Early Head Start Director
Responsible for the administration of the Early Head Start program/C-GEL Partnership management, oversight of record-keeping and monitoring systems and development of community partnerships. Work in collaboration with the Head Start Director, program consultants/managers and community child care providers to deliver Early Head Start services. Must meet requirements per Federal Head Start Performance Standards and any local, state and/or agency policies and procedures.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Hire, mentor, coach, and evaluate the performance of the EHS managers.
- Encourage and support professional development opportunities.
- Facilitate resolution of conflicts within the EHS program.
- Promote a consistent exchange of information in all directions.
- Promote training that meets team and individual needs.
- Participate in the design and updates of EHS internal structure, systems, and policies.
- Ensure adequate systems in place to maintain highest quality of EHS services to children and families in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
- Ensure consistency in EHS service delivery with attention to inclusive practices and integration of component areas; encourage continuous improvement of systems.
- Ensure coordination among components, across levels and within the organization.
- Participate in development of EHS program and partnership agreements and contracts.
- Prepare annual Program Information Report (PIR) as it relates to EHS.
- Prepare EHS monthly program reports for Board of Directors and Policy Council.
- Establish and maintain relationships and collaborations with public schools, systems of higher education, and other community agencies and partners.
- Attend interagency organizational and planning meetings as appropriate.
- Participate in professional development activities, organized community, and community events.
- Design and deliver formal presentations.
- Participate in the development of collaborations and facility development for future expansion of families and/or service.
- Ensure leadership in the development of the EHS program budgets.
- Research, investigate potential grant opportunities.
- Assist with preparation of annual federal and other grants.
- Participate in weekly Executive Committee planning meetings.
- Design and deliver training in areas of expertise.
- Interact with members of Board of Directors and Policy Council and attend meetings as needed.
- Attend other agency planning meetings as required.
- Regular formal presentations to parents, staff, Board of Directors and community groups to provide information and ensure collaboration and promote advocacy.
- Ability to determine and prioritize demanding workload while being flexible to emergent unplanned needs and situations.
- Ability to work with individuals of different backgrounds and culture.
- Significant decision making and problem solving skills in many areas including the allocation of resources to program components, supervisory issues, scheduling and provision of program services.
- Ability to handle highly stressful and sensitive situations in a professional manner.
- Ability to interpret and implement complex policies and regulations.
- Ability to work independently and maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.
- Ability to exercise tact and discretion in all employee interactions.
- Strong organization and time management skills, ability to meet tight deadlines.
- Willingness to fit schedule to meet demands of job after work day.
- Perform other duties as requested.
- Minimum of a Master's Degree in Infant/Child Development/Early Childhood Development. A minimum of five years professional leadership/management preferably in an educational non-profit.
- Significant experience in administration, including balancing regulatory requirements with budget constraints and growing community needs. Head Start or Early Head Start experience preferred.
- Strong knowledge of theories and practices of Infant/Child Development and Family/Social Services with focus on Infant/Toddler development.
- Experience in design and delivery of training.
- Intermediate to advanced computer skills, including internet and e-mail.
- Must have a valid Georgia Driver's License and proof of insurance and provide own vehicle.
- Pediatric CPR/First Aid certification and current Food Handler's Card required within 30 days of employment.
- Health screening is required at hire and must be updated annually.
- At time of hire, must be currently enrolled Background Check Registry.
- Within 60 days of employment, must provide valid proof of enrollment into the Georgia Registry of Background Checks.
- Travel required
- Evening/night/weekend work
- Climate controlled environment
The physical requirements of the job 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. The employee must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds overhead and 40 pounds from waist to shoulder. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distant and color visions, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
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