Head Start of Greater Dallas (HSGD) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to lead an organization that serves more than 2,400 low-income, preschool-aged children and their families at 34 center locations throughout Dallas County. HSGD is committed to the belief that “Every Child Deserves a Head Start.”
ABOUT HEAD START
The Head Start program launched in 1965 as a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” The Head Start program was sponsored by the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) in 1967 as a summer program. When DISD chose not to reapply for the grant, the Dallas County Community Action Committee, Inc. (DCCAC) became the new benefactor and administered the program for the next 20 years
In 1988, the Head Start program separated from DCCAC and went under the interim sponsorship of the Community Council of Greater Dallas for six months. The program then became incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization known as Dallas County Family Service, Inc.
MUST HAVE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Mission-Driven and Authentic: Exudes a genuine and visible passion for Early Childhood Education and HSGD’s mission. An effective and dynamic communicator who can clearly articulate the direction and ambition of the organization.
Leadership and Driving Change: Excellent leadership skills with a demonstrated track record of driving and executing a strategic vision for a complex enterprise and managing and leading change. Emotional maturity and intelligence and an ability to build bridges, trust, and credibility.
Head Start Experience and Credibility: Demonstrated experience in Head Start and/or demonstrated experience in leading a complex system.
Organizational Leadership and Capacity Building: Proven ability to drive an organization to a higher level of performance, efficiency, effectiveness, and financial strength. This includes putting people first, managing, mentoring direct and indirect staff, holding colleagues accountable for results, and breaking down silos. Strong business acumen is vital.
Partnering with Stakeholders: Ability to collaborate with a Board of Directors and possessed of a demonstrated record of initiating, developing, and deepening relationships with a diverse set of local, regional, and national stakeholders.
A Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership or Management is required, and an advanced degree is preferred.
Eight or more years of progressively responsible experience in complex organizations with a budget greater than $20M annually.
Leadership in an early childhood program such as Head Start that adheres to federal, state and local regulations
Acts with the highest level of integrity and commitment to organizational goals and objectives. Straight-forward and follows through and delivers on commitments and promises.
Entrepreneurial, conceptual, resourceful, creative, and an excellent problem solver.
Effective communicator (and listener) to a variety of audiences with an ability to understand many perspectives and points of view.
Experience with federal, state and local regulations, requirements and reporting.
Head Start of Greater Dallas has retained the services of Diversified Search to assist in this search. Materials should be submitted electronically in confidence to HeadStartDallas@divsearch.com
HSGD firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal,
About Head Start of Greater Dallas
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