Child Care Licensing Specialist I/II

Ponca City, OK
Full Time
Mid Level

This position is located in Ponca City, Oklahoma. If there is more than one county office this position could be housed in Enid Oklahoma.

Child Care Licensing Specialist

Annual Salary:

  • Level I     H24A - $36,811.95 + State Employee Benefits
  • Level II    H24B - $39,571.76 + State Employee Benefits

DHS offers free child care for all employees. This benefit will be in effect until December 31, of 2022. For more information contact or visit the program website at

Travel is EXTENSIVE - Must possess a valid driver's license and must maintain required car insurance.

Help OKDHS ensure that children in your community are safe at child care facilities!  This position is responsible for inspecting child care facilities in local county and surrounding areas, to ensure compliance with regulations.  Travel may be extensive, but will be in a state-owned vehicle or mileage will be reimbursed. 

Minimum Qualifications

Level I: Bachelor's Degree in any field is required;

Level II: Applicant may have:

  • A Master's degree in early childhood education, child development, or social work,


  • A Bachelor's degree in early childhood education, child development, and social work, and one year of professional level experience in child care licensing, early childhood education, or social work,


  • A bachelor's degree in any field plus two years of professional experience in child care licensing, early childhood education, social work, or in a licensed childcare or formal early childhood setting. 

Job Duties

  • Manages a caseload in local county and surrounding areas;
  • Monitors and assesses Child Care facilities to ensure compliance with licensing requirements and certification criteria for the differential quality rate and the special needs rate for children with disabilities;
  • Conducts complaint investigations;
  • Identifies and investigates unlicensed facilities;
  • Provides necessary training for caregivers;
  • Attend all required meetings, training, and workshops;
  • Other duties as assigned.  
  • Ability to work on a diverse team and directly with people from diverse backgrounds specifically racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and disabilities. 

Preference may be given for applicants with written and conversational skills in Spanish and English.

If you have questions, please contact

OKDHS is a Fair Chance Employer.


Announcement Number 22-GH188

This is a position in the Oklahoma Civil Services.



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