Directs the operation, administration, and maintenance of the child development program and the facility. Manages and develops center staff to operate a safe and efficient center.
Essential Duties and Responsibilitiesmayinclude but not limited to the following:
Maintaining Site Responsibilities
Ensures the implementation of the Head Start programs for children in accordance with the performance standards, State of Michigan Licensing and NAEYC accreditation criteria
Maintains an orderly, healthy and safe environment conducive to optimal growth and development of children in compliance with agency, state and federal guidelines and regulations
Oversees and maintains sites accreditation status
Supervises all site staff and volunteers and maintains personnel records required under agency, state and federal guidelines and regulations
Ensures classrooms are utilizing the designated curriculum, The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool, in alignment with the Agency’s School Readiness Goals
Support to Staff
Assists teaching staff in implementing curriculum and developmentally appropriate activities in all areas according to the individual needs of children
Working with Parents
Actively involves parents in center activities and conferences, recognizing parents as the primary teachers and role models for their children
Documentation and Communication with other Departments
Coordinates communications and activities within the program
Monitors and tracks referral process to ensure quality services are provided
Tracks and maintains an ongoing inventory of equipment and educational materials and supplies needed to implement daily activity plans
Responsible for collection and recording of site level data
Completes the daily Safety Check List and faxes/scans it to the Facilities Supervisor
Approves and monitors attendance utilizing Ultra Time for each direct report daily
Training and Development
Encourages the use of resource materials and technical assistance for the professional development of teaching staff.
Conducts on-going evaluations for all site staff
Supervises the staff at site location
Bachelors degree with a stated major in Early Childhood Education or Child Development (or) a Bachelors degree in any area that includes a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours in Early Childhood Education or Child Development.
Must have or complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours in childcare administration** within six (6) months of hire.
Must be working towards completion of TEA Leadership Certificate Series within one year of hire to be coordinated by the Training Specialist.
Must have or complete a minimum of six (6) credit hours in administration leadership or management within two (2) years of hire. *Requirements are based on the Head Start Reauthorization Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-134) and the Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers (2006 MR 11, Eff. Dec. 7, 2006) and are subject to change.**Child Care Administration means child care administration, education administration or business administration. 2006 MR 11, Eff. Dec. 7, 2006; R 400.5103(b)
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education and/or Experience:
One year supervisory experience and two years experience in Head Start or other preschool programs. Demonstrated leadership ability, good interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
Must have intermediate level written and oral communication skills, have strong attention to detail. Ability to effectively and clearly communicate information and ideas with willingness to share knowledge, skills, and expertise with others.
Must have basic computer skills and be knowledgeable of Microsoft office
Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner. Work well in group problem solving situations. challenging situations applying common sense understanding to all work situations
To perform the job successfully, and individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Job Knowledge: Understands job requirements; communicates effectively as required to do the job.
Safety and Security: Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Report potentially unsafe conditions.
Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans
Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negatives situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; written information.
Judgment: Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
Leadership: Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well;Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
Attendance/Punctuality: Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
Dependability: Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments.
Initiative: Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
Professionalism: Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Follows through on commitments.
About Head Start for Kent County
Every child deserves a good start. At Head Start for Kent County we help children from low-income families in Kent County, Michigan, get that start by providing comprehensive education programs and health services. We encourage intellectual, social and emotional growth by offering holistic, family-centered services in a supportive environment. Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer safe, consistent child development services for children from birth to age five.