Specialist, Early Years and Child Care Services (Region of Peel)

2- Contract Full-time, Duration: Up to Twenty-four (24) Months 
Specialist, Early Years and Child Care Services
Human Services- Early Years and Child Care Services

Reporting to Advisor within Early Years and Child Care (EYCC) Services, the Specialist position is required to support EarlyON Child and Family System Planning.  The Specialist will be responsible for providing policy, program development, implementation and evaluation support for EarlyON system in Peel.  Ensuring system accountabilities are met and outcomes are measured and achieved. This role will directly support Service System Manager responsibilities for evidence-informed system planning and oversight of EarlyON Child and Family Centres.


  • Develops, implements and evaluates new and existing EYCC program policies/processes and accountability mechanisms to support evolving provincial and local direction, and enhanced service manager accountabilities/responsibilities
  • Conducts EYCC program research, analysis, evaluations to inform evidenced based policy development and decision making and ensure accountability for funds
  • Gathers and analyzes program outcomes and associated performance measures, as well as information, trends, issues, gaps and statistics for planning and reporting purposes. This includes the preparation of accountability mechanisms and outcome measures, complex and specialized documentation, reports and statistical analysis
  • Assists in the development of strategic outcomes, policy objectives, and accountability measures/key performance indicators for all funding programs under EYCC Funding and supports the ongoing integration of EYCC funds into technology systems
  • Assists in the preparation of plans that anticipate and respond to evolving provincial direction and Council, corporate and community priorities
  • Provides subject matter expertise on projects with internal and external partners, participate on working groups/committees and liaise with other service managers, community and provincial partners as required
  • Develops and /or contributes to Council Reports, and internal/community partner reports, communications, briefing notes, program guidelines and service provider resources to support system partners in implementing system transformation and delivering on shared priorities and outcomes
  • Develops and/or contributes to responses to proposed EYCC legislative, regulatory, guidelines, and policy changes as well as recommendations and analysis of local policy development in consultation with internal and external partners
  • Supports the service delivery requirements and complies with regulatory requirements as identified but not limited to the following acts; the Child Care and Early Years Act, the Early Childhood Educators Act, the Education Act, Child and Family Services Act, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and the Ministry of Community and Social Services Act
  • Develops communication materials for project and program roll-outs as well as regularly measures and monitors status
  • Collaborates with both internal and external partners to support transformation within the early years and child care system
  • Develops and maintains cooperative, collaborative and strategic relationships with internal and external partners


  • University Degree in human services or related field, such as social sciences, business/public administration, and early years and child care, with at least 5 years’ job related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Strong foundation in research and data analysis, program planning and evaluation, policy development and implementation, and strategic and project planning
  • Knowledge of performance measurement to ensure evaluation and continuous improvement is built into the implementation framework. Experience directly applying quality control and assurance best practices such as Six Sigma, LEAN, SWOT analysis, process mapping, process re-engineering is an asset
  • Knowledge of Project Management Principles and Practices, with the ability to execute complex and multi-year policies and plans
  • Highly-developed communication skills, both oral and written; proven ability to present to and facilitate discussions with various audiences both internal and external
  • Knowledge of Early Years and Child Care funding programs, as well as related provincial legislation and policies would be an asset
  • Demonstrates sound judgment and political acuity in communications and recommendations
  • Experience in applying change management principles and methodologies and the ability to lead as well as manage and support change
  • Effective interpersonal and relationship building skills to work collaboratively with internal and external partners/stakeholders
  • Ability to lead, manage, influence and motivate internal and external stakeholders and teams
  • Ability to work independently and as part of internal and external teams
  • Proven ability to problem solve and resolve conflict responding with tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to manage time and priorities within a context of multiple competing priorities
  • Knowledge of technology and software systems used to support the delivery of Human Services programs and services such as all Microsoft Office programs
  • Demonstrated experience working in partnership with community partners
  • Strong knowledge of community resources/services available to residents of Peel Region

Location: Due to Covid-19, most of our offices are currently closed to protect the health and safety of our employees, clients and community. As such, this position will be required to work remotely for an undetermined period. Once our offices re-open you will report to 10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite B, Brampton. 

Hours: 35 Hours per week- Monday to Friday
Interview: Our recruitment process will be completed with video conference technology. 

If this opportunity matches your qualifications and experience, please apply online at www.peelregion.ca/careers by November 28, 2021