Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce
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Job Title.
   Assistant Director - Head Start Program
Short Description of the Job.
   Ballston Spa Location
Complete Description of the Job.
   The Head Start Assistant Program Director is responsible for assuring all the Head Start program mandates and standards for excellence are met on a daily basis. This position develops the structure, systems and procedures to facilitate this. 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 for the future. RESPONSIBILITIES • Assist Director to ensure the Head Start Program is meeting all Performance Standards requirements and expectations. • Oversees policies and procedures for the content areas of ERSEA, Education and Child Development; including Disabilities, Health, Family and Community Engagement, Transition, services to pregnant women as well as the Transportation portion of the program. Ensuring program compliance with applicable regulations and support for the effective implementation of these services. • 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 • In conjunction with the Family Partnerships Manager, assures that the program serves the number of eligible children for which it is funded. • Manage a system of family-services’ coordinators/specialists to design, coordinate, implement and maintain programming to meet the needs of Head Start families as defined within Head Start Performance Standards and other Federal guidelines. • Stays up-to-date on all aspects of the Head Start Performance Standards, state child care regulations and related regulations and how to implement them. • Analyze current practices, policies, and systems to determine their effectiveness and efficiency and present findings to the program director and others as requested. • Maintain an awareness of “best practices” in the areas of social services and parent education and use them to the advantage of the program. • Maintain an awareness of pending and new legislation, regulations, guidelines that may affect the program and react appropriately. • Evaluates outcomes according to objectives developed for the program plan and as required by federal regulations. • Develops and maintains specific program policies and procedures to meet federal, state and local regulations. • Identifies and pursues potential additional funding sources, grants, and local monies to support program activities as appropriate. • Prepares required reports for submission to Executive Director and Board of Directors. • Coordinates and recommends public relations for the program • Provides guidance to staff directly and indirectly supervised in the areas of staffing patterns, job descriptions, performance standards, job priorities, etc. REQUIREMENTS • Minimum requirement is a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Human Services, business or related field with supervisory experience. Courses in public administration to include, budgeting, personnel, and supervision are helpful. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred. • Thorough knowledge of Head Start/Early Head Start and general knowledge of financial and budgetary management and program administration, principles and techniques of supervision and personnel management; principles of grant preparation; and well developed public relation skills are required. Knowledge of local resources, customs and language helpful. • Minimum of three years supervisory and administrative experience in an early childhood education setting. • Experience working with minority and low-income populations, pregnant moms and children birth to age five. • General knowledge of community services and experience or knowledge of family strengths/family centered practices. • Above average organizational and communication skills, ability to work as a member of a team, good interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain professionalism with staff and clientele. Ability to work under pressure and exercise good judgment. Ability to communicate effectively with people of diverse social and economic backgrounds. • Provide customer service that is responsive to the unique needs and culture of families, such as single parents, grandparents as caregivers, co-parenting relationships, LGTBQ families, non-English speaking, teen parents, domestic violence situations and more. • Computer skills and knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel, Google Docs, Zoom or other online meeting platforms. Familiarity with mobile devices, online training platforms and software applications. • Acceptable tuberculosis screening results and an initial health exam are required post job offer and prior to employment. • Must have a clean driver’s license and be insurable to operate agency vehicles. • Some travel for conferences, trainings, meetings, etc. BENEFITS PACKAGE • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage • Paid Vacation, Personal and Sick Time • Paid School Breaks • Employer Paid Life Insurance • 401(k) Retirement Plan • Employee Assistance Plan LifeWorks Community Action, formerly Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, is a nonprofit that helps thousands of neighbors each year overcome the challenges of poverty by providing food, early childhood education, energy services, health and wellness, and immigrant services. Popular programs include The Pantry in Ballston Spa and The Kitchen in Saratoga Springs, as well as Head Start, WIC and Weatherization. Help Starts Here. LifeWorks Community Action promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in all agency programs and services. We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds who embrace and support an inclusive and equitable work environment. EOE
Job Category.
   Education/Training and Library
Job Level.
   Mid Career
Position Type.
   Full Time
For More Information Contact.
   Human Resources Manager
Employer Info.
   LifeWorks Community Action
P.O. Box 169
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
To Mail Application To Employer.
   LifeWorks Community Action
PO Box 169, 39 Bath Street
Ballston Spa, NY12020
Attention: Human Resources Manager
To Fax Application To Employer.
   Fax Number:5182883234
Attention:Human Resources Manager
To E-Mail Application To Employer.

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