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Director of Head Start

Community Action

Community Action

Posted: 5/19/2017
Location: Portland Metro
Closing Date: 6/16/2017
Industry: Education, Management, Nonprofit
Type: Full Time

Director of Head Start
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Hiring Salary Range: 80-90K

Community Action leads the way to eliminate conditions of poverty and creates opportunities for people and communities to thrive!

Community Action seeks a Child Development Director to join its senior management team and serve as the organization’s Head Start and Early Head Start Director. Reporting directly to the Executive Director this position serves as a collaborative member of the executive leadership team for Community Action, (Directors of Finance & Operations, Family & Community Resources, Human Resources and Resource Development) to provide strategic thinking and expertise to decisions that impact the entire agency. The director leads all aspects of Head Start operations to ensure the delivery of high quality services to enrolled children and their families and the achievement of program outcomes. Essential for success is compliance with all related regulations and requirements and the engagement of parents and a thriving, competent staff.

The director provides guidance and support to ensure that Head Start Policy Council is effective in carrying out its governance role and collaborates with diverse stakeholders, such as parents, community partners, colleagues, funders and regulators, to achieve program goals. With a budget approaching $10 million and approximately 200 employees, the program will serve 933 children (821 in Head Start and 112 in Early Head Start) in a variety of center-based and home based models in the Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard-Tualatin and Sherwood school districts. Head Start and Early Head Start services are located in 18 sites, including an innovative program at Coffee Creek Women’s Correctional Facility. The director is currently located out of Community Action’s Multi-Service Center in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Community Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life & long-term disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, 457 deferred compensation program, generous paid time off, twelve holidays and a competitive salary based upon qualifications.

Serving Washington County, Oregon Since 1965
Guided by our vision that Washington County’s residents are strong, resilient, involved in the community and live with dignity and security, Community Action’s mission is to eliminate conditions of poverty and create opportunities for people and communities to thrive. Founded in 1965, Community Action is the most comprehensive private, non-profit human service organization in Washington County with a mission to address local poverty. The organization is a member of the Community Action Partnership, the largest poverty fighting network in the nation, but maintains independent, local governance. The Board of Directors includes representatives from the low-income community, public elected officials, and private sector. Community Action annually stewards approximately $28 million in revenue from both public and private sources, matching available funds and using creative partnerships to maximize resources. The organization employs approximately 300 staff out of multiple locations and responds annually to over 31,000 requests for assistance. In addition to Head Start and Early Head Start, Community Action programs include:

• Child Care Resource and Referral provides access to quality, affordable child care for working families and strengthens the local child care network by providing training for providers and businesses.
• Family Development provides phone based assessment and assistance connecting to resources and home visiting case management to help families meet their goals, increase housing and income stability, and improve family functioning and parenting skills.
• Housing and Homeless Services provides shelter for families experiencing homelessness, assists them in achieving housing stability and advocates for children to ensure school success.
• Energy and Emergency Rent Assistance prevents homelessness and assures families can remain in their homes by providing financial assistance for those facing eviction or termination of heat and electricity services.
• Energy Conservation helps families reduce energy bills by assessing home energy use, recommending cost saving measures and connecting with resources to improve energy efficiency.

The Position and Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for our Director of Head Start will be a competent, trustworthy, empowering leader with exceptional communication and problem solving skills. This person will possess Head Start knowledge and expertise regarding program models and regulations. He/she will have built effective teams, strong collaborations and successfully engaged key stakeholders. This candidate is inclusive, values diversity, and has a passion for addressing the needs of children and families living in poverty. He/she will be skilled at strategic and systems thinking/planning and continually strive to achieve greater outcomes. This candidate will demonstrate competency, high standards and ethics in the performance of all core management functions.

The essentials duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

• Initiate and coordinate planning, development and implementation of Head Start and Early Head Start program services in a holistic manner that responds to emerging community needs and considers innovation and best practices in collaboration with staff.
• Hire and supervise top management staff in the department in a manner that empowers, builds trust and results in highly effective team work.
• Develop and manage program budgets to ensure effective and efficient staffing plans for all components and attainment of financial and program goals.
• Ensure completion of required annual grant planning, developing, contracting and reporting and maintaining compliance with all Head Start Performance Standards, as well as other applicable laws and regulations.
• Strictly adhere to all safety policies and procedures at all times and respond/correct any at-risk safety issues immediately.
• Ensure that the Head Start Policy Council is effectively engaged in program governance and community advocacy.
• Develop and maintain effective relationships and regular communication with program funders; collaborate effectively with key community partners.
• Model leadership and participate in agency activities and functions as a member of the agency leadership team; represent the program and agency as needed in the community.
• Participate in state, regional and/or national organization meetings and conferences in order to stay current with best practices; track relevant local, state and national initiatives and develop responses that meet the needs of clients and programs.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or a related field with a minimum of five (5) years of highly responsible management experience, and at least three (3) years of Head Start management and leadership experience including administering and monitoring Head Start programs. Demonstrated ability to lead and effectively plan and implement a variety of projects including delegation to engage managers, supervisors and effectively communicate with line staff across multiple sites is required. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office software such as Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. A high level of proficiency in Child Plus and Head Start Enterprise system is preferred. Candidate must be able to successfully pass applicable physical/TB, background and Oregon Central Registry checks prior to new hire processing and beginning actual employment. For information on how to enroll in Oregon’s Central Background Registry, please visit or call the Office of Child Care at 1-800-556-6616

Application Guidelines/Contact:
How to Apply
Community Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and must do so by the closing date below. The on line application process can be completed on our website via this link: Please attach: 1) your detailed resume and cover letter specifically addressing your qualifications and experience as they pertain to both the essential duties/responsibilities and minimum qualification requirements for this position; and 2) a copy of your diploma or transcripts as evidence of your degree.

Application Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017

$80,000 - $90,000

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