Work with Head Start/Early Head Start Director (HS/EHS) and Executive Team in providing leadership in planning, designing, implementing and evaluating Agency systems and in representing the Agency in local, regional, state and national communities. The Assistant Director demonstrates leadership abilities by creating and maintaining a positive learning environment for all staff and families enrolled. The Assistant Director assists the HS/EHS Director in operating the Agency in accordance with NHSA policies, procedures and state licensing standards to provide an educational, nurturing, and safe environment for children, staff and parents. This individual assumes all HS/EHS Director responsibilities and duties in the absence of the Director.
Assist in the hiring, coaching and evaluating the performance of Program Consultants, Regional Managers, Data Monitoring & Professional Development Manager, Enrollment (ERSEA) Manager, Special Projects Manager and Executive Assistant.
Manage issues and concerns from parents/guardians, conduct parent/guardian conferences when needed.
Promote a consistent exchange of information across the Agency.
Encourage and support professional development opportunities.
Keep the HS/EHS Director informed of any necessary information regarding the care and safety of children
Assist and accept responsibility in daily regional duties that might be temporary in the event other personnel are not available
Systems Evaluation and Development
Assist in the planning and facilitation of regular leadership meetings.
Participate in the design of internal structures, systems and policies.
Ensure adequate systems are in place to maintain the highest quality of services to children and families in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
Ensure consistency in service delivery across the Agency with attention to inclusive practices and integration of component areas; encourage continuous improvement of systems.
Ensure coordination among components, across levels throughout the Agency.
Participate in development of Agency interagency agreements and contracts.
Attend interagency organizational and planning meetings as appropriate.
Participate in professional development activities and organized community events.
Design and deliver formal presentations.
Represent Head Start on local planning bodies.
Attend and participate in staff meetings, Agency events, and parent/community meetings as requested.
Budgets and Grants
Assist in overseeing the efforts of managers and consultants in the monitoring and control of component budgets; identification and interpretation of Head Start and community needs; conformance to Performance Standards and other regulatory requirements.
Participate in the development of collaborations and facility development for future expansion of families and/or services.
Participate in weekly HS executive meetings for the development of program budgets and reviews as requested.
All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start’s policy on confidentiality.
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field plus a minimum of 3 years of management level experience at the senior management level in planning, budgeting, coordinating, supervising and evaluating in a non-profit setting, Head Start, or similar program
Ability to develop beneficial relationships with community and business organizations.
Self-starter with the ability to make good judgments for the sake of the agency and is reliable and trustworthy.
Must possess customer service skills such as handling difficult telephone conversations.
Experienced in managing crisis situations.
Demonstrated supervisory experience.\
Significant experience in administration, including knowledge of State licensing requirements and Head Start Performance Standards. Strong knowledge of best practices and systems in the field of early childhood.
Experience in design and delivery of training.
Strong computer skills, including internet and e-mail, excel and the ability to learn new systems as needed.
Valid Oregon Driver’s License/proof of auto insurance/annual DMV check required.
Current enrollment in Child Care Division – Central Background Registry.
Head Start experience preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Proven experience as a Regional Manager or other similar supervisory position
Experience in performance and operations management
Knowledge of relevant Head Start regulations and quality standards
Outstanding communication and public speaking skills
Excellent organizational and leadership skills
Sustained concentration and ability to handle multiple tasks often simultaneously.
Significant diagnostic and problem-solving skills.
Ability to assist in the directing and assessing the performance of program supervisors and consultants.
Ability to handle highly stressful and sensitive situations in a professional manner.
Ability to interpret and implement complex policies and regulations.
Ability to work independently and maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.
Ability to exercise tact and discretion in all employee interactions.
Frequent sitting for long periods using computer keyboard, telephone and other office machines.
Strong organization and time management skills, ability to meet tight deadlines.
Position – Exempt/Non-Bargaining Unit
Supervised by the Head Start Director.
52 weeks per year