Assistant Director - Early Education Division

Maricopa County - Phoenix, AZ

Minimum education and/or experience: Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Early Childhood Education/Development, or other related field and six (6) years of professional experience in program administration or implementation, fiscal and/or grants management, of which three (3) years must include supervisory and/or managerial experience administering large programs.        Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements: Must possess, or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona driver license at time of hire. Must complete background check and fingerprint identification upon hire to successfully secure and maintain DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card.  Successful candidates must also complete a medical exam that includes screening for TB, as required by Federal and State regulations, to be free of communicable disease.   Knowledge, skills, and abilities: Knowledge of:
  • Or the ability to learn, Federal Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care Partnership Programs and services as well as Preschool Development programs.
  • Or the ability to learn, Head Start standards and program requirements, including the federal law and regulations.
  • Techniques and procedures relating to grant application and reporting.
  • Principles and practices of procurement and contractual management, management/supervision, public and social service administration, social service program planning and delivery, and personnel and budget management.
  • Or the ability to learn, Federal, State, County and local governance structures, laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations related to social service programs.
  • Public and private sector cultures and motivational cultures.
  • Principles and practices of early childhood development.
  Skill in:
  • Effective verbal and written communication, creating and conducting- presentations. to
  • Performing a full range of supervisory responsibilities over assigned staff utilizing appropriate management and supervision principles.
  • Building and maintaining internal/external partnerships and coalitions of support.
  • Negotiating, mediating, conflict resolution, and problem solving.
  • Management and implementation of multiple projects and initiatives.
Ability to:
  • Communicate information with Department Executive Team, Division management, staff, and external clients and partners.
  • Provide leadership and work as a team.
  • Develop and monitor the effectiveness of plans for achieving needed results and allocating resources.
  • Analyze and solve complex problems.
  • Identify and make changes in support of program provision.
  • Take initiative preventing and/or resolving problems and work independently.
  • Manage multiple tasks simultaneously, establish priorities, meet deadlines, exhibit attention to detail, maintain confidentiality, be deadline-oriented, and think critically.
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively within the Division and Department as well as with other County Departments and external partners.
  • Implement innovative best practice approaches and continuous process improvements.
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of the Maricopa County Human Service Department Early Education Division.
  • Develop knowledge of County and Department programs and services.
  • Work independently to accomplish goals and responsibilities.
  • Train, monitor, and engage the work of others.
  Preferred education and/or experience: Master's degree; Experience administering human service programs in a public, governmental agency. Experience managing a Head Start or related program.    
Working conditions: Work is performed in an office environment.  Requires travel to and from job related locations during the course of a scheduled workday, subject to County policies regarding use of County vehicles and/or private vehicles used on County business. Must be able to travel out of town for training and conferences. 


  • Provides overall administrative and program direction for the Early Education Division (EED), including planning, implementation, grant reporting, staff supervision, budget and financial management of all EED grant programs.
  • Leads a coordinated system of early childhood education and family support.
  • Ensures the development and implementation of a comprehensive service model tailored to meet local needs and consistent with Head Start regulations and State and Federal policy and guidance to most effectively service families and children.
  • Develops and implements the Department's and Division's strategic goals and operational/budget objectives.
  • Develops program enrollment plan based on community needs assessment, Policy Council direction, Head Start requirements and data analysis to target children and families most in-need.
  • Ensures program enrollment is monitored and fulfilled.
  • Conducts regular needs assessments to ensure delivery of effective, high-quality education and family support program services throughout the service delivery area.
  • Supervises and participates in the identification and preparation of applications for funding from the federal and State government as well as other funders.
  • Develops and maintains effective intra and interdepartmental working relationships.
  • Builds, develops, and oversees community partnerships, contracts, and agreements with a wide array of entities including, governmental organizations, public schools, and health, mental health, and nutrition service providers.
  • Interfaces with elected and appointed officials of local, State, and federal governmental jurisdictions with internal and external organizations such as, but not limited to counterparts in other local jurisdictions, national Head Start representatives, non-profit and for profit organizations, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services representatives, and Policy Council members to identify goals and objectives.
  • Engages parents, families, and Policy Council to understand clients' needs and improve whole family well-being.
  • Works effectively with Policy Council and committees to ensure active participation in service planning and mobilizing community resources.
  • Actively participates in Arizona and National Head Start Associations.
  • Ensures an effective working relationship with the DHHS Region 9 Office of Head Start.
  • Professionally represents the Division and the Department in both internal and external meetings.
  • Actively participates on the HSD Executive Team.
  • Creates program policies and procedures for the Early Education Division.
  • Ensures an environment committed to continuous improvement and excellence in service delivery.
  • Oversees and monitors change management efforts, including project management, to ensure policies, organizational structure, business processes, and management practices are in alignment with and support an innovative, integrated, client-centered, outcome focused culture.
  • Ensures programmatic and operational best practices are implemented to achieve effective and efficient service delivery.
  • Performs full range of supervisory responsibility over assigned staff, including but not limited to: establishing workload standards, determining work priorities, developing performance plans, monitoring and evaluating performance, coaching staff, and hiring new staff.
  • Ensures effective staff management of all Division staff (185 positions), including ensuring adherence to Department and County policies and procedures.
  • Manages county-wide facilities (both administrative and classroom), includes facility expansion to support programmatic needs.
  • Supervises and monitors the implementation and contract administration of projects managed in EED.
  • Engages supervised staff through one-on-one meetings, team meetings, and regular communication on expectations and supportive performance feedback.
  • Tasks listed are a representation and not an all-inclusive list of essential job tasks for this position.


The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.   All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation.  A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County.  These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.

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Contact Info

Eddie Lopez

Job Details

Category: Management

Type: FT

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: June 11th, 2018

Agency Details


OPENING DATE: 06/08/18
CLOSING DATE:   06/22/18 11:59 PM
DEPARTMENT: Human Services
JOB TYPE: Unclassified/Grant-Funded/Full-Time
LOCATION: Phoenix, Arizona
SALARY: $69,700.80  - $110,406.40 Annually


The Assistant Director provides leadership and manages the operations of the Early Education Division.  This position is responsible for administering federal, State, and non-profit programs and grants, including Early Head Start, Head Start, Child Care Partnerships, and State Preschool Development grants.