Head Start Assistant Director

Greenbelt, MD
Feb 06, 2019
Mar 26, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time
Lourie Center - Early Head Start Program

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Adventist HealthCare seeks to hire a Head Start Assistant Director who will embrace our mission to extend God's care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. 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.

Under the supervision of the Head Start Director, the Head Start Assistant Director works with the director to assure program quality and compliance with Federal law and mandates. Responsible for long-range planning and day-to-day administration of Federal Head Start Program serving low-income, at-risk infants, toddlers and their families in two counties. Includes assisting with budget preparation and monitoring, work plan development; supervision of staff and oversight of sub-contractors; developing collaborative agreements and oversight of staff and family engagement activities.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics:
Skills in project management including budgeting, organizational development, and supervision
Oral and written communication skills, including documentation, materials development, and computer skills
Understanding of programming related to child development, parent, family, and community engagement working with socio and economically diverse populations specific to the prenatal and birth to five population.
Knowledge of community services and service delivery systems
Skills in problem solving, group facilitation, and consultation team work, time management, supervision
Skills in Operations and Program Management
Skills in grant writing
Attention to detail
Comfortable working with numbers/fiscal aspects of program management
Ability to work independently and manage multi-tasked work environment
Ability to work with a multi-cultural and diverse population, including low-income population
Treat participants, fellow staff and community members with positive regard according to the AHC RISES values.
Serve as a resource to support the needs of partners, contractors, children and families in a positive, proactive, and professional manner at all times.

Qualified Candidates will possess:
Bachelor's Degree in ECE, Child Development, Human Development, Leadership and Management, Organizational Management, Psychology, or related field.
Minimum of 5 years experiences in Early Childhood Education, Human Services, or related field, with strong background in Head Start, Child Care licensing and NAEYC Accreditation, program leadership and management.
Experience in staff development, supervision, and leadership.
Experience in working with diverse socio-economic and low-income populations.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preferred, Master's degree in ECE, Child Development, Human Development, Leadership and Management, Organizational Management, Psychology, or related field.
8 or more years working in Head Start or other non-profits
Strong Bilingual skills (English/Spanish) Required. This includes the ability to read and write in Spanish
Work Schedule:

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Head Start Director with grant administration, including:
  • Preparation of the baseline or annual continuation application and budget narrative for EHS, CCP, and PGC grants for submission to Region III office;
  • preparation of the MSDE application and budget narrative for the State Supplemental, and Child Care Subsidy grants, as well as other grant opportunities;
  • interfacing with Region III HS Program Specialist and Grants Specialist as well as Lourie Center Executive Director and other executive leadership, when needed;
  • developing and overseeing sub-contractors for implementation of services, assuring compliance with Federal mandates;
  • monitoring monthly invoices to ensure timely submission, and completion with accuracy;
  • preparing all required reports that are required per grant award;
  • designing, conducting, and preparing reports in partnership with director, managers, coordinators, and other program staff, to include: community assessment; annual report, self-assessment, TTA plan, annual calendar; monthly Board and Policy Council reports; and long-range/strategic planning reports; and
  • monitoring the program's compliance folders on the shared drive to ensure all required documentation is uploaded on a monthly basis.
  • Assist the HS Director with staff development oversight:
  • Assuring that professional development plans are in place and support developmentally appropriate practice in services to children 0-5 and their families;
  • assuring that AHC annual Learning Suites and the annual evaluation process is completed by all LCHS on time per compliance requirements; and
  • supporting the LCHS staff and contingent workers with human resources, fiscal/AP, or other AHC administrative needs while onboarding or through termination.
  • Assist the HS Director with developing formal community partnerships including:
  • Developing partnership agreements with local Head Start programs, government agencies, Infants and Toddler's Program, Local Education Agencies, and other organizations; and
  • assisting with partnership quality control and oversight to ensure positive relations through ongoing communication.
  • Assist the HS Director with decision making and program planning by:
  • Analysis of Federal and State grant requirements and program/community data to determine program Goals, Objectives, and Action Plans, including allocation of funding and personnel resources.
  • providing input on evaluation criteria to determine compliance with Federal regulation and program objectives and assessing that compliance is of high quality and best practices across all services areas.
  • Make recommendations to HS Director regarding hiring and termination of department staff and determining continuance of sub-contract agreement(s).
  • Assist the HS Director with Policy Council, Provide monthly program and fiscal reports, introduce new plans, grants, policies and procedures for approval, as well as hiring and termination approvals; Governing Board: Provide monthly program and fiscal reports, introduce new plans, grants, policies and procedures for approval, develop long-range plans, keep informed of all state and federal IMs and PIs, and legislative changes, Employees and Partners: Planning, management, supervision, and oversight; AHC and Lourie Center department leadership and staff: Human Resources, Marketing and Media Relations; Accounts Payable, Payroll, Grants Management, Fiscal Team, etc.

External Duties:

  • Region III AFC HS Office: Program Specialist, Grants Specialist, including budget, annual proposal and work plan, reports.
  • State Collaboration Office: Partnership development, advocacy, advisory, and projects that support state and national initiatives.
  • Head Start Agencies: Develop collaborative partnerships relating to recruitment/enrollment, transition, community assessments, community resources, parent education and staff development.
  • State Head Start Association: Act as liaison to support state funding and program initiatives.
  • Community Agencies: (Departments of Social Services, Health and Mental Health, Child Care Agencies, Infants and Toddlers, Local Education Agencies; etc.): Establish relationships and assist with written agreements to coordinate services to target populations, secure training, etc.
  • Sub-contractors/Consultants: Assist with contract negotiations and align with service delivery that supports program goals and objectives.

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