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Child Care Specialist

Job Title:    Child Care Specialist                                                           Salary Scale:  GS 7-8 (2019 RUS)

Department: Tribal Government                                                           Salary: $42,053- $60,543

Reports to:        Chief Administrative Officer                                          Status:  Non-Exempt, Full-Time



Under the direction of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Child Care Specialist is responsible for all aspects and requirements of this federally subsidized child care program. The Child Care Specialist is responsible for directing, planning, coordinating implementing and evaluating the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program. The Child Care Specialist will provide leadership in outreaching targeted communities under the program; will serve as a liaison between North Fork Rancheria (NFR) tribal families and the Administration for Families and Children; provide continuous support to tribal families in search of child care subsidies; and be responsible for research and gathering data for the implementation of the program.



  • Contract with Childcare providers as approved through CCDF Tribal Proposals.
  • Attend and present at Tribal Council meetings the CCDF program report.
  • Create educational materials for CCDF families and providers.
  • Attend State and local education agency meetings.
  • Provide technical assistance to parents and child care providers.
  • Reviews all CCDF contracts for CAO approval;
  • Design a monitoring system in order to review non-licensed child care provider homes in order to make improvement plans;
  • Design a system of internal review process for client files in order to assure compliance with grant mandates and federal regulations.
  • Assuring that Quality Improvement activities are designed and carried out on behalf of North Fork Rancheria, as prescribed by the CCDF grant;
  • Track Quality Improvement activity spending so that the 4-9% requirement is met annually;
  • Advises CAO on final decisions on eligibility for CCDF applicants;
  • Verify CCDF timesheets and prepare payment voucher for CAO approval;
  • Assists Fiscal with preparing annual reports to the Administration for Children and Families (Region IX);
  • Collaborate with local childcare resources and school districts and other childcare programs.
  • Participates in training and/or arrangement of training for parent/providers or Head Start staff.
  • Travels to sites when necessary to meet with Tribal contacts, outreach consultants, parents and/or providers.
  • Carries out goals, policies and activities designed to implement objectives for the program (as stated in the Tribal plan);
  • Seeks input on the Tribal Plan with the CAO & Tribal Council, parents and child care providers, and reports results to the CAO;
  • Designs the quarterly article for North Fork Rancheria newsletter;
  • Provide families with nutrition, health/safety and food safety information.
  • Regular and predictable attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Maintain a valid, unrestricted California Driver’s license and ability to be insurable under NFR’s automobile insurance. If employee has a valid license from another state, he/she must obtain a CA license within 2 months of hiring date.
  • Position requires occasional overnight travel within NFR’s service area. Requires ability to drive up to 7 hours a day.


  • An Associate’s degree in any social science or humanity field; or in the process of completing their AA degree with four (4) years’ experience providing social service support services to low-income families having diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds or any equivalent combination of education and experience that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties.
  • Ability to demonstrate sound and mature judgment.
  • Knowledge and skills in working with childcare programs.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability and to work with children up to 13 years old and maintain high standards of conduct and confidentiality.
  • Must have working knowledge of the Federal rules and Regulations for the CCDF/CCDGB program and Health and Safety Standards.
  • Ability to write logically, clearly, concisely and effectively with good grammar.
  • Ability to coordinate a variety of activities for parents and providers.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently evaluate program objectives.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and other basic computer functions.

This position requires an awareness and keen appreciation of American Indian traditions, customs and socioeconomic needs and the ability at all times to meet and deal effectively in contacts with Indian organizations which requires tact, courtesy, discretion, resourcefulness, and good judgment in handling functions of a sensitive nature.

Preference in hiring is given to qualified American Indians in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, U.S. Code, Sections 472 and 473).  Applicants claiming Indian Preference must submit Indian verification, certified by Tribe of affiliation or other acceptable documentation of Indian heritage.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands, fingers, to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.

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