Early Head Start Education, Nutrition Manager and Center Director

Through the Looking Glass - Berkeley, CA



Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is looking for an Early Head Start Education, Nutrition Manager and Center Director for its small Early Head Start Program in Alameda County. TLG is a Berkeley based and internationally recognized program serving children and families with disabilities. This is an opportunity to help further develop a unique program for serving parents, children and families with and without disabilities in Early Head Start.



Early Head Start   Education, Nutrition Manager and Center Director


TLG Early Head Start   Program

Reports   To: 



Executive   Director /Early Head Start Director


TLG offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and   dental insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, long-term disability, and   life insurance




WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time, Monday-Friday. Occasional evening or weekend meetings, out of area conferences for training. Travel, including possible overnight stays, associated with training.



Manage the provision of high-quality education and nutrition services and direct the Early Head Start Center for 22 children. Collaborate with community partners and other EHS/Head Start staff.  Ensure compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards, the Head Start Act and other applicable regulations including the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Refine and maintain comprehensive recordkeeping and reporting systems.



  • Bachelor’s degree required. Social Work, Psychology, Child Development or Education related field, preferred.
  • Advanced training, continuing education, and at least four years of experience in early childhood education.
  • Minimum of two years of recordkeeping and organizational experience, preferably in a

collaborative work environment, and preferably with children and families.

  • Minimum of two years of experience in supervision, planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating programs or projects.
  • Child Development Site Supervisor or Program Director Permit required.



  • Computer training and/or documented proficiency with popular word processing, spreadsheet and database software; experience with and/or training in Microsoft Office products particularly Word, Excel and Access is preferred.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Current Criminal, Child Abuse and FBI clearances.
  • Physical ability to perform essential job functions.
  • Physical examination upon employment and within every fifteen (15) months thereafter.
  • Tuberculosis test upon employment and within every twenty-five (25) months thereafter.
  • Job-related training, as assigned.





  • In collaboration with the Center Site Supervisor/Head Teacher, ensure compliance with Community Care Licensing Standards.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards and CACFP regulations.
  • Collaborate with the Center Site Supervisor/Head Teacher to ensure curriculum fidelity and alignment with the Early Learning Outcomes Framework, obtaining input from parents.
  • In collaboration with the Disabilities Manager, coordinate disabilities services and monitor classroom accommodations specified in infant and toddler Individualized Family Service Plans.
    • Provide supervision and evaluation of teachers
    • Analyze developmental progress of children, aggregating data from teachers using DRDP Tech, and producing periodic School Readiness Reports which identify progress on goals and priorities for teacher training
    • Assist individual teachers in identifying their training needs and improving their knowledge and abilities.
    • Assist in recruiting and orienting volunteers and new teaching staff, providing them with orientation and guidance.
    • Complete and submit required reports to the EHS Director, Board of Directors, and Policy Council in a timely and accurate fashion.
    • Ensure coaching is scheduled regularly in the classroom for teacher support.


Nutrition/Food Program

  • In collaboration with the Nutrition Consultant, monitor all Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and food service activities to ensure compliance with CACFP and Head Start regulations; establish and maintain required data and monitoring reports.
  • Act as Civil Rights Coordinator for the CACFP
  • Monitor and evaluate the work of contracted Nutrition Consultant.
  • Coordinate nutrition services.



Program Operations

  • Engage in planning with other members of the EHS management team to ensure best practices and continued quality improvement.
  • Assist with the annual program Self-Assessment and any federal onsite review process, focused on, but not limited to, education and nutrition services; report on strengths, recommendations, required improvements; implement improvements and recommendations; incorporate into program planning process.
  • As needed, revise and/or recommend EHS, education and nutrition services policies and procedures to ensure compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, the Head Start Act, and other relevant regulations; oversee the implementation of approved policies and procedures.
  • Represent EHS on interagency community groups as needed.
  • Report suspected child abuse or neglect; explain to families the program's legal mandate

to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

  • Assist in the design and implementation of efficient communications, documentation and data management systems.
  • Support all research activities; implement program improvement strategies as indicated.
  • Attend all required training and professional growth opportunities offered by the program

and maintain professional licensure and certification as required.

  • Perform all other tasks, as assigned.




Knowledge of the following:

  • Head Start Performance Standards, the Head Start Act, Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, and other applicable regulations and laws.
  • Relevant California regulations and their application, including mandated reporting, food service, sanitation, and nutrition regulations and their application, especially the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  • The Microsoft Office Suite, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, and Publisher components.


Skill in the following:

  • Building and working within complex management and services delivery systems

collaboratively with other members of the EHS team.

  • Excellent oral communication skills with individuals, families and groups.
  • Excellent writing skills for use in production of reports, work plans, and other

documents, as well as use in communicating with a variety of individuals and groups.

  • Using a keyboard and personal computer.
  • Building and maintaining positive and respectful relationships.
  • Utilizing a database, including aggregating and analyzing assessment data to determine child outcomes and develop school readiness goals and periodic reports.



Ability to do the following:

  • Establish and maintain effective, collaborative partnerships with staff, parents, grantee staff, and community agencies.
  • Take a developmental approach to motivate and empower adults.
  • Collect, organize, analyze and process information quickly and efficiently.
  • Prepare and maintain written records and reports.
  • Be creative, resourceful, constructive and flexible.
  • Demonstrate respect for individuals and groups with varied cultural, racial, ethnic, disability, religious, and linguistic identities or backgrounds.
  • Project a positive image of the program and the agency.
  • Identify and meet goals, objectives, outcomes and timelines within broad parameters and

work independently of direct supervision.

  • Maintain confidentiality and a professional demeanor at all times.


Through the Looking Glass is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Visit our website for more information about TLG: www.lookingglass.org

To apply please fax or email resumes, with cover letters, to TLG

Contact: Megan Kirshbaum, Ph.D.

Re: Education Manager Position

Through the Looking Glass

Fax: (510) 848-4445

Email: hr@lookingglass.org


Keywords: Early Head Start; Early Childhood Education; Early Head Start Education, Nutrition Manager and Center Director








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Contact Info

Megan Kirshbaum, Ph.D., Fax: (510) 848-4445

Job Details

Category: Management

Type: FT

Location: Berkeley, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: July 14th, 2017

Agency Details

Website: https://www.lookingglass.org/


Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a disability community-based nonprofit organization in Berkeley, California. TLG has pioneered clinical and supportive services, as well as national training and research serving families in which one or more members – whether parent or child - has a disability or medical issue. Since founding in 1982 TLG has provided infant mental health or infant/parent /family therapy and relationship-based developmental services.  TLG's mission is“To provide and encourage respectful and empowering services—guided by personal disability experience and disability culture—for families that have children, parents, or grandparents with disability or medical issues.” TLG’s staff includes culturally and linguistically diverse psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, developmental specialists, occupational therapists, a nurse, a childbirth educator, and early childhood educators.