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Program Development Manager Head Start

Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley, GA, United States


Strengthens the organization through the development of opportunities for funding and services, community partnerships and volunteerism. Contributes to program improvement through evaluation, self-assessment, and community assessment efforts.


    Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to maintain and create ways to serve underserved areas/populations.
  • Seeks program opportunities by identifying and evaluating community and customer needs.
  • In coordination with Corporate Development, explores expansion possibilities in new program areas as well as continued expansion among existing program areas.
  • Creates funding plans and forecasts in coordination with stakeholders.
  • Educates the community about programs.
  • Conducts research on community issues, service gaps and funding sources.
  • Analyzes information, writes, and submits community assessments, annual reports, and grant proposals in accordance with funder guidelines. Composes and proofreads correspondence and
  • Creates marketing/informational materials and recommends marketing strategies. Participates in corporate marketing committee.
  • Assists in the development of program training plan. Provides training and technical assistance to program staff.
  • When in centers, protects the safety of children by implementing active supervision techniques to
ensure no child is left alone or unsupervised at any time.
  • Conducts research and analysis for program planning. Audits data quality for annual statistical reporting.
  • Facilitates program strategic planning and oversees documentation of ongoing progress.
  • Facilitates program self-assessment, coordinates teams of staff and volunteers and oversees documentation of ongoing progress. Develops annual self-assessment report.
  • Ensures the mobilization and documentation of matching/in-kind funds.
  • Participates in staff meetings, committees, and training sessions.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • Develop and document progress on professional development plan.


This position has no direct supervisory duties but is expected to train or explain work procedures to others.


Education and Experience Requirements:

    A bachelor's degree is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for a bachelor's degree. Must be able to get certification for CPR and First Aid after hire and recertify as required. Minimum of three years of experience. Must have a willingness to work towards any additional credentials needed to move to the next level in the position, this may include continued education. Experience in grant writing and strategic planning. Experience providing adult training preferred. Must have own transportation, a valid driver's license, and vehicle insurance.

Skills and Abilities:

    Microsoft Office products and on-line client management systems. Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
  • This job is a mixture of desk work and standing and walking for long periods of time while visiting the community.
  • Driving/sitting for prolong periods of time.
  • Occasional exposure to adverse weather conditions.
  • Subject to long periods of sitting and exposure to computer screen.
  • Keyboarding and data entry, use of telephone.
  • Regular attendance for this position is required, as regular attendance ensures we are providing the services we have committed to provide to the children and families we serve.

Background Checks:

All employees are subject to both a pre-hire and an annual background check. Specific rules by Area of Focus will indicate whether a state or federal fingerprint background check (or both) is required and the frequency. A fingerprint background check may suffice for a regular background check. Additional background checks may be required such as the Child Abuse and Neglect State Registry, and the Sex Offender Registry.


This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by an employee assigned to the role. It does not imply that these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the job. The employee may be required to perform other duties as requested by the Supervisor/Director. All requirements are subject to change over time.

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