Head Start Manager - Education/Disabilities
EASTCONN Head Start Manager
SUMMARY: This 200-day position manages all education components as well as coordination of the coaching staff for assigned sites within the EASTCONN Head Start program. The position includes responsibility for compliance with all standards related to these areas. The Education Manager works with the Education Team (Head Start Coordinator and Transition Coordinator of Early Childhood Disabilities) and Director to develop, implement, and monitor the Head Start education program, provide curriculum support; and design program improvements to enhance the total educational experiences of the children. This position provides ongoing support and monitoring of assigned sites. The Education Manager is an integral part of the EASTCONN Head Start management team.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: (Facilitates the development, support and supervision of the EASTCONN Basic Head Start classrooms within assigned sites.)
- Coordinates the education and early childhood development content area as well as staffing requirements and program of the EASTCONN Head Start programs within assigned sites.
- Reviews and revises the education plan annually. Develops a system for administration and monitoring of classroom environments, transitions, interactions, and overall classroom staff.
- Promotes the health and safety of children at all times.
- Monitors and evaluates related program and staff performance to ensure quality.
- Ensure the development of individual education goals to include goal setting based on individuals needs for meeting objectives and activities to meet established goals (child outcomes) and facilitates data team meetings.
- Coordinates within the management team the completion of the written “School Readiness Goals” which includes the alignment document, data reports, and program goals for improving children’s school readiness. Update annually.
- Works closely to assure adequate classroom supplies, equipment, and schedules are appropriate for young children.
- Works closely with other staff, parents and managers/coaches and/or consultants to support classroom quality, evaluation and ongoing performance.
- Serves as a resource person for classroom family involvement and coordinates the activities for regular newsletters within assigned classrooms.
- Provides supervision and assistance with data collection for the submission of reports including the PIR.
- Coordinates and monitors CDA, education, and certifications for all staff within assigned sites.
- Responsible for coordinating and maintaining reports pertaining to CLASS and NAEYC scores and ratings. As well as supporting classroom with improvement plans, development of action plans, and resources to improve practice. This role will assume responsibilities for CLASS observations for assigned classrooms within Windham.
- Provides planning, training, leadership, monitoring and assistance necessary for the Head Start education service component to assure delivery of Head Start services in compliance with program and personnel policies and procedures.
- Monitors and connects the ongoing collaboration with the progam coaches. Develops schedules, arranges for, and provides teaching staff time for onsite meetings and appropriate coordination.
- Attends and participates in meetings, work projects, team meetings, committees, workshops, individual training and training conferences as assigned, which may include local, state, regional and national groups. This includes attending pre-service and in-service training.
- Ensure that each assigned classroom is visited weekly and monitoring of all early childhood education/child development services follows the established monitoring schedule using designated tools to ensure performance standards and all other applicable regulations are met.
- Lead the monthly site staff meetings to ensure accurate and updated information is communicated to staff via written agenda and verbal communication. Provide staff with information and suggestions regarding program in order to meet the needs of the children and families, and provide onsite technical assistance to staff through the development of action plans.
- Support the program-wide adoption of the teaching pyramid model to promote the development of young children’s social-emotional competence and address challenging behavior.
- Maintain and ensure up to date files as mandated by program specific regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
- Assure the implementation of best child development practice through the approved curriculum in all programs for children.
- Completes, conducts, and manages special projects and assignments delegated by the Director to assist in the operation of the program.
- Actively participate in the annual Head Start self-assessment process to identify strengths and areas of improvement that leads to the annual action plan.
- Coordinate the program-wide Education Committee to meet three times a year and includes the full grantee: Northeast, Windham, Tolland, and Stafford programs.
- Other duties as assigned by Director.
- Review and approve teacher requests to assure allowable purchasing.
- Review and sign off on employee timesheets.
- Works with other Managers to order classroom supplies, as needed.
- Monitors the Education program and staff performance to insure quality.
- Provides other programmatic support services as requested.
- Provides on-going monitoring of education and child development services and personnel to ensure that program standards are met.
- Provides continued support and mentoring to education personnel.
- Collaborates with Education Team on curriculum, child development and environments.
- Leads education and child development staff meeting, participates in management team and other staff meetings, committees, reviews, and training as scheduled.
- Provide on the job training for new education staff.
- Collaborates with other Managers and Director for the development of education/training plans for teachers.
- Work with Human Resources to ensure any required documentation and certificates are obtained.
- B.S./B.A. in Early Childhood Education, Child and Family Studies or a related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
- Minimum of five years of experience in training or program service delivery, with at least four years of early childhood teaching experience.
- Ability to obtain CLASS certification.
- Ability to communicate positively with children, families and staff with varying cultural, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Experience in training and supervision of staff.
- Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral format
- Ability to organize and deliver presentations/workshops.
- Ability to observe staff and child behavior in a classroom setting.
- Ability to drive between work sites.
- Ability to obtain background check and health check as required.