Anna Waters Head Start - Decatur, IL

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Job Title: Health/Nutrition Services Manager
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Department: Anna Waters Head Start
Immediate Supervisor: Head Start Director
Duration: Full time
Date of Update: June 2013

The Health/Nutrition Manager has primary responsibility for the delivery and coordination of all health/dental, nutrition, and related services for Head Start students and their families. The Health/Nutrition Manager implements health/dental/nutritional screenings, manages all referrals and follow-up, and other related services to assure services are delivered. The Health/Nutrition Manager coordinates the planning, purchasing, and delivery of all breakfast, lunch and snacks, according to the Child Adult Food Program Guidelines and Head Start Performance Standards.


  • Promote engagement in positive parent/child relationships, families as lifelong educators, families as learners, family engagement in transitions, family connections to peers and community, family well-being, and families as advocates and leaders.
  • The ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to read, analyze and present information, governmental regulations and policy in the fields related to this position.
  • Good organizational and leadership skills.
  • Data analysis (individual and classroom).
  • Knowledge of Microsoft programs; Word, Excel, Power Point, and Publisher.
  • Secure Memorandum of Agreements and contracts that must be updated annually to support delivery of services.
  • Knowledge of USDA requirements and responsibilities (Administrative Office and site location).

1. Menu planning and knowledge of Child Care Food Requirements.
2. Children with special dietary needs.
3. Calculate monthly meal count sheets
4. Enter meal count information into ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education website).
5. Notify DMCOC’s Accountant to let her know that USDA is on the system.
6. Enter info into ChildPlus.Net

  • Oversee the ordering of food, health, and sanitation supplies within the budget.
  • Establish goals and objectives for the health area in conjunction with the Health Advisory Committee and in compliance with Performance Standards and state licensing regulations.
  • Plan and implement health related screenings (dental, hearing, vision, height, weight, etc.) for all Head Start children. Monitor data to ensure that screenings are done within the 45 days or 90 day timeframe.
  • Ensure completion of IHP (individual health plans).
  • Assess each family to determine their health needs.
  • Oversee the collection of health data on each child and family.
  • Provide information; make referrals, and follow-up on health-related services.
  • Observe classrooms to monitor health and nutrition activities.
  • Learn the “I Am Moving I Am Learning Curriculum” (Obesity).
  • Understand the importance of childhood obesity.
  • Coordinate annual staff training in health, nutrition, and CPR/First Aid.
  • Facilitate parent meetings related to family health and nutrition issues.
  • Maintain proper, accessible documentation of health records in compliance with DCFS licensing requirement and the State of Illinois.
  • Collaborate with other DMCOC staff and Dietary Consultant regarding menus, meal service, and co-management of the kitchen.
  • Monitor meal requirements and portions, food preparation (quantities and quality), handling, storage, sanitation, record keeping, temperatures (hot, cool and storage), posting requirements and inventory.
  • Provide training, supervision, and guidance for employees in health and nutrition area: Health Assistant, Nutrition Aides, Cooks, Custodian, and Food Van Driver/Custodian.
  • Evaluate all employees in health, nutrition, and custodial areas annually; more frequently if needed.


  • To become knowledgeable of the Head Start Act and Performance Standards.
  • Compile and organize information quarterly for on-going monitoring team meeting.
  • Meet with the Director to review monitoring and meet goals as identified.
  • Organize, maintain, and serve as staff advisor to the Health Advisory Committee.
  • Serve as liaison between Head Start and health providers to ensure delivery of care to children and families.
  • Manage and update contracts and agreements with healthcare and food service vendors as assigned.
  • Prepare all required reports accurately, completely, and on time.
  • Assume responsibility for generating In-Kind contributions.
  • Due to the nature of this program, all staff members must be willing to perform all other duties as assigned in order to maintain a quality program for all children and their families being served at Anna Waters Head Start.
  • Adhere to dress code set by Anna Waters Head Start as a representative of the program.

The Health/Nutrition Manager is directly accountable to the Head Start Director. The Head Start Director evaluates the Health/Nutrition Manager annually and more frequently if needed. The Health/Nutrition Manager is evaluated based on the responsibilities described in this Position Description.

The Health/Nutrition Manager should have at least a Bachelor’s degree with a background in a health related field or a licensed RN. The Health/Nutrition Manager should have at least five years successful experience in community health or nutrition services, including two years of supervisory experience. The Health/Nutrition Manager must have a collaborative style and be firmly committed to the philosophy that parents are capable of being primary educators of their own children. The Health/Nutrition Manager must possess the abilities to stand, walk, stoop, and must be able to lift at least 30 pounds or children in emergencies. The Health/Nutrition Manager must be free of tuberculosis, pass physical exam, criminal background check, prior to employment. The Health/Nutrition Manager must meet DCFS Licensing Standards and be at least 19 years of age.

The Health/Nutrition Manager has an office at the Head Start administrative center. This position is on the Head Start Management Team, which consists of the Head Start Director, the Administrative Assistant, the Early Childhood Development Manager, the Family/Community Partnership Manager, Disability/Mental Health Coordinator, Program Monitor, Transportation Facilitator and the Planning/Program Development Manager.