POSITION SUMMARY: Supervisory position responsible for overseeing, directing, and coordinating the Early Head Start education services in Hernando and Volusia counties and Head Start (HS)/Early Head Start (EHS) disability services in Hernando, Sumter and Volusia counties. Office may be located in either Hernando or Volusia county, based on applicant’s residence. However, weekly overnight travel is necessary to ensure program quality.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Oversees and supervises the activities of employees that are responsible for the development, implementation and operation of education services within EHS and disability services within
Overall responsibility for developing, implementing and monitoring program plans and policies and procedures for education and disabilities services in accordance with federal, state and local regulations, including the Head Start Performance Standards, applicable transmittal notices and other administrative orders/directions.
Approves hiring of education staff for EHS and disabilities staff for EHS and HS, coordinating with Human Resources and Administrative Assistants to assure all new employee documentation is accurate and complete.
Assures education services new employee orientation is conducted for all new employees in a timely manner in coordination with the Head Start Manager.
Develops implements and monitors adherence of measurable School Readiness goals and objectives to support and assure program success; utilizes Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos and TS Gold to assure individualized instruction and improve classroom practice.
Approves educational purchases of materials, supplies and equipment for the EHS program.
Provides training, assistance and communication to staff on a regular, on-going basis on policy, procedures, performance standards/best practices, operational guidance and work performance.
Researches, recommends to policy groups and assures implementation of researched based, developmentally appropriate curricula to meet needs of children and families. Assures curricula comply with local, state and federal standards.
Assures parent input is incorporated in the development of curricula and education plans.
Oversees and supervises the coordination of children’s developmental screenings and evaluation services in coordination with community partners and outside professionals.
Oversees and supervises work of Disability Services Coordinator to develop and implement appropriate strategies to meet each child’s individualized needs; assuring that the education staff is provided with activities and classroom strategies to meet each child’s individualized needs; and assuring that documentation of the child’s progress/services is consistent with services provided and kept in the child’s individual file and ChildPlus.net.
Communicates and collaborates with local education agencies (LEA) and outside providers to assure appropriate policies are developed and implemented to ensure service delivery for children with disabilities.
Provides reports on activities, expenditures, and outcomes within the EHS education and HS/EHS disability service areas for management analysis and needed action.
Prepares, conducts and assists with training for parents.
Participates in community committee work as needed to enhance EHS program operations.
Oversees safety compliance and assures licensing standards of EHS facilities are met in coordination with Maintenance Supervisors and Child Development Specialists.
Develops, implements, and monitors service agreements/contracts to assure delivery of education and disability services to children.
Reviews invoices for accuracy and forwards to Director of Early Learning Programs for payment approval.
Works with education and disability services team members to assure integration with other service area teams.
Assures accuracy and approves subordinates’ timecards and submits documentation to human resources and finance departments.
Disseminates local, state, federal, and agency information to subordinates as needed.
Actively participates in center/classroom activities, parent meetings and annual parent activities as requested.
Acts as an advocate and role model for HS/EHS families. Recruits children for the programs.
Assists in the development and implementation of the annual training plan, including pre-service, in-service, T/TA, and ongoing training requirements.
Attends and actively participates in training programs, staff meetings, and other meeting/trainings.
Maintains confidentiality in all aspects of client, staff and agency information.
Maintains effective working interaction with coworkers and outside contacts that will enhance the operation of the HS/EHS programs.
Organizes and prioritizes all assignments as directed.
Participates in community activities that enhance HS/EHS programs as directed.
Participates in ongoing monitoring, Community Assessment and Self-Assessment and performs reasonable related functions.
Participates in regular safety, storm and fire drills.
Submits reports, documents, and files as directed.
Uses and follows the policies/procedures of Head Start, federal, state and local regulations/laws, and federal regulations/laws including the Head Start Performance Standards, applicable transmittal notices, and other administrative orders/directions.
Uses and follows the policies/procedures of Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., including but not limited to Personnel Policies, Occupational Health and Safety policies, payroll policies/practices, etc.
Performs any additional duties as directed or assigned by supervisor, management staff, program director or Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. management staff.
Education:Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience:Five years of experience in administering child education programs. Three years of supervision/management experience.
Licenses & Certifications:Valid Florida driver’s license and be insurable by Company’s current carrier.
Subject to Federal, State and Local legal requirements/background checks/clearance for working with children.
CRITICAL SKILLS, ABILITIES, & EXPERTISE:
Physical Requirements:These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Sitting, standing for long periods of time, use of fingers, arms, hands and legs and voice/talking are constant. Good eyesight (correctable) and hearing (correctable) are essential. Squatting, walking, handling, grasping, stretching/reaching, bending at the waist, driving and light lifting and/or carrying (up to 15lbs) are frequent. Pushing, pulling, kneeling, balancing, turning, feeling, medium lifting and/or carrying (up to 30lbs) are occasional.
Equipment: Computer, facsimile, copy machine, calculator, switchboard, multi-line phone and other small office and instructional equipment and vehicle.
Skills & Expertise:Ability to work with limited direction. Knowledge of federal, state and local Head Start/educational/childcare laws, regulations, practices and standard operating procedures. Knowledge of organizational methods. Skills in completing work with a high degree of accuracy. Skill in developing policies, procedures and/or systems for implementing programmatic functions. Ability to evaluate programs and situations and make decisions for improvement. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Ability to establish effective working relationships with people, including supervisors, subordinates, coworkers, parents and children, and community contacts. Knowledge of effective supervisory skills and methods. Ability to analyze and interpret data. Ability to use and operate a computer. Skills in public speaking and public relations. Skills in customer service and dealing with irate individuals and problem solving. Ability to work with children with special needs. Knowledge of disability and mental health issues and practices. Ability to oversee, review, and coordinate the work of subordinates. Ability to prepare/create complex management and financial reports. Ability to maintain staff, child and parent confidentiality. Ability to make sound decisions in a crisis situation.
ENVIRONMENTAL JOB FACTORS:
Job Location: Primary location is the Head Start/Early Head Start facilities in Hernando, Sumter and/or Volusia counties. Travel within these three counties is typical with overnight stays. Occasional travel to other counties.
Work Environment:While performing the responsibilities of the position, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the employee will encounter. Office environment and working with others frequently. Working with office equipment is frequent. Occasionally outdoors and operates a vehicle.
Benefits: Vacation, Sick, PTO, Health Benefits, 8% non matching retirement, company paid holidays.
Apply online at www.mfcs.us.com