As Eastern Oregon’s largest non-profit dedicated to Early Care & Education, the Director ensures our Head Start/Early Head Start & Oregon Prekindergarten efforts align with best practice, understanding that we are pivotal stewards whose early learning resources and assets are meant to be shared. This charismatic and caring leader will build and lead with a collaborative spirit that fosters high level outcomes and continued investment in early learning.
The HS/EHS Director is currently responsible for all functions of a thriving Head Start-Early Head Start-Early Head Start Child Care Partnership/Oregon Pre-Kindergarten Program serving over 700 children and families in eight counties and in 23 locations. This position is an exciting opportunity to lead a dedicated team committed to best practices around Early Learning, Health, and Family Well-Being. This position works collaboratively with local School Districts, Early Learning Hubs and key public & oral health, child care, parent education and mental health partners to ensure sound financial management, compliance with funder requirements, and long-term planning to ensure school readiness as well as child well-being on all fronts. Additionally, the HS/EHS Director develops and fosters a workplace which values and supports a culturally diverse work environment and its employees, volunteers, and partners.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Program Leadership & Communication
Workforce Development & Professional Development
Lead responsibility for the Parent/Family Policy Council
Fiscal & Grant Management
Advocacy and Community Outreach
Ensure compliance with federal performance standards and best practice initiatives underway and fostered within the agency
Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, or a related field
Experience and Skills Requirements:
A minimum of five years professional leadership/management and supervisory experience preferably in educational non-profit.
Recent demonstration of exposure to or experience with classroom settings for similar population or service delivery area preferred.
Significant experience in management or administration, including balancing regulatory requirements with budget constraints while responding to community needs.
Strong knowledge of theories and practices of Early Childhood Education/Development and Family/Social Services.
Demonstrated acumen for collaborative leadership.
Experience in working with rural and urban communities.
Familiar with data analytics and systems used for measuring performance in early childhood.
Experience in design and delivery of training.
Experience in ensuring grant/contract performance standards are met.
Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations with proven commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.
Strong knowledge of accounting principles and ability to oversee development and operation of fiscal budgets and fundraising program.
Ability to work within the mission, goals and service objectives UMCHS while honoring the local context of the communities in our broader region.
Ability to coordinate and/or conduct training sessions
Adequate means of transportation.
Ability to establish relationship of trust and respect with staff, families and children.
Experiencing in submission of successful grants and contracts a plus.
Desire to work with low-income children and their families
Head Start experience (preferred)
Experience in Early Childhood Development (preferred)
Multilingual or Multi cultural experience (preferred)
Community service experience (preferred)
About Umatilla-Morrow County Head Start
UMCHS is an agency committed to ensuring that children, and those who care for them, are given all the tools they need to create healthy and happy futures for the next generation. The agency is founded on the principles that have made Head Start one of the earliest and most effective interventions for preparing our young children for brighter futures academically, socially and emotionally.