Education/Disabilities Manager

Child Start Inc. - Napa, CA

Child Start, Inc.

Job Description


Job Title:  Education/Disabilities Manager                            Status: Exempt


Program/Department: Head Start/Early Head Start Revised:  April 2018

                                                                                                PC Approved:


Supervisor: Child Development Director                              Supervises: Education Coordinator, Resource Specialist, Disabilities/Mental Health Coordinator, ECE Coaches




Manages the Education, Disabilities and Mental Health service delivery areas of the Early Head Start and Head Start program.  Responsible for the design and implementation of Education, Disabilities and Mental Health services to support children and families in conjunction with community-based services.  Integrates the philosophy and goals and objectives of the agency into program operations. 




  1. Ensures compliance with all requirements and mandates in the areas of Education, Disabilities and Mental Health through review and monitoring of program reports, record keeping and tracking. 


  1. Oversees education services by completion of assessments, screening and individualized education plans by developing/modifying/using a monitoring system. 


  1. Designs and ensures implementation of research based, developmentally appropriate curricula for Early Head Start and Head Start programs.  Contributes to the identification of educational and support needs of each enrolled child by overseeing and directing program components.  Ensures individualized lesson plans are based on integration of all areas of specialization.


  1. Responsible for establishing, analyzing and evaluating program-wide school readiness goals.  Including ensuring reporting to management, board, policy council and staff 3 times per year. Establishes and provides appropriate curriculum and classroom supports to focus on school readiness outcomes.


  1. Secures community services by cultivating partnerships with agencies and advocating on behalf of agency and families.  Prepares and negotiates memoranda of understanding and contracts with community agencies, community members and consultants.  Represents Agency on community boards and organizations.  Makes presentations at community group sessions, professional conferences and other meetings.


  1. Develops and oversees the creation of, implementation of, coordination of, and monitoring of the Disabilities and Mental Health service areas to ensure compliance with regulations and mandates.  Creates and maintains tracking system for children with disabilities. 


  1. Receives service referrals and coordinates resources in response to child and family needs.  Develops systems to direct and support families to access supplementary services by making referrals to appropriate government agencies and community based organizations.


  1. Responsible for collecting and reviewing quality improvement data; including but not limited to CLASS scores, Environmental Rating Scales, mentor/coach documentation,  or quality visit data.  Works with managers to ensure implementation of improvement plans based on the data. 


  1. Coordinates with the Regional Program Managers and Center Directors to provide ongoing training, coaching and mentoring for teaching staff.  Schedules and directs Coaches, Resource Specialist and Coordinators to provide training and technical assistance to staff as applicable.


  1. Participates in annual planning with staff and parents, including facilitation of the parent education committee.  Establishes long –term and short- term goals for program area with specific objectives and timelines.


  1. Responsible for resource development including grant writing, budget development, monitoring of expenses and project outcomes; ensures timely reporting to funding sources.


  1. Assesses staff training needs and collaborates with other managers to develop the annual training plan.  Provides staff training and technical assistance.  Negotiates departmental training contracts.  Provides staff training and technical assistance.


  1. Facilitates monitoring and inventory of classroom equipment, supplies, and materials.  


  1. Contributes to program improvement through evaluation of current procedures and practices, participation in ongoing training and other professional development activities and staying current with best practices. 


  1. Works with ERSEA staff to help ensure adequate recruitment and enrollment of children with disabilities


  1. Participates in the interview process for teaching staff and other program positions as needed.


  1. Supervises and coordinates the use of consultants to provide services to children, families and staff. 


  1. Facilitates and protects operations by keeping confidential, private, and sensitive information within the parameters of policy and need-to-know requirements.


  1. Helps ensures safe and healthy workplace by following health and safety procedures and directives. 


  1. Other duties as assigned









EQUIPMENT USED:                                                 

1.    Telephone, fax, copier, personal computer with related software, including Child Plus, Word, Excel.

2.    Vehicle



Regular office and Early Childhood Education environments.  Occasional stooping or bending may be required. Occasional very light lifting, such as three or four reams of papers or books (up to 20 pounds or an equivalent weight) may be required.




1.    B.A. or M.A. in  Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field (with minimum of 24 ECE units)


Training and Experience:

2.    Experience implementing a research-based curriculum, child screenings and child assessments

3.    Three or more years of experience working with children and families in a ECE setting, preferably in Head Start/Early Head Start

4.    Two years direct experience in program planning, analysis and evaluation

5.    Two years of supervisory experience

6.    Experience working with community programs, including but not limited to Early Start, special education services, mental health organizations

7.    Obtain and maintain CLASS reliability


Knowledge and Skills:

8.    Strong supervisory, negotiation, communication, interpersonal, and problem solving skills



9.    Ability to pass medical exam and TB test, and supply required Immunizations

10.  Valid California drivers license; vehicle liability insurance. 


This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.  Duties and responsibilities and skills may vary depending upon agency needs. 




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Job Details

Category: Management

Type: FT

Location: Napa, CA

Salary: 4774.56 - 5016.26

Posted On: June 8th, 2018

Agency Details


Child Start committed to providing quality early learning and essential support services to vulnerable young children and their families. Our vision is to create a community that values each child and family, and we strive to be responsive to changing needs by strengthening and expanding well-established programs like Head Start, Early Head Start while also adding new services.