Curriculum Development/Supervision, Other Management, Program Administration
4 Year Degree
Head Start for Kent County, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is seeking a Program Director. This is a full-time, salaried-exempt position, reporting to the Executive Director.
Head Start for Kent County is a non-profit organization and the grantee for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Our mission is to deliver comprehensive services to low income, multi-cultural children ages five and under and their families, promoting their well being and development. The agency provides transportation, early childhood education, health, nutrition, mental health, speech and social services resources at our 10 sites located throughout Kent County. With an annual budget of over eighteen million dollars, we serve over 1,500 children and their families and employ more than 300 staff.
The Program Director is responsible for directing departments to assist the agency in its efforts to provide leadership, resources and services that create, improve and promote bringing children and families to self-sufficiency. The Program Director ensures that effective, high quality services are provided through program management staff. The Program Director works with the Executive Director to develop and implement the agency strategic plan.
Qualifications: Must be an expert in the area of Early Childhood Education and an effective advocate for the Head Start and Early Head Start mission and values
Demonstrated "forward thinking" ability to develop solutions in a rapidly changing environment that is influenced by changing government oversight, breakthroughs in early childhood education an a need for increased collaboration with community organizations and schools
Bachelor degree required (Master degree preferred) in Early Childhood/Family Services or related field
Three to five years successful experience in a management position with a comprehensive early childhood/family services program
Three years successful experience in the supervision of management level staff and managing teams of at least ten people
Must have experience with multi-cultural ethnically diverse, at-risk, low-income population
Must be an effective advocate for the Head Start and Early Head Start mission and values
Intermediate level computer skills, knowledgeable of Microsoft Office programs
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills required working with diverse populations in the community and the supervision of staff
Excellent organizational, analytical and planning skills
Grant writing experience preferred
Bi-lingual (Spanish speaking) preferred
Willing to travel throughout designated service area on a regular basis
Qualified candidates should send, no later than March 17th, a cover letter, resume, salary history and salary expectation to:
Head Start for Kent County 2626 Walker Ave, NW Walker, MI 49544 Attention: Randall Lee (or) Careers@hsk4c.org Attention: Randall Lee
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.