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Director- Georgia Head Start State Collaboration Office

HRA Job Code: SSM014 Title: Director, Social Services PG: P

Job Description Overview

Reporting directly to the Commissioner of Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, and under broad supervision, the Director for Georgia's Head Start State Collaboration Office performs independently with executive State level authority as the principle investigator/administrator to facilitate collaboration among those Early Head Start and Head State agencies throughout the state of Georgia which deliver programs to benefit low-income children, ages birth to school entry, and their families. In accordance with the Head Start Ready for School Act of 2007, this position oversees and promotes: the alignment of curricula used in Head Start programs; the continuity of services with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework; and State early learning standards. The administrator acts to strengthen linkages between Head Start agencies and other child and family agencies that provide physical and mental health, family services, or other child and family supportive services, as provided under section 619, part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1419, 1431 et seq.). Works directly with the Georgia Head Start Association regarding collaboration in all federal priority areas, to include health care, homelessness, welfare, family literacy, community services, education/transition/alignment/school readiness, child care, disabilities, professional development, early education childhood systems.

This position collaborates with the senior leadership of the agency to identify and develop agency work plans related to the priorities of the Head Start program, and manages timelines and component project steps to achieve project deadlines and objectives. Maintains comprehensive knowledge of current trends and developments in the assigned field. Handles special projects and other responsibilities as assigned by the Federal or local State management.

Job Responsibilities:

Administers the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 by assisting Head Start agencies and those entities providing resource and referral services within the state in coordinating activities to ensure year-round services are available on a full-working day basis to benefit both the children, from birth to school entry, and their low-income families; Meets all responsibilities identified in the Head Start Ready for School Act of 2007.
Within the first year of receipt of a collaboration grant, conducts an assessment addressing the needs of Head Start agencies throughout the state with respect to collaboration, coordination, and alignment of services, curriculum, and assessments used in Head Start Programs with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework; Provides annual updates and makes the assessment available to the general public; develops a strategic plan based upon the results of the annual assessment that enhances collaboration and coordination of Head Start services by Head Start agencies with other entities providing early childhood education and development.
Assists Head Start agencies with the alignment of curriculum and assessments used in Head Start programs with the state's early learning standards and the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework.
Promote linkages with other family and child agencies that provide physical and mental health or family supportive services and activities, as required in the Individuals with Disabilities Act, to improve the coordination and delivery of early childhood education and development to children throughout the state.
Works directly with the Georgia Head Start Association in collaboration of all federal priority areas, to include healthcare, homelessness, welfare, family literacy, community services, education/transition/alignment/school readiness, child care, disabilities, professional development, and early childhood systems.
Promotes better access to professional development opportunities for Head Start agencies to enable staff to meet credentialing requirements.
Serves on the Georgia Early Childhood State Advisory Council to promote and assist with the efforts of the Head Start program. Participates in the mandatory meetings for all Head Start Collaboration Directors throughout the nation, which may require out of state travel.
Maintains responsibility for budget preparation and fiscal accountability relative to implementation of strategic plans and conducts an evaluation of performance measures against the executed plans; Submits all annual, mid-year, and financial reports by deadline.

Technical Competencies Required

  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer skills, to include Excel, Word, and Publisher
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Experience in budget preparation and management
  • Experience in preparing Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)
  • Experience in fostering collaboration among programs and partnering with agencies having complimentary interests
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in problem solving regarding Head Start issues
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks
  • Acquired knowledge, skill and ability to represent Head Start interests in all meetings and as a member of the Georgia Early Childhood Advisory Council

Minimum HRA Qualifications: Master's degree in a related area from an accredited college or university in a related field AND Three years of management of subordinate managers/supervisors in a human service delivery program; OR Bachelor's degree in a related area from an accredited college or university AND six years of experience, including four years of management of subordinate managers/supervisors in a human service delivery program; OR related certification AND three years of management of subordinate managers/supervisors in a human service delivery program; OR five years of experience required at the lower level Senior Manager, Social Services (SSM013) or position equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications

  • In addition to the above referenced education and experience:
  • Substantial knowledge of the Head Start program gained from 5 years of experience working with Head Start programs, 2 of which included a leadership role
  • Knowledge of and practical experience with Head Start Performance Standards
  • Experience working with Early Childhood agencies, departments, and programs at a state level
  • Knowledge of the Head Start Ready for School Act of 2007
  • Prior experience in Grant writing and budget management
  • Experience working with non-profit associations and government agencies
  • Familiarity with the Georgia Early Childhood Education Community

Note: A combination of education and experience at agency discretion.

Physical Requirements:

  • Work is typically performed in an office environment with intermittent sitting, standing, or walking in various settings.
  • The ability to speak clearly, to hear and understand at a normal conversational level, and to receive detailed information through verbal communication
  • Close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading and visual inspection.
  • Full range of hand and finger motion for data entry purposes.
  • Ability to travel frequently throughout the State of Georgia, and nation-wide, as required for attendance and participation at meetings and conferences.