills to interrupt institutional and structural oppression.
- Work to build and support an organizational culture that is inclusive, results-driven, and customer service oriented.
- Participate and engage in Early Learning Division-wide efforts to implement equity goals and priorities.
- Oversee field operations, quality assurance, and legal, compliance, and enforcement functions within the Office of Child Care to advance cross-cutting work aligned with Early Learning Division’s strategic priorities, mission, and values, and Raise Up Oregon.
- Analyze data for decision-making, quality assurance, and process improvement.
- Represent the Office of Child Care among a wide range of stakeholders including but not limited to legislators, Early Learning Council members, providers, families, and labor partners.
- Collaborate with and coordinate the delivery of work across state and local agencies to align and streamline regulations and processes that reduce the administrative burden.
- Translate knowledge of best practices in child care licensing into Office of Child Care rules, policies, operating procedures.
We are looking for candidates with the following skills and experience:
- Strong knowledge of child care or early childhood policy, human services/early childhood/child care operations, public administration, or public or private sector operations required.
- Effective people management. The ability to manage situations and tailor approach to the individual’s skills, needs, and performance.
- Demonstrated ability to coach. Ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others facilitates cooperation and teamwork and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
- Leading operations management, performance management, data collection, and reporting to drive continuous improvement, decision-making, and presenting results to diverse audiences.
- Accomplished change management leader who has led management teams through change initiatives, critical strategy development, and initiative implementation.
- Ability to distill complex information and effectively communicate findings across a diverse range of audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships with external and internal partners, with a strong emphasis on working cooperatively with a diverse audience who may have different priorities and perspectives.
- Ability to thrive in an environment that is constantly changing and requires the ability to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing and growing environment.
- Ability to manage a high level of competing demands.
What’s in it for you?
When you join the Early Learning Division, you are joining a fast-paced, creative environment with colleagues who are passionate about public service and impact the lives of children and families statewide.
Excellent medical, vision, and dental benefits package for the employee and qualified family members with a very low monthly out-of-pocket cost.
Paid days off –
- 10 paid holidays per year.
- 3 additional paid “Personal Business Days” per year.
- 8 hours of sick leave accumulated every month.
- Progressive vacation leave accrual, starting at 10 hours per month, with increases every 5 years.
In addition to standard medical benefits and employee leave, the state also provides additional optional benefits, such as basic life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and child care expenses.
How to Apply:
Please submit the following:
- A Professional Resume
- A Cover Letter
If you are a current State of Oregon employee, you must apply through your employee Workday profile.
The screening of candidates will be based on a review of the cover letter and attached resume. Candidates whose backgrounds most closely match the requested skills and desired attributes as outlined in this announcement will be invited to interview.
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- This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
- This position is subject to both Child Protective Services and Criminal History checks, including FBI fingerprinting, and will be required to enroll in the Central Background Registry. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.
- Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans’ preference. For further information, please see the following website: Veterans Resources. You may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.
- The Oregon Department of Education does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. The Oregon Department of Education is an E-Verify employer. If you are a successful candidate you must present your I-9 acceptable documents (See page 3) for employment verification.
- Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, these positions will start off fully remote with the possibility of returning to a physical office in the future.
* Employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95% and pay a 6% employee contribution to PERS; the salary range noted above reflects base salary only.*
We hope that you will consider applying for this exciting leadership opportunity today!
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The Department of Education is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce. The Department strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet every one of our qualifications listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application.