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Head Start Coordinator

Posted: 09/03/2019

Job Purpose:

  • Provide Head Start program management for Front Porch Alliance 
  • Be familiar with and adhere to the Head Start Program Performance Standards
  • Maintain an open, friendly, professional relationship with all staff and families to include respect for culture, diversity and ethnicity
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Mentor, coach, and administer work plans and directives to staff
  • Communicate areas of performance improvement to staff and promote training that reflects the individual needs of staff members and/or the team as a whole
  • Arrange and facilitate regular meetings with staff and provide for mandated trainings and updates to policies and procedures
  • Facilitate the resolution of conflicts between staff
  • Ensure program compliance with codes of all state and local licensing agencies and grant requirements
  • Ensure that all Head Start Performance Standards are met 
  • Arrange for services in all functional areas, utilizing internal and external resources to provide medical, social, mental health, educational, and special services as deemed appropriate
  • Coordinate with local agencies, community service organizations and educational providers and partners
  • Attend meetings, trainings and appropriate professional development activities
  • Supervise Parent Educators in maintaining compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards and state licensing regulations by monitoring, evaluating and submitting required documentation
  • Supervises and provides input into purchasing of equipment and materials for home visits
  • Maintains an accurate and up-to-date record keeping system as deemed necessary for meeting program objectives
  • Prepares and submits accurate reports as required
  • Provides input into Parent Educators’ evaluations
  • Provides training and orientation of new staff
  • Plans, conducts and participates in scheduled in-service training concerned with child development and early childhood education to improve teaching skills and increase knowledge of child growth and development
  • Reviews and analyzes reports, records and directives related to the operation and delivery of services
  • Participates in program planning/coordination with Front Porch Alliance partnerships
  • Maintains confidentiality of records and information on Head Start staff, children and families.
  • Maintains compliance with health and safety regulations
  • Serves as on-site coordinator for support services provided by MAHS or through outside contractors
  • Works in collaboration with MAHS staff to support community relations, shared governance, program evaluation, and reporting for education and family engagement
  • Monitors and ensures confidentiality of children records
  • Performs a variety of tasks as assigned
Essential Attributes:
  • Committed to the mission of Front Porch Alliance
  • Strong organization and time management skills, ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Highest ethical standards and responsibility with confidential information
  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary for good communications with culturally diverse participants, partners and supporters
  • Positive, effective, and professional working relationships with staff, clients, and community partners
  • Committed to ongoing professional development of best practices surrounding strength based approach to families, parenting behaviors, child health and wellness, and other relevant family-centered practices
  • Outstanding time management, organizational skills, and follow-through
  • Capacity to problem solve, handle crisis, and work with families and children of various cultures from low income backgrounds
  • Sustained concentration and ability to handle multiple tasks often simultaneously
  • Ability to handle highly stressful and sensitive situations in a professional manner
  • Ability to interpret and implement complex policies and regulations
  • Ability to work independently and maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion in all employee interactions
 Qualifications:
  • Baccalaureate degree with concentration in early childhood education, child development, social work, administration or related field experience in supervision of staff, fiscal management and administration
  • At least three years’ experience working with Early Childhood Programs and children from birth to age five
  • Experience working with low-income families
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Professional, caring, and “can-do” manner
  • Must have a reliable car, valid driver’s license, auto liability insurance of at least $100,000, and a good driving record
Physical Requirements:
  • Mixture of desk work, standing for long periods of time, and visits in the community
  • Must be able to climb stairs and tolerate challenging home environments
  • Must be able to lift up to five to ten pounds on a regular basis

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999