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Head Start Director

Company: Cocopah Indian Tribe
Location: Somerton
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Job Description:

GENERAL SUMMARYThe Head Start Director is responsible for assuring Head Start program standards. This position develops the structure, systems and procedures of the program. In addition to operating responsibility for fiscal, legal, and programmatic aspects of the program, it bears the responsibility of assuring that the program is strategically positioned. JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESAssures the compliance with all funding source mandates, all applicable laws and regulations, and assures that standards which exceed the minimum are being met.Provides guidance and leadership to staff to emphasize the importance of the program achieving high standards of quality, internally and through public and private sector partnerships.Reviews and analyzes monthly financial and statistical reports to assess the budget status and to initiate preventative measures if any problems appear to be predicated.Oversees and monitors agreements for the purchasing of goods and services assures that bids are solicited in accordance with Tribal, state and federal regulations.In conjunction with the Family Services Specialist, assures that the program serves the number of eligible children for which it is funded.Reads management and leadership materials and program-related materials to keep abreast of developments in comprehensive early childhood programs.Works with other organizations in the community to foster collaboration as defined by federal Head Start.In conjunction with the Tribal Council, staff, and Policy Committee, leads planning meetings in which long and short-term goals for improvement are established.Conducts a complete Community Assessment every three years and an up-date during the intervening years.With input from program participants and the staff, develops a funding application every year.In conjunction with the Tribal Council, seeks additional outside funding for the program; meets the non-federal share requirement.Facilitates the continuing professional development of all staff as part of the commitment to excellence.Maintains effective, appropriate communication with the Tribal Council & Administrator, including: Attending all regular and special meetings, and committee meetings. Providing a written report to the Council of the fiscal and programmatic status of the program and of the administrative activities since the last meeting monitoring results, and strategies to resolve problems. Communication of relevant information from the funding sourcesProvision of training for new Policy Council members and Periodic refresher for veteran members on their roles and responsibilities.Monitors the implementation of the responsibilities of employees through observation, (minimally) monthly supervisory meetings, team meetings, and review of files and documentation.Assumes an active role in the annual program self-assessment.Assures remediation of any non-compliances found in delegate or grantee assessment, and incorporates recommendations into planning for the improvement of the program.Provides and/or secures training and technical assistance for all staff.Maintains a close working relationship with the Fiscal Coordinator which provides the Director with information for budget writing and the status of the budget to facilitate effective oversight of expenditures.Hears and resolves community complaints about the program, seeking input from staff, parents, or the Board, as needed.Carries out the function delineated in procedures for staff grievances.Hires, and if necessary, terminating staff, complying with applicable laws, regulations, Tribal Personnel Policies and Procedure assures parent council input into the hiring and/or terminating of staff.Completes and submits regular reports to the funding sources, the Tribal Council, Administrator, and the Policy Committee.Oversee and maintain the CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program); annual grant writing, budget maintenance, and monthly reports.Monitors the program's administrative cost, assuring it does not exceed the allowed amount.Monitors the program's non-federal share to assure that the amount required is met. Meets with staff, parents, and the Policy Council to develop strategies for increasing the amount of the program's accumulated non-federal share, if necessary.Maintains open lines of communications with the grantee personnel.In consultation with the Education Staff, assures that classrooms and playgrounds are well-equipped.Other duties as assigned. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIESAbility of understanding of Head Start philosophy.Ability to implement its principle of shared authority and decision-making.Leadership ability.Knowledge in human services program management, including program planning, operations and evaluation.Knowledge of management information systems, proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.Ability to maintain a food interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a team.Ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and/or weekends.Ability to work effectively with minimal daily guidance.Knowledge of community resources.Knowledge in working in a team setting.Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community.Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer and other office equipment, including, but not limited to, the telephone, copier, and smart phone.Must be able to travel, enter and exit a vehicle without assistance. WORKING CONDITIONSTasks that involve possible exposure to blood, bodily fluids, or tissues (generally, only observing in the classroom).Risk involved with travel on main highway, side streets, and rural roads during business travel, including evening meetings.Tasks that involve handling implements or utensils.Use of public or shared bathroom facilities or telephones.Possible exposure to communicable diseases. QUALIFICATIONMust pass a health examination.Must pass DPS/FBI finger print background check.Must possess regular access to a reliable vehicle; vehicle insurance.Must be COVID-19 vaccinated or must obtain prior to the completion of the first 120-day training period. EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND REQUIREMENTSBachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.3 years pre-school management experience, 2 years' experience working with young children and 2 years' experience supervising adults. NATIVE AMERICAN AND CURRENT EMPLOYEE EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE POLICIES ARE APPLICABLE TO ALL POSITIONS. MUST BE ABLE TO PASS PRE-EMPLOYMENT AND ALL POSITION ARE SUBJECT TO ON-GONG RANDOM DRUG/ALCOHOL TESTS.

Keywords: Cocopah Indian Tribe, Yuma , Head Start Director, Executive , Somerton, Arizona

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