The Executive Director (ED), Head Start is directly responsible for the effectiveness and success of the association’s Head Start work, which is comprised of three Office of Head Start grants (Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County) and totaling over $16 million annually, serving over 1,700 children and operating in 40 sites. Leads the overall operational, fiscal and programmatic management for the all of the Head Start programs (both and grant-funded summer programs. Accountable for both people and P&L management, as well as programmatic oversight up to and including compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards. Also responsible for partnership growth, as well as creating and deepening relationships with all stakeholders: families, schools, districts, and other potential partners. The ED will be part of the Early Childhood Development Leadership Team and will participate in the Y’s work across all of its program areas.
Success in the role will require strong leadership and relationship building skills, a well-rounded functional skill set, and superior management acumen.
Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in related field (Early childhood education or education) strongly preferred
Significant experience (7+ years preferred) leading multi-site licensed early childhood programs, including Head Start.
Minimum of three years of experience managing Head Start/Early Head Start programs
Experience with successfully securing, implementing, and managing large (in excess of $10 million per annum) and complex federal, state and/or local grants
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in all aspects of project management from concept development to execution and monitoring.
Experience and familiarity with multiple data management systems.
Diverse skill set and professional experience leading various youth development operations preferred
Ability to lead assigned operations, including associate development and supervision, development and active management of budgets, new program development, financial development, sales, board and volunteer development
Proven track record of using appropriate independent judgment to assess facts and issues, and make non-routine decisions regarding day-to-day operational problems and issues
Proven team-building and team-leadership skills
Track record of establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships with volunteers and community-based organizations
Well-developed cultural competencies related to working with high risk populations
Must have superior oral and written communication skills and the ability to respond to a wide variety of constituencies, including associates, volunteers, members, program participants, vendors, community leaders, etc.
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The Y in Central Maryland is a charitable organization dedicated to developing the full potential of every individual through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.