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Middle Rio Grande Workforce Solutions

307 W. Nopal St. 

Carrizo Springs, Texas 78834-3211

 

 

JOB TITLE: Student Hireability Navigator

PAY GRADE: $42,000 - Commensurate with Experience

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Executive Director of Workforce Board

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The Student HireAbility Navigator is responsible for the Summer Earn and Learn Programfunded by the Texas Workforce Commission in the nine county region of the Middle Rio GrandeWorkforce Development Area. The contract funding for this position expires August 31, 2023and may be subject to renewal.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The role of Student HireAbility Navigator is to improve access to employment and training services and increase employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities. The Student HireAbility Navigator will focus exclusively on services for students with disabilities who are in the early phases of preparing for transition to postsecondary education and employment. The Navigator serves as a resource in the local workforce development area to support, expand and enhance the provision of pre-employment transition services that are provided by Vocational Rehabilitation as well as by the other partners and programs in the workforce development area.

 

The Navigator performs a defined scope of work in the following three areas.

  1. Capacity building and systems development.

  2. Partnering and collaboration.

  3. Informing and engaging employers.

 

The overarching goal of the activities within the three focus areas is to increase the likelihood of students' independence and inclusion in communities and competitive integrated workplaces, andtheir successful participation in postsecondary education experiences.

 

The sole focus of the Student HireAbility Navigator is the development, coordination, capacity-building, and provision of pre-employment transition services in the workforce development area through execution of the deliverables noted below. It is important to emphasize that the primary role and responsibility of the Student HireAbility Navigators is not direct service delivery, but the development, planning, coordination, and promotion of systemic and collaborative strategies that result in the provision of quality pre-employment transition services for students with disabilities in the workforce development area.

 

The Summer Earn and Learn (SEAL) Program establishes a mechanism by which pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) are provided to students with disabilities, as required under Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which modified the Rehabilitation Act of1973 (Rehabilitation Act). SEAL is a statewide strategy that includes Work Readiness Training andPaid Work Experience for students with disabilities. It will be offered in each local workforce development area (LWDA) during the summer months, when students are out of school.

 

SEAL includes basic work-based learning and training services for students with disabilities that provide:

  • pre-employment work readiness training and preparation for the work experience placement;

    • work experience to help participants gain familiarity with the workplace environment and develop transferable job skills; and

  • paid compensation for time worked on the job.

 

Student HireAbility Navigator Deliverables:

A. Student HireAbility Navigator Plan:

  • In consultation with the local VR offices in the workforce development area, identify the Pre-employment transition services available to students with disabilities in the workforce development area.

    • Identify other, similar services available to students with disabilities in the workforce development area.

    • Convene partners to discuss successful strategies and services, gaps, and opportunities for collaboration to improve the quality and/or availability of pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities.

    • In consultation with the Board and the VR offices in the workforce development area, and other community partners, create a three-year action plan to achieve thedeliverables noted below.

 

The plan must include goals, strategies, deliverables, accountable parties and timellnes for each deliverable listed below.

  • Capacity Building and Systems Development

  • Partnership and Collaboration

  • Inform and Engage Employers

  • Quarterly Report

 

B.  Capacity Building and Systems Development:

  • Increase community and system awareness of the resources and activities available to students with disabilities in the following five pre-employment transition services:

    • job (career) exploration counseling;

    • work-based learning experiences, which may include in school or after schoolopportunities, or experience outside the traditional school setting (including internships), provided in an integrated environment to the maximum extent possible;

    • counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition orpostsecondary educational programs at institutions of higher education;

    • workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living; and

    • instruction in self-advocacy, which may include peer mentoring.

  • Promote the use of career exploration, postsecondary education planning, and workreadiness tools available through TWC's Labor Market and Career InformationDepartment.

  • In consultation with Workforce Solutions Offices, local VR offices, local education agencies, parents and students with disabilities, employers, and community partners, develop effective and innovative strategies to:

  • Improve the transition to postsecondary activities of individuals who are members of traditionally unserved populations.

  • Expand or enhance the provision of the five required pre­ employment transition services to students with disabilities in the workforce development area

  • Coordinate and/or monitor implementation of innovative strategies

  • Develop and/or disseminate information and resource to Workforce Solutions Offices, local VR offices, local education agencies, employers, community partners, parentsand students.

