Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia's children and their families. It administers the nationally recognized Georgia's Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers Georgia Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program, federal nutrition programs, and manages Quality Rated, Georgia's community powered child care rating system.
The department also houses the Head Start State Collaboration Office, distributes federal funding to enhance the quality and availability of child care, and works collaboratively with Georgia child care resource and referral agencies and organizations throughout the State to enhance early care and education.
Under general supervision of the Division Director (Provider Services), the Policy Administrator will be responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure DECAL compliance with all federal rules and regulations governing the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The Policy Administrator will work closely with DECAL's Audits and Compliance Division and the Legal Services Division to ensure CACFP institution and SFSP sponsor program operations are in compliance with federal and state requirements and to take adverse action when warranted. The Policy Administrator will conduct research and evaluation on efforts to enhance Program operations and training.
Maintains and offers expert-level knowledge of State and Federal Child Nutrition Program policy, regulation, and policy guidance;
Manages adverse actions (Seriously Deficient (SD) Process) and collection efforts for the CACFP and the SFSP; ensures actions are taken in accordance with federal regulations;
Monitors collections, payments received, and payment plans;
Develops, implements, and disseminates policies and procedures and ensures Division compliance with federal and state requirements;
Prepares exhibit documents and represents the State agency during administrative hearings; testifies as needed;
Monitors DECAL postings and notifications for license revocations executed by DECAL's Child Care Licensing Division. Notifies institutions of their ineligibility and/or sponsors' of facility ineligibility and process termination (non-SD and disqualification);
Maintains policy/procedural manuals, serious deficiency logs and adverse action logs;
Compiles data, evaluates, and reports CACFP and SFSP trends in serious deficiency designations and adverse actions; makes training and/or policy recommendations for the subsequent year;
Drafts and disseminates official letter correspondence on behalf of DECAL;
Responds to Child Nutrition related-inquiries from internal and external customers;
Coordinates and/or participates in cross-team/division or department initiatives related to food and nutrition, quality, and/or federal program and compliance;
Provides ongoing guidance, solutions, and updates to the Division Director on pertinent Program issues; responds quickly and effectively to resolve problems; and
Conducts other duties and/or special projects as assigned.
Physical Position Requirements:
Work is typically performed in an office environment with intermittent sitting, standing, or walking in various settings.
The ability to speak clearly, to hear and understand at a normal conversational level, and to receive detailed information through verbal communication.
Close visual ability to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading and visual inspection.
Full range of hand and finger motion for data entry purposes.
Statewide and out-of-state travel may be required to attend training events and/or conferences.
Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.
Must have a valid Georgia driver's license.
Must possess reliable transportation (i.e. personal motor vehicle).
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Excellent organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage the delivery of services and processes with accuracy and within federal and state requirements.
Ability to instill exemplary customer service as a program foundational value and priority.
Computer skills in Microsoft WORD, ACCESS, EXCEL, and POWERPOINT.
Ability to manage own time, set priorities, work without direct supervision, and contribute to team atmosphere.
Competent to answer questions related to food and nutrition.
Experience working with diverse communities and sensitivity to needs and concerns of various participants.
Submissions without documented work history listed in the Work Experience or Achievements section cannot be evaluated and therefore will not be considered.
Master's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND Two years of related experience OR Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND Four years of related experience OR Associate's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND Five years of experience, Two years of which in a position directly related to the area of assignment OR Two years of experience required at the lower level Complnc Specialist 2 (RCP061) or position equivalent. Note: Some positions may require a certification or licensure. Note: Some positions may require a valid driver's license.