Director of Early Childhood Programs – Starting 2019-20 School Year
Job Title: Director of Early Childhood Programs
Revised: April 2019
Salary Grade: $50-55,000
Work Year: 210 days
Department: The Center Early Childhood Programs
Reports To: Superintendent, Lake County School District
SUMMARY Lead, direct, manage, and coordinate the Lake County School District Head Start program, Colorado Preschool Program and The Center Early Childhood Programs as a whole. Maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
D 15% Lead, participate in, and monitor the development and implementation of goals, objectives, and policies of The Center Early Childhood Programs (including Early Head Start, Head Start, CPP and Child Care). Develops and implements plans to support program improvement both to enhance quality and correct noted deficiencies.
D 15% Provide support, oversight and leadership to the management team on all projects including but not limited to overall program design, data collection and use, ongoing-monitoring, curriculum and child and family services for both home visiting and preschool program structures, family engagement practices, health and safety structures, transportation, and overall coordination of services for children and families.
A 15% Prepare grant packages with the assistance of the Business Manager for submission to Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Colorado Preschool Program, Head Start, CACFP, and private foundations (AV Hunter Trust and Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation). Facilitate the completion of reporting requirements for all preschool grants. Serve as the Head Start Director and CPP coordinator. Facilitate monthly enrollment reporting for Head Start and Early Head Start. Facilitate CPP Request for Proposals process and selection in the community.
W 3% Oversee and support the Business Manager with preparation and management of all budgets including Early Head Start, Head Start, CPP, and The Center Child care budget.
M 5% Facilitate annual review and update of Community Assessment and annual on-going monitoring and self-assessment systems. Design data collection needs, review of data, compile information and reports for these documents. Facilitate the program planning process. Coordinate PIR report. Ensure that the program design reflects community needs, program strengths and areas for improvement, as well as meeting all State and Federal guidelines.
M 5% Lead hiring and staffing decisions. Conduct regular management team meetings and staff PLC as necessary. Facilitate orientation processes for all new hires. Develop transition and training plans.
W 5% Develop and coordinate annual training and professional development for overall program, governing board and Policy Council, and also the individual needs of The Center’s staff including the management team, and teaching and home visiting staff.
W 5% Provide oversight and coaching to the Early Head Start home visitor. Assist with training needs and provide support with implementation of Parents as Teachers Curriculum. Participate with home visits and group socialization events as necessary for support and to ensure quality services and adherence to Early Head Start performance standards.
W 15% Supervise management team (FCPM, Health Manager, Transportation Manager, Business Manager, Child Care Director, Assistant Director of Education), preschool (teachers, assistant teachers, aides), and home visiting staff (Home Visitor) including the completion of performance appraisals. Oversee supervision of support staff. Revise job descriptions and evaluations forms.
A 3% Create the annual daily schedule for teachers and support staff. Support the Child Care Director in monitoring and maintaining staff, substitutes and scheduling to provide appropriate coverage.
W 2% Collaborate with child care programs, community agencies, and School District programs, including K-2 staff to provide quality services to Head Start and CPP families and streamline services at The Center Early Childhood Programs.
W 3% Place children in classrooms and develop the class list. Participate in the Child Care Collaboration team to insure seamless services to all preschool children and families from enrollment through program completion.
D 2% Provide oversight with the health and developmental screening and referral process to ensure children with special concerns are identified. Participate with preschool the CAT process. Assist with the oversight and implementation of behavior plans, and act as the point person for preschool discipline concerns and support.
W 2% Monitor staff qualification levels and determine next steps and needs. Create professional development plans for teaching staff. Support and monitor teacher progress in meeting educational goals as required by the Head Start Act.
W 2% Participate in and attend a variety of professional group meetings, and participate in an effective communication system supported by the groups. Attend Policy Council, BERT Team, and Interagency meetings. Facilitate manager meetings. Attend Colorado Head Start Association Serve as a resource to assure duties are understood in accordance with Head Start shared governance requirement and CPP Quality Standards. Attend School Board meetings when requested.
Y 1% Follow-up on an ongoing self-assessment and monitoring system to improve program operation and services to families. Monitor annual program goal strategies & progress including committee work.
D 1% Develop monthly Director reports for governing boards.
D 1% Be an expert in the regulations, guidelines & procedures for Early Head Start, Head Start & The Center contained in the Colorado State Childcare Regulations, Head Start Performance Standards and Colorado Preschool Program guidelines. Work with the Management Team to insure that all regulations and procedures are followed.
Ongoing 1% Perform other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Human Services or related field, or equivalent advanced training, required.
EXPERIENCE 2-3 years of ECE or Human Services leadership experience required. Head Start program experience strongly preferred.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, & EQUIPMENT Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication, basic microcomputer, and basic math skills. Ability to relate with and respect people from all social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Working knowledge of community resources. Knowledge of nutrition and health. Operating knowledge and experience with general office equipment and microcomputers.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, & REGISTRATIONS CPR and First Aid certifications required within six months after hire. Must obtain physical and TB test within 30 days after hire. Director certification preferred.
SUPERVISION/TECHNICAL RESPONSIBILITY Directly supervises managers and oversees supervision of all Center employees. Spends less than 50% of time conducting supervisory responsibilities. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems. Acts as a resource for District personnel or community members regarding preschool programs and issues.
JUDGMENT AND DECISION MAKING Daily work is self-directed and mandated by Head Start Performance Standards, CPP Quality Standards and Child Care Rules and Regulations. Requires high degree of independent judgment, application of professional standards, knowledge of the program guidelines and mandates, decision making skills, supervisory skills, and District/program perspective to effectively make decisions regarding program budget and policies and procedures. Decision making is guided by federal Head Start Performance Standards; CPP Quality Standards; state and federal guidelines affecting child care programs; and goals, objectives, and philosophy of The Center. Decision making requires collaboration with the The Center Management Team, District administration office, Head Start Policy Council, CPP District Advisory Council, staff, parents, and community agencies. Errors in decision making could include mismanagement of Head Start or CPP funds which could result in loss of the program, or inefficient management of program resources, goals, or objectives which could affect children’s and families’ access to quality services and lead to noncompliance with federal standards. Supervisor is occasionally involved in decision making.
DIVERSITY OF DUTIES Duties require cross training in management skills and all aspects of the Head Start, CPP and Child Care programs. Duties extend within assigned building on a daily basis.
The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below 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.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to stand, sit, and climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places due to climbing ladders to store supplies, and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
MENTAL FUNCTIONS While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate and use interpersonal skills. Frequently required to compare, analyze, copy, coordinate, compute, synthesize, evaluate, compile, and negotiate. Occasionally required to instruct.
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