 

C.  Partnerships and Collaboration:

  • Convene and/or attend workgroups, committees, coalitions, and cross-agency teams tofoster system and community coordination of pre-employment transition services and activities for students with disabilities.

  • Provide information, training and technical assistance to Workforce Solutions Offices, local VR offices, local education agencies, community partners, and employers, regarding resources and activities available to assist students withdisabilities transition successfully to postsecondary education, employment, or both.

  • Develop and coordinate events, campaigns, and other activities to increase and fosterstudent and family awareness of and access to pre-employment transition services provided by local VR offices, other Workforce Solutions programs and communitypartners and resources.

 

D.   Inform and Engage Employers:

In consultation and coordination with local VR offices and other Board and Board contractor staff:

  • Organize events and activities to increase employers' understanding of theabilities of students with disabilities.

  • Provide training and/or resources to increase employers' awareness of disability etiquette and accommodations for students with disabilities.

  • Collaborate with partner agencies to develop work- based learning opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment, other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, and apprenticeships.

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.

  • One additional year of full-time qualifying experience may be substituted for each year (30 semester hours) of the required education.

  • Four years of full-time work experience.

  • Work experience in the fields of education, vocational rehabilitation, workforce development programs, human services programs, or non­ profit organizations serving students or persons with disabilities is preferred.

  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university may be substituted for two years of the required qualifying experience.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Will require extensive in-region travel; must have reliable transportation, current driver's license and proof of vehicle insurance for approved travel.

JOB TITLE:  Child Care Business Outreach

PAY GRADE: B15 $32,976 - $42,511

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Child Care Services

 

JOB SUMMARY: Provide business services, outreach and support to Workforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande Board(WFSMRGB)child care industries. Goal of position is to increase the capacity and quality of child care centers throughoutWorkforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande Board area. Additional duties include: guiding, advising and supporting the child carefacility in attaining and maintaining Texas Rising Star (TRS) certification.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

 

  • Works with child care providers to increase capacity in both staffing and classroom space.

  • Promotes WFSMRGB's Texas Rising Star (TRS) program.

    • Works with providers to add/expand infant and toddler care opportunities.

  • Provides opportunities for technical assistance in the areas of Texas Child Care Availability Portal and the Texas EarlyChildhood Professional Development System.

  • Develops and maintains a current list of all active and contracted providers in the WFSMRGB Workforce Development Area.

  • Works with non-contracted providers to encourage contracting with WFSMRGB's Child Care Services program.

  • Provides technical assistance, outreach, education, and training sessions to providers regarding changes in local, state and federal regulations as well as updates/changes to the Texas Health and Human Services Child Care Regulationregulations.

  • Conducts outreach, education and technical assistance to assist prospective new child care providers in understanding requirements, local ordinances, funding opportunities and resource opportunities to create new child care operations.

  • Liaisons with WFSMRGB's child care mentors, Texas Health and Human Services Child Care Regulation, and business partners to ensure all entities have the most up-to-date information.

    • Responsible for conducting surveys and compiling results, as needed for provider training.

  • Develops a written training plan and calendar articulating it on the website and marketing it in the WFSMRGBWorkforce Development Area.

  • Collaborates with local colleges, universities, and agencies to maximize training opportunities.

  • Provides training on Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS) to child care providers.

    • Assist with child care provider reviews as needed.

 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

 

  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently, both orally and in writing, with diverse

 

 

groups of people and personalities.

  • At least two years' experience working with children, parents and/or providers.

  • Ability to interpret and apply local, federal and state regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Knowledge of and skill in using current Microsoft Office products and Canva to develop brochures, flyers, presentations, and other marketing materials.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with child care providers and local employers.

  • Ability to prioritize, organize and manage multiple tasks and projects.

  • Ability to work independently under general supervision.

  • Ability to travel within and out of region.

 

 

REQUIRED EDUCATION DEGREES, CERTIFICATES, AND/OR LICENSES:

 

  • Prefer a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, with major concentration in child development,elementary education, social work or related field.

  • Child Development Associate credential with 30 hours in Early Childhood or 60 college hours in Early Childhood or Associate’s degree in early childhood education. child development. special education. child psychology educational psychology elementary education. or family consumer science with two years orexperience as a director in an early childhood program. Preference given for required experience with aprovider that is accredited or TRS certified.

