Manages all aspects of the ERSEA (eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance) content area, including: organizing program recruitment activities, reviewing applications, selecting program participants based on eligibility guidelines, monitoring attendance, and assisting with transportation enrollment. Develops and implements attendance plans for children and monitors program attendance percentages. Ensures the program maintains the federally funded enrollment and that vacancies are filled within 30 days. Provides training and technical assistance to staff, parents, and the community. Participates as a member of the Head Start Management team in short-long range planning activities. Leads or coordinates special program projects. Works u nder supervision of the Head Start Coordinator.
The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others
) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.Illustrative Duties
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
- Serves as the “expert” within a function, a particular field of knowledge or services (e.g., disabilities, health, education, child care referral) within a broad program area;
- Assists in developing, enhancing, and assessing programs;
- Recommends changes to local policies and procedures;
- Assesses needs, and develops, delivers, and evaluates training programs;
- Oversees delivery of technical assistance provided to providers, parents, centers, and the community;
- Coordinates services with other governmental programs and community organizations;
- Works with multidisciplinary teams to develop plans to best meet children’s needs;
- Reviews research and demographic data for official county reports;
- Maintains current knowledge of legislation, best practices, and performance measures;
- Updates systems and resources to match current program strategies;
- Monitors programs for compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations;
- Assists in researching and writing grant proposals and seeking innovative funding sources;
- Supervises other professional and support staff within the program area;
- Prioritizes workloads of staff and manages caseload distribution;
- Participates in the hiring and evaluation process of staff in the program area.
Employment StandardsMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
- Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methodology of assigned area of accountability; and/or extensive knowledge in particular area of expertise;
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
- Ability to keep current on the latest theories of early childhood development and education;
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team;
- Ability to manage projects and supervise others;
- Ability to assess, deliver, and evaluate training.
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, psychology, social work, or a closely related field; plus two years of experience in day care administration, early childhood education, or related human service administration.CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Valid driver's license.NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry check, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
- Master’s degree in early childhood education, psychology, social work, or a closely related field.
- Five (5) years of experience in the field.
- Familiarity with the Head Start and Early Head Start Program.
- Experience presenting information to the public (i.e., providing trainings and orientations, interacting with public at community events, providing technical assistance).
- Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Word and Excel.
Work is generally sedentary in nature. However, incumbent may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying items up to 25 pounds. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Sufficiently mobile to attend meetings at various locations and make presentations to county staff and community. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. DHREmployment@fairfaxcounty.gov