I found three organizations interesting because of their commitment to the early childhood field. The first one was the Arlington County Human Resources Department.
The child and Family Services Division of the Department of Human Services (DHS) serves as the focal point in Arlington County for advocacy, regulation of, and information dissemination of available licensed child care services as well as the Project Family Program which is a program to prevent risks and ensure the health, safety, and welfare of children in child care facilities (arlingtonva.us/dhs). One of the jobs that I found that I would be interested in was the positon of Child Care Supervisor. The job is to ensure compliance and quality standards are met for child care programs and to ensure child safety and well-being in childcare facilities. The employee will be responsible for supervision of one Project Family Coordinator and four Child Care Licensing Specialists and will oversee the full range of administrative responsibilities and professional expertise in the management of the Child Care Office. The minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Child Psychology or a closely related field. Desirable qualifications are a Master’s degree in a closely related field; experience coordinating the work of others in a child care or child education/intervention field; experience formulating and administering child care budgets; experience developing grant proposals; and/or experience developing contract specifications for child care programs.
The next organization that appealed to me was the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). CEC is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. They accomplish their mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development. (cec.sped.org). Of the positions available the one that stood out to me was the Policy and Advocacy Coordinator. The coordinator provides support to the Policy and Advocacy Services programs and activities, including assisting with the coordination of the grassroots advocacy network, the communications of emerging policy issues to members, and the preparation of reports, presentations and other documents. The qualifications for this position are an Undergraduate degree and three to five years of progressive experience in administrative positions (Policy/legislative experience preferred).
The third agency that I found was the US Department of Education (ED). ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access (ed.gov). They are dedicated to:
- Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds.
- Collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research
- Focusing national attention on key educational issues.
- Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education (ed.gov).
The job that I found interesting was located in the Institute of Education Sciences which is within the Department of Education. The position is Associate Education Research Scientist/Analyst. It is located in the District of Columbia. The duties are to develop plans for agency support of education, research, evaluation, and statistics and oversee research, evaluation and statistics activities and reviews.
I think that all these organizations are involved in interesting work involving education and I would be happy to work for any of them.
Arlington County, Virginia Human Resources Department. http://www.arlingtonva.us/dhs
Council of Exceptional Children. http://www.cec.org
United States Department of Education. http://www.ed.gov