Health, Education, and Social Programs
Early Education Services
Home Based - Region IV (KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, or FL)
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ICF International seeks a
Head Start Grantee Specialist
with expertise in administration and management systems to provide high quality technical assistance that improves the capacity of Head Start and Early Head Start programs to meet or exceed the Head Start Performance Standards and applicable Federal regulations. The Grantee Specialist will work with programs to correct deficiencies identified through the national monitoring system and with agencies with multiple areas of noncompliance and will assist programs to comply with all Head Start Regulations. A thorough knowledge of the Head Start Performance Standards as well as other relevant/appropriate Federal requirements and regulations is required.
The Grantee Specialist will deliver technical assistance and provide consultation to governing entities, directors, program managers, staff and parents and will use reliable data collection systems to assist in planning work and in helping to identify strategies for improving internal grantee systems.
This position is home-based and will involve extensive travel to programs within clusters of states where the candidate is assigned. Travel is expected to be 50% to 70 % in the eight states identified as the Federal Region IV
Act as a change agent in management and administrative areas, incorporating activities that include governing body and policy group involvement in the development/revision of management and administrative activities for long-term improvements
Work with leaders within an organization to plan and assist in the implementation of changes that resolve deficiencies and non-compliances
Plan and implement strategic interventions with grantees that have been designated deficient or as having serious non-compliance issues
Work with Federal Regional staff in developing strategies for grantee intervention and plan outcomes that address problem areas for all affected grantees
Coordinate with other GS and ECE staff to identify ways to address administrative and program improvements in a comprehensive and holistic manner.
Review, interpret and utilize a broad array of data to identify trends, and assist each assigned grantee to use the information to establish objectives for change and identify steps and processes needed for implementation.
Analyze existing grantee structure, functions and capacity and propose a redesign of structure(s), functions and systems that support quality program operations.
Recommend ways to improve overall grantee operations, including the development of operations manuals, internal procedures such as audit resolution processes, and identification of appropriate management and administrative procedures to strengthen grantee management practices.
A minimum of a B.A. or B.S. Degree required, with a preference for a Master's degree, in a field related to Program Design and Management. Degrees in Business Management, Accounting, Public or Non-Profit Administration, and Project Management (with fiscal emphases)
At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in providing technical assistance required, specifically on issues pertaining to governance, management systems and administrative issues within Head Start. Knowledge of management and related issues and demonstrated ability to apply such knowledge.
Experience in a leadership position within a Head Start program (Executive Director, Assistant Director, Program Director, preferred
Experience working in management, PDM, Fiscal management preferred
Experience providing training at State, Regional or National Meetings and technical assistance to individual organizations preferred
In-depth knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) required
Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
Ability to work independently as well as with a team.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a variety of groups including governing bodies, staff, community leaders, and Head Start policy groups (policy councils and committees)
Ability to complete detailed paperwork in timely manner
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