    • Valid Texas Driver's License or ability to obtain license prior to first day of employment.

    • Pass background check as required by providers.

 

This job description is intended to identify the essential functions of a position and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.The incumbent(s) may be required to perform or assume additional job­ related responsibilities other than those stated in this description.

 
 
 

JOB TITLE: Child Care Business Services Specialist

PAY GRADE: Bl 7 $36,976 - $47,688

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Child Care Services

 

JOB SUMMARY: Provide business services, outreach and support to Workforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande Board(WFSMRGB)child care industries. Goal of position is to increase the capacity and quality of child care centers throughoutWorkforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande Board area.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Works with child care providers to increase capacity in both staffing and classroom space.

  • Promotes WFSMRGB's Texas Rising Star (TRS) program.

  • Conducts a needs assessment with all contracted and non-contracted providers in the WFSMRGB area to document assistance needs and develop strategies to address those needs, such as increasing business capacity, streamlining business processes, hiring qualified child care staff, increasing quality of providers, and increasing capacity.

  • Works with providers to add/expand infant and toddler care opportunities.

  • Provides opportunities for technical assistance in the areas of budgeting, management, staffing/human relations, skills for small businesses, materials, and trainings.

  • Promotes the use of WorklnTexas as a tool to expand staffing opportunities.

  • Promotes state and local incentive and grant funding opportunities.

  • Develops and maintains a current list of all active and contracted providers in the WFSMRGB Workforce Development Area.

  • Works with non-contracted providers to encourage contracting with WFSMRGB's Child Care Services program.

  • Provides technical assistance, outreach, education, and training sessions to providers regarding changes in local, stateand federal regulations as well as updates/changes to the Texas Health and Human Services Child Care Regulation regulations.

  • Conducts outreach, education and technical assistance to assist prospective new child care providers in understanding requirements, local ordinances, funding opportunities and resource opportunities to create new child care operations.

  • Serves as liaison between child care providers with appropriate state and local officials, social service agencies, and the general public.

  • Liaisons with WFSMRGB's child care mentors, Texas Health and Human Services Child Care Regulation, and business partners to ensure all entities have the most up-to-date information.

    • Assist with child care provider reviews as needed.

  • Coordinate business referrals to U.S. Small Business Development Center and financial institutions to expand child care business; Establish workshops/seminars to enhance the expansion of a child care provider.

 

 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently, both orally and in writing, with diverse groups of people and personalities.

    • At least two years' experience working with children, parents and/or providers.

    • Ability to interpret and apply local, federal and state regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Knowledge of and skill in using current Microsoft Office products and Canva to develop brochures, flyers, presentations, and other marketing materials.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with child care providers and local employers.

    • Ability to prioritize, organize and manage multiple tasks and projects.

    • Ability to work independently under general supervision.

    • Ability to travel within and out of region.

 

 

REQUIRED EDUCATION DEGREES, CERTIFICATES, AND/OR LICENSES:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, with major concentration in child development, elementary education, social work or related field.

  • Preferred at least five years of managing or owning a business where accounting, facilities management, and personnel management skills were developed.

  • Valid Texas Driver's License or ability to obtain license prior to first day of employment.

  • Pass background check as required by providers.

 

This job description is intended to identify the essential functions of a position and should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.The incumbent(s) may be required to perform or assume additionaljob­ related responsibilities other than those stated in this description.

 

 JOB TITLE: Texas Rising Star Mentor 

PAY GRADE: B19 $42,244 - $55,602

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Child Care Services

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

 

This position’s primary duties will include providing on-site mentoring to early childhood facilities such as. but not limited to. providing direct assistance to help early childhood facilities establish developmental appropriate learning environments: providing guidance for lesson planning and assisting child care providers improve his or her abilitiesand skills through observation; conducting assessments and modeling. Additional duties include: guiding. Advising and supporting the child care facility in attaining and maintaining Texas Rising Star (TRS) certification and to assist facilities move towards a 4 (four) Star or National Accreditation status by providing on-going support throughprofessional development and modeling developmentally appropriate practices. Responsible for providing effective assessments for current Texas Rising Star providers and potential providers interested in the Texas Rising Star program. Responsible with the coordination and implementation of all TRS related activities associated with theChild Care Ser\'ices (CCS) Program. Duties will include assisting the Director of Child Care Services with the child care program to include quality initiatives. Meets regularly with and provides child care resources. including developmentally appropriate books. materials. and equipment. to TRS-certified providers.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Responsible for coordination and implementation of all TRS provider related activity within the requiredtimeframes which include. but are not limited to. technical assistance renewals. and required paperwork.

