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Program Specialist II

Company: County of Riverside
Location: Riverside
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Job Description:

ABOUT THE POSITION First 5 Riverside, (Riverside County Children & Families Commission) seeks a Program Specialist II in Riverside County. The Program Specialist II will be responsible for planning, coordinating and overseeing the activities of a specialized program within First 5, performing a wide range of duties including but not limited to specialized support in monitoring and assessing early learning sites quality improvement outcomes. The Program Specialist II supports administrators in creating a quality program for children, teaching staff and families. Incumbent will also work with leadership staff in creating a quality improvement plan for sites. First 5 Riverside requires a candidate who has experience with Environment Rating Scales (ERS), Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ), and a strong foundation of early education including Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Bilingual in Spanish is preferred but not required. A Bachelor's Degree in early childhood education, child development, maternal and child health, public health, public or business administration, social work is preferred. Meet the Team! First 5 Riverside County, theRiverside County Children & Families Commission is primarily funded by tobacco taxes generated by Proposition 10, which passed in November 1998 to help make sure that all of our youngest Californians, from prenatal through 5 years old, get the best possible start in life. First 5 Riverside County also receives state and federal funding to support community programs and initiatives to meet the goals and objectives of the Strategic Plan. First 5 Riverside invests in partnerships that promote, support and enhance the health and early development of children, prenatal through age 5, their families and communities. Can you see yourselfhere? EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES * Analyze new and revised legislation which govern social services and/or child support programs to determine impact upon operations; analyze existing operations and procedures within an assigned area. * Conduct studies and make recommendations for procedural or organizational changes including staffing requirements and costs; plan and coordinate the implementation of program changes with systems (EDP) and other departmental areas. * Oversee general complaint function: investigate complaints involving various social services and child support programs. * Develop and review departmental policies and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal legislation, regulations, and directives. * Compose, organize, and revise departmental policy and procedure manuals; may plan and coordinate the development of new and revised programs, contracts, and interagency agreements with department staff, other County departments, and community agencies. * Act as a technical expert or resource person to department staff and other interested individuals regarding social services and/or child support program policies, and procedures. * Research, analyze, and prepare recommendations regarding special projects as assigned. * Compose selected correspondence, reports, and directives for use by the Director and designated staff members in public hearings and meetings with state officials. * Correspond with and act as a department liaison with various state agencies and departments; may serve as a department representative on various social services assistance committees. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Recruiting Guidelines OPTION I Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in early childhood education, child development, maternal and child health, public health, public or business administration, social work or a closely related field. Additional caseworker experience in the program for which the position is being filled may be substituted for the required education on the basis of one year of experience for 30 semester or 45 quarter units of college level coursework. Experience: One year of lead or supervisory caseworker experience in the program for which the position is being filled. OPTION II Experience: One year of experience comparable to a Program Specialist I in a Department of Social Services. Knowledge of: Principles, philosophies, and operations of social services and/or child support programs; the federal, state, and local social services and/or child support programs and their supporting legislation; available sources of social services rules and regulations; principles of organization, planning, research and analysis. Ability to: Interpret new and revised regulations and project possible and/or probable impacts to the department; develop, revise, and implement departmental operating policies and procedures; define organizational, procedural, and resource allocation problems; collect, organize, and evaluate pertinent data, define and validate conclusions, identify alternative solutions and project consequences of decisions and recommendations; may perform mathematical and statistical computations required for cost analysis, reports, and record keeping; prepare clear, concise, and complete reports, correspondence, directives, and manuals; speak effectively in groups and individual situations; establish and maintain effective line of communication and working relationships at all organizational levels; give and follow oral and written instructions; work in the presence of changing priorities and tight time schedules; operate a microcomputer and use a variety of applications software packages. Other Requirements Possession of a valid California Driver's License is required for this position. Pre-Employment All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of both a pre-employment physical exam, including a drug/alcohol test, and a criminal background investigation, which involves fingerprinting. (A felony or misdemeanor conviction may disqualify the applicant from County employment.) Probationary Period As an Approved Local Merit System, all County of Riverside employees, except those serving "At Will," are subject to the probationary period provisions as specified in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding, County Resolution, or Salary Ordinance. Temporary and Per Diem employees serve at the pleasure of the agency/department head. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION What's Next? This recruitment is open to all applicants. Applicants who are current County of Riverside Children's and Families Commission, First Five may be considered before other applicants depending on the volume of applications received Qualified applicants may be considered for future vacancies throughout the County. Veterans' Preference The County has a Veterans Preference Policy. Upload a copy of your (or your spouse's) Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22) indicating dates of service, and a copy of your spouse's letter of disability (if applicable) with your application. For privacy reasons, it is recommended that you remove your social security information from the document(s). A Human Resources Representative will review the materials and determine if you qualify for veterans' preference. See the policy here (Download PDF reader). APPLICATION PERIOD The preliminary closing date for this posting is Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm however postings may close at any time. Applications received prior to the closing date will be considered based on the information submitted. Changes or alterations cannot be accepted. No late applications will be permitted. Applications must be submitted through NeoGov https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/riverside BASED ON THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, THIS POSTING MAY CLOSE WITHOUT NOTICE. Applications received prior to the closing date will be considered based on the information submitted. Changes or alterations cannot be accepted. No late applications will be permitted. Include relevant work experience details on resume and/or application. Applicants who fail to provide information demonstrating they possess the position requirements may not be considered further in the application process. A description of job duties directly copied from the job classification or job posting will not be considered. Proof of Education All applicants are required to provide a copy of their degree or transcripts as verification of the education listed on their resume/application. Official or unofficial transcripts will be accepted. If your education was completed outside of the United States, you will need to provide a copy of your Foreign Education Equivalency evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). Reasonable Accommodations The County of Riverside is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter for the position noted above. For additional information and/or to obtain the appropriate form for requesting a reasonable accommodation, please visit the Disability Access Office web page located at: http://dao.rc-hr.com/. For questions regarding this recruitment Contact Mary Miller at mmiller@rivco.org or 951-955-3464 for assistance.

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