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DCYF - ESIT Assistant Administrator - Olympia

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Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
August 24, 2018
Department of Children, Youth, and Families
Olympia, Washington
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
$75,000.00 - $95,000.00 Annually

About Department of Children, Youth, and Families

DCYF is a cabinet-level agency focused on the well-being of children. Our vision is to ensure that "Washington state’s children and youth grow up safe and healthy—thriving physically, emotionally and academically, nurtured by family and community." Our guiding principles: A relentless focus on outcomes for children; A commitment to collaboration and transparency; A commitment to using data to inform and evaluate reforms, leveraging and aligning existing services with desired child outcomes; A focus on supporting staff as they contribute to the agency’s goals and outcomes. What We Do DCYF is the lead agency for state-funded services that support children and families to build resilience and health, and to improve educational outcomes. We accomplish this by partnering with state and local agencies, tribes and other organizations in communities across the state of Washington. Our focus is to support children and families at their most vulnerable points, giving them the tools they need to succeed. Brain science tells us that laying a strong foundation, early in life, critically impacts healthy development. The science also tells us that addressing trauma, especially at critical transition points in the lives of youth, helps ensure successful transition into adulthood. To truly give all children the great start in school and life they deserve, DCYF was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional and physical well-being of children, youth and families — an agency that prioritizes early learning, prevention and early intervention at critical points along the age continuum from birth through adolescence. History DCYF is the state’s newest agency. It oversees several services previously offered through the state Department of Social and Health Services and the Department of Early Learning. These include all programs from the Children’s Administration in DSHS such as Child Protective Services’ investigations and Family Assessment Response, licensed foster care, and adoption support. Also included are all DEL services, such as the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program for preschoolers, Working Connections Child Care, and Home Visiting. Starting in July 2019, DCYF also will administer programs offered by the Juvenile Rehabilitation division and the Office of Juvenile Justice in DSHS. Those programs include juvenile rehabilitation institutions, community facilities and parole services. Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1661 on July 6, 2017, creating DCYF. The new agency restructures how the state serves at-risk children and youth, with the goal of producing better outcomes in all Washington communities. Its creation follows the suggestions of the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families convened by the governor in February 2016 to recommend a state system that focuses more clearly on preventing harm to children and youth.

Contact name
Phillip White
(360) 870-5222

Job description

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families is a new cabinet agency in Washington State that has been established for the purpose of delivering existing services in a way that produces better outcomes for children, youth, and families served by the State of Washington.
We're looking for professionals to join our team to help build DCYF, working toward the common goal of eliminating child and youth outcome disparities based on race and ethnicity. Our vision is that "All Washington's children and youth grow up safe and healthy-thriving physically, emotionally, and educationally, nurtured by family and community." 
The Opportunity:
The Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) Assistant Administrator is responsible for program-wide management decisions delegated by the Administrator, and for all program decisions in the Administrator's absence, including policy and budget, and those specifically related to staffing and supervision, quality control, program design and delivery, data, program funding, and interpretation of federal, state, and local policy requirements.  

An important element of the position is program responsibility for the development, oversight, and coordination of Washington's federally-required comprehensive system of personnel development.  This position supervises the training and technical assistance manager and partners with the program administrator to provide leadership for the state's Part C system.  In addition, the ESIT Assistant Administrator is directly responsible for managing the multi-year professional development budget, and through assignment the overall ESIT budget.  This position serves as official ESIT representative on behalf of the Program Administrator as delegated in their absence.
Some of what you'll be doing:

  • Independent judgement to make program-wide decisions regarding the development and implementation of the Statewide Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP).

  • Provide sole leadership for the state's federally required early intervention comprehensive system of professional development (CSPD).

  • Conduct class and position reviews, determine overtime eligibility, risk classification and represent the agency in appeals.

  • Provide leadership in the development and sustainment of collaborative relationships and programs with state and local agencies.

  • Inform, advise, and consult on action planning and policy development on state and local early intervention finance issues, including private insurance rules, Medicaid funding rules.

  • Manages, supervises and supports the work of ESIT Training and Technical Assistance Manager, assigning work activities, evaluating performance and ensuring the completion of quality work products.

What we are looking for:

  • Master's degree in early intervention, early childhood special education or related discipline and two (2) years of recent professional experience in planning, administering, developing, and delivering IDEA, Part C early intervention services at the state level.

In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following core competencies:

  • Two (2) years supervisory experience

  • Two (2) years of legislative experience

How do I apply?
In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • Letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position

Supplemental Information:
The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.
DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect.

Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Contact the Recruitment team at or (360) 628-0114 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388
Experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application? Call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email

To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22.Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.
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