This position is responsible for assuring all the Head Start program mandates and standards are fully implemented. This position provides leadership in the development of the structure, systems, and procedures for successful provision of the required comprehensive services. This position assures the program is strategically positioned to respond to opportunities supporting program quality.
CORE ORGANIZATIONAL SUCCESS FACTORS:
Openly communicates necessary information with accuracy in a timely manner.
Check e-mail and voicemail daily, use basic word processing and company management systems. (i.e. Child Plus,PELICAN)
Refrains from divulging confidential information regarding students, families or employees.
Prepares legible, accurate documentation.
Effectively listens and completely reviews documentation before responding appropriately.
Communicates all information, opinions, and ideas in a positive manner to include social media.
Is aware of the potential impact of own attitude and behaviors and makes appropriate adjustments to assure that communication and services are purposeful and appropriate.
Demonstrates knowledge of how different parts of the organization fit together when providing service to clients.
Recognizes the successes of staff and clients.
Responds to internal and external customer service inquiries in a timely manner.
Demonstrates respect, honesty, integrity, and fairness to all.
Gains knowledge to ensure competency which leads to professionalism.
Demonstrates a willingness to use knowledge gained and to distribute it to others.
Follows work procedures, policies, and Pre-K Counts Performance Standards.
Represents agency in a professional manner when attending any agency program or event.
Makes rational decisions and is answerable for those decisions.
Attends work, meetings, and appointments regularly and on-time.
Completes follow-up/follow-through with assignments and decisions.
Maintains responsibility and accountability for program resources such as time, money, equipment, etc.
Follows all policies and procedures in Employee Handbook.
Follows Recognizing Child Abuse and Mandated Reporter procedures.
Strives to be “solution-focused” rather than “problem-focused” and presents recommendations that best meet the needs of clients, the organization, and community.
Maintains constructive team relationships, coordinates effective goals, and identifies/plans ways to effectively work together with other team members.
Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability to change.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB
Provide leadership and direction to the Head Start program
Ensure performance standards and any additional federal initiatives are followed
Maintain a reporting and monitoring system
Ensure consistency in service delivery through Continuous Quality Improvement
Support oversight and management of the assets of the Head Start program
Participate in the design of internal structures, systems and policies
Participate in strategic planning and monitor progress in the Five Year Goal Plan
Plan and facilitate weekly Management Team Meetings
Foster community relationships
Attend Policy Council meetings and provide a written report of program activity
Collaborate with Policy Council in program decisions
Participate in the development of interagency agreements and contracts
Support on-going professional development opportunities for all staff
Establish and maintain relationships and collaborations with public school districts, systems of higher education, community agencies and community partners
Attend interagency organizational and planning meetings as appropriate
Participate in professional development activities and organized community events
Design and deliver formal presentations
Support completion of community assessment in accordance with Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS)
Collaborate with CFO in preparation of FY federal and state budgets
Support the Management Team in the monitoring and control of division budgets
Participate in the development of collaborations and facility development to support potential expansion of services
Provide supervision and mentoring to assigned staff
Provide on-going job performance feedback to staff
Visit centers to assure quality service delivery
Participate in staff interviews as appropriate
Facilitate the hiring process for Management Team vacancies
Seek out and participate in opportunities to enhance personal and professional growth
Support the development of a Professional Development Record (PDR) for each staff member to ensure goal achievement
Actively promote a high degree of morale and motivation
Monitor division areas performance through participation in weekly Management Team meetings and review of reports
Provide status reports to the Board of Directors and Policy Council
Prepare and submit required reports to Federal and State governing bodies
Ability to access and manage Federal and State systems
Ability to access and manage CABC data systems (ChildPlus, Teaching Strategies, Dashboards)
Competent in the use of Word Processing Software
Basic computer knowledge including internet and email
Competent in use of office equipment (computers, tablets, copier, fax, printer, etc.)
OTHER DUTIES OF THE JOB
Perform other related duties as required
Supervision is typically received from the Executive Director
This position typically requires the supervision of the Child Development and Education Manager, Family and Community Partnership Manager, Health and Disabilities Manager, Facilities and Transportation Manager
Maintain a high level of record keeping
Capacity to adapt to a constantly changing work environment
Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks
Capability to work independently
Ability to work under high pressure with positive outcomes
Competence in establishing personal goals
Maintain a high level of decision-making
Meet frequent deadlines
Provide close attention to detail
Work closely with others
Conflict resolution skills
PHYSICAL DEMANDS TYPICAL OF THIS POSITION:
Constantly Incurred (More than 75% of time on job)
Ability to communicate orally, Ability to hear conversation, Ability to climb stairs.
Frequently Incurred (Between 25% - 75% of time on job)
Ability to stand, Ability to walk, Ability to sit, Ability to use both legs, Use of depth perception, Use of color vision, Ability to operate motor vehicle, Ability for rapid mental/muscular coordination simultaneously.
Occasionally Incurred (Less than 25% of time on job)
Ability to lift up to 40 lbs., Ability to kneel, Ability to crawl, Reaching at high or low level, Repetitive finger movement, Ability to use both hands, Ability to balance, Ability to stoop, Repetitive twisting or pressure involving wrists or hands, Specific visual requirements
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
This position typically does not require the use of personal protective equipment
This position typically requires work in a standard office environment
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Service, Public Administration or related degree. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience directing all aspects of the delivery of a comprehensive preschool program
Child Advocates of Blair County (CABC) is a private, non-profit, community-based organization based in Altoona, PA. It was founded in 1982 to provide quality programming focused around the total needs of at-risk children and families. These programs have created positive change for children and adults alike.
CABC operates Blair County Head Start.
Blair County Head Start. Founded in 1967, Blair County Head Start (BCHS) provides early childhood education services to income-eligible 3 to 5 year olds and their families. BCHS services more than 500 children annually and offers a comprehensive pre-school experience focused on child development and education services, health, nutrition, and disabilities services; and family and community partnerships.
Visit us at www.cabc-bchs.org