Executive Vice President Children and Head Start Services

Lutheran Services Florida - Tampa, FL

Position Summary

Reporting to LSF President and Chief Executive Officer the Executive Vice President Children and Head Start Services is responsible to lead the Children and Head Start Services in LSF and maintain the programmatic and fiscal integrity of five independent Head Start Grants, The Family Childcare Food Program, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK), Healthy Start Program and USDA Child Care Food Programs. Serve as a corporate officer to LSF responsible for growth in the organization and managing new funding opportunities.

Essential Functions


  • Expected to contribute to the greater good of the LSF organization as a collaborative member of LSF’s Leadership Team.
  • Provide vision, motivation and leadership to employees, families, and volunteers.
  • Represent LSF on all local, state and federal initiatives and Boards in the area of early learning, head start and the assurance of closing the achievement gap for young children.
  • Empower and evaluate professional employees, using coaching and mentoring techniques; encourage and support developmental opportunities in keeping with new organizational structure.
  • Work with local funders, i.e., Children Services Councils, Early Learning Coalitions and other funding sources to increase capacity and funding for all programs.
  • Responsible for state wide management systems and performance and reporting of all Head Start programs and the assurance that services, and systems are developed in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards, and congruent with organizational philosophy, mission, and values.
  • Fiduciary responsibility of ensuring the budget is maintained and ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations for Child Care Food Program.
  • Work directly with the Office of Head Start toward grant compliance for all programs, expansion, leading federal reviews and fostering a positive relationship on behalf of LSF.
  • Ensure compliance within area of responsibility for fleet, inventory, and maintenance of facilities. Makes recommendations for improving effectiveness of policies and procedures.
  • Model behaviors which support the overall philosophy and design of the organization.


  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the members of the Policy Committees, Policy Council and Head Start staff. Assure the adequate flow of information in all directions so that each group is well informed and well heard.
  • Oversee budget amendment submittals for all Head Start and Food Nutrition Grants to the Policy Council and LSF Board for approval.
  • Responsible for leading Head Start services in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the staff, parents, Policy Committees, Policy Council and LSF Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Policy Council Advisory Board and LSF Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Policy Council Advisory Board and LSF Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

Fiscal Management

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of local, state and federal dollars to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly performance reports and financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Responsible for diversifying funds thru Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten, School Readiness and other funding and developing other resources necessary to support LSF’s Head Start’s mission.

Advocacy/Public Relations

  • Participate and represent Head Start in local, state, regional, and national planning communities.
  • Act as a conduit for input and information, promote innovation at all levels.
  • Be an effective advocate for Head Start mission and values.


  • Hire, mentor, and supervise the Vice Presidents for Finance and Administration, VP for Early Learning Research and Training, VP Operations; Associate VP of Support Services, VP of Human Resources and an Administrative Specialist.
  • Encourage and support professional development opportunities.
  • Facilitate resolution of conflicts.
  • Promote consistent exchange of information in all directions.
  • Promote training that meets team and individual needs.


  • Frequent telephone and in-person contact with Regional Executive Directors, LSF Administration, staff, parents, community leaders and service providers to exchange information, promote the values of the agency and advocate for program participants.
  • Written correspondence, issue papers, memos and grant application materials to generate revenue, and disseminate general information and educational materials.
  • Formal presentations to community groups, elected officials, funders, Policy Council and the LSF Board of Directors as needed.




Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of local community needs and resources.
  • Working knowledge of Head Start performance standards.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills, internet and e-mail.
  • Diplomacy and human relations skills required.
  • Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; make recommendations and develop implementation strategies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to interpret agency, federal and state laws pertaining to the program.
  • Ability to speak before groups of individuals and to lead employees and volunteers.
  • Ability to plan and direct activities to write goals and objectives.
  • Ability to direct the work of others.
  • Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail are required and the candidate must be able to meet designated deadlines.



  • Must demonstrate sensitivity to LSF’s service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and needs.


Principal Accountabilities

  • Team player with co-workers and central service office staff.
  • Cost effective program operations.
  • Adherence to agency policies and management practices.
  • Effective staff management and leadership.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Public or Business Administration and seven to ten years professional experience leading a large nonprofit, Head Start Grantee or Government entity in the position of a Director or Executive Director.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of program, financial, and human resources management in non-profit or human services organizations.
  • At least three to five years successful experience in successful grant development, implementation and management preferably in a nonprofit, Government agency or Head Start Grantee.


Also required:

  • Successful completion of a Level II background screening, local criminal record check and drug screening prior to hiring.

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Job Details

Category: Management

Type: FT

Location: Tampa, FL

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: September 5th, 2018

Agency Details

Website: http://www.gansgans.com

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) is an organization that is guided by big ideas and these guiding principles create an imperative to serve that compels LSF to build on organizational strengths, overcome weaknesses and create effective programs in response to human suffering and need. The mission, values, and vision guide the work of LSF. These guiding principles also shape the advocacy and promotion efforts of the organization, which focus on the needs of the vulnerable, overcoming barriers to service and positioning LSF to effectively respond to opportunities.


The LSF business model responds to a rapidly changing service landscape with an aggressive growth strategy. That growth is predicated on methodical pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities and the maintenance of a new program "pipeline." LSF provides value by developing and competently deploying efficient organizational structures; effective operating policies and procedures; accountable management systems and processes; and expertise in the form of personnel, strategic alliances or purchased services.


LSF has over 60 Programs throughout Florida, a projected budget of over $200 million and over 1000 employees.   Their Head Start Programs are in multiple counties throughout Florida providing multiple program options including center base, family childcare, home base, pregnant mothers, and infants and toddlers.