EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY IN THE CITY OF OAKLAND
The City of Oakland’s Head Start Manager position is a well-positioned opportunity for a creative, visionary leader and systems thinker who is passionate about childhood development and the welfare of families to have a direct impact on the community of Oakland.
The Head Start Manager reports to the Director of Human Services, leads a team of 6 direct reports and is responsible for the direction, management and implementation of the Head Start/Early Head Start Birth to 5 years program. The Manager continuously monitors the progress on meeting child outcomes and school readiness goals with the deliberate intent of meeting or exceeding the national average for child outcomes. The position oversees a department budget of $20 million and staff of 100.
The ideal candidate will possess:
• Experience as a program administrator with strong business, staff management and problem solving skills with a track record of creating a culture of collaboration, high performance, service excellence and accountability;
• Deep understanding and knowledge of systematically collecting, analyzing and using data, including the New Performance Standards, to drive program/business decisions that help improve the outcomes of children, teaching and learning, parent and family engagement and policy, programs and practices;
• Strong budget management background and knowledge; successful experience in managing blended funding including federal and state child development programs, general funds, state food programs, grants. Experience with grant writing and implementation as well as working with foundations to secure alternative funding sources;
• Attentive to the professional improvement and development of instructional, support and auxiliary staff and implements on-going professional development and training programs that build on prior knowledge and connect with current research-based strategies and theories, New Performance Standards and Federal and State compliance;
• Passion for working through a racial and cultural equity lens and experience working within a diverse community, developing, cultivating and enhancing partnerships and community engagement; skills in crisis management, and working comprehensively, collaboratively and resourcefully to address issues effectively;
• Knowledge of Head Start/Early Head Start philosophy, goals, principles, objectives, requirements; infant and toddler developmental stages and nurturing; and family dynamics, advocacy and intervention concepts;
• Understanding of Kindergarten Readiness and the transition process and procedures to full day programs at the elementary school;
• Ability to interpret and implement legislative and state policies and guidelines, direct studies and work standards and internal controls and prepare reports related to Human Services Head Start/Early Start Division.
• Excellent interpersonal skills; leads with integrity; relationship builder who collaborates, cultivates and engages with program/community partners, parents and the community at large;
• Ability to communicate effectively with external stakeholders and recommend necessary changes;
• Excellent communication and presentation skills; ability to communicate, both oral and written, to individuals with diverse backgrounds;
• Attentive to issues in a proactive manner; manages change; builds team unity displays sound judgment; has good listening skills, and is transparent and fair;
• Creative, visionary and systemic thinking skills with the ability to take programs to the next level of implementation with the City, Oakland School District, County and State Office of Education and Social Services, and federal Department of Health and Human Services.
• Politically astute and aware.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
The following qualifications are guidelines, as the appointing authority has broad discretion in filling exempt positions.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public or business administration, human services, education, health services, sociology, psychology or closely related field. Master’s degree in a related field is desirable.
Five (5) years of responsible supervisory or managerial experience in human services program administration.
To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter with current salary information, electronically to email@example.com by September 1, 2017. Resumes received by September 1, 2017 will receive first consideration. The position is open until filled.
APPLICATION PROCESS To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter with current salary information, electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2017. Resumes received by September 1, 2017 will receive first consideration. The position is open until filled.
For additional information or questions, please contact Bill Hawkins at 310-348-8800 email@example.com or Dr. Pamela Powell-Short at 626-216-9786 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Oakland, CA
Salary: Competitive Salary
Posted On: August 3rd, 2017
OAKLAND HEADSTART/EARLYSTART PROGRAM
The City of Oakland’s Head Start program is committed to ensuring all families have equitable access to early education services, the support they need to fulfill their family’s goals and that their children have a firm foundation when transitioning to kindergarten.
The City of Oakland has been a grantee of the Head Start Program since January 1971 and has been a direct grantee of Early Head Start since 2009. The Head Start program provides high-quality, comprehensive early education programming to 1,000 low-income children and families so that children start school ready to succeed, learning environments that promote social emotional development as well as comprehensive school readiness skills. The program design includes extensive support services for children and their families such as health, nutrition, disabilities screening and support, mental health services and family support services. Head Start also employs a shared decision making governance structure that ensures parent involvement in program implementation and oversight.
The Program is operated at 14 sites as well as through partnerships with a diverse set of community agencies, including: The Unity Council, St. Vincent’s Day Home, Laney College Children’s Center, Brighter Beginnings and Oakland Unified School District to help ensure sufficient services for children and their families. In FY 2016-2017 the program embarked upon design changes with the intent to improve the system of early care and education service delivery for vulnerable young children and families living in Oakland. In FY 2016-2017 Oakland Head Start/Early Head Start began operating four different program options: 1) Full-day, center-based Head Start and Early Head Start services; 2) Home-Based Early Head Start services; and 3) Full-day Family Child Care services.