Licensing Child Care Center Unit Supervisor / Human Services Supervisor 3

The Child Care Center Unit Supervisor manages statewide licensure/certification of Child Care Centers through the Department of Human Services.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Manage child care licensing staff who conduct inspections and investigations, unit administrative support staff, and staff who develop/provide training to providers
  • Evaluate and approve actions against a license/certificate holder
  • Develop policies, processes, and tools to most efficiently complete the work
  • Interact with and present information to multiple stakeholders to promote understanding of the licensing/certification processes and compliance with the regulations
  • Interpret state laws and rules that apply to licensed and certified programs to assure that:
    • Inspections and investigations of programs are conducted as required and that licensing/certification actions are completed in accordance with regulations
    • Licensing sanctions and decertification are issued as required
    • Variances issued to programs are granted based on identified standards


Minimum Qualifications
Supervisory or other leadership experience OR completion of leadership development program (L4, Emerging Leaders Institute, etc.)
4 years of professional work experience monitoring/ensuring compliance of DHS licensed or license-exempt child care centers
Experience must demonstrate the following:
  • Overseeing projects/work of others
  • Contemporary methods used in providing services to children in licensed/certified child care centers
  • Knowledge of state and federal rules, regulations and laws governing facilities and child care centers licensed/certified by DHS
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of the state regulations that apply to DHS licensed and certified child care centers
  • Knowledge of DHS systems and infrastructure
  • Knowledge of licensed and certified child care center services
  • Knowledge of administrative, civil and criminal law affecting the licensing/certification functions and actions
  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, elementary education, child development, or related field (e.g. Social Work, Sociology, Psychology)

Additional Requirements

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and criminal background check prior to appointment.

Application Details

Why Work For Us
GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
Our mission as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of state policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people who call Minnesota home.
How to Apply

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The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

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