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Director, Head Start, The Lourie Center

Adventist HealthCare
Riverdale, MD
Closing date
Oct 31, 2023

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Adventist HealthCare seeks to hire an experienced Director of Head Start at The Lourie Center who will embrace our mission to extend God's care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

As a Director of Head Start at The Lourie Center you will:
•Work with the Lourie Center Executive Director to implement the federal Head Start Program and oversees compliance with federal law and mandates.
•Be responsible for long-range strategic planning and day-to-day administration of Head Start Program serving vulnerable families, pregnant mothers, infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families.
•Implement grant administration, including program development and oversight, professional development, staff recruitment and retention, budget creation and strategic planning, to include coordination of annual self-assessment and community assessment activities.
•Establish and maintain relationships and collaborations with internal and external stakeholders, such as: Lourie Center, AHC, Office of Head Start, Maryland State Department of Education, Child Care Partners, local public-school systems and other community agencies; Represent Head Start in local and/or national early education planning and advisory bodies
•Support Head Start management team with all areas of service delivery through ongoing monitoring.
•Prepare Monthly Program Reports to Head Start Policy Council and the Lourie Center Board; present at respective meetings.
•Support philanthropic efforts, including federal, state, and local sources, family foundations, and Lourie Center events.

Qualifications include:
•Master's Degree with in Early Childhood Education or Child Development/related field
•Minimum of Five (5) years working in supervisory/management position, supporting team members directly with children
•Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
•Knowledge of grants management and program leadership
•Experience with parent engagement with families experiencing poverty, teen parents, expectant parents, infants and young children, including those with unique learning,
•Knowledge of child development, developmentally appropriate practice for the specific age group (Birth to 5)
•Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards.
•Knowledge of Adult Learning Theories, Early Childhood landscape
•Knowledge of Head Start Early Learning Framework
•Must have valid driver's license and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check.

Work Schedule:

Monday to Friday

At Adventist HealthCare our job is to care for you.

We do this by offering:
  • Work life balance through nonrotating shifts
  • Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Free Employee parking
  • Benefits Eligible Positions:
    • Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans [including health, employer-paid disability and life insurance, PTO]
    • Employer retirement contribution and match after 1-year of eligible employment with 3 year vesting
    • Ancillary benefits such as flexible spending, legal and pet insurance to meet the needs of employees and their eligible family members
    • Subsidized childcare at participating childcare centers

As a faith-based organization, with over a century of caring for the communities in the Maryland area, Adventist HealthCare has earned a reputation for high-quality, compassionate care. Adventist HealthCare was the first and is the largest healthcare provider in Montgomery County.

If you want to make a difference in someone's life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference.

Join the Adventist HealthCare team today, apply now to be considered!

COVID-19 Vaccination

Adventist HealthCare requires all applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment. Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if needed, may elect to be vaccinated at any community pharmacy or location offering COVID-19 vaccinations.

Tobacco and Drug Statement

Tobacco use is a well-recognized preventable cause of death in the United States and an important public health issue. In order to promote and maintain a healthy work environment, Adventist HealthCare will not hire applicants for employment who either state that they are nicotine users or who test positive for nicotine and drug use.

While some jurisdictions, including Maryland, permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes, marijuana continues to be classified as an illegal drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act. As a result, medical marijuana use will not be accepted as a valid explanation for a positive drug test result.

Adventist HealthCare will withdraw offers of employment to applicants who test positive for Cotinine (nicotine) and marijuana. Those testing positive are given the opportunity to re-apply in 90 days, if they can truthfully attest that they have not used any nicotine products in the past ninety (90) days and successfully pass follow-up testing. ("Nicotine products" include, but are not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaping products, hookah, and nicotine replacement products (e.g., nicotine gum, nicotine patches, nicotine lozenges, etc.).

Equal Employment Opportunity
Adventist HealthCare is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to attracting, engaging, and developing the best people to cultivate our mission-centric culture. Our goal is to have a welcoming, equitable, and safe place to work and grow for all employees, no matter their background. AHC does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy and related medical conditions, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Adventist HealthCare will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Adventist HealthCare is a religious organization as defined under applicable law; however, it will endeavor to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants' religious beliefs.

Applicants who wish to request accommodations for disabilities or religious belief should contact the Support Center HR Office.


We are a faith-based healthcare organization, based in Montgomery County, Maryland. We are the largest employer in Montgomery County with over 6,000 employees! Our comprehensive approach to caring for our community includes three acute-care hospitals – Shady Grove Medical Center, White Oak Medical Center and Fort Washington Medical Center – as well as two Physical Rehabilitation hospitals, Outpatient centers, Imaging Centers, Urgent Cares, Home Care Services, Employer Health Programs and Physician Networks. We are nationally recognized and honored especially for our Cardiac, OB, Cancer, Stroke, Orthopedic, Rehabilitation and Mental Health services. Our mission is to extend God's care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. At its core, our mission expresses who we are, why we exist and the purpose behind what we do. These words are reflective of God’s character as outlined in the Bible and honor the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s long-standing commitment to healing. You will also find that many of the beliefs and standards of conduct at AHC are universal beliefs that are recognized across many faith traditions.

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820 West Diamond Avenue
Suite 600

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