Montgomery County is located adjacent to Washington, DC and with over one million residents, is the most populous County in the State of Maryland. The County is also the most diverse County in the State and ranks among the top ten most diverse Counties in the nation. Montgomery County contains many major U.S. government offices, scientific research and learning centers, and business campuses.

The Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for delivery of the County’s public health and human services that meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable children, adults and seniors. The Department provides services through more than 120 programs at more than 20 locations. With 1,750 employees, the Department of Health and Human Services is the largest County Department.

As a department, we believe health and wellness of the county can only be achieved by ensuring that every resident has fair opportunities to reach their fullest potential. This means access to quality housing, transportation, education, employment, health care, human services, safe neighborhoods and healthy food. HHS’ provides critical services for residents who face a variety of obstacles in achieving their full potential. HHS plays an essential role in building a healthy and strong community.

If you are interested in working for the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Administrator, Early Care Services position.

About the Position:

The incumbent in this position serves as the Administrator of Early Care Services in the Children, Youth and Family Services division of the Department of Health and Human Services. This position reports directly to the Chief for Children, Youth and Family Services.

Early Care Services (ECS) serves children from birth to age five with services that support families, early care and education programs, and the community. The program administers the Federally mandated Infants and Toddlers Program (ITP) in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the County’s Resource and Referral Center (R&R) as part of the statewide R&R Network for support of high-quality child care and the early education workforce, the State Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Project (IECMH), and the County Child Care in Public Space Program (CCIPS). ECS staffs the Commission on Child Care and Early Childhood Coordinating Council (ECCC). ECS oversees several contractual services including community-based Pre-Kindergarten, home visiting, and family support.

Major Areas of Responsibility/Focus:

  • Manage all aspects of Early Childhood Services (ECS) in the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) including oversight of all programs, supervision of managers and administrative support, budget and fiscal oversight, leading processes and decision-making, oversight of human resource processes, overall leadership, strategic planning to include data collection and analysis for equitable services (10 managers, 55 total County staff, contracted staff). Manage Early Care and Education (ECE) Policy Team tracking State legislation, County ECE issues, developing internal policies.
  • Reporting to the Chief of Children, Youth and Family Services (CYF) and member of CYF Leadership Team in DHHS. Manage processes, meetings, and flow of work for the County Executive’s Early Care and Education Initiative (ECEI). Chair the Early Care and Education Recovery Workgroup (as needed). Manage over $21 million in County and grant funding.
  • Cultivate collaborative relationships and engagement with community partners including early childhood programs, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery College, Montgomery Moving Forward (MMF), multiple Boards and Commissions and advisory groups, Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) (2 divisions), Maryland Family Network (MFN) – additional partnerships across the department and with an Interagency Workgroup (part of ECEI).
  • Develop and implement an equity agenda focused on identifying and mitigating inequities within the early childhood system.

As a manager/supervisor of unionized employees, this position has a responsibility for fostering a positive labor relations environment based on mutual trust, respect, and cooperation.

Additional Employment Information

Effective August 30, 2021 all new hires will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus prior to their first date of employment. Individuals who are unable to be vaccinated should contact [email protected] to discuss possible accommodations.

OHR reviews the minimum qualifications of all applicants, irrespective of whether the candidate has previously been found to have met the minimum requirements for the job or been temporarily promoted to the same position. This evaluation is based solely on the information contained in the application/resume submitted for this specific position/IRC.

Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email to [email protected] . Individual determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made in accordance with all applicable laws.

Montgomery County Government also provides hiring preference to certain categories of veterans and veterans/persons with a disability. For more information and to claim employment preference, please refer to the Careers webpage on Hiring Preference .

All applicants will respond to a series of questions related to their education, relevant experience, knowledge, skills and abilities required to minimally perform the job. The applicant’s responses in conjunction with their resume and all other information provided in the employment application process will be evaluated to determine the minimum qualifications and preferred criteria status. Based on the results, the highest qualified applicants will be placed on an Eligible List and may be considered for an interview. Employees meeting minimum qualifications who are the same grade will be placed on Eligible List as a “Lateral Transfer” candidate and may be considered for interview.

If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.

Montgomery County Ethics Law : Except as provided by law or regulation, the County’s “Public Employees” (which does not include employees of the Sheriff’s office) are subject to the County’s ethics law including the requirements to obtain advanced approval of any outside employment and the prohibitions on certain outside employment. The outside employment requirements of the ethics law can be found at 19A-12 of the County Code . Additional information about outside employment can be obtained from the Ethics Commission website.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Seven years of progressive responsibility for the oversight and management of a program or initiative advancing equitable early childhood practices, three years of which were in a supervisory or executive capacity.

Note: The term “executive” is further defined as a high echelon or high-level position in an organization that is assigned technical research, management advisory services responsibilities, or policy-making duties and responsibilities that exerts considerable influence on organizational policy, plans, and operations through technical research, management advisory services, and/or policy-making duties and responsibilities (e.g., County positions at Grade 30 or above).

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree.

Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

Preferred Criteria

There is no Preferred Criteria. All applicants will be reviewed by OHR for minimum qualifications. Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be rated Qualified, placed on the Eligible List, and may be considered for an interview.

Preference for interviews will be given to applicants with experience in the following:

  • A Master’s Degree with a major in Early Childhood Education, Education, Human Development, Human Services, Child Psychology or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience practicing equity and implementing equitable action
  • 5 years of experience in early childhood programs/education (running, implementing, developing)
  • 7-10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, Education or Human Services leadership, to include supervisory capacity experience – coaching, mentoring
  • Knowledge of early childhood education programming such as, childcare centers, Family Child Care, preschools, Head Start and public PreK – systems knowledge, education landscape
  • Knowledge of comprehensive services in Early Childhood Education including Early Childhood Mental Health, Infants and Toddlers Programs (children with disabilities birth to three), parenting supports, health supports, etc.
  • Knowledge of policy issues in Early Childhood Education to include policy development, legislative processes, hot topics, etc.
  • 5 years of experience in direct budget management and oversight

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