    • Ensure all TRS sites receive on-site visits regularly (i.e.. bi-monthly schedule).

  • Provide Director of Child Care Services detailing results of on-site visits (.i.e.. achievements and challenges).

    • Recruit child care providers and provide on-site training in attaining TRS status.

  • Assist in ordering materials and resources as needed for the TRS program.

    • Maintain and updates Texas Rising Star Files.

  • Maintains the Texas Rising Star information updated in the TWIST Application.

    • De, clop instructional materials and provide instructional trainings on a monthly basis.

  • Plan and coordinate Early Childhood Trainings to improve the quality of child care

  • Negotiate. issue, and ensure compliance with Service improvement Agreement (SIA) as necessary.

  • Facilitates and provides guidance for developmentally appropriate learning activities to Child Care Providers.

  • Interprets and communicates provider policies and procedures information. as needed.

    • Provides training to CCS staff in areas that apply to the TRS Providers.

  • Observes and follows through with all required timeframes.

    • Maintains a professional work area.

  • Pro\'ides excellent customer service.

 

 

  • Participate in community events as required.

  • Travel is required to carry assigned functions.

  • Attends trainings and conferences as needed: travel overnight as necessary. Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Other duties as may be assigned by supervisor.

 

Skills/Qualifications:

 

MINIMUM EDUCATION

 

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in early childhood education. childdevelopment. Special education. child psychology. educational psychology. elementary education. or familyconsumer: -science:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with at least 18 credit hours in early childhood education. child development. special education. child psychology educational psychology.elementary education. or family consumer science

with at least 12 credit hours in child development: or

  • Associate degree in early childhood education. child development. special education. child psychology. educational psychology. elementary education. or family consumer science with t\\0 )Cars of experience asa director in an early childhood program. with preference given for required experience with a provider that is accredited or TRS certified.

 

MINIMUM WORK EXPERIENCE

 

  • One year of full-time early childhood classroom experience in a child care. Earl) I lead Start, Head Start, or prekindergarten through third grade school program.

 

DEMONSTRATED KNOWLEDGE

 

  • Best practices in early childhood education

  • Understanding or early childhood evaluations. observations. and assessments for both teachers and children

  • Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS). Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS-R). Family Childcare Environmental Rating Scale (FCERS) teacher Behavior Rating Scale (TBRS). Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), or other assessment tools.

 

OTHER PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE

 

  • Understanding of TRS Certification Guidelines and the minimum standards of Texas child care licensing

  • Bilingual (English and Spanish speaker)

    • Ability to relate to individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds

    • Microsoft Word and Excel. Internet. and comfo11able using e-mail and entering data on a PC tablet

  • Detail oriented with strong oral and written communication skills

  • Basic administrative skills. including record keeping and use of a computer for data management and professional communication

  • Effectively manage multiple projects

    • Possess a valid motor  vehicle operator’s license subject to an approved motor vehicle report and reliable transportation for travel within the service delivery area.

  • Analytical and problem solving skills.

    • Detail orientation and strong organi1ational and documentation skills.

  • Good computer soft,\arc skills for database. reports and spreadsheets.

  • Ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships with management. coworkers. workers from other programs as ,,ell as the public.

    • Must be observant. patient. with good communication skills.

 

REQUIRED CONTINUING EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

  • Participation in required annual professional development and continuing education consistent with childcare licensing minimum-training requirements for a center director.

 

SUMMARY: Primary duties will include on-site mentoring, guidance in program development, program training and overall assistance in becoming a certified TRS facility, to early childhood facilities located in the Workforce Solutions Middle RioGrande Board Area. Additional duties may include periodic assessments of TRS facilities, ongoing guidance and monitoring, training and travel with the Workforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande Board Area.

 

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES RE.QUIRED:

 

Valid Texas motor vehicle operator's license or available alternate means of transportation.

All Texas Rising Star Mentor must attain Mentor Micro credentialing and Assessment Training and Certification Program Modules (as applicable) within the timeframes prescribed by the Texas Workforce Commission.

 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties orresponsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with orwithout notice.