Drake University Head Start, a grant funded school readiness program serving over 900 children and their families in Central Iowa, seeks a strategic and experienced leader to serve as Director. The Director manages a budget of approximately $10 million for a program covering six counties with a staff of over 90 full time employees and is responsible for ensuring that all Head Start and Early Head Start program regulations and federal performance standards for excellence are met on a daily basis. The successful candidate will anticipate and effectively deal with education, political, and social trends that could enhance the organization's opportunities or adversely impact operations while advancing development of goals and priorities for the program, including school readiness goals and outcomes, training and technical assistance development, and ongoing monitoring for compliance in all aspects of the program.
EDUCATION: Master’s degree with graduate or undergraduate coursework in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Family Development, or Elementary School Administration required. Doctorate preferred.
EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 5 years of strategic leadership and progressive responsibility in supervisory and management positions. Experience in a highly complex budgetary and/or regulatory agency.
OTHER ESSENTIAL TRAINING AND SKILLS: Experience with one or more of the following areas: Grant Funded Programs Grant Writing USDA/ Child and Adult Care Food Program Government Funded Programs and/or Multiple Funding Stream (Federal, State, Local) Regulatory Agencies and Compliance Collaboration with partnerships Oversight of complex budget and finances Government regulations regarding child health factors and human service regulations Board and Governance Experience
Current Iowa Driver’s License and ability to be insured by University’s insurance provider required.
More than 900 faculty and staff are part of the Bulldog pack, a close-knit community enthusiastic about providing the very best education, challenging assumptions, and welcoming new ideas and people into the fold. Drake University is not only an exceptional institution of higher learning, but also an exceptional place to work, and we are committed to attracting, retaining, and rewarding outstanding people.
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