Child Care WAGE$ Coordinator

Our Mission

BrightStars helps families in Rhode Island access QUALITY child care, early learning, and school-age programs. We help child care providers learn about best practices in early learning and apply them to the care children receive. We recognize program quality and give parents information to make choices about their children’s care and education.

Child Care WAGE$ Coordinator

Program Name:
Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children

Program Address:
535 Centerville Road
Rhode Island


Position Description:

Working under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives, the WAGE$® Coordinator will provide overall direction and coordination of the Child Care WAGE$® Rhode Island Program in a manner consistent with established policies, procedures, and funding agreements. The WAGE$® Coordinator is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Program, including quality control, outreach and reporting. This position also performs outreach virtually and in person (i.e. local conferences or meetings, community colleges, child care sites) to share information and encourage participation. The position will be required to perform occasional evening and weekend duties with advance notice.


Programs & Services:
• Work with program staff to facilitate the application and payment process based on established criteria
• Oversee the maintenance of essential program records and coordinate the collection of data for audits
• Maintain fair and consistent quality control measures using agency-approved guidelines; make decisions regarding eligibility and payments when questions arise
• Manage the WAGE$ invoicing system if payment collection is needed
• Assist in the creation and implementation of operational guidelines and the development of program materials
• Coordinate and assist in outreach across the state. Conduct outreach presentations as needed. Track and share results.
• Assist in division reporting, including data quality control, written contributions and proofing
• Provide leadership in creating, implementing and tracking team goals
• Participate in various agency-sponsored events and represent RIAEYC in a professional manner
• Works as a team player across departments and performs other tasks as assigned by agency leadership.
• Model professionalism and supervision skills; maintain highest ethical standards; keep abreast of latest developments and best practices in the compensation arena

Knowledge of:
• Computer experience; knowledge of or demonstrated ability to learn FileMaker Pro and virtual platforms such as Zoom
• Attention to detail with ability to accurately handle large volume of administrative work
• Ability to understand office systems and program polices/procedures and to critically analyze situations
• Strong organizational skills, planning skills, and the ability to multitask while working independently, sometimes remotely
• Sufficient math skills to compute sums, portions, statistics, and ratios.
• Diverse cultures in the state of Rhode Island.

Technical Skills:
• Outstanding communication skills with internal and external clients. Excellent reading and writing skills.
• Ability to respond professionally and respectfully as needed to different situations.
• Comfortable with presenting and speaking to diverse early childhood audiences.

Non-Technical Skills and Behavior:
• Professional, friendly, and respectful demeanor in all interactions.
• Treats colleagues, clients, and others with care and respect.
• Performs duties professionally and in a timely manner
• Schedules and manages time efficiently and with respect for agency resources.

Ability to:
• Exercise sound judgment.
• Take initiative to solve problems.
• Maintain professional demeanor regardless of internal or external concerns.
• Handle confidential information related to programs, children, and families.
• Complete multiple tasks concurrently with a consistent professional demeanor.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and Experience Requirements:
• BA degree in early childhood/child development or a related human services field or a degree in business or a related field is preferred. Early childhood coursework or experience within the early childhood system may be required depending on degree earned.
• Master’s degree preferred
• Five years administrative experience to include fiscal management, staff supervision and program operation.
• Education experience in quality child care program(s) preferred
• Knowledge of family child care or youth/school age education programs preferred.

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.
Individuals in this position must have the ability to:
• Travel to and from community locations which could include using walkways and/or stairs.
• Drive and have access to reliable transportation.
• Work in typical office and classroom environments.
• Have internet connection for online meetings and trainings as needed

How To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to the email provided below.

Other Information:
FLSA Status: Exempt
Regular/Temp: Full-time, grant-funded until December 2023 with possibility of extension

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