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Passion. That’s the common attribute of those who work for Connections For Children. We are dedicated to helping the children, families, and educators who live in our community and who utilize our services.

If you’re ready to make a difference, upload your cover letter and resume and tell us your interests. We’ll consider you for future opportunities.

Positions Available

  • Preventative Health & Safety Trainer

    Summary
    The Preventative Health and Safety Trainer is responsible for scheduling, coordinating and conducting health and safety trainings for childhood educators. The Trainer will work independently and be responsible for conducting trainings, implementing approved curriculum, developing appropriate training materials, building customer relationships and coordinating all components of trainings.

    Essential Duties
    Conduct and coordinate trainings in the area of health and safety, includes but is not limited to prevention of infectious diseases, SIDS, immunizations, and emergency preparedness
    Build relationships and work with other Los Angeles County Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies to schedule and conduct trainings
    Process certifications of training attendees to vendor
    Develop enhanced training materials that support approved curriculum
    Work closely with Resource and Referral Manager to implement activities and achieve goals of programs, contracts and grants
    Prepare, coordinate and disseminate advertising materials of trainings to appropriate markets
    Assess, recommend and implement ongoing improvement for procedures and processes
    Represent the agency at community outreaches, meetings and special events
    Submit accurate and timely reports and program tracking forms to Resource & Referral Manager
    Other duties as assigned

    Education and Experience
    Minimum Associate’s Degree required or equivalent college semester units, Bachelor’s Degree preferred
    Minimum two years of experience in the field of Child Development, Early Education, Human Development or related field required
    Experience conducting trainings, presentations or group meetings required

    Position Requirements
    Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
    Excellent problem solving skills
    Excellent organizational and communication skills required; ability to successfully interface with others
    Excellent customer service skills required
    Understand the needs and requirements of child care providers and professionals in the ECE field
    Ability to converse, write, and/or translate in Spanish preferred
    Ability to be flexible, innovative, and adapt to the changing needs of the program/department/agency
    Strong interpersonal skills; the ability to honor confidentiality, and work sensitively and supportively with clients
    Ability to maintain cooperative, diplomatic working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and the public; work as part of a team and collaborate with colleagues
    Strong ability to complete projects and achieve goals under tight deadlines even when there are competing requirements and changes in assignments
    Must have use of an automobile with adequate insurance coverage and a valid California Driver’s License with acceptable driving records substantiated by a copy of DMV records
    Criminal Records (e.g. Livescan Fingerprinting), Child Abuse Index, Sexual Offender Registry, Health and Tuberculosis (TB) test clearance required
    Ability to work a non-traditional work schedule including evenings and weekends

    Connections For Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Child Care Navigator Specialist

    Scope
    The Child Care Navigator Specialist is responsible for providing guidance and coordination of placement of children into emergency child care services in accordance with the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Connections For Children. The Specialist will assist in the development, coordination, and facilitation of consumer education activities for parents, and the community.

    The Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children (Program) is being implemented in Los Angeles County, as a partnership between the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles (CCALA) and member R&R agencies. Working in partnership, they are charged with meeting the goals of the Program Scope of Work (SOW) – specifically to support the caregiver to improve and stabilize the child’s placement; promote safety, health and well-being; provide bridge funding for an initial 6-month period while a sustainable source of child care subsidy is identified to support continuity of care; and prevent placement disruptions and ensuing frequent replacements.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    Process emergency child care referral requests and identify child care providers for placement of DCFS-supervised children between the ages of birth through five years old, and their siblings within required timeframes;
    Work with identified providers to ensure child care services are provided and supporting documentation is complete for payment;
    Continue to work with families to identify child care provider and alternative child care program placement as needed, with the goal of securing long term care;
    Submit bi-weekly placement status reports as required by CCALA.
    Maintain a co-location presence at DCFS Regional Offices where the State Bridge Program is implemented for outreach, education and placement of children;
    Perform outreach and education to DCFS staff as well as work on developing and posting informational flyers in designated areas throughout the DCFS Regional Offices where the State Bridge Program is implemented;
    Participate in and inform DCFS staff of emergency child care spaces available through the State Bridge Program at DCFS staff and unit meetings;
    Maintain family and child records for the State Bridge Program;
    Work collaboratively and cooperatively as part of a team with colleagues and staff within the Agency, DCFS, CCALA as well as other agencies as required for effective program implementation;
    Maintain records of program activities and track participation of participants; and
    Provide technical assistance and resources to parents, resource families and providers.

    Additional Responsibilities
    Maintain and ensure data integrity and accuracy for required databases.
    Prepare oral and written reports as needed.
    Attend designated community meetings and other meetings, as needed.
    Perform other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications
    Bachelor Degree preferred; or Associate of Arts Degree in related fields of early childhood education, human services, social work, psychology with relevant work experience (relevant work experience may be substituted for education);
    Minimum of three years relevant experience working with children and families, including working with children ages birth to five years;
    Knowledge of the California child development programs; the child care delivery system; and Community Care Licensing;
    Ability to understand needs of child and caregiver to provide adequate placement into child care services;
    Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively with diverse client populations.
    Ability to be flexible, innovative and adapt to the changing needs of the program, department and agency.
    Previous experience that demonstrates effective problem-solving and decision-making skills and ability to work autonomously with multiple sites.
    Effective time management and organizational skills and the ability to successfully meet position requirements.
    Strong effective written and verbal communication, and presentation skills.
    Must be able to manage multiple tasks, competing priorities and meet deadlines.
    Must be able to develop outreach materials and demonstrate high proficiency in Microsoft Office Suites.
    Bilingual – as required to meet the needs of population served.
    Must show proof of a valid California Driver's License, have use of a motor vehicle and provide evidence of automobile liability insurance.
    Must provide verification of a valid TB clearance within the last two years of employment; Current First Aid/CPR Certification; must successfully pass the Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal background check prior to first day of employment.

    Working Conditions
    1. Typical of an office environment.
    2. Must have personal transportation for required local travel.
    3. Must have good driving record with proof of liability insurance and a valid CA driver’s license.
    4. Occasional overnight travel required.
    5. Regular attendance and punctuality are essential.
    6. Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends.
    7. Must have visual, physical, and technical ability to independently use a computer and copier, requires occasional stooping, kneeling, crouching; requires regular standing, walking, sitting, talking and hearing.

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