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Employer: Riley County
Job Title: Child Care Surveyor I
Salary: $19.00 Hourly

Job Description:





Department:          Health Department            Division:    Child Care Licensing   

Reports To:           Child Care Licensing Supervisor

Pay Grade:            L                                      Status:  Full-Time        

FLSA Status:         Non-Exempt



POSITION SUMMARY:  Responsible for enforcing regulatory requirements for licensed child care facilities. Requires knowledge of Kansas statutes, regulations, and local ordinances for child care. Requires use of data management system for conducting inspections.  The child care program is a fast paced, multifaceted job, requiring a high- level of organization, problem solving and critical thinking skills.



  • Ensures annual, follow up and complaint visits are accomplished in a timely, professional, and accurate manner. Maintain a 90% or higher timeliness of inspections each fiscal year.
  • Conduct surveys and related tasks necessary to determine compliance with statues and regulations
  • Carry out enforcement and complaint issues in consultation with Child Care Licensing Supervisor.
  • Provide orientation to prospective child care providers prior to application. Orientation must include information provided by Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Child Care Licensing Program, at minimum.
  • Recruit and retain regulated child care facilities. Maintain a current knowledge of statistical data on child care programs and needs in the county.
  • Participate and conduct all required activity related to intake and investigation of complaints concerning illegal child care or regulation violations and related tasks involving professional decision-making. Keeps Child Care Licensing Supervisor informed.
  • Identifies training needs of child care facilities and assures adequate training is provided.
  • Gains and maintains a current knowledge of child care licensing regulations and related grants.
  • Gains and maintains a current knowledge of community programs relating to early childhood and child care.
  • Establish the local health agency as the primary contact for families and providers: increase awareness of licensing requirements, importance of regulation, and quality child care; applicant orientation; technical assistance; reporting concerns of poor child care practices, violations of regulations; and illegal child care
  • Strengthen compliance through the consistent application and enforcement of child care licensing laws and regulations
  • Participate in child care facility surveyor and grant training provided by the KDHE Child Care Licensing Program and assure compliance with required quarterly regional meetings. Complete 5 clock-hours of KDHE Child Care Licensing Administrator approved in-service training in which is child care and/or regulatory directed
  • Coordinates investigations with the Kansas State Division of Children and Families, the City and/or County attorney and KDHE as needed and keeps Child Care Licensing Supervisor informed
  • Relays reportable diseases to KDHE and coordinates efforts with the infection control nurse of the Health Department to prevent any spread of infectious disease to children or staff in a child care facility. Keeps Child Care Licensing Supervisor informed
  • Establishes and maintains an image that is professional, collaborative, available, proactive and responsive
  • Completes monthly report and submits the report in a timely manner to the Child Care Licensing Supervisor.
  • Provide services electronically using a secure e-mail, licensing database CLARIS, and other technologies including online/automated surveys using tablet computers, portable printer, digital cameras, and mobile devices. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Participates in emergency response health department efforts as needed.
  • Conforms to HIPAA privacy regulations specific to position held.
  • Knowledge of job-related new technologies, systems, methods, etc.
  • Establish goals, objectives, and planning with Child Care Licensing Supervisor.
  • Demonstrates a broad knowledge and understanding of the operation of programs.
  • Evaluates and makes sound requests to Child Care Licensing Supervisor for equipment, staffing and program cost items



  • Writes and edits articles for program related newsletters and community reports
  • Attends and takes part in appropriate workshops, seminars as requested
  • Attends monthly staff meetings
  • Participates in Health Department committees as assigned by Child Care Licensing Supervisor
  • Other duties as assigned




Education:  Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in early childhood, social work, psychology, or related area, and work experience in child development and adult education/training/consultation is required. Work or experience in enforcing laws or regulations related to children and families is preferred.


License(s)/Certification(s): Valid driver’s license and good driving record.


Experience: Work experience in child development and adult education/training/consultation. Work or experience in enforcing laws or regulations related to children and families is preferred.


Skills: Demonstrates excellent written communication skills – detailed, succinct, organized written work. Must have ability to understand complex oral and written instruction, ability to speak and write effectively, and ability to give clear, concise instruction orally and in writing, including written reports to local, state and federal offices. Establish and maintain an image of the Health Department to the community that represents service, vitality, and professionalism.


Conforms to HIPAA privacy regulations specific to position held. The child care surveyor does not have authority to use or access PHI.


Supervisory Controls:  The Child Care Licensing Supervisor and Health Department Administrator work together to set the overall objectives for this position.


Supervisory Responsibility: None


Guidelines: The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as agency policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems.  The employee analyzes results and recommends changes.


Complexity: The work requires self motivated advanced planning and intelligent, rapid emergency decisions. The work also requires many daily decisions concerning such things as planning of the work, or refining the methods and techniques to be used to fulfill work requirements. Meeting and dealing with many individuals of varying interests and levels of responsibility. Dependable in carrying out responsibilities.


Scope and Effect of Work: The work involves establishing criteria; formulating projects; assessing program effectiveness; or investigating or analyzing a variety of unusual conditions, problems, or questions during and after critical situations. Takes prompt and appropriate corrective action on substantiated citizen complaints. Maintains high standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity in all personal and professional manners.


Personal Contacts: The personal contacts are with individuals or groups from inside and outside the County in a moderately unstructured setting (e.g., the contacts are not established on a routine basis); the purpose and extent of each contact is different and the role and authority of each party is identified and developed during the course of the contact.


Purpose of Contacts:  The purpose is to plan, coordinate, advise and educate on work efforts or to resolve operating problems by influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear from both ears; smell.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The noise level in the work environment is usually normal.

Use of personal vehicle is required.

Must be fluent in English.

Public Health facility is a smoke free environment.


Approved:                               Date:         



The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related or a logical assignment of the position.


The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Vacancy Number: RL2018-21

Open Date: 6/7/2018 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: