Manager of Early Care & Education Services - Santa Barbara County Education Office

Type: Full-Time

County: Santa Barbara

Agency: Santa Barbara County Education Office

Agency Description:

The Santa Barbara County Education Office is an intermediate agency between the California State Department of Education and the 20 school districts that are located within the county’s boundaries. Public school enrollment in Santa Barbara County is 69,752 students (as of 2017).


Under general direction of the Director of Child Development, the Manager, Early Care and Education Services is responsible for implementing early care and education (ECE) services, including: professional support to the Child Care Planning Council (CCPC), quality improvement programs that support the Quality Counts California Consortium for quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) implementation, and other ECE initiatives. The manager is responsible for ensuring that required goals and outcomes are met in order to improve and increase high quality early care and education services throughout Santa Barbara County. Incumbents in this class may be assigned to positions supporting the Child Care Planning Council, quality improvement programs, or other related programs.

Salary: $76,838 - $91,336 per year

Initial Placement is usually at the first step of the salary range.

Job Responsibilities

Plan, coordinate, implement, and advocate for the priority goals of the CCPC, quality improvement programs, and other ECE initiatives; coordinate and facilitate the work of stakeholders (e.g., Child Care Planning Council, QRIS Consortium, and regional partnerships), committees and workgroups to address relevant topics, including leading and facilitating group discussions toward consensus;  ensures compliance with the Brown Act and other public meeting requirements, including preparation of agenda, minutes and accessibility of public records;  execute contractual requirements and legislative mandates tied to the CCPC, quality improvement programs, and other ECE initiatives, within limits of authority;  collect data, prepare and maintain reports, and respond to requests for documentation and information; anticipate and respond to legislation and new initiatives; manage database and ensure required data entry from authorized users; research and write funding proposals to support the mission, goals and objectives of the CCPC and quality improvement programs;  oversee the implementation of funded projects to accomplish stated goals and fulfill terms; create, plan and manage contracts, including budgets and subcontractor grants; maintain knowledge regarding ECE standards relevant to state plans, goals, and objectives in order to support onboarding of new early learning programs, and participate in advancing program quality for participating sites; plan and implement professional development opportunities for stakeholders (e.g., coaches, center staff, providers, and parents); develop annual training calendar; secure venues and presenters; prepare and/or order materials; facilitate venue set-up and cleanup, refreshments, registration, and evaluation; maintain communication and serve as a liaison between the Child Care Planning Council, local consortium, County Superintendent, County Board of Supervisors, California Department of Education, First 5 California and other stakeholders; collaborate in the development and implementation of broad-based communication strategies related to ECE initiatives; contribute to ongoing website and social media presence; attend and actively participate in appropriate committees, workgroups, meetings, conferences, and trainings throughout Santa Barbara County, the region, and the state; performs general administrative duties as directed, and other duties as assigned.


Requirements: Principles and practices of program administration and professional

development, budget development and management, current principles and practices in

early care and education, local, state and national laws and policies affecting early care and

education, program development and evaluation, effective grant writing strategies, data

collection and management methods, strategic planning, group facilitation methods and

practices, standard written and spoken English, standard office productivity software.

Abilities: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, research, write and present

reports, write and manage grants, interact with and maintain cooperative relationships with

diverse levels of staff and the community, lead and work effectively with groups to

accomplish goals and meet deadlines, organize, implement and evaluate training programs,

operate a computer and other office equipment and related software programs, work

independently, exercise sound judgment, and assume responsibility for completion of tasks,

coordinate work of third parties over whom one has no supervisory authority, work with

frequent interruptions, adapt to diverse populations, environments, and requirements, sufficient visual acuity to read written materials and computer screens, sufficient hand--‐eye

coordination and finger dexterity to write and use a computer keyboard, mouse or other

pointing device.

Education and experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in

child development, education, or a related discipline and two years of increasingly

responsible program administration experience that included some combination of the

following: data collection and analysis, grant writing, budget management, group facilitation,

ECE professional development, and workshop/event coordination.

Licenses and certificates: Valid California driver’s license and the use of a dependable


Working conditions: Work is performed in a typical modern office environment. Local

travel to a variety of locations, as well as occasional overnight travel, is required. Occasional

attendance at evening and weekend meetings and events is also required.

How To Apply

Apply online at:

Application Deadline: 12/10/2018 by 5pm

Recruitment: The recruitment will be Dual Certification, resulting in internal and external

candidates being ranked together as a group according to final combined scores. The

qualifying examination may consist of a written, oral, or performance examination, or any

combination thereof. Candidates who demonstrate the strongest background relative to the

responsibilities of the position will be invited to participate in the examination process.

Candidates must pass all parts of the examination/s to be placed on the eligibility list and will

be ranked according to combined final scores weighted as determined by the Director,

Human Resources. If you have a disability that may require an accommodation during any of

these selection procedures, you must notify Classified Human Resources by the deadline

date specified in this announcement.


Examination: The written examination for this classification is tentatively scheduled for

12/13/2018 at 9:00 a.m. The oral examination for this classification is tentatively scheduled

for 12/14/2018. If your application meets the screening criteria, you will receive additional

information regarding the examination process including an official invitation to participate.

Eligibility list: This position is open to applicants including current employees and those

from the general public. All applicants must meet minimum qualifications to be invited to the

respective examination/s. Dual certification results in one integrated eligibility list based on


This position is open to applicants including current employees and those

from the general public. All applicants must meet minimum qualifications to be invited to the

respective examination/s. Dual certification results in one integrated eligibility